Teacher Education in the Disciplines

http://www.twu.edu/college-professional-education/

Coordination: Dean of Professional Education and Council for Educator Preparation
Location: Stoddard 202
Telephone: 940-898-2202
Fax: 940-898-2209
Advising: Office of Educator Preparation Services, Stoddard Hall 211

Teaching certificates in the disciplines require an undergraduate degree and completion of required courses in teacher education. Students may earn the teaching certificate in two ways:

  1. while earning the bachelor’s degree by completing a major in an approved certification area and a minor in education, or
  2. by earning teaching certification as post-baccalaureate students after completing a degree.

Students preparing to teach elementary school, middle school English Language Arts and Reading, or middle school core subjects must major in Interdisciplinary Studies and minor in Education. Students seeking a secondary or all-level certificate must select a major in the specialization area and minor in Education. Academic advising is available to all students from both the academic departments and the College of Professional Education.

Teaching Certificate Plans for the Majors

Requirements for majors with teaching certificates vary among academic departments and according to the grades to be taught. Plans for grades 6-12, 7-12, and 8-12 are considered secondary education. Students should complete the requirements for the university core curriculum and the major department’s plan for teacher certification. In some areas, certificates are provided which permit the student to teach a single subject in all levels or grades of the public schools (EC-12 plans).

Teaching Certifications Available in the Disciplines

Major Discipline Teacher Certification Programs
Arts EC-12 Art
6-12 Dance
EC-12 Music
EC-12 Theatre Arts
Biology 4-8 Science
7-12 Life Science
7-12 Science
Communication Sciences EC-12 Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Chemistry 7-12 Chemistry
6-12 Physical Science
English 7-12 English Language Arts and Reading
Family & Consumer Sciences 6-12 Family and Consumer Sciences - Composite
8-12 Human Development and Family Studies
8-12 Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Sciences
History and Government 4-8 Social Studies
7-12 Social Studies
7-12 History
Kinesiology EC-12 Physical Education
Language Arts 4-8 English Language Arts and Reading
Mathematics 4-8 Mathematics

Educator Preparation Program Admission Requirements 

Please refer to the Admission section of this catalog regarding acceptance into TWU.
To obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program, you must have:
(All criteria required before taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching)

  • Completion of EDUC 2003 (C or better)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Testing Requirements (Please note: test scores are subject to change.)
    • TASP/THEA Scores: Reading 260, Math 240, Writing 240; OR
    • Accuplacer Scores: Reading 80, Math 65, Writing 82/6; OR
    • ACT Scores: Verbal 19, Math 19, Composite 23; OR
    • SAT Scores:
      • Prior to March 5, 2016 - Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070;
      • On/After March 5, 2016 – EBRW 480, Math 530

                         ACT and SAT scores cannot be more than five years old

  • Successful completion of a pre-admission interview with an assigned faculty advisor
  • Minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought
  • Signed application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program
  • Signed Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics
  • Submit a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee
  • Acknowledgment and acceptance of admission to the Educator Preparation Program

Students must maintain the admission requirements to remain a student in the TWU Education Preparation Program.

Background Checks

Background checks will be required for early field experiences, student teaching experiences, and for certification in the state of Texas. Teacher candidates pay all fees incurred. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony must identify themselves on the criminal background application form. Applicants who fail to disclose a personal felony conviction will be removed from the educator preparation program. If you have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and would like to check your eligibility for teaching, you can go to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. On this page, you will find a Preliminary Criminal History Review for Educator Certification Candidates for a non-refundable fee.  This service will allow those individuals who are contemplating obtaining a Texas Teacher Certificate in the future, the opportunity to have a review of an existing criminal history performed by agency staff.  The review will be based solely on information provided by the candidate and will result in a non-binding opinion issued by the agency as to whether or not the candidate would be eligible for Texas Teacher Certification at the time of the evaluation.  This process does not preclude a candidate from being required to submit to a national criminal history review as required by statute at the time of application for educator credentials.  Take note that even with this preliminary criminal history review, this is no guarantee that you will be able to complete field experience if rejected by a TEA-accredited site. 

Failure to provide any documentation upon request by an agency, program, or school may result in the candidate’s inability to complete field experiences and the requirements for the TWU Educator Preparation Program Education.  

Early Field Experiences Requirements

Students shall complete early field experiences prior to student teaching, which are designed to introduce you to a variety of classroom settings, and allow you to apply what you learn in your courses at schools. In collaboration with your instructors and area educators, the Office of Clinical Practices strives to ensure you are well prepared to begin your career in education first in student teaching, and finally in your own classroom. Each field experience will be different than the last, growing in level of interaction and responsibilities. Days, times, and total hours will also vary by course with an increased amount of time required as you grow toward your final semester. Be sure to check your course descriptions for specific information on field experience schedule requirements.

Clinical Student Teaching Requirements

Clinical student teaching is to be completed during the student's fourth year in a school for an entire fall or spring term/semester. Students should plan ahead to cover their financial needs during the clinical student teaching semester. For information regarding clinical student teaching, please contact the Office of Clinical Practices Stoddard Hall, Room 202, phone 940-898-2735.

  1. Admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
  2. A minimum 2.75 overall grade point average;
  3. Satisfactory completion (as defined by the major department) of all coursework leading to degree and certification requirements except student teaching; and
  4. Passed all TExES content, supplemental exams (if applicable), and PPR exam.

Application for Teaching Certificate (Online)

Once students have completed their program, students will apply online for teaching certificates on the Texas Education Agency websiteSpecific rules affect teacher certification procedures and institutional recommendation. These include:

  1. No student may be admitted to or recommended for an initial certificate or supplemental program based on expired state standards.
  2. To be approved for any certificate, candidates shall be required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance on one or more examinations prescribed by the State Board for Educator Certification.
  3. Effective September 1, 1982, the State Board of Education rule gives the Commissioner of Education the authority to suspend or revoke a teaching certificate, or refuse to issue a teaching certificate for a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for a crime directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession. All applicants for an initial credential must submit fingerprints to TEA.
  4. Recommendation for certification will not be made until all state and university requirements are met.

Certification of Post-Baccalaureate Students

TWU offers several options to individuals with a bachelor’s degree who are seeking either initial or additional Texas teacher certification. Materials are available in the College of Professional Education Office of Educator Preparation Services that outline the steps involved. All post-baccalaureate students pursuing initial teacher certification must have a GPA of at least 3.0 on the last 60 semester credit hours and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. Regardless of the total number of hours needed to complete certification requirements, at least 15 semester credit hours of coursework must be taken at TWU prior to recommendation for certification. Other requirements unique to the academic specialization must be satisfied.

Graduate Courses

Please refer to the Graduate Catalog or the department website for information about our graduate courses in Special Education, Educational Leadership, and Bilingual Education.