Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teacher Certification

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Initial Teacher Certification is a certification-only program requiring a minimum of 21 semester credit hours which includes 12 semester credit hours of coursework in pedagogy and professional responsibilities and 6-12 semester credit hours supervised teaching experience. Students have the option of adding ESL, Bilingual, or Special Education supplemental (with added coursework) to the certification plan.

Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities
EDUC 5113Foundations of Teaching and Learning3
EDUC 5123Learning Theory, Development, and Research3
EDUC 5133Assessment and Instructional Design and Delivery for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 5143Effective Design and Management of the Classroom Environment (EC-12)3
READ 5223Introduction to Literacy and Learning EC-83
or READ 5543 Introduction to Literacy and Learning in the Disciplines
Clinical Student Teaching or Internship6-12
A full-time, one-semester clinical student teaching experience in a TEA-accredited school setting.
A full-time, two-semester internship in a TEA-accredited school setting in which the student is employed as the teacher of record.
Total SCHs21-27

 Special Requirements

  • Students complete early field experiences prior to clinical student teaching or professional internship.  These experiences are designed to introduce students to diverse classroom settings and provide opportunities to generalize course content in an applied setting.  Please refer to course descriptions for the number of field hours required for specific courses. The Office of Clinical Practices works with faculty to place students in approved districts; faculty will provide information about required assignments related to field experiences.

  • Students must pass all TExES exams prior to clinical student teaching and professional internship.

  • Only courses in which the student achieved a grade of ‘B’ or better may be included on the certification plan.

  • Students are required to enroll in at least one semester credit hour of coursework each long semester (i.e., fall and spring) until they complete their program; failure to do so may result in removal from the program (and require re-applying if a student wishes to continue).  Any exceptions require permission of the MAT Director.