Nov 25, 2020
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.
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.) including passing the TExES PACT exam in the desired content area.
- A minimum grade point average of 2.75 on all academic work attempted, or 2.75 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.)
- Completion of the University requirement in oral communication.
- Completion of EDUC 5351 or EDUC 5352 with a grade of “B” or better.
- Certification Plan or degree 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 2.75. 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 TEA/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.
* This course requires admission to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Teacher Education Program.
Admission to Student Teaching or Teaching Internship
All initial teacher preparation programs offered by this University require appropriate professional laboratory experiences. Students may register for student teaching or, if employed by a Texas school district on an emergency teaching certificate, the student may register for a teaching internship. Registration for either student teaching or the teaching internship requires admission in writing from the Field Experiences Office. Student teaching or teaching internship 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.
Written application for admission to student teaching or teaching internship must be made at the Office of Field Experiences the semester before the assignment begins. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1 for students seeking FALL placement; June 1 for students seeking SPRING placement.
Other requirements include:
- Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 on all academic work attempted or 2.75 on the last 30 hours attempted.
- A minimum of 3.00 on all COE work attempted.
- Teaching certificate areas and endorsement/Supplemental Certificate areas (i.e., History, English, Science and others) may require above the minimum GPA of 2.75. Students are to check the catalog section that pertains to the certificate area or the endorsement/Supplemental Certificate for required GPA’s.
- Completion of 9 semester hours of English and 3 semester hours of public speaking.
- Completion of all professional education courses and required reading courses with a grade of “B” or better.
- Transfer students are to complete a minimum of 6 semester hours of required professional development education courses at the student’s level of certification at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
- Completion of a “Fall Experience” (beginning of the year activities in a public school) and submission of a written summary of the experience is required for all students seeking student teacher placement.
- In order to be admitted into student teaching, student must pass the TExES content test.
Recommendation for Initial Teacher Certification
Initial teacher certification by the TEA/State Board of Educator Certification 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 approved certification program with an overall GPA of 2.75.
- Have completed the appropriate student teaching or teaching internship experience with a grade of “C” or better.
- Have passed all appropriate TExES tests. In addition, students seeking certification in Bilingual Education must have passed the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT).
- Submit an application online through the TEA/State Board for Educator Certification website for certification to the Certification Office in the COE. Application fees are required.
For those individuals who are already holding an initial teaching certificate, the College of Education offers supplemental teaching certificate preparation in the three certificate areas noted below. Upon completion of the prescribed courses and passing the required TExES content area exam, the student may apply to the TEA/State Board for Educator Certification for this certificate.
Bilingual Education (EC-Grade 6)
English as a Second Language
Certification by Examination Only
The State of Texas makes available to certified teachers the option of adding new content/teaching field areas to their existing teaching credential through a method called certification by exam only (with the exception of Health Science Technology Education and Trade & Industrial Education). Although many currently certified teachers prefer to have formal preparation prior to attempting a new state-licensing exam (TExES) in a content area, the State will allow the individual to challenge the content area TExES exam without any preparation at all. If a certified teacher wishes to pursue this initiative, the individual can register online with the testing agency at http://cms.texes-ets.org and indicate “Cert try Exam”