Degree Plans and Certifications
( See also: General
Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree; Student
Responsibility; Additional Requirements
Approved minors within the College of Education are:
List of Minors
Asian American Studies
2300 and 4300
Three hours from ANTH
Nine hours from ANTH
3316, ANTH 3346, ANTH
4322, PSYC 4344, SOC 3325, SOC
Note: This minor requires 18 semester
hours total; 12 hours of the 18 in residence; at least 9 hours advanced.
No more than 6 semester hours can be taken from one field of study.
On occasion, new courses, including selected topics courses, will be
added to this list as they are developed. These and other courses may
be approved for this minor by petition. These courses or selected topics
courses must contain Asian and Asian American issues to be approved
for the minor.
and 3206 or 3301,
EPSY 3300, education
methods courses (6 semester hours), and CUIN
3347 or equivalent.
Note: This minor is only for
teacher education students who have been formally admitted and have
completed or are completing the Professional Development Sequence.
3381, and three hours
selected from junior- or senior-level Health courses.
Human Development and Family Studies
(15 semester hours)
Required Courses: HDFS 1300,
Electives: Nine semester hours to be selected from the
HDFS 3317, 3318,
(Topics in Family Studies only)
2307, PEB 1101, and
a one hour KIN activity course.
Note: This minor requires a total
of 17 semester hours.
Approved Minor Requirements
College of Education approved minors require:
At least fifteen semester hours, of which nine must
Six of the nine advanced semester hours must be taken
A 2.00 minimum cumulative grade point average on courses
attempted in the minor (2.50 for Education minor).
A minor degree plan which will be prepared by the
Department of Health and Human Performance, 104 Garrison Gym.
Teacher Certification Program
The university and the College of Education offer bachelor's
degree programs that meet the State Board for Educator Certification and
the Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) requirements for the standard
teaching certificate. Students are required to have a Texas teaching certificate
to teach in Texas public schools.
The college offers the following standard teaching certificates:
early childhood-4; 4-8; 8-12; all-level (EC-12) for specific subjects;
Special Education all-level; and Special Education Supplemental.
Teacher certification programs are offered for post-baccalaureate
students who hold at least a bachelor's degree. See the Education section
of the Graduate
and Professional Studies Catalog for further information or see an
advisor in 112 Farish Hall.
All potential teacher certification candidates will be subject to a formal
FBI fingerprint check before being allowed to enter any teacher certification
All teacher certification transactions for the university,
including those for postbaccalaureate students, are made through the Teacher
Education and Certification Office in the College of Education. Inquiries
should be directed to:
University of Houston
College of Education
Teacher Education and Certification Office
112 Farish Hall
Houston, Texas 77204-5033
Note: Rules and regulations are set forth by
the state of Texas and are subject to change at any time. The College
of Education reserves the right to make changes to accommodate the State
Board for Educator Certification, the Coordinating Board, and university
Students seeking early childhood-4 and 4-8 certification
must complete the requirements for the interdisciplinary studies major.
Students should apply for an official degree plan in 112 Farish Hall when
they reach 60 semester hours of completed course work.
The interdisciplinary studies major is composed of five
components: academic foundations, pre-professional development courses,
specific B.S. and Coordinating Board requirements for mathematics and
science, and the Professional Development Sequence. This degree requires
120-139 semester hours. Degree outlines are available in 112 Farish Hall.
EC-4 Bilingual Generalist
4-8 Social Studies
4-8 English, Language Arts
EC-12 Special Education
Special Education Supplemental
See also: List of Department-Specific
Certification Areas and Undergraduate Degrees
Professional Development Sequence
Professional preparation is conducted in two phases,
- pre-student teaching and
- student teaching.
Pre-student teaching consists of courses taken at the university and
in public schools and follow the school district's schedule. To be admitted
to these classes, students will be screened for eligibility as outlined
below. Pre-student teaching may be taken during one semester or in two
Near the end of pre-student teaching, students present a portfolio that
demonstrates they are ready to begin the student teaching phase.
Admission to the Professional Development Sequence
The Professional Development Sequence requires formal application.
Deadlines are as follows.
Spring: October 1
Fall: March 1
Applications are available in 112 Farish Hall. The requirements are:
- Passing scores on the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP). College
of Education passing scores on TASP are higher than the minimum passing
scores required by the University of Houston;
- Speech Proficiency;
- Computer Proficiency;
- 2.50 GPA overall;
- 2.50 in academic fields/specializations.
Students must be accepted into the Professional Development Sequence
to take any course listed in the Professional Development Sequence of
their degree plans.
Transfer of pre-professional and specialization courses requires approval
by petition to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Certification,
and Accreditation. The 18-24 semester hours of professional development
courses must be completed in residence.
Students must apply for their teaching certificate through 112 Farish
Hall when they have completed all course work for their degree and have
taken and passed the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExESs)
required for certification.
Professional Development Sequence, pre-professional development and
specialization courses completed at the University of Houston and/or
transfer credits may not apply toward a degree or teacher certification
if more than five years have elapsed upon application for certification.
Current standards will be enforced.
The state of Texas made major changes to teacher certification effective
September 1, 2002. Instead of Elementary (grades 1-8), Secondary (grades
6-12) and All-Level (grades K-12) certification, there will be grades
EC-4, grades 4-8, grades 8-12, grades EC-12, and supplemental certifications.
New exams, Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES), were administered
for the first time in October 2002.
8-12 Grade Certification Programs
Certification as an 8-12 grade teacher is provided through Professional
Development Sequences in the College of Education in conjunction with
degree programs in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Natural
Sciences and Mathematics, and Technology. Courses are jointly approved
by these colleges and the College of Education. For certification within
a degree program in any of these three colleges, see the specific college
section of this catalog. Advisors for students seeking teaching certificates
in addition to their degrees are located in these colleges. Students must
carefully follow the degree plan prepared by their college. Normally,
students may apply for a degree plan as soon as they hold junior status.
To confer a bachelor's degree and teacher certification, each of the
colleges listed above and the College of Education require a minimum of
120 semester hours of course work.
Academic Teaching Fields: Grades 8-12
English, Language Arts and Reading
All Level Certification
- Special Education All-Level Initial Certification is available
in the Department of Educational Psychology
- Special Education Supplemental Certification may be added to any
certification in Education.
Please see the Department of Educational Psychology website for details:
Professional Development Sequence
Upon completion of pre-student teaching courses, students will be eligible
for student teaching. Student teaching also requires formal application.
Deadlines are as follows.
Spring: September 15
Fall: February 15
Applications are available in 112 Farish Hall. Student Teaching requires
14 weeks in the public schools and can be done only during the Fall
or Spring semesters. Student teaching must be completed at the University
See Certification portion of this catalog section.
Bachelor of Science and All-Level (EC-12) Certification
Academic Teaching Fields: EC-12
Files Archived: Friday, April 28, 2005
For applications and admissions information:
Office of Admissions
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