Grades 8-12 Certification

To complete the 8-12 teaching certificate, the candidate must have an earned bachelor's degree and complete course requirements and required TExES examinations. Individuals may follow the undergraduate professional education course of study or they may take graduate equivalents (see note below):

Designated Teaching Fields:

Chemistry (8-12)

Computer Science (8-12)

English Language Arts and Reading (8-12)

History (8-12)

Journalism (8-12)

Life Sciences (8-12)

Mathematics (8-12)

Social Studies (8-12)

Speech (8-12)

Candidates for 8-12 certification must complete the following professional education courses. (See the School of Education Advising Center for details)

8-12 Professional Education Courses:

EDUC 1301: Introduction to the Teaching Profession

EPSY 3340 : Educational Psychology

EDUC 4320: Teaching Skills for the Intermediate and Secondary Teacher

EDUC 2301: Introduction to Special Populations

EDFB 4338 : Literacy in the Content Areas

*EDST 4640: Student Teaching

EDUC 4057: Student Teaching Seminar

EDUC 4312: Social Studies

or EDUC 4313: Math

or EDUC 4314: Science

or EDUC 4315: Language Arts

or Take the appropriate pedagogy course, if required.

NOTE: In some instances, graduate courses may be substituted for undergraduate courses. If accepted to graduate studies, the candidate may apply these courses to a master's degree. The candidate who wishes to pursue a graduate degree should take no more than 9 hrs. graduate course work before being admitted to the graduate program. For admission to Graduate Studies, follow the requirements as listed earlier in this section of the catalog. (See post-baccalaureate advisor for details.)

*Student Teaching: Requirements for admission to student teaching are provided in the School of Education section of this catalog.

Professional education courses require related field experiences. These experiences occur in TEA-accredited schools. Individual instructors assign specific course requirements related to field experience. Refer to course descriptions in the university catalog. The School of Education in cooperation with participating school districts assigns students to school placements.

Content course requirements:

For information regarding content requirements, contact the School of Education. Candidates may be directed to show proficiency in an 8-12 content area by taking the designated TExES during the first semester after their admission to the School of Education. If the designated TExES is passed on the first attempt, the candidate will be considered 'complete' in the content requirements and will only be required to take the Professional Education requirements as shown on the deficiency plan.

If the candidate does not pass the designated TExES on the first attempt, the candidate will complete the content requirements as described by the School of Education.

In order to be eligible for a recommendation for 8-12 teacher certification, candidates must pass required TExES examinations in addition to successfully completing the course requirements and student teaching or internship, if applicable.