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Education Preparation Program

Admission Requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Certification Program

The main objective of the post-baccalaureate program is to allow persons with a bachelor‘s degree the opportunity to complete course requirements for teacher certification in the state of Texas. The post-baccalaureate teacher certification fields are:

              Early Childhood-Grade 6 Generalist: Early Childhood and Elementary 

              Grades 4-8 or 7-12: English, Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Science   

              Grades 7-12: Life Science

Admission requirements for the post-baccalaureate certification program include:

  • All persons requesting admission must take and pass the Texas Pre-Admission Content Test prior to applying for admission (PACT)
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Official college transcripts that must be evaluated by the Texas College EPP and recommendations made utilizing a Deficiency Plan which outlines specific requirements as a condition of their acceptance into the program
  • All international students must take and pass the TOEFL exam of English Fluency.

Texas College

Educator Preparation Program

Mission of the Division of Education

The mission of the Division of Education is to prepare highly competent, successful, compassionate and enthusiastic teaching professionals dedicated to responsible service, educational leadership, continued professional growth and intellectual development. To enhance this mission, the Division of Education, Educator Preparation Program has the following goals:

Goals of the Educator Preparation Program

The goals of the Texas College Educator Preparation Program are to:

  • To prepare highly competent, successful, compassionate and enthusiastic teaching professionals;
  • To deliver programs with sound pedagogical and professional courses, and clinical practice;
  • To utilize a variety of learner-centered instructional strategies that address student diversity;
  • To train students to integrate instructional technology across the curriculum             
  • To foster collaborations with external partners (e.g. school districts, public/private schools, regional service centers) for expanding students’ networking and career opportunities;
  • To broaden student knowledge of and experience in best practices; and
  • To provide authentic, real-world experiences and assessments.

The Texas College Educator Preparation Program

Description of the Programs

The Texas College Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) are standards-based, learner-centered, and delivered in a collaborative, field-based environment. Technology skills and responsiveness to diversity are integral parts of the programs. As with all teacher preparation programs in Texas, each program completer has an academic specialization and a common core curriculum as a basis for the professional education sequence. Assessment of learner-centered outcomes is benchmarked throughout the program. Recommendation for certification is made by the College to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) when the program, including successful TExES testing in content area and pedagogy and professional responsibility, is completed.

Students in the various programs have a sequence of field experiences that are delivered in collaboration with partners in the public schools. Various schools in the East Texas area serve as sites for early field experiences for undergraduate students.

Certifications

Texas College offers certifications in the following areas:

  • Associate of Arts (AA) Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • This program prepares students to assume paraprofessional positions and directors of Child Care Centers
  • Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Students may receive the Bachelor of Science Degree with Teacher Certification in the following areas:

  EC - 6    Generalist

    4 - 8    English, Language Arts and Reading; Mathematics; Science

  7 - 12    English; Language Arts and Reading; Mathematics; Science; Life Science

EC - 12    Physical Education

Pipeline to Preparation of Teachers in Texas

Candidate---> Program ------> Assessment ------> Certification
  • Entry Criteria
  • Coursework and/or Professional Development
  • Pre-Clinical Field Experience
  • Mentoring, Support and Supervision
  • Complete Program Benchmarks
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Test Preparation
  • Take and pass Certification Exams
  • Administrator Recommendation for Certification

Requirements for the Educator Preparation Program

Students are required to successfully complete:

  • 30 hours of clinical experience in the field prior to Clinical Teaching
  • Fourteen (14) weeks of Clinical Teaching (split assignments) or one year’s internship (post baccalaureate)
  • A minimum of 120 total credit hours of course work in the general core, content area and PPR courses, and
  • All benchmark requirements for certification, including the passing of both the content area and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility (PPR) TExES exam

Admission Criteria the Educator Preparation Program

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) requires that each teacher preparation program establish minimum criteria for admission that must be met by all teacher education candidates. Texas College requires that an applicant to the Educator Preparation Program:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Successful completion of 59 credit hours (12 hours in the content area, 15 hours if science or math)
  • TASP/THEA Scores: Reading 230, Math 230, Writing 230 OR

COMPASS Scores: Reading 80, Math 65, Writing 82/6 OR TSI Scores or Exemption: Reading 351, Math 350, Writing 5 or 4/363

  • Successful completion of EDUC 2301 and EDUC 2302 (B or better)
  • Complete an application to be admitted to the Texas College Educator Preparation Program and interview with Teacher Education Admission Committee. The following information should be submitted along with the application:
  • Signed application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program
  • An interview with a member of the Educator Preparation Program faculty
  • An official college transcript(s)
  • A Resume
  • Copy of Degree Plan
  • Copy of State ID
  • Signed Ethics Letter
  • Oral Proficiency Questionnaire (to be completed with a member of the education faculty)
  • A Philosophy of Education (Typed using Microsoft Word (12 pitch)
  • An autobiography (Typed using Microsoft Word (12 pitch)
  • Three letters of reference from your College Professors/Work Study Supervisor (signed)
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Signed Texas College EPP Benchmarks Form acknowledging awareness of the Teacher Education Program policies, including the passing of the content area TExES exam prior to clinical teaching

Applications may be obtained from the Office of The Division of Education in Glass Building, Room 217.

Teacher Education Scholarships

Criteria

Teacher Education Scholarships are awarded to encourage enrollment and retention in the Educator Preparation Program so that students graduate as certified teachers. As a result, considerations are made for student’s progress in the curriculum and potential to become good teachers. The program is designed to provide learning experiences that will assist students in developing into highly competent and effective teachers of students EC-12. To fulfill the Texas College mission, the following values are ensured: 1) academic excellence, 2) integrity, 3) perseverance, 4) social responsibility, 5) tolerance, and 6) community service.

Candidates for the scholarships must meet the following guidelines:

  • Be in good academic standing at Texas College with a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Be in good financial standing with Texas College
  • Successfully complete and pass at least 27 credit hours
  • Submit a completed application for the Teacher Education Scholarships
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude at all times
  • Complete Benchmark Level I and be working toward completing II, III, and IV

The Division of Education committee will review all applications to ensure that guidelines have been met. The chair of the Division of Education will then make recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Business and Finance.

Recommended Order of Study for Courses in Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities

First Semester Sophomore

Second Semester Sophomore

EDUC 2301

Foundations of Teaching

EDUC 2303

Understanding Diversity

First Semester Junior

Second Semester Junior

EDUC 2323

Human Growth & Development

EDUC 3323

Educational Technology and Media

EDUC 3311

Learning Theories and Measurements   

EDUC 4322

Curriculum and Instruction

READ 4314

Reading in the Content Area

EDUC 4331

Classroom Management

First Semester Senior

Second Semester Senior

EDUC 4303

Capstone

EDUC 4101

Clinical Teaching Seminar

EDUC 4601/4602 

Clinical Teaching

It is recommended that students take the PPR courses in this order to facilitate the learning process. EDUC 2301 Foundations of Teaching is the gateway course to the Educator Preparation Program and should be taken first and EDUC 4303 Capstone should be taken after the completion of all PPR courses. It serves as a review and preparation to take the content area and PPR TExES exams. The candidate must have completed all coursework and have passed the content area exam prior to the clinical teaching semester. During the student teaching semester, the candidate must take and pass the PPR exam.

Assessment Requirements

THEA/COMPASS Testing

All teacher candidates in Texas must demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication and math. At Texas College, you can meet this requirement through scores acquired from taking from the THEA, TSI, ASSETT or other equivalent exam as determined by the EPP. No student seeking certification through Texas College is exempt from taking one of these exams and making the required scores.

The ASSETT is offered regularly at Texas College through the Student Learning Center located in the campus library. Information on dates, location, and registration can be found at www.texascollege.edu. The cost of the test is free to all Texas College students. This exam includes two scores for written communication—one for sentence skills and the other for essay writing.

Students who choose to take the THEA can contact local community colleges and universities for their next available Quick THEA. For state-administered dates, go to www.thea.nesinc.com. You may take one, two, or all three parts of the THEA at any administration. You do not need to take the THEA if you have already met the TASP requirement. 

Taking The TExES (Texas Examination of Educator Standards)

The Texas Education Agency requires that all students seeking certification in Texas perform satisfactorily on comprehensive examinations. Students must pass an exam in their content area and in the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities course work.

  • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12
  • Generalist EC-6
  • English Language Arts and Reading; Mathematics and Science 4-8, 7-12
  • Life Science 7-12
  • Physical Education EC-12

Eligibility Requirements for Clinical Teaching

Students preparing for their clinical teaching semester must meet the following steps to eligibility:

  1. All course work must be completed the semester prior to student teaching;
  2. All students must meet all benchmarks listed in the Educator Preparation Program;
  3. Educator Preparation Folder must contain all documents listed on the benchmark list;
  4. Complete a student teacher application;
  5. Transcript audited for coursework completion and eligibility for student teaching by the Chair of the Division or Director of Teacher Education;
  6. Students must complete their T-CERT online program and request a logon for certifyteacher;
  7. Students must take and pass the certifyteacher practice test and make 240 or better in order to become eligible for approval to take their TExES exam;
  8. Students must take and pass their TExES Exam.

Recommendation for Certification

After becoming a program completer (successfully completing all coursework as outlined on the degree plan, successful completion of clinical teaching and obtaining passing scores on both sections of the TExES exams (content and PPR) candidates can be recommended for standard certification in Texas.

Educator Preparation Program Survey

TAC §229.3(2)—Participants in an Educator Preparation Program must complete a survey evaluating the preparation he or she received in the EPP. Completion and submission to the SBEC of the survey is a requirement for issuance of a standard certificate. Students must complete the SB 174 Teacher Exit Survey prior to recommendation for the Standard Teaching Certificate. Computers will be provided to the students for this purpose or they may use the Teacher Education Computer Lab.

Filing a Complaint in Texas

Complaint (noun):  Expressing of dissatisfaction; the act of expressing dissatisfaction with something (Encarta Dictionary)

When you resolve your complaints or disagreements at the local level, everyone benefits, most importantly your child.  It is a good practice for parents to try one more ARD/IEP meeting to attempt to resolve any disagreements before moving on to the formal complaint process.  See also the Overview of the Complaints Process andWhat to Know, Who to Call.

However, when you have run out of local level options and you believe state or federal education requirements have been/are being violated, you may wish to seek resolution through the Texas Education Agency’s complaints process.  A complaint is usually the first step in the dispute resolution process.  The Texas Education Agency is required to investigate complaints that violate the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or any state special education law or rule.

What Do I Need to Know About Filing a Complaint?

  1. TEA will not investigate complaints that do not specifically violate the law. If you are unsure if your complaint is a violation of the law, contact TEA’s Special Education Information Center to help you determine if your concern can be addressed through the complaints process.  You can reach the Special Education Information Center toll-free at 1-855-SPEDTEX (1-855-773-3839). SPEDTex hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  2. In order for TEA to investigate a complaint, you must file your complaint in writing, stating that you are filing a complaint and asking TEA to investigate.  The complaint must be signed and you must send a copy of the complaint to the school district at the same time.  Many parents believe that a phone call to TEA will serve as a complaint.  It does not.
  3. Your complaint must state the violations you believe have occurred and include the specific facts on which your complaint is based.  The parent must provide at least two facts that support each allegation. Supporting documents may be attached as evidence. Documentation is key.
  4. Your complaint must be filed within one year of the alleged violation.
  5. Complaints filed with TEA do not cost anything and a parent is not required to hire an attorney.
  6. Filing a complaint does not take away the right of parents to request mediation or due process.  However a complaint and a due process hearing may not be pursued at the same time if the issues are the same.  TEA cannot investigate a complaint that is also the subject of a due process hearing or that is subject to a due process hearing in which a decision has been made.
  7. A complaint form is available on the TEA website in English and Spanish.  This form is not required to file a complaint, but may serve as a good guide.

Please note: the person or agency filing the complaint is called a “Complainant”.

Once TEA and your school district have received your complaint, the district may wish to resolve your complaint locally.  Perhaps you and the district can reach an agreement that will resolve your complaint.  If this happens, you will be asked to send a letter to the investigator withdrawing your complaint.  Perhaps you and the district can agree to go to mediation.

However, if your complaint is not resolved at the local level or you do not wish to go to mediation, the school district may submit an early resolution proposal (ERP) to TEA.  TEA then will have the option to accept the early resolution proposal or to reject it.  If TEA does not accept the early resolution proposal, it will then investigate your complaint and make a determination.    According to federal law, TEA has 60 days to investigate the complaint unless there are circumstances that make it necessary to extend the timelines.  A written decision, including findings of fact and conclusions, will be sent to the parents upon completion.  More information, including specific timelines, can be found here:  http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147497560

Address Complaints to:

Texas Education Agency

Division of IDEA Coordination

1701 North Congress Avenue

Austin, TX 78701-1494

You may also fax your complaint to TEA at 512-463-9560.

Note that IDEA 2004 now requires that parents send a copy of their complaint to the school district at the same time that they send it to TEA.

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