Mar 01, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Minor

The College of Education minor is designed to provide foundational and experiential knowledge of the pedagogy and professional responsibilities of teaching in grades 4-8 and 7-12. There are career avenues beyond the public or private PK-12 education setting for which integrated coursework in Education offers excellent preparation and opportunity. For example, College of Business graduates often require teaching and communication skills in the private and non-profit sectors of management and training. Others graduating  with degrees in content areas like Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, English or Sociology often seek graduate degrees in Education so that they may eventually become instructors in community colleges and professors at the university or college level.Persons who select the minor must declare the minor with a College of Education academic advisor.

Undergraduates seeking a minor in Teacher Education may not qualify for the ASCENT program.

The minor will consist of 18 hours in education. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on a 4-point scale is required in all courses for successful completion of the minor. The minor will consist of the following course work: 

Choose one from the following two courses:

  • ***   6 sem. hrs.
  • ***   6 sem. hrs.

    Students seeking a Minor in Education must take EDCI 4606/4607 during the Fall or Spring semester only. 

    ***Prerequisites required for the

      and   course include Criminal Background check and TB Screening; and a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on all academic work attempted in the student’s teaching field(s), area of specialization or delivery system or a 2.75 on the last 30 hours attempted.  Please note that many teaching certificate areas (i.e. History, English, Science and others) may require above the minimum GPA of 2.75 and may not accept grades below “C”.  Students are to check the undergraduate catalog section that pertains to the certificate area for required GPA’s.

Requirements Leading to Teacher Certification

If the student desires to return to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi after obtaining a bachelor’s degree, and completes the required “content area” teacher certification  requirements (i.e., Music with EC-12 Certification Pedagogy Core requirements), the clinical teaching block requirement, and passes the two certification exams required by the State of Texas, the student could then apply for teaching certification in Texas in grades 4-8 or 7-12 (##).  In order to complete the clinical teaching block to obtain certification in Texas, the student must first apply and be accepted into the Teacher Education Program . Requirements for admission to, and retention in, the Teacher Education Program include: 

  • Completion of the “content area” certification requirements or, if holding a bachelor’s degree or, if allowed in ”content area,” demonstration of mastery of a content area by passing a *PACT with a minimum score of 240. The *PACT must be in the same area of study as the student’s undergraduate degree. The content area *PACT is one of two certification exams required by the State of Texas.
  • Completion of the application process for admission to teacher education. (If denied admission, the student must reapply when requirements are met.)
  • 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.  If holding bachelor’s degree, student is exempt from THEA requirements.
  • Completion of the University requirement in oral communication.
  • Completion of EDUC 3311 with a grade of “C” or better.
  • 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.

## It must be noted that the Texas teaching certification approval will also be dependent upon the passing of two Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES): the *PACT TExES Exam assessing the particular content area knowledge of the students’ desired undergraduate degree/certification area; and the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) Exam for Levels 4-8 or 7-12.

*PACT: Pre-Admission Content Test.  Visit

The clinical teaching block consists of the following:

Choose one from the following two courses:

Choose one from the following two courses: