The mission of the College of Education is to prepare education professionals to provide excellent service to schools and other youth-serving agencies; to demonstrate by example the highest quality of teaching and professional service; and to engage in scholarly activity that will generate new knowledge about key educational issues, especially those impacting multicultural communities. All programs of study in the College of Education are based on established educational research and essential knowledge of sound professional practice. All programs in the College are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

A doctoral degree in Education (EdD) degree is offered in Educational Leadership and a PhD degree in Teaching, Learning, and Culture is offered in Teacher Education. Graduate degree programs offered by the College of Education include a Master of Arts degree in Education and the Master of Education degree. The Master of Education degree option is a non-thesis program that offers students an opportunity to gain an increased depth and breadth in education through graduate-level coursework, a scholarly paper, and a comprehensive exam. The Master of Arts option (a thesis-based degree) is designed for students interested in performing an independent research project in addition to coursework. Students can major in Education, Educational Administration, Educational Diagnostician, Counseling, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and Literacy. Students should see the Graduate Advisor in the appropriate department. Graduate courses are offered through three departments: Educational Leadership and Foundations, Educational Psychology and Special Services, and Teacher Education.

It is also possible for students to take post-baccalaureate coursework leading to certification by the State Board for Educator Certification as Professional School Supervisor, Professional Principal, Professional School Superintendent, Professional School Counselor, all-levels Reading Specialist, Master Reading Teacher, Master Mathematics Teacher, Master Science Teacher, and Master Technology Teacher. Professional certification for classroom teachers can also be earned.

In addition, the College of Education, in partnership with local area school districts, offers an Alternative Teacher Certification Program. In this program, candidates teach full time in an elementary or secondary public school and complete summer and evening coursework toward initial (provisional) teacher certification in Texas. Certification in Career and Technology Education is also available. For more information, contact the Center for Student Success, Education 412. For students admitted separately to the Master of Education degree, some coursework can apply toward the graduate degrees in Teacher Education or Educational Psychology. For more information, students should contact the Center for Student Success, or the Director of Career and Technology Education, Education 601, and the Graduate Advisors in the Teacher Education and Educational Psychology Departments.

Individuals seeking information about teacher certification in Texas should contact the College of Education's Center for Student Success, Education 412.

Certification for Candidates Who Have Completed a Bachelor's Degree

Certification for Post-Baccalaureate Students

Initial teacher certification can be earned by candidates who possess an undergraduate or advanced degree. Eligibility for these programs includes a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in the last 60 hours from an accredited college or university, successful completion of the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment), and development of an approved plan of study. Eligible applicants for certification programs must apply to the Graduate School into the teacher certification program.

Professional certification is available in the following areas: Principal, Superintendent and Supervisor (Educational Leadership and Foundations Department), Educational Diagnostician, School Counselor, and Special Education Counselor (Educational Psychology and Special Services Department) and all levels Reading Specialist and Master Reading Teacher (Teacher Education Department).

All post-baccalaureate students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Students whose cumulative GPA drops below 2.50 are placed on academic probation and have nine (9) semester hours in which to return the GPA to 2.50 or higher. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the University.

Graduate-level coursework completed during the certification program that has not been used to meet other degree requirements can be recommended by the departmental Graduate Advisor to the Graduate School to count toward an advanced degree under certain circumstances. These courses are limited to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours in which a grade of B or higher has been earned within the time limits and other restrictions detailed in this Graduate Catalog.

Additional information on certification programs is available from the Certification Office within the College of Education and the Graduate School.

Alternative Certification Program (ACP)

The Alternative Certification Program (ACP), conducted in partnership with local public school districts and private schools, is available to candidates who have completed a bachelor's degree with a 2.75 (or higher) overall grade point average (GPA). Candidates are required to have passed all three portions of the THEA (Math: 230, Reading: 250, Writing: 220), or have appropriate GRE scores (Verbal: 400, Quantitative: 400) or GMAT scores (Verbal: 28, Quantitative: 35). Candidates are encouraged to apply for the following teaching fields:

Elementary/Middle School Education

Core Subjects- EC-6

Core Subjects- 4-8

English Language Arts and Reading- 4-8

English Language Arts and Mathematics- 4-8

Mathematics/Science- 4-8

Reading/Social Studies- 4-8

Science- 4-8

Social Studies- 4-8

Bilingual Education Supplemental (Spanish)

Secondary Education

Business Education- 6-12

Dance- 8-12

English Language Arts and Reading- 7-12

History- 7-12

Journalism- 7-12

Life Science- 7-12

Mathematics- 7-12

Physical Science- 6-12

Physics/Mathematics- 7-12

Science- 7-12

Social Studies- 7-12

Speech- 7-12

All-level Education

Art- EC-12

Health- EC-12

LOTE: French- EC-12

LOTE: German- EC-12

LOTE: Spanish- EC-12

Music- EC-12

Physical Education- EC-12

Special Education- EC-12

Theatre- EC-12

English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental

In this program, candidates teach full time in an elementary, middle, or secondary school while employed by a public school district or private school, and complete a one-year internship. To meet certification criteria, they must also complete 15 to18 graduate credit hours while completing their internship. Although the University is approved to offer alternative teacher certifications in the areas listed, the availability of positions for these fields depends on the staffing needs of the local public and private schools. Additionally, 15 hours can be applied to a graduate degree in Teacher Education. The student must apply with the Graduate School concurrently to applying to the Alternative Teacher Certification Program.

The Colleges of Engineering and Science have agreed upon courses, listed below, that can fulfill Mathematics and Science prerequisites for the Alternative Teacher Certification Program.

The following engineering courses count for ACP candidates as Mathematics credits:

BED 3373
CS 2401Elem. Data Struct./Algorithms4
COSC 1418
CS 2402
COSC 2418
CS 3350Automata/Computabi/Formal Lang3
CS 3370Computer Graphics3
CS 4342Data Base Management3
CS 4365Topics in Soft Computing3
EE 1305Intro to Electrical Engineer3
EE 3438
EE 3353Discrete Time Signals & System3
EE 3384Probabilistic Methods-Engr/Sci3
EE 4341Communication System3
EE 4364Systems and Controls3
EE 4365Topics in Soft Computing3
EE 4386Computational Methods In EE3
EE 4388Digital Communications3
ME 4111
ME 4311
IE 4353Industrial Systems Simulation3
IE 4385Statist Quality Cntrl/Reliabil3
IE 4492
BE 1101Introduction to Engineer Lab1
BE 1301Introduction to Engineering3
BE 2326Engineering Economy3
BE 3341Engineering Analysis3

The following engineering courses count for ACP candidates as Physics/Chemistry credits:

BE 2434Mechanics I4
CE 3325Environmental Engr Fundamental3
CE 3343Structural Analysis I3
CE 4153Water and Waste Laboratory1
CE 4348Geotechnical Engineering3
CE 4456
EE 1305Intro to Electrical Engineer3
EE 2351Electric Circuits II3
EE 3321Electromagnetic Field Theory3
EE 3329Fund. of Semiconductor Dev3
EE 3340Electronics II3
EE 3438
EE 3385Energy Conversion3
BE 2377Electrical Circuits and Motors3
EE 4142Laboratory For EE 43421
EE 4347Applied Electromagnetics3
EE 4350Integrat Cir/Semiconduct Devic3
EE 4356Real Time Signal Processing3
EE 4361Fiber Optic Communication3
EE 4380Microwave Engineering3
EE 4381
EE 4383Digital Signal Processing3
EE 4385Biomedical Instrumentation3
EE 4386Computational Methods In EE3
EE 4389High Resolution Radar3
BE 2338Mechanics II3
ENGR 2302
ME 3363
ME 3365
BE 2375Intro. to Thermal-Fluid Sci.3
ME 3376
ME 4111
ME 4355
ME 4364
ME 4351
BE 2303Intro. to Mats. Sci. and Engr.3
MME 3306Rate Processes3
MME 3308Appl Chemical Thermodynamics3
MME 4404Mat. Synthesis & Manufacturing4

Note: The State of Texas is in the process of changing areas and prerequisite testing requirements. Commensurate with these state requirements, ACP certification areas can be subject to change.