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Education

Majoring & Minoring

Major Requirements Common to All Majors in Education

27 semester hours, including Education 40-493, 553, 593, 813; Education 43-403, 443; Psychology 33-103, 223, 333.

Additional requirements for EC-6
54-58 hours including Education 42-553, 743, 753, 763, 773, 803; Education 43-473; Education44-643, 653,803; Education 45-723, 733, 773, 783; Mathematics 52-103 (meets the University mathematics requirement); Physics 53-033, 043 or 053; one Biology course; one course from Mathematics 52-113, 123, 154, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. In addition, History 16-753 is required for students who did not attend high school in Texas. The Capstone experience is fulfilled by the student teaching requirement (Education 42/44-803).

Additional requirements for Grades 4-8 certification
45-48 hours including Education 41-703; Education 42-553, 743, 753, 763, 773, 806; Education 45-723, 733, 763, 773, 783; Mathematics 52-103 (meets the University mathematics requirement); Physics 53-033, 043 or 053; In addition, History 16-753 is required for students who did not attend high school in Texas.  The Capstone experience is fulfilled by the student teaching requirement (Education 42-806).

Additional requirements for Grades 4-8 certification with Mathematics content area
18-20 semester hours, including Mathematics 52-113, 123, 154, 254, and 403 or 573; one Biology course.

Additional requirements for Grades 4-8 certification with Science content area
26- 27 semester hours, including Biology 50-113, 143; Chemistry 51-053; Physics 53-033, 053, 114, 124; one course from Mathematics 52-113, 123, 154;.

Additional requirements for Grades 4-8 certification with Math/Science combination content area
22-23 semester hours, including Biology 50-113, 143; Mathematics 52-113; Mathematics 52-123 or 154; Physics 53-033, 053, 114.

Additional requirements for Grades 4-8 certification with Language Arts content area
12-13 semester hours, including English 10-173; one English course above the introductory level with a significant writing component; one Biology course; one from Mathematics 52-113, 123, 154, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Additional requirements for Grades 4-8 certification with Social Studies content area
21-22 semester hours, including Anthropology 35-103; History 16-013, 023, 223; one from History 16-093, 233, 413, 463, 503; one Biology course; one from Mathematics 52-113, 123, 154, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Additional requirements for all Secondary and All-Level certification areas

Professional Development requirements common to all secondary certifications
15 semester hours, including Education 41-703, 753, 806; Education 45-763. Some certification areas require an additional Education Course (see below).

Academic Specialization

Students seeking secondary or all-level certification must complete 24 hours approved by the Education Department in one of the content areas listed below. Some certification areas include specific courses that must be included in the 24 hours (see below). The 24 hours may also be applied toward a major in that area. (Students completing a major in their content area typically meet the 24 content hours required for teacher certification.) Students are strongly advised to consult the catalog for their major and the Education Department section to determine the professional development certification courses required.

Secondary Certification Areas

Communication Studies
Computer Science
English additional requirement: Education 45-723
French
History additional requirement: Education 42-553
Latin
Life Science additional requirement: Education 42-743.
Mathematics additional requirement: Education 42-753
Physical Education Kinesiology 48-523 (counts as 3 of the 24 required hours in kinesiology for certification). Students wishing to obtain certification in Adaptive Physical Education should also major in Kinesiology and seek certification in General Special Education.
Physical Science additional requirement: Education 42-743
Theatre
Composite Science Major:
Biology 50-102, 112, 122, 162, 143; Chemistry 51-153/151, 51-163/161; Education 42-743; Physics 53-033, 053, 154, 164; 12 additional hours of approved courses above introductory level in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics.
Composite Social Studies Major:
Economics 31-013, 103; Education 42-553; History 16-753, 854; two from History 16-223, 233, 413, 453, 463, 503; one from History 16-013, 093; one from History 16-023, 063, 073; six additional hours of History above the introductory level; Political Science 32-113; Sociology 34-352; three additional hours of Economics above the introductory level; three additional hours in Political Science above the introductory level; four additional hours in Economics, Political Science, or Sociology above the introductory level.

All-Level Certification Areas

Art: additional requirement: Education 44-643
Generic Special Education (EC-12) 43-403, 413, 423, 433, 443, 453, 463, 473 (Note: In order to be considered “Highly Qualified” under the No Child Left Behind Act, students seeking secondary certification in Generic Special Education must major in another approved content area. Content areas that are most relevant are: English, Mathematics, Life Science, Physical Science, History, Composite Social Studies or Composite Science. Students wishing to teach Adaptive Physical Education should major in Kinesiology and seek certification in General Special Education.)
Health: Allied Health Education 46-443 and Kinesiology 48-523 must be included. One from Psychology 33-383, 543, Sociology 34-243 (Psychology 33-383 and 543 are strongly recommended). The Capstone requirement is fulfilled by student teaching (Education 41-803 and 42-803).
Music: (See the Courses for the Major in Music (BA and BM).
Physical Education: (3 of the 24 hours is Kinesiology 48-523).
All-Level Certification in Spanish: additional requirement: Education 44-653

Minor in Education

18 semester hours, including Education 40-333, 493, 553, 593; Education 43-403; one from Education 40-313, 483, Education 42-553, 743, 753, Education 43-413, 473, Education 44-643, 653, Education 45-723, 763, 773.

Minor in Generic Special Education
18 semester hours, including Education 43-403, 413, 423, 433, 453; 463 or 473. Available to students from all disciplines. Does not meet state teacher certification requirements.