Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
If you already have a bachelor’s degree but are interested in becoming a teacher, consider our post-baccalaureate (PB) certification. Students in the program can take the necessary course work to gain teacher certification without having to obtain another undergraduate degree. Depending on the student's individualized post-bacc degree plan, most education courses are face-to-face in Katy or Victoria, while a few courses are online. PB students may hold full-time paid teaching positions while completing their certification requirements or may choose to student teach in their last semester.
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification is the program for you if
- You already hold a bachelor’s degree
- You are interested in K–12 education
- You’re passionate about encouraging and facilitating learning
All students in the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program must:
- Set up a certification plan through the Educator Preparation Office
- Pay a $30 service fee
- Fill out the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education Application
- Take all applicable state certification exams prior to the student-teaching or internship semester
- Complete an internship or student-teaching experience
- Required courses will be determined based on the certification area, area of study and a review of the student's transcript. Student teaching or an internship will be required on the post-bacc degree plan and will constitute 9 semester credit hours.
A minimum of 12 semester hours is required to receive certification, nine of which will include student-teaching experience or an internship.
Post-baccalaureate students can pursue the following teaching specializations:
- Early childhood–6th grade (elementary education) Core Subjects
- 4th–8th grade (middle school) Core Subjects
- 7th–12th grade (middle and high school) subject area certificate
- Physical Education certificate (early childhood–12th grade)
- Spanish certificate (early childhood–12th grade)
- Special Education certificate (early childhood–12th grade)
- English as a Second Language certificate (early childhood–12thgrade)
7th–12th Grade Subject Area Certifications
- Computer science
- English, language arts, reading
- Life Science
Regardless of which specialization you choose, you will be required to pass the state PPR qualifying test with an 80% or higher after you take CUIN 3323 Instructional Design and INDS 3323 Child Development and Its Application to Learning.
Internships & Student Teaching
Post-baccalaureate students are required to complete a student-teaching experience at a state-accredited school, which accounts for nine of the required 12 semester hours. However, an internship can be substituted for student teaching in the following cases:
- You secure a teaching position in your area of specialization at an accredited school in the area
- You are a teacher-in-service currently teaching at a state-accredited school
If you qualify for an internship, you will substitute the required nine semester hours of student teaching for the equivalent semester hours of a one-year internship. Prior to beginning the student teaching or internship options, you must have passed both the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam and the content exam in your area.
Where Can This Certification Take You?
Well, where would you like to go? Teachers are needed across the state of Texas in public and private schools.
There’s a lot ahead of you. You can go anywhere and do anything—follow a path or forge a brand new one. It’s all up to you, and we’re here to help prepare you for whatever journey lies ahead.
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