The University of Houston’s teacher education program, QUEST (Quality Urban Education for Students and Teachers), prepares undergraduate students to be certified as teachers in a variety of fields.
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 requirements for the standard teaching certificate. Individuals are required to have a Texas teaching certificate to teach in Texas public schools.
Postbaccalaureate students may seek teacher certification as a nondegree objective student or as a graduate student. See the Education section of the Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog for further information or contact the Office of Student Services at 713-743-5002.
All teacher certification transactions for the university, including those for postbaccalaureate students, are made through the Office of Student Services in the College of Education. Inquiries should be directed to:
University of Houston
College of Education
Office of Student Services
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 decisions.
QUEST 1 coursework and experiences are specifically designed to give candidates experience interacting with children in public schools. Through interactions with children, teachers, faculty, and peers, candidates confirm their decision to become a teacher and prepare for the prospect of a career in education.
QUEST 2 is content-focused, allowing candidates to learn the most current methodology for teaching all content areas for which they will be certified. Field experiences are required of all candidates but vary by program.
QUEST 3, typically known as student teaching, is performance-focused, immersing candidates in the real work of teachers in school settings. Candidates are supported in the schools by quality Site-Based Teacher Educators and trained university supervisors; on campus through regular Student Teaching professional development, and online from faculty and peers.
Students apply for QUEST at multiple points in the program. Applications involve
For more information regarding deadlines and requirements, go to www.coe.uh.edu/about/quest/ or contact an advisor in room 256 of Farish Hall.
Applications are available online at www.coe.uh.edu/about/quest/.
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 online at www.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/default.asp 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.
Note: All potential teacher certification candidates will be subject to a formal FBI fingerprint check before being issued a Texas teaching certificate.
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.
Catalog Publish Date: August 19, 2010
This Page Last Updated: May 10, 2010
Effective Date of Archive: January 13, 2011