Department of Teacher Education

Teacher Certification

In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching) students must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes all courses, whether posted to TWU transcript or used on a degree plan. Excludes developmental and repeated courses);
  • Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or better;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Met the following Testing Requirements:
    • Have achieved the following test scores (none of which may be more than 5 years old):
      • Praxis Core: Math 150, Reading 156, Writing 162; or
      • ACT Scores (TWU Code 4224): Verbal 19 (Verbal is the average of the English, Reading, and Science sections); Math, 19, Composite 23; or
    • SAT Scores (TWU Code 6826): 
      • Prior to March 5, 2016: Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070
      • After March 5, 2016: Math 530, EBRW 480; or
    • TExES Pre-admission Content Test (PACT; option available 1/1/2020).
  • Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;
  • Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel;
  • A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;
  • Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
  • Acknowledged and accepted admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Please note: 

  • All accepted students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the TWU Education Preparation Program.
  • Admission requirements are determined by Texas Education Agency policies and are subject to change without notice.
  • Students seeking Bilingual certification must meet minimum proficiency in Spanish.
  • Students seeking Deaf/Hard of Hearing certification must meet minimum proficiency in sign.

Contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS) at copeadvising@twu.edu or (940) 898-2829 with any questions.

Bilingual Education Courses

EDBE 3003. Linguistics for ESL Educators. Essentials of English phonology, morphology, and syntax and their pedagogical implications for teaching English as a second language (ESL). Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 3113. Bilingual Education: Instructional Applications and Materials. Subject matter centers on the teaching of limited English proficiency children with particular emphasis on language assessment techniques, curriculum design, program implementation and materials. Prerequisites: EDBE 4453, EDBE 3643, EDBE 3453, and Junior standing. Course taught in Spanish. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 3453. Teaching English As a Second Language. Analysis of social and linguistic factors associated with second language learners and the acquisition of the English language. May require field experience. Prerequisite: EDBE 4453 or EDBE 3003. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 3643. Foundations of Bilingual Education. A study of the historical, legal, and theoretical foundations of bilingual education, including a review of programmatic designs. Prerequisites: EDBE 4453 and Junior standing. Course taight in Spanish. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 4453. Theories of Second Language Acquisition for ESL and Bilingual Teachers. Theories and research in bilingualism and its influence on learning and instruction, including developmental characteristics of language acquisition, relationship between bilingualism and cognition, and issues in assessment of bilingual children. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 4723. Teaching the Content Areas in the Bilingual Classroom. Analysis of Texas public school curriculum requirements as applied to a bilingual program. Language concepts and proficiencies needed to deliver effective mathematics, social skills, and sciences instruction. Course taught in Spanish. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 4913. Independent Study. Independent study of specificproblems in bilingual or ESL education. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.

Special Education Courses

EDSP 4203. Learners with Exceptionalities. Overview of characteristics of exceptional learners and the history, terminology, legal issues, and service provision for students eligible for special education. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDSP 4243. Assessment of Students with Learning and Behavioral Difficulties. Theories, instruments, and procedures used in the assessment of students with learning and behavioral difficulties, including norm-referenced, criterion-referenced, and informal procedures. Prerequistie: EDSP 4203. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDSP 4253. Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities. Instructional strategies and accommodations/modifications for curriculum in oral language, literacy, math, and social skills for students with disabilities. Includes cognitive and compensatory strategies for content area curriculum. Includes 15 hours of field experience. Prerequisite: EDSP 4203. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDSP 4263. Behavior Management Strategies for Student with Disabilities. Behavior management strategies, behavior interventions, and social skills development for students with disabilities. Includes 15 hours of field experience. Prerequisite: EDSP 4203. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDSP 4913. Independent Study. Independent study of specific problems in special education. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.

Education Courses

EDUC 2003. Schools and Society. (TCCN EDUC 1301) Professional roles, responsibilities, and structure of American and Texas educational systems; legal and ethical requirements of professional educators. Importance of family involvement in the educational process. Utilization of effective interaction and communication with families, school personnel, and other members of the educational community. Includes 16 hours of field experience in P-12 classrooms. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 2703. Gender and Education. An interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between gender and education in the U.S. Explores how gender relationships are created, maintained, enacted, and transformed through educational structures, practices, and institutions. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 3003. Learning Theory and Development. Overview of the major learning theories and developmental models that impact student learning; instruction that promotes meaningful, integrated, active inquiry, and participation in the learning process. Includes 15 hours of field experience. Prerequisites: EDUC 2003 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 3482. Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration. Implementation of effective and appropriate approaches to integrating innovative technology in diverse EC-12 classrooms. Prerequisites:EDUC 2003 and admission to the Teacher Education program. Two lecture hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

EDUC 4052. Practicum in Special Education. Credit: Two hours.

EDUC 4053. Practicum in Special Education. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4113. Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment. Design and implementation of instruction appropriate for all students; continuous and appropriate assessment; responsive instruction and effective communication techniques; instructional strategies that actively engage students in the learning process; timely, high-quality feedback. Includes 15 hours of field experience. Prerequisites: EDUC 2003, EDUC 3003, and EDUC 3482 with a grade of C or higher; and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Co-requisite: EDUC 4243. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4243. Classroom Environment and Management. Factors which foster a positive climate for learning, equity, and excellence: physically and emotionally safe and productive environments; effective learner-centered strategies for managing student behavior; social, legal, and ethical issues regarding the use of technology within the teaching and learning environment. Includes 15 hours of field experience. Prerequisites: EDUC 2003, EDUC 3003, and EDUC 3482 with a grade of C or higher; and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Co-requisite: EDUC 4113. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4903. Special Topics. An organized class for the study of particular areas or subjects not offered in another scheduled course. May be repeated for additional credit when topic varies. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4913. Independent Study. Independent study of specific problems. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of credit. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4923. Internship in Teaching. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4926. Internship in Teaching. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4936. Practicum in Teaching. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4943. Clinical Student Teaching. Supervised student teaching in the certification area(s) being sought by the teacher candidate. Prerequisite: Passing all TExES exams, 2.75 GPA or higher, and completion of all coursework on the degree plan leading to certification. Students may be required to attend class meetings outside of the practicum setting throughout the course of the semester. 100 practicum hours. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4946. Clinical Student Teaching. Supervised student teaching in the certification area(s) being sought by the teacher candidate. Prerequisite: Passing all TExES exams, 2.75 GPA or higher, and completion of all coursework on degree plan leading to certification. Students may be required to attend class meetings outside of the practicum setting throughout the course of the semester. 200 practicum hours. Credit: Six hours.