“Expanding Possibilities, Creating Solutions”
The College of Education at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, devoted to excellence in instruction, research, and service, prepares leaders representing diverse backgrounds and experiences, to serve the educational needs in the global community.
The College of Education (COE) offers the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree and the Bachelor of Science Degree with majors in Kinesiology, Athletic Training, and Occupational Training and Development. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Childhood Development/Early Childhood Education degree is designed for graduates of Applied Arts and Science programs in Child Development, as well as child care providers who seek additional qualifications (see College of Liberal Arts for degree program description. Students may also receive a military commission through the Military Science program and a minor in Military Science.
The COE is committed to a field-based professional development program. Early in their program, students are required to spend a significant portion of their professional development courses observing and working with experienced teachers in the local school districts. Subsequent course work is taught at the school sites, with the students utilizing the setting to become actively involved in applying the concepts learned in the lectures. The field-based program culminates in the student teaching experience, wherein the student is assigned on a one-to-one basis with an experienced master teacher and moves from observation, through cooperative teaching, to full responsibility for a class.
Undergraduate Program General Requirements
General University degree requirements are discussed in the “Undergraduate Programs ” section of this catalog. COE degree requirements follow:
A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation. Some curricula or combinations of fields require more. No remedial course work may be applied toward the degree.
Grade Point Average
Requirements for graduation include a minimum grade point average of 2.00 on a four-point scale on all academic work attempted, and a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in the major field(s) of study. For admission to and retention in teacher education, the GPA requirement is 2.50 or 2.50 on the last 30 hours attempted.
All sections of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test must be passed PRIOR to enrolling in any 4000 level undergraduate EDCI or EDUC course. The passing scores are: 250 on the Reading section, 230 on the Mathematics section, and 240 on the Writing section. Exemptions will be granted for people with a score of 26 or higher on the ACT or a score of 1180 or higher on the SAT. For clarification, please contact either the Certification Office or an academic advisor in the COE.
Students interested in seeking a degree offered by the College of Education are encouraged to see an academic advisor to discuss their interests. After consultation with the student, the academic advisor will prepare a degree plan and assign a faculty advisor who will mentor the student regarding academic and career interests. The degree plan will require signatures from the faculty advisor, academic advisor, certification officer and the student to be considered official. The signed degree plan will be filed by the academic advisor and will be considered the plan the student will follow through to graduation. Students are encouraged to visit their academic and faculty advisors periodically to audit their progress and ensure they are following their designated plan. Students may change official degree plans by seeing an academic advisor and repeating the process.
Requirements for Programs Leading to Teacher Certification
Admission to and Retention in the Teacher Education Program (Field Based Program)
Students following a degree plan leading to teacher certification must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi PRIOR to enrolling in any 4000 level EDCI or EDUC courses. Application forms for admission to the teacher education program may be obtained from COE Student Services in FC 201 and online at COE website.
The student expecting to enter a program leading to teacher certification should apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program and the pre-service block experience as part of the course responsibilities for EDCI 3311 . These application forms may be obtained from COE Student Services and online at the COE website at http://teach.tamucc.edu/u_forms.html .
In addition to the requirements listed below, students must meet any additional requirements set by the specific certification teaching fields. See catalog sections for individual teaching fields (e.g., Mathematics, English, History) for these requirements. Requirements for admission to, and retention in, the Teacher Education Program include:
- Completion of the application process for admission to teacher education. (If denied admission, the student must reapply.)
- A minimum grade point average of 2.50 on all academic work attempted or a 2.50 on the last 30 hours attempted.
- A satisfactory score on all sections of the THEA (Reading 250; Math 230; Writing 240), and completion of the requirement in the area of critical thinking. Exemptions will be granted for people with a score of 26 or higher on the ACT or a score of 1180 or higher on the SAT.
- Completion of the University requirement in oral communication.
- Prerequisite courses
- Thirty-nine hours of the General Education Requirements.
- Completion of EDCI 3311 with a grade of “C” or better.
- Conduct an interview with Department of Teacher Education faculty while enrolled in EDCI 3311.
- Completion of criminal background check form(s) which will be periodically processed by public school districts throughout the duration of the Educator Preparation Program.
- Agree to and sign the Code of Ethics and Standards of the College of Education’s Educator Preparation Program before being fully, or conditionally, admitted into the program.
- Certification plan signed by an Academic Advisor, the University Certification Officer, and the Program Coordinator or designated person of each teaching field on file in the COE.
- A minimum GPA of 2.50 on all academic work taken in the student’s teaching field(s), area of specialization or delivery system. Teaching certificate areas (i.e., History, English, Science and others) may require above the minimum grade point average of 2.50 and may not accept grades below “C”. Students are to check the catalog section that pertains to the certificate area for required GPA’s.
- Completion of TB screening.
Verified admission to teacher education from another Texas institution of higher education will be accepted, provided that the quantitative standards from such other institutions equaled or exceeded those that existed at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi at the time the student was admitted at the other institution.
NOTE: A fingerprint-based national criminal background investigation is conducted on all applicants for initial certification by the State Board for Educator Certification in Compliance with State Statute 19 TAC SS 141.5. Applicants for the Teacher Education program will also be subject to a criminal background check by the partner school district. Districts have the right to refuse any individual access to their schools and/or students at ANY time and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is obligated to honor that request. Inability to complete field requirements will preclude an individual from successfully meeting course requirements.
Admission to Student Teaching
All teacher preparation programs offered by this University require appropriate professional laboratory experiences. All programs, with the exception of Occupational Training and Development, require nine semester hours of student teaching experiences. Students may register for student teaching during their senior year only after they have been granted admission in writing by the Field Experiences Office. Student teaching must be completed at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, unless the Director of Field Experiences has approved a cooperative agreement with another university and written documentation is on file in the Office of Field Experiences.
Online application for admission to student teaching must be made at http://te.tamucc.edu/. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1 for students seeking FALL placement; July l is the deadline for students seeking SPRING placement.
Requirements that must be fulfilled before admission to student teaching can be granted include:
- Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
- Completion of a minimum of 100 semester hours of acceptable university work.
- A minimum grade point average of 2.50 on all academic work attempted or the last 30 hours attempted.
- Completion of 80% of the required semester hours in general education including 9 semester hours of English and 3 semester hours of public speaking.
- Completion of ; or ; and , , or ; and any ECED, BIEM, SPED, READ, MATH, KINE courses with a grade of “C” or better.
- Passing of the TExES Content exam of initial certification area. Exceptions may be considered for those TExES exams that are offered through paper-based testing only.
- Completion of 80% of the courses required in the student’s teaching field(s), areas of specialization, or delivery system.
- A minimum GPA of 2.50 on all academic work taken in the student’s teaching field(s), area of specialization, or delivery system. Teaching certificate areas (i.e., History, English, Science and others) may require above the minimum grade point average of 2.50 and may not accept grades below “C”. Students are to check the catalog section that pertains to the certificate area for required GPA’s.
- Completion at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi of a minimum of 6 semester hours of required professional education courses at the student’s level of certification, for transfer students only.
- Completion of “Fall Experience” (beginning-of-the-year activities in the public schools) and submission of a written summary is required for ALL students seeking placement. In order to be scheduled for this, candidates should sign up in the Office of Field Experiences during the month of May PRIOR to the fall or spring semester they will student teach.
- Concurrent enrollment in the following course (3 credit hours) for undergraduate or field-based students only:
Student teaching is a Monday through Friday, all-day, all-semester assignment. The demands are equivalent to a full course load. It is strongly recommended that students consider this factor seriously before registering for additional courses concurrent with student teaching in addition to those mentioned above.
Program of Field Experiences
Students enrolled in degree programs that lead to teacher certification are required to complete a comprehensive program of structured laboratory experiences. These will range from classroom observations to extensive classroom involvement as the student progresses through his or her program. Courses that are designated as Field-Based will require students to spend a minimum of 51% of the course time in a school setting. Students should check with the instructor to determine the field experience requirements for specific courses.
Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES)
In addition to successful completion of all courses, to be recommended for teacher certification, students must pass all appropriate TExES examinations required by the State Board for Educator Certification.
Certification programs must be completed or permission must be obtained from the program coordinator or designated person from each teaching field on the student’s certification plan before permission will be granted to take certification examinations.
Recommendation for Teacher Certification
Teacher certification by the State of Texas is not automatically granted with the completion of an approved program of study. The student must first be recommended for certification by the COE. In order to be recommended a student must:
- Have successfully completed the appropriate degree program.
- Have successfully completed the appropriate approved certification program with an overall GPA of 2.50 or 2.50 on the last 30 hours of course work attempted.
- Have completed the appropriate student teaching experience with a grade of “C” or better.
- Have passed all appropriate TExES tests. In addition, students seeking certification in Bilingual Education or Spanish must have passed the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT).
- Submit an application on line for certification and an application fee to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).
Certification for Persons Holding Degrees
See “Graduate-Level Initial Teaching Certification Program” in the College of Education section of the Graduate Catalog.
The College of Education offers undergraduate courses in the following fields:
Early Childhood (ECED)
Educational Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI)
Educational Technology (ETEC)
Student Teaching (EDUC)
Military Science (MSCI)
Occupational Training and Development (OCTD)
Reading Education (READ)
Special Education (SPED)
All course descriptions are located in course descriptions .