West Texas A&M University

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Education Certification Program

Bachelor's Degree

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. 

Secondary/All Level

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.

Advising Information - Office of Teacher Preparation and Support, Old Main 415.

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 Teacher Education 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 Teacher Education Program (TEP)

  1. Texas Success Initiative (TSI) complete.
  2. For admission, an overall grade point average of 2.75 on all course work attempted or a 2.75 on the last 60 hours attempted (transcripts from all entities attended).
  3. For retention, a 2.75 GPA with no grade lower than a C in each area: teaching field, content, and professional education course work
  4. If a student fails to maintain retention requirements, the student will be placed on probationary status in the program. If the deficiency is not corrected by the end of the probationary semester, the student will be removed from the program. Students on probationary status may not enroll in further professional education course work. If removed from the program, the student must apply for re-admission through the Department of Education Appeals Committee.
  5. Enrollment in professional methods requires full admission to TEP

NOTE: Under some circumstances, a student may be withdrawn from the Teacher Education 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

  1. Retention in the Teacher Education Program.
  2. Documentation of a minimum of 30 clock hours of field experience.
  3. A passing score on the TExES PPR certification exam.
  4. A passing score on the TExES content exam.
  5. Student must lack no more than two courses in the teaching field(s).

Requirements for Approval to Test (State Certification Exams)

  1. Admission to Teacher Education Program and
  2. Departmental approval

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.

  • Admission to West Texas A&M University is not admission to teacher education. Admission to teacher education is based on standards approved by the Teacher Education Unit at the time the student is seeking admission to teacher education.
  • Because teacher education standards are subject to change by the Legislature and State Board for Educator Certification, students are not guaranteed to finish under the requirements listed in the catalog at the time of admission. Consult advisers for updates on degree and certification requirements.
  • No student will be recommended for certification until the student has been admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Any student who does not complete a degree and certification plan within six years or who changes to another degree plan will automatically be dropped from teacher education. The student must reapply for admission into teacher education and must complete current admission and program requirements.
  • Student teaching must be completed in residence at a public school accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) or other school approved by TEA.
  • Any student who drops or fails student teaching is dropped automatically from the program and must reapply for entrance into teacher education. The student will be required to appear before an appeals committee which must approve the application before the student may be readmitted.

An individual with a previously earned bachelor’s degree may gain initial certification through one of WT’s alternative certification programs. See wtamu.edu/altcert 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

 

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