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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 students.

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 degree.

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 School of Education (SoE). 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:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or higher, awarded by a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education.
  • Be core complete (completed the requirements of the Texas General Education Core Curriculum.
  • Make the following minimum ACT college readiness scores, earned within the past 5 years:
    • Composite: 23
    • English: 19
    • Math: 19
  • Make the following minimum SAT scores, earned within the past 5 years:
    • Cumulative Verbal + Math: 1070
    • Verbal: 500
    • Math: 500

    Note: Verbal and Math scores must be from the same test date.

  • Meet the STAAR End of Course exam readiness performance standards in English III Reading, English III Writing, and Algebra II, earned within the past 3 years.
  • Make the following minimum TAKS scores, within the past 3 years:
    • English Language Arts: 2200
    • Essay: 3
    • Math: 2200
  • Make the following scores on the TASP or THEA (or Quick THEA).
    • Reading: 260
    • Writing: 230
    • Mathematics: 230
  • Make the following minimum scores on TSI assessment:
    • Math: 350
    • Reading: 351
    • Writing: 5, or 4 with 363 on multiple choice

 

At UHCL a graduate student can pursue the following Graduate Teacher Certificates:

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