Program Completion Requirements for Post-baccalaureate Candidates for Certification:
- Complete all Professional Education courses with a "C" or better;
- Have a final GPA of at least 2.5 in all Professional education courses;
- Have a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for all courses on the deficiency plan;
- Complete appropriate content course requirements with a "C" or better in each;
- Complete student teaching or internship successfully;
- Complete required state certification examinations (TExES) successfully;
- Complete Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training;
- Submit to a national criminal history background check.
NOTE: The Division of Certification and Standards of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in conjunction with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) regulates the certification of educators to teach public school children. Working with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the FBI, the Division of Educator Certification and Standards conducts a state and national criminal history background check on all applicants for educator certification, ensuring each candidate's suitability to teach children. Each student applying for certification must be fingerprinted by an authorized agency. TEA will provide a fingerprint packet at the time of the candidate's application. Students pursuing educator preparation should know that conviction for a felony or misdemeanor may lead to denial of teacher certification.