Graduate Level Initial Teaching Certification Program
The Initial Teaching Certification Program is integrated as the initial portion of the Master of Science degree in Elementary Education or the Master of Science degree in Secondary Education. Students with an undergraduate degree seeking an initial teaching certification must meet University admissions requirements as outlined in the Graduate Admissions section of this catalog. Furthermore, students must be accepted by the COE Program Areas providing the MS in Elementary Education or MS in Secondary Education. Undergraduate-level courses and graduate-level courses may be required on the initial teacher certification plan; however, only those courses with graduate-level designations may apply toward the master’s degree.
Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) Requirement
All sections of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test must be passed prior to enrolling in EDCI 5353 . The passing scores are: 250 on the Reading section, 230 on the Mathematics section, and 240 on the Writing section. Exemptions may be granted for those with a score of 26 or higher on the ACT, a score of 1180 or higher on the SAT, or a score of 1100 or higher on the GRE. Students who hold a master’s degree are exempt from taking the THEA. For clarification, please contact the Certification Office in the COE.
In addition to the requirements listed, students must meet the requirements set by the specific certification content fields. See the appropriate sections of the undergraduate catalog for the individual teaching fields (e.g., Mathematics, English, History) for these requirements.
Admission to and Retention in the Teacher Education Program
Requirements for admission to and retention in the Graduate Level Initial Teacher Certification Program include:
- Completion of the application process for admission to teacher education. (If denied admission, the student must reapply in order to be reconsidered for admission.)
- A minimum grade point average of 2.50 on all academic work attempted, or 2.50 on the last 30 hours attempted. (However, to remain in the program, a minimum GPA of 3.00 is required in all graduate work. See “Scholastic Probation and Enforced Withdrawal ” in this catalog.)
- A satisfactory score on all sections of the THEA (see THEA section above).
- Completion of the University requirement in oral communication.
- Completion of EDCI 5351 or EDCI 5352 with a grade of “B” or better.
- Certification Plan approved by the University Certification Officer.
- Teaching certificate areas and endorsement/Supplemental Certificate areas (i.e., History, English, Science and others) may require above the minimum grade point average of 2.50. Students are to check the catalog section that pertains to the certificate area or the endorsement/Supplemental Certificate for required GPA’s.
- Completion of a criminal background check form.
- Completion of TB screening.
- An interview with a Teacher Education faculty member is required.
Every individual, upon application for initial teacher certification, will receive a national background investigation for a record of activity by the State Board for Educator Certification prior to issuance of the standard teaching certificate. Applicants for the Teacher Education Program may also be subject to a criminal background check by the partner school district. Districts have the right to refuse 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.
Individuals enrolled in the Graduate Level Initial Teacher Certification Program will be required to do field experiences during the day as part of their course work. Please contact an Academic Advisor in the College of Education for information about a suggested degree completion plan.
Individuals enrolled in the graduate level initial Teacher Certification Program who already hold a teaching position as the teacher of record in a school should follow the following sequence.