The Teaching Certification Plan for grades 4-8 are for students planning a career in middle school teaching with Biology as the academic major and seeking education certification. The description of degree requirements in this section apply to Biology majors seeking certification for 4-8. Consult the College of Education advisor for information regarding education courses and certification procedures. To meet Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requirements, students seeking certification to teach grades 4-8 must take at least 9 hours of math at or above college-level algebra and at least 12 hours of science. They should plan accordingly when meeting general education and elective course requirements. Students seeking certification for 4-8 core subjects must take at least 12 hours of math and 14-16 hours of science. (Students certifying to teach 4-8 Math or Science will have additional hours in their respective disciplines.)
Students seeking certification in 4-8 with Biology as the major must take at least 26 hours in Biology with at least 18 hours at the upper level. This “reduced” major is an option only to students who complete their certification requirements as part of the Bachelor’s degree; students who do not complete their certification requirements as part of the Bachelor’s degree must complete a full Biology major according to the Pre-professional or General Studies plans.