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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Major in English, BA with Teacher Certification in English Language Arts (Grades 4-8)

Admission and Retention Requirements for English Certification

For admission to and retention in Teacher Education in the field of English, students must achieve and sustain a 3.0 GPA in all English coursework. To qualify to take the English TExES examination, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have at least a 2.5 GPA on all college coursework (lower and upper level).
  2. Have completed one English TExES Review Workshop at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. This workshop must be taken in the semester prior to the term the student takes the TExES.

Students who meet the above criteria must request permission to take the TExES certification exam via the College of Education’s TExES Approval/Request System (TAR) at <http://tar.tamucc.edu>. The English TExES Coordinator will approve all students who meet the above criteria. In addition, it is strongly recommended that students take a second English TExES Review Workshop in the semester that they take the exam.

There is no difference between a Literary Studies or Writing Studies emphasis for this certification.

Students returning to the University to complete certification must see the English TExES coordinator to identify any course deficiencies in the student’s teaching field. All criteria outlined in the plan must be met before the student will be permitted to take the English TExES.

Students seeking certification must also qualify to take the Professional Development TExES. For information, see the College of Education section of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. Core Curriculum Program
  2. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)
  3. Major Requirements
  4. Professional Development
  5. Teacher Certification Requirements
  6. Foreign Language Requirements


  Total 120 (122)

In addition to the requirements listed above, students will also select courses from the following clusters:

Total English hours beyond Core Curriculum Program: 30 hrs


*When topic is approved for cluster - see S.A.I.L. or advisor for further information.

Total hours beyond Core Curriculum Program: 48 hrs


Students seeking teacher certification in English Language Arts (4-8) must take the courses listed above in addition to the Core Curriculum Program curriculum and all professional development courses. Please see the College of Education for the list of professional development requirements.