West Texas A&M University

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Education Certification Program

 

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Bachelor's Degree with Teaching Certification

Office of Teacher Preparation and Advising, Old Main 413 and 415.

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.  (NOTE: Students transferring to WTAMU from a community college may receive credit for either EDUC or TECA courses, but not both.) 

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.

NOTE: Rotation of courses may be amended. Students should contact their advisers prior to each semester of enrollment to determine correct course sequences.

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 to and Retention in the Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

Please print and sign the completed EPP Online Application and email, mail, or deliver the application, and required documents to the Office of Teacher Preparation, Advising and PACE, OM415. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

All applicants must submit these items:

  1. Printed and signed application;
  2. Two passport photos (do not submit a copy of your passport; submit two current passport photos, which are available for a nominal cost at Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart, or the U.S. Post Office)
  3. Complete applicant interview/screening questions

Requirements for Enrollment in Student Teaching

  1. Retention in the Educator Preparation Program.
  2. Documentation of a minimum of 40 clock hours of field experience.
  3. A passing score on the TExES PPR certification exam.
  4. A passing score on the TExES content exam.

Requirements for Approval to Test (State Certification Exams)

  1. Admission to Educator Preparation Program and
  2. Departmental approval
  3. WTAMU Testing Policies
  4. TExES Remediation Log

Certificate Information and Requirements

Certification Requirements for Bachelor Degreed or Higher Candidates

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