Dec 06, 2019  
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog

Teacher Certification/Post-Baccalaureate Alternative Program (non-degree)


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Administrative Unit

Administered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education. Advising and all processing for certification are completed through the College of Education’s certification office.

Objectives

To prepare students who desire teaching credentials in Texas and who already hold a bachelor’s degree.

Admission Requirements

(1) Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution; (2) Cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 or a GPA of 2.75 on the last 60 hours of coursework; (3) Demonstrated English language proficiency; (4) Minimum of 12 semester hours in the subject-specific content for the certification sought (15 semester hours for math and science applicants) or a passing score on a Texas Education Agency-approved test of content knowledge; (5) TSI Status complete [exempt by degree]; and (6) A screening essay of two pages in length that addresses why the applicant wants to become a teacher and what personal characteristics and experiences make him or her a good candidate for the teacher certification program.

Please be aware that: Pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC) §22.083/§22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching and prior to employment as an educator. Any negative legal history, as defined by the State Board for Educator Certification (Texas Administrative Code §249.16) may jeopardize your ability to obtain a certificate and to teach or be employed as an educator. You may request a preliminary criminal history evaluation by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) if you believe you may be ineligible for educator certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense. There is currently a $55 fee for this optional service.

Teacher Certification with a Masters Degree

Teaching certification may be earned in conjunction with a master’s degree for candidates who meet the criteria for admission to an Education graduate program. Qualified students seeking certification as an elementary teacher or middle grades teacher may apply their graduate-level certification coursework toward the requirements for the Master of Arts in Reading or Master of Arts in Professional Education. Qualified students seeking certification as a secondary or middle grades teacher may apply their graduate-level certification coursework toward the requirements for the Master of Arts in Professional Education. Contact the College of Education’s Admission Counselor for more information about these options.

Teacher Certification Areas

Elementary Core Subjects EC-6, with optional supplements in Bilingual, ESL, or Special Education
Middle Grades Core Subjects 4-8, with optional supplements in Bilingual, ESL, or Special Education
English Language Arts and Reading; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies
Secondary Chemistry; Computer Science; English Language Arts and Reading; History; Life Science (Biology); Mathematics; Physical Science; Science; Social Studies; Speech; Journalism
All Levels Art; Music; Physical Education; Spanish; Special Education

+ Supplemental Certifications in Bilingual, ESL or Special Education may be added to any certification

Teacher Certification Preparation Requirements

Elementary Teacher Certification Grades EC-6


Middle Grades Teacher Certification Grades 4-8


Secondary Teacher Certification Grades 7-12


All-Level Teacher Certification Grades EC-12


Internship or Clinical Teaching Requirements


The appropriate subject-specific TExES examination of content knowledge must be passed prior to being admitted to internship. In addition, at least three preparation courses and 30 clock hours of field experience must be completed. Intern teachers are contracted employees of a school district and receive the regular salary and benefits of a first-year teacher. The internship period is for one school year, either fall-spring or spring-fall. Individuals who prefer a more gradual entry into teaching may elect to do traditional student teaching (which is unpaid) instead of the internship.

Every effort is made to maintain consistency between the programs offered by the College of Education and the requirements for certification established by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification. However, the state requirements for certifications may change more frequently than published degree requirements, and it is critical that candidates consult their advisors and the UTPB Certification Officer regularly.

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