• Field Requirements

    Content Field Requirements:
    ETC 4-8, 8-12, & EC-12 students must pass the content field TExES exam prior to admission to the ETC program. A minimum of 12 hours in the certification content field is required. The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) allows degreed individuals who have not been enrolled in an Educator Preparation Program (EPP) to take Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) to demonstrate content proficiency for possible admission into an EPP. Prospective ETC students must meet with the HSU Certification Officer to determine the appropriate PACT test to meet the content field requirements. Taking PACT does not ensure admittance into a program.

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    • ETC for Students Seeking EC-12 or 8-12 Certification

      Required Leveling Work
      READ 3362 Reading Instruction for Adolescent Students (no graduate equivalent)
      EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment (no graduate equivalent)

      Required courses for Teacher Certification (EC-12 or 8-12)
      COHD 6325 Advanced Educational Psychology – 15 hours of field experiences
      COHD 6315 Child and Adolescent Development
      EDUC 5340 Current Issues in Special Education
      EDUC 5371 Organization and Management for Teaching in the Secondary Classroom -- 15 hours of field experiences
      EDUC 5379 Capstone Course: The Professional Secondary Teacher

      Student Teaching
      EDUC 4622 EC-12 Student Teaching (for Art, Music, PE, Spanish, and Theatre certification) (no graduate equivalent)
      or
      EDUC 4623 Student Teaching in the Secondary School (for all 8-12 certification) (no graduate equivalent)
      or
      EDUC 5324 & 5325 Internship I & II

      Total Undergraduate Hours 6-12
      Total Graduate Hours 15-21
      Total Hours for Certification 27

      15 graduate hours may be combined with a master’s degree in another field of study, if approved by Graduate Program Director in that field.

    • ETC for Students Seeking 4-8 Certification

      Required Leveling Work:
      EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment (no graduate equivalent)

      Required courses for Teacher Certification (4-8)
      COHD 6325 Advanced Educational Psychology -- 15 hours of field experiences
      COHD 6315 Child and Adolescent Development
      READ 6305 Understanding and Working with Students of Diverse Cultures
      EDUC 5340 Current Issues in Special Education
      EDUC 5372 Middle Grades Curriculum and Instruction - -15 hours of field experiences
      EDUC 5377 Capstone Course: The Professional Elementary/ Middle School Teacher

      Student Teaching
      EDUC 4626 4-8 Student Teaching in the Middle Grades (no graduate equivalent)
      or
      EDUC 5324 & 5325 Internship I & II

      Total Undergraduate Hours 3-9
      Total Graduate Hours 18-24
      Total Hours for Certification 27

      15 graduate hours may be combined with a master’s degree in another field of study, if approved by Graduate Program Director in that field.

    • ETC for Students Seeking EC-6 Certification

      Required Undergraduate Courses for Teacher Certification (EC-6)
      MATH 2305 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
      READ 3360 Beginning Literacy Development
      READ 4392 Organization and Materials for Reading ­ -- 5 hours of field experiences
      READ 3364 Developing Comprehension and Inquiry Skills
      READ 4393 Reading Assessment and Intervention
      EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment
      ECED 4311 Theory and Foundations of Early Childhood Education -- 12 hours of field experiences

      Required Graduate Courses for Teacher Certification (EC-6)
      COHD 6325 Advanced Educational Psychology - 15 hours of field experiences
      COHD 6315 Child and Adolescent Development
      READ 6305 Understanding and Working with Students of Diverse Cultures
      EDUC 5340 Current Issues in Special Education
      EDUC 5601 Interdisciplinary Strategies EC-6 - -6 hours of field experiences
      EDUC 5377 Capstone Course: The Professional Elementary/Middle School Teacher

      Student Teaching
      EDUC 4621 Student Teaching in the Elementary School (required but will receive undergraduate credit)
      or
      EDUC 5324 & 5325 Internship I & II

      Total Undergraduate Hours 18-24
      Total Graduate Hours 18-24
      Total Hours for Certification 48

      15 graduate hours may be combined with a master’s degree in another field of study, if approved by Graduate Program Director in that field.  
    • Standard Teacher Certification

      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.

    • Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT)

      Information regarding Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT)

      The following information has been taken from the Texas Educator Certification website. For full details, please visit their website: http://www.texes.ets.org/epp/epppact/

      Significant changes to Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 22.10 (a)(3)(C) were approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) on October 10, 2008. The new rule, which went into effect on December 14, 2008, allows degreed individuals who have not been enrolled in an Educator Preparation Program (EEP) to take Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT) to demonstrate content proficiency for possible admission into and EPP. Taking PACT does not ensure admittance into a program. EPPs may have additional admissions requirements. Registration for a content certification exam offered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) will begin on January 5, 2009.
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