Grades EC-12 Certification

To complete the EC-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:

Art (EC-12)

Health (EC-12)

Music (EC-12)

Physical Education (EC-12)

Spanish (EC-12)

Special Education (EC-12)
(For certification requirements, see Special Education in this section of the graduate catalog.)

Candidates for EC-12 certification must complete the following professional education courses. (See the post-baccalaureate advisor.)

EC-12 Professional Education Courses:

EDUC 3310: School in the Social Setting

EDUC 3310: School in the Social Setting

EDFB 4320: Teaching Skills

EDSP 3351: Diverse Learners

Take the appropriate pedagogy course, if required1

EDFB 4338: Literacy in the Content Areas

*EDST 4640: Student Teaching

or

EDIN 5390/EDIN 5391: Internship

EDUC 4057: Student Teaching Seminar

1(See post-baccalaureate advisor)

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 EC-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 EC-12 teacher certification, candidates must pass required TExES examinations in addition to successfully completing the course requirements and student teaching or internship, if applicable.

Admission to Student Teaching

An application for admission to student teaching must be submitted to the School of Education early in the semester preceding the one in which the student plans to enroll in student teaching. The application will be approved if the student has: completed the prerequisite courses for student teaching; the required grade point average in teaching specialization(s); a 2.5 grade point average in educator professional education courses; and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 for all courses on the degree plan. Students holding a bachelor's degree and who have completed all required professional education coursework, except student teaching, may satisfy the student teaching requirement by participating in a full-time teaching internship of one school year.

Other Certificates

EDUCATIONAL DIAGNOSTICIAN CERTIFICATE (EC-12): Certification as an educational diagnostician requires a master's degree, completion of the specified course sequence, two years of successful teaching experience, and passing scores on the Educational Diagnostician TExES examination. Details are available in the Special Education section.

SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATE (EC-12): Certification as a special educator is available to those who hold a valid Texas teacher certificate, have successfully completed the specified course sequence, and have received passing scores on the Special Education TExES examination. Details are available in the Special Education section.

SCHOOL COUNSELOR CERTIFICATE (EC-12): Certification as a school counselor requires a master's degree, successful completion of the specified course sequence, two years of successful teaching experience, and passing scores on the School Counselor TExES examination. Details are available in the Psychology section.

PRINCIPAL CERTIFICATE (EC-12): Certification as a principal requires a master's degree, successful completion of the specified course sequence, two years of successful teaching experience, and passing scores on the Principal TExES examination. Details are available in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies section.

SUPERINTENDENT CERTIFICATE (EC-12): Certification as a superintendent is available to persons who hold a master's degree, a valid Texas professional mid-management administrator or principal certificate, have successfully completed the appropriate course sequence, and have received passing scores on the Superintendent TExES examination. Details are available in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies section.

MASTER READING TEACHER CERTIFICATE (EC-12): Certification as a Master Reading Teacher is available to persons holding a valid Texas teacher certificate, successful completion of the specified course sequence, three years teaching experience, and passing scores on the Master Reading Teacher TExMaT examination.

READING SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE (EC-12): Certification as a Reading Specialist requires a master's degree, a valid Texas teacher certificate, successful completion of the appropriate course sequence, two years of successful teaching experience, and passing scores on the Reading Specialist TExES examination. Details are available in the Reading section.

Supplements

A Supplement attaches to the level of certificate being earned--EC-6, 4-8, 8-12, or EC-12.

To complete a teaching supplement to be added to a new or existing standard classroom teaching certificate, the undergraduate candidate must have an earned baccalaureate degree and complete all requirements for a standard classroom teaching certificate. These requirements are located in the appropriate academic department as well as above.

A supplement may be earned in the following areas: bilingual education, English as a Second Language, and special education.

Bilingual Supplement: completion of 12 hrs. of specific coursework. The bilingual certificate can be earned concurrently with an initial classroom teaching certificate or added to a valid Texas teacher certificate upon successful completion of the specified course sequence and passing scores on the state examinations.

ENGL 4377 or 5383

ENGL 4378 or 5384

EDBE 5338

EDBE 5376

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all courses leading to bilingual certification, including a 2.0 at UT Tyler is required. Prospective teachers must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all courses leading to the bilingual supplement.

Successful completion of the required TExES examination and Oral Language Proficiency examination is necessary for a recommendation for teacher certification.

English as a Second Language Supplement (ESL): completion of 12 hrs. of specific coursework. The ESL certificate can be earned concurrently with an initial classroom teaching certificate or be added to a valid Texas teacher certificate upon successful completion of the specified course sequence and a passing score on the state examination.

ENGL 3376 or 5380

ENGL 4377 or 5383

ENGL 4376 or 5382

ENGL 4378 or 5384

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all courses leading to English as a Second Language certification, including a 2.0 at UT Tyler is required. Prospective teachers must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all courses leading to the ESL supplement.

Successful completion of the required TExES examination is necessary for a recommendation for teacher certification.

Special Education Supplement: completion of 18 hrs. of specific coursework. The special education supplement can be earned concurrently with an initial classroom teaching certificate or added to a valid Texas teacher certificate upon successful completion of the specified course sequence and a passing score on the state examination.

Contact the post-baccalaureate advisor in the School of Education for details.

A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in all courses leading to the special education supplement is required. Prospective teachers must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all courses leading to the special education supplement.

Successful completion of the required TExES examination is necessary for a recommendation for teacher certification.