University Core Curriculum (42 hours), Plus Teaching Specializations and Teaching Fields (48–52 semester hours)
EC–6 and Grades 4–8
Students should decide on the bachelor’s degree to pursue and take appropriate courses to meet requirements as listed in the University catalog. Degree totals will vary according to choices made by the student regarding teaching specializations or teaching fields. Students in EC–6 or grades 4–8 certification will be working toward a bachelor of science degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies. All other students will be working toward a bachelor of arts, a bachelor of science, bachelor of music or bachelor of business administration degree with a major in the department.
Students should decide on the bachelor’s degree to pursue and take appropriate courses to meet requirements as listed in the University catalog. Degree totals will vary according to choices made by the student regarding teaching specializations or teaching fields. For more information on all of the available choices for secondary/all level, place click on degree checklists below.
General Degree Plan for Teacher Certification
Students admitted under this program will select a major in a teaching field and receive a degree in that major. If EC–6 or grades 4–8 certification is chosen, the student will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies. An official degree plan should be requested in the Office of Teacher Preparation and Advising, located in Old Main, Room 415, after completion of 54 semester hours.
A suggested plan of study which will vary according to teaching areas, summer school attendance and personal preference. A minimum of 120 semester hours is required, but this total may be increased according to selection of teaching fields.
NOTE: Rotation of courses may be amended. Students should contact their advisers prior to each semester of enrollment to determine correct course sequences. Summer-session or intersession courses should be scheduled.
Admission /Retention Requirements
The state of Texas establishes standards for teacher education programs. All certification programs at West Texas A&M University are in compliance with these requirements. Students must meet state, University, college and department/program requirements for acceptance into the Educator Preparation Program. Students are responsible for contacting the Office of Teacher Preparation and Advising (Old Main, Room 415) to obtain information about specific requirements in major and program areas.
Admission to and Retention in the Educator Preparation Program (EPP)
NOTE: Under some circumstances, a student may be withdrawn from the Educator Preparation Program. The withdrawal may be initiated by the Department of Education or by the student. Due process will be observed. (See the West Texas A&M University Code of Student Life.)
Requirements for Enrollment in Student Teaching
Requirements for Approval to Test (State Certification Exams)
Recent Development Regarding Testing: House Bill 2205, signed by Governor Abbott and effective September 1, 2015, limits the number of times a candidate may take an exam: "A person may not retake an examination more than four times … a person who initially took an examination before September 1, 2015, may retake the examination up to four times after that date, regardless of the number of times that the person attempted to perform satisfactorily on the examination before that date." After gaining departmental approval, it is important that you prepare for the exam prior to taking it, a list of Test Preparation Resources is available for your use.
General Degree Plan for Teacher Certification
Degrees leading to teacher certification will include the university core curriculum, teaching field and/or content course work, professional development course work, and other degree requirements.
Students seeking grades EC–6 or 4–8 certifications will work toward a bachelor of science degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies. An official degree plan should be requested using the online Request for Degree Plan or in the Office of Teacher Preparation and Advising, located in Old Main, Room 415. (NOTE: Students transferring to WTAMU from a community college may receive credit for either EDUC or TECA courses, but not both.)
All other students will be working toward a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music, or bachelor of business administration degree with a major in the teaching field. Degree plans will vary according to teaching content areas. A minimum of 120 semester hours is required; however, some content majors may require course work beyond the 120-hour minimum.
NOTE: Rotation of courses may be amended. Students should contact their advisers prior to each semester of enrollment to determine correct course sequences.
Certificate Information and Requirements
Students who have completed degree, student teaching, and testing requirements, may apply for the standard educator certificate through the Texas Education Agency’s Educator Certification Online System; submission of fingerprints for a criminal background check will be required. Upon program recommendation, a standard certificate may be issued by the State Board for Educator Certification provided the criminal background check is clear. The certificate gives a teacher legal authority to perform duties in public schools of Texas in area(s) designated on the face of the certificate.
An individual with a previously earned bachelor’s degree may gain initial certification through one of WT’s alternative certification programs. See wtamu.edu/pace for additional information.
For information about master’s degree programs in education, refer to the Graduate Catalog.
West Texas A&M University's Title II Institutional Report may be accessed at https://title2.ed.gov.