Notwithstanding the fact that a candidate has been retained in teacher education to the point of completing all academic requirements, University recommendation for certification is contingent upon evidence of having fulfilled all requirements and standards of the HSU teacher education program. This is determined by a final review of the candidate’s complete record as concerns: (1) academic record, (2) student teaching or internship, (3) professional ethics, and (4) passing the state mandated credentialing exam.
No student is eligible to be recommended for certification if he/she has a grade of D or unsatisfactory in his/her teaching field or in any course in pedagogy and professional development. Application for certification must be made through the office of the University Certification Officer, Irvin School of Education. It is the responsibility of the student to file a request for a teaching certificate. All certification requirements are subject to TEA/SBEC standards, rules, and regulations.
The Texas Commissioner of Education has the authority to suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue a teaching certificate for a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for a crime which directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession. TEA/SBEC will conduct a criminal record search of all certificate applicants.
To be approved for a standard renewable certificate in the state of Texas, students shall be required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance on one or more examinations in the areas of preparation. The content to be tested and the criteria for mastery shall be prescribed for each certification area by TEA/SBEC. Those who pass the required credentialing exams, successfully complete the ETC program will be eligible to be recommended to TEA/SBEC for teacher certification.