Post-Degree Teacher Certification Plans
Students seeking initial teacher certification and who hold at least a bachelor's
degree from an accredited university can choose from two sets of programs. Students
wishing to combine their pursuit of initial teacher certification with the pursuit
of a master's degree can follow a graduate teacher certification program (see the
University of Houston-Clear Lake [UHCL] Graduate Catalog). Students who do not wish
to pursue a master's degree can follow a post-baccalaureate teacher certification
program. Students pursuing a second bachelor's degree are also considered to be post-baccalaureate
Although it is not necessary for students holding at least a bachelor's degree and
seeking initial teacher certification to pursue a second bachelor's degree, those
who wish to do so must meet the university's lower-level requirements in addition
to the requirements for both teacher certification and the second degree, unless such
requirements were met through the completion of the first bachelor's degree. These
lower-level requirements are described in the Core section of the catalog.
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Plans
To be eligible for admission to a post-baccalaureate teacher certification plan, students
must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and meet the university
admissions requirements for post-baccalaureate students. Post-baccalaureate students
are considered undergraduate students; therefore, they must maintain undergraduate
academic standards and pay undergraduate tuition and fees. Post-baccalaureate teacher
certification students are not eligible to enroll in graduate courses, and coursework
taken toward earning initial teacher certification may not be applied to a master's
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Plans:
To be "Highly Qualified" for employment to teach at the Elementary level (Grades EC-6),
teacher candidates must pass an EC-6 Generalist or 4-8 Generalist Texas Examinations
of Educator Standards (TExES) exam. Candidates may take a TExES Generalist exam after
completing an initial certification program. Fully certified teachers may register
for the additional TExES as "By Exam Only" at the Educational Testing Service (ETS)
test registration Web site. Then they may apply at the State Board for Educator Certification
(SBEC)/Texas Education Agency (TEA) Web site as "Certification by Examination" to
add the Generalist certificate. Contact TEA’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) office for
further information at 1-512-463-9374 or view its Web site at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/nclb.
See the sections called "NCLB Quick Links" and "Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements."
To be "Highly Qualified" for employment with an EC-12 Special Education teaching certificate
to teach at the Secondary level (grades 7-12), teachers must also earn a 4-8 Generalist,
a 4-8 content-specific or an 7-12 content-specific teaching certification. Fully certified
teachers can register for the additional TExES as "By Exam Only." The federal government
is now allowing secondary teachers to qualify as "Highly Qualified" by passing an
additional content test or possessing an additional academic major, graduate degree
or hours of coursework. For information pertinent to a Special Education job within
a specific school district, contact TEA's NCLB representative at 1-512-463-9374 or
view its Web site at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/nclb. See the sections called "NCLB
Quick Links" and "Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements."
Any student seeking initial teacher certification is required to attempt the Texas
Higher Education Assessment (THEA) prior to the end of his/her first semester at University
of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). Any student who has not passed the THEA (see Admission
to the Teacher Education Program [TEP]) or attempted the THEA in the previous long
semester will not be permitted to register.
Graduate Teacher Certification Plans
To be eligible for admission to a graduate teacher certification plan, students must
have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and also be pursuing a master’s
degree at University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). Students must meet the graduate
admissions requirements for both the university and the College of Education (CoE).
These requirements are described in the graduate plan section of this catalog.
Graduate teacher certification students are considered graduate students; therefore,
they must maintain graduate academic standards and pay graduate tuition rates. Some
courses listed on the graduate teacher certification plans can also be applied to
the pursuit of a master’s degree.
Any student seeking initial teacher certification must show competency in the basic
skills of reading, writing, and mathematics in one of the following ways:
At UHCL a graduate student can pursue the following Graduate Teacher Certificates: