Jan 22, 2022  
2021 - 2022 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2021 - 2022 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

  • EDUC 6300  Instructional Methods and Processes (3) sch
  • EDUC 6330  Theories of Curriculum and Instruction (3) sch
  • * EDRD 6315  Foundations of Reading and Literacy (3) sch or
  • EDRD 6317  Materials, Methods and Media in Reading (3) sch or
  • EDRD 6323  Advanced Problems in Reading (3) sch
  • EDUC 6302  Cultural Diversity in Education and the Social Sciences (3) sch
  • ** EDUC 6304  Educational Psychology (3) sch
  • EDUC 4693; EDUC 4694 Teaching Internship I and Teaching Internship II
    or EDUC 4381 Student Teaching
  • *Candidates for Bilingual certification replace EDRD 6315 /EDRD 6317 /EDRD 6323  with EDBI 6325  Teaching Language Arts and Reading to Spanish Speakers and replace EDUC 6302  with EDBI 6324  Teaching Science, Math, and Social Studies to Spanish Speakers.

*Candidates for ESL certification replace EDUC 6302  with EDBI 6326  Methods of Teaching ESL or EDBI 6327  Advance Problems in ESL.

**Candidates for Special Education certification will replace EDUC 6304  with EDSP 6343  Programs and Practices for Exceptional Learners or EDSP 6344  Methods of Teaching for Exceptional Learners.

Middle Grades Teacher Certification Grades 4-8

  • EDUC 6300  Instructional Methods and Processes (3) sch
  • EDUC 6330  Theories of Curriculum and Instruction (3) sch
  • * EDRD 6315  Foundations of Reading and Literacy (3) sch or
  • EDRD 6317  Materials, Methods and Media in Reading (3) sch
  • * EDUC 6302  Cultural Diversity in Education and the Social Sciences (3) sch
  • ** EDUC 6304  Educational Psychology (3) sch
  • EDUC 4693; EDUC 4694 Teaching Internship I and Teaching Internship II
    or EDUC 4381 Student Teaching

 *Candidates for Bilingual certification replace EDRD 6315 /EDRD 6317 /EDRD 6323  with EDBI 6325  Teaching Language Arts and Reading to Spanish Speakers and replace EDUC 6302  with EDBI 6324  Teaching Science, Math, and Social Studies to Spanish Speakers.

*Candidates for ESL certification replace EDUC 6302  with EDBI 6326  Methods of Teaching ESL or EDBI 6327  Advance Problems in ESL.

**Candidates for Special Education certification will replace EDUC 6304  with EDSP 6343  Programs and Practices for Exceptional Learners or EDSP 6344  Methods of Teaching for Exceptional Learners.

Secondary Teacher Certification Grades 7-12

  • EDUC 6300  Instructional Methods and Processes (3) sch
  • EDUC 6330  Theories of Curriculum and Instruction (3) sch
  • EDRD 6317  Materials, Methods and Media in Reading (3) sch or
  • EDRD 6319  Content Area Literacy (3) sch or
  • EDRD 6315  Foundations of Reading and Literacy (3) sch
  • * EDUC 6302  Cultural Diversity in Education and the Social Sciences (3) sch
  • EDUC 6304  Educational Psychology (3) sch
  • EDUC 4693; EDUC 4694 Teaching Internship I and Teaching Internship II
    or EDUC 4381 Student Teaching

*Candidates for ESL certification replace EDUC 6302  with EDBI 6326  Methods of Teaching ESL or EDBI 6327  Advance Problems in ESL.

**Candidates for Special Education certification will replace EDUC 6304  with EDSP 6343  Programs and Practices for Exceptional Learners or EDSP 6344  Methods of Teaching for Exceptional Learners.

All-Level Teacher Certification Grades EC-12

  • EDUC 6300  Instructional Methods and Processes (3) sch
  • EDUC 6330  Theories of Curriculum and Instruction (3) sch
  • EDRD 6317  Materials, Methods and Media in Reading (3) sch or
  • EDRD 6319  Content Area Literacy (3) sch or
  • EDRD 6315  Foundations of Reading and Literacy (3) sch
  • *EDUC 6302  Cultural Diversity in Education and the Social Sciences (3) sch
  • **EDUC 6304  Educational Psychology (3) sch
  • EDUC 4693; EDUC 4694 Teaching Internship I and Teaching Internship II
    or EDUC 4381 Student Teaching

*Candidates for ESL certification replace EDUC 6302  with EDBI 6326  Methods of Teaching ESL or EDBI 6327  Advance Problems in ESL.

**Candidates for Special Education certification will replace EDUC 6304  with EDSP 6343  Programs and Practices for Exceptional Learners or EDSP 6344  Methods of Teaching for Exceptional Learners.

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 UT Permian Basin Certification Officer regularly.

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