• Undergraduate

    Hardin-Simmons University offers teacher preparation for the following four certification levels:

    • Early Childhood - Grade 6
    • Grades 4 - 8 Middle Grades
    • Grades 7 - 12 Secondary Grades
    • Early Childhood - Grade 12

    Early Childhood - Grade 6

    Early Childhood - Grade 6 (EC-6) certification level is a Bachelor of Behavioral Science (B.B.S.) degree with an Interdisciplinary Generalist major and minor in Education. The EC-6 program includes a B.B.S. general education curriculum of 53 hours, interdisciplinary generalist major of 48 hours, and a minor in education of 24 hours for a program total of 125 semester hours.

    Grades 4 - 8 Middle Grades

    Grades 4 - 8 certification level includes areas of certification in English Language Arts and Reading, English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies, Mathematics, and General Science. Students pursuing the Grades 4-8 program complete hours in general education curriculum, the major, and the minor. Total program hours vary depending on the major.

    Grades 7 - 12 Secondary Grades

    Hardin-Simmons University offers teacher preparation programs for Grades 7-12 secondary certification level in Business Education grades 6 - 12, English Language Arts Reading, History, Life Sciences*, Mathematics, Physical Sciences*, Science*, Social Studies*, Spanish, and Speech. Students pursuing teacher certification at the Grades 7-12 level must complete a general education curriculum and at least one teaching field (major) from the list of secondary areas of certification along with a University approved minor, and professional development courses OR general education curriculum, one composite teaching field (major) from the list of secondary areas of certification designated with an asterisk, general education curriculum, and professional development courses. A minimum of 124 semester hours is required for graduation from Hardin-Simmons University.

    Early Childhood - Grade 12

    Hardin-Simmons offers teacher preparation programs for Early Childhood - Grade 12 (all-level) certification in Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, and Theater. Students must complete general education curriculum, courses in the EC-12 major, and professional development courses.

    Student Teaching

    Six hours of the professional development/education minor course work at all levels of certification and in all areas of certification are student teaching. Student teaching involves a semester, all-day field experience. Students must apply for student teaching in the Dean's office the semester prior to student teaching.

    Special Education

    Hardin-Simmons offers supplemental certification in Special Education. The Director of the Center for Literacy and Learning will advise all Special Education teacher preparation students.


    Admission to the teacher education program of the University is by application to the Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Educational Studies preferably upon completion of 36 semester hours. A candidate for admission must complete the Application for Admission to Teacher Education. He/she must met all University approved standards to be admitted including, but not limited to minimum achieved 2.8 gpa, have a degree plan on file, demonstrated proficiency in reading, oral and written communication, and mathematics. Admission policy and standards for admission are available upon request in the dean's office, Irvin School of Education. All standards must be met prior to making application to the teacher preparation program and to enrolling in any professional development course. Students who plan to make application to the teacher preparation program are encouraged to obtain the admission policy and standards for admission as early as possible to avoid delays in the admission process. All students interested in the teacher preparation program at HSU should meet with the HSU Certification Officer in Abilene Hall to discuss the teacher preparation program and admission requirements.

    The HSU teacher education program is approved by the State Board of Education as a Center for Professional Development and Technology. One requirement for being a center is that there be field-basing within the teacher preparation program. Those courses that have a field-based component require students to interact with public school students and teachers at a public school site.


    Nothwithstanding the fact that a student has been retained in teacher education to the point of completing all academic requirements, University recommendation for certification of the candidate is contingent upon evidence of having fulfilled all requirements and standards of the teacher education program of the unviersity. This is determined by a final review of the candidate's complete record as concerns: (1) academic record, (2) student teaching, (3) professional ethics, and (4) passing the required state mandated TExES examinations. The HSU Certification Officer recommends graduates to the State Board for Educator Certification/TEA for certification when all certification requirements have been met.

    No student is eligible to be recommended for certification if he/she has a grade of D or unsatisfactory in his/her area(s) of preparation/teaching field(s), PSYC 3333, or in any course in pedagogy and professional development. Certification and/or eligibility for certification are NOT requirements for graduation.


    Hardin-Simmons University teacher preparation program is accredited annually by The Texas Education Agency. Accreditation is based on meeting and/or exceeding the minimum pass rates on the TExES examinations. The State Board for Educator Certification, Office of Accountability has assigned Hardin-Simmons University Irvin School of Education teacher preparation program a rating of "Accredited" under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since rating of teacher preparation entities has been assigned. Detailed information related to accountability and Title II report can be accessed at the www.sbec.state.tx.us.

    Details related to specific courses required in each of the teacher preparation programs and course descriptions can be accessed in the current Hardin-Simmons Undergraduate Catalog.

    Graduate Level

    The Master of Education degree is offered to those who are interested in professional improvement through graduate study. Graduate programs are available in Counseling and Human Development, Reading Specialist Education, Gifted Education, and Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. Applicants for the Master of Education degree must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

    Admission criteria for Master of Education programs can be located in the Bulletin of Graduate and Professional Studies in the School of Education section.

    A student who does not have adequate undergraduate preparation for the intended major will be required to complete appropriate leveling work.

    All leveling and prerequisite work must be finished before completion of 12 semester hours of graduate work. All requirements for the Master's degree in Education must be completed within five years from the semester of initial admission.

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