B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies

Teacher Certification Preparation Program

Teacher Education, one of the major programs at Texas A&M University-Central Texas (A&M-Central Texas), emphasizes broad general education as a foundation for mastery of teaching skills and specialized knowledge in an academic discipline. The primary purpose of teacher education is to prepare highly qualified teachers for employment in Texas and the nation. The goal of the Teacher Education Program is to develop teachers who:

  1. Possess appropriate knowledge and abilities in specific content areas or teaching fields;
  2. Communicate effectively with students, parents, and other professionals;
  3. Apply the principles of instructional planning in the development of curriculum;
  4. Use effective teaching practices;
  5. Formally and informally evaluate student performance and use results of such assessment in the instructional decision-making process;
  6. Promote critical thinking and participatory citizenship;
  7. Are skilled in the use of instructional technology;
  8. Are proficient in mathematical skills;
  9. Operate within the legal guidelines and uphold the ethics of the teaching profession;
  10. Demonstrate concern for students’ general welfare; and
  11. Are committed to continued professional growth and development.

Admissions Standards for the Teacher Certification Preparation Program 

The Educator Preparation Council will only consider applicants who meet the following minimum academic standards:

  1. Minimum 2.75 GPA overall or in the last 60 hours
  2. Minimum 2.75 GPA in degree major and concentration
  3. Completion or concurrent enrollment in the following courses:
    1. 42 semester credit hours (SCH) of general education core requirements in the degree plan
    2. PSYC 3303 Educational Psychology or PSYC 2308 Child Psychology or FCS 3300 Child Development (may be included in 42 SCH core requirements)
    3. All English requirements in the degree plan
    4. All Science requirements in the degree plan
    5. MATH 3303 Concepts of Elementary Math I and MATH 3305 Concepts of Elementary Math II (when prescribed in the degree plan)
    6. EDUC 3320 Professional Development in Learner Centered Schools
  4. Completion of a minimum of 9 SCH (12 SCH for secondary) in concentration for the degree plan
  5. No grade lower than a “C” in the degree major and concentration courses
  6. Demonstration of basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative
  7. Demonstration of content mastery with a score of 80% on Certify Teacher (EC-6 must score 80% on every subject)
  8. Successful completion of professional interview measuring knowledge, experience, skills, and aptitude with a combined minimum score of 45
  9. Successful completion of ACCUPLACER with an Essay score of 6 or an Essay score of 5 and a Sentence Skills score of 80
  10. Evidence of good moral character and the mental, emotional, and physical ability to function effectively in a classroom based on the interview

International Admissions

All applicants for Teacher Certification must demonstrate English Language Proficiency before admission.

  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited Institution of Higher Education in the United States or from a country in which English is the official language, or
  • Verification of satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language-Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT). Applicants must take all four portions and score at or above: Listening - 22, Speaking - 24, Reading - 22, and Writing - 21. 

Graduates from foreign universities and colleges must submit an original Foreign Credential Review from one of the following TEA Approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Services.

Criminal History Information

TEA conducts a national criminal history check on all applicants for certification. Texas Education Code (TEC) §22.0831 states, "The board shall review the national criminal history record information of a person who has not previously submitted fingerprints to the department or been subject to a national criminal history record information review."

The State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) may require disclosure of previous arrest, conviction, and/or deferred adjudication.  SBEC may refuse to issue an educator certificate to a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for a moral turpitude crime which relates to the teaching function.  Pursuant to TEC §22.083 the SBEC may refuse to confer state certification based on such criminal history information. 

Pursuant to TEC §22.083 a school district or private school may access any criminal history information pertaining to teachers and teacher candidates held by any law enforcement or criminal justice agency.  A school district or private school may refuse to provide a placement for field experience or employ a candidate based on the candidate's criminal history. A school district or private school must report to the SBEC if the school district or private school obtains or has knowledge that a candidate, applicant, or holder of an educator certificate has a criminal history.

A&M-Central Texas highly suggests candidates who have been the subject of an arrest, for any reason whatsoever, contact SBEC as soon as possible to discuss their eligibility to be certified in Texas.  Contact the SBEC at (512) 936-8400 Option 3 (Fingerprinting) and Option 6 (Investigations).

Candidates with a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense are required to obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation, which is a non-mandatory, non-binding evaluation of an individual’s self-reported criminal history. In addition, the agency obtains the candidate's name-based Texas criminal history information. The service is provided to the requester for a nonrefundable fee. The requester will receive an evaluation letter by email from agency staff advising of potential ineligibility for educator certification. 

For more information please visit:  https://www.tamuct.edu/educator-preparation-services/forms.html

Common Courses (81 Credits)

Courses that are common to all concentrations may be applied to all. At least 120 hours are required for the degree.

General Education Requirements 1
Communication-010
ENGL 1301Composition I 23
ENGL 1302Composition II 23
Mathematics-020
MATH 1314College Algebra3
Natural Sciences-030
Choose one of the following
PHYS 1405Elementary Physics I4
or PHYS 1415 Physical Science I (Lecture + Lab)
Any Lab Science 34
Humanities-040
Sophomore English 23
Visual and Performing Arts-050
EDUC 3360The Arts for Educators3
U.S. History-060
HIST 1301United States History I3
HIST 1302United States History II3
Political Science-070
GOVT 2305Federal Government3
GOVT 2306Texas Government3
University Option-090
Any Biology with Lab 34
Required Courses in the Major
MATH 3303Concepts of Elementary Math I3
MATH 3305Concepts of Elementary Math II3
Reading Courses
READ 3320Fundamentals of Teaching Reading3
READ 4304Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
READ 4305Implement Classroom Reading Instruction3
Teacher Certification Preparation Courses
SPED 3361Survey Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 3320Professional Development in Learner Centered Schools3
EDUC 3325Fundamentals of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 3330Professional Development II: Effective Instruction3
EDUC 4304Early Childhood Environments Professional Development III3
EDUC 4335Issues in Professional Development3
EDUC 4691Clinical Teaching6
READ 3335Content Area Reading3
Concentration Requirements (See Below)39
Total Semester Credit Hours120
1

 Refer to General Education Core Requirements for more information.

2

 Courses must be completed with a “C” or better.

3

 Any Biology elective, excluding nutrition.

Concentration Requirements

With Early Childhood - 6th Grade Core Subjects with English as a Second Language Teacher Certification Preparation

Concentration General Education Requirements
Social and Behavioral Sciences-080
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
Required courses in the Concentration
Choose one of the following
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
Choose one of the following
TECA 1303Families, School, & Community3
or EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elem Math III3
HLTH 3351Principles of Health and Fitness for Children3
EDUC 3340Mathematics Instruction for Classroom Teachers3
EDUC 3350Science Instruction for Classroom Teachers3
EDUC 4320Social Studies Instruction for Teachers3
EDUC 4325History for Educators3
EDUC 4340Technology Application and Integration for Classroom Teachers3
Additional Courses for Degree / Certification
EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession3
Choose one of the following
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammars3
or ENGL 3330 Advanced Composition
Total Semester Credit Hours39

Note: English as a Second Language certification requires Educator Preparation Services approval.

With Early Childhood - 6th Grade Core Subjects with Instrumental Music Teacher Certification Preparation

Concentration General Education Requirements
Social and Behavioral Sciences-080
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
Required Courses in the Concentration
MUSI 3263Form & Analysis2
MUSI 3137Percussion1
MUSI 3343Computer Assisted Electronic Music3
MUSI 3264Orchestration2
MUSI 4105Beginning Conducting1
MUSI 4207Advanced Conducting2
MUSI 4326Elementary Music Methods3
MUSI 4095Senior Recital0
Instrumental Area
MUSI 3135Vocal Class (Instrumental Majors)1
MUSI 3133Woodwind Class1
MUSI 3134Brass Class1
MUSI 3138String Class1
MUSI 3129Intermediate & Advanced Band Repertoire1
MUSI 4327Instrumental & Marching Methods3
Additional courses for Degree / Certificate
EDUC 4340Technology Application and Integration for Classroom Teachers3
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammars3
or ENGL 3330 Advanced Composition
EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession3
Any Level Elective2
Any Level Music Elective3
Total Semester Credit Hours39

 With Early Childhood - 6th Grade Core Subjects with Vocal Music Teacher Certification Preparation

Concentration General Education Requirements
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
Required courses in the Concentration
MUSI 3263Form & Analysis2
MUSI 3137Percussion1
MUSI 3343Computer Assisted Electronic Music3
MUSI 3264Orchestration2
MUSI 4105Beginning Conducting1
MUSI 4207Advanced Conducting2
MUSI 4326Elementary Music Methods3
MUSI 4095Senior Recital0
MUSI 3161Diction for Singers1
Vocal Area
MUSI 3259Choral Repertoire2
MUSI 3162Opera Workshop1
MUSI 4312Vocal Pedagogy3
Additional courses for Degree / Certificate
EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession3
EDUC 4340Technology Application and Integration for Classroom Teachers3
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammars3
or ENGL 3330 Advanced Composition
Any Level Elective3
Any Level Music Elective3
Total Semester Credit Hours39

All-Level Special Education with Early Childhood - 6th Grade Core Subjects Teacher Certification Preparation

Concentration General Education Requirements
Social and Behavioral Sciences-080
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
Required Courses in the Concentration
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
HLTH 3351Principles of Health and Fitness for Children3
EDUC 3340Mathematics Instruction for Classroom Teachers3
EDUC 3350Science Instruction for Classroom Teachers3
EDUC 4320Social Studies Instruction for Teachers3
EDUC 4325History for Educators3
EDUC 4340Technology Application and Integration for Classroom Teachers3
SPED 4362Special Education Rules and Regulations for Teacher3
SPED 4364Teaching Learners with Developmental Disabilities3
SPED 4383Teaching Learners with Learning and Behavior Anomalies3
Additional Courses of Degree and Certification
Choose one of the following
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammars3
or ENGL 3330 Advanced Composition
Total Semester Credit Hours39

Note: English as a Second Language certification requires Educator Preparation Services approval.

With Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher Certification Preparation

Concentration General Education Requirements
Social and Behavioral Sciences-080
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
Required courses in the Concentration
Choose one of the following
GEOG 1301Physical Geography3
or GEOG 1302 Human Geography
Choose one of the following
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
Choose one of the following
HIST 2311Western Civilization I3
or HIST 2312 Western Civilization II
HIST 3322History of Texas3
Advanced Social Science Elective (History, Political Science, or Social Science)3
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammars3
ENGL 3350Children's Literature3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
EDUC 4320Social Studies Instruction for Teachers3
EDUC 4325History for Educators3
EDUC 4340Technology Application and Integration for Classroom Teachers3
Additional Courses for Degree / Certification
ENGL 3330Advanced Composition3
Total Semester Credit Hours39

Note: English as a Second Language certification requires Educator Preparation Services approval.

With Middle School Mathematics Teacher Certification Preparation

Concentration General Education Requirements 1
Social and Behavioral Sciences-080
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
Required courses in the Concentration
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods3
MATH 2312Pre-Calculus Math3
MATH 2313Calculus I3
MATH 3309Algebraic Function3
MATH 4302College Geometry3
MATH 4304Survey of Mathematical Ideas3
MATH 4305Concepts of Elem Math III3
Advanced Mathematics Elective3
EDUC 3340Mathematics Instruction for Classroom Teachers3
Choose one of the following
EDUC 4340Technology Application and Integration for Classroom Teachers3
or MATH 3315 Mathematics & Technology
Additional courses for Degree / Certification
EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession3
Choose one of the following
ENGL 3320Advanced Grammars3
or ENGL 3330 Advanced Composition
Total Semester Credit Hours39

Course Information and Schedule 

The Course Information page includes a complete list of courses and course descriptions. 

See the courses offered this semester using the Online Course Schedule.

 Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Achieve the necessary knowledge and skills to earn teacher certification in Texas.

  2. Be employable as educators in Texas.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the disciplines studied to earn a baccalaureate degree.

  4. Communicate effectively both in writing and speaking.