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Texas Teacher Certification Plan

Semester Credit Hours (SCH)
Courses Hours
EDG 6301 Social and Cultural Influences 3
EDG 6310 Behavior Management 3
EDG 6311 Instructional Supervision 3
EDG 6312 Learning Theories 3
EDG 6313 Foundations of the Public School System 3
EDG 6314 Effective Instruction and Assessment 3
EDG 5360 Teaching Internship (taken twice) -or- 6
EDG 5660 Clinical Teaching 6
Total SCH for Teacher Certificate 24

Students desiring a Teaching Certificate only (24 graduate semester credit hours) must meet the requirements of the Educator Preparation Program and have a bachelor’s degree with 24 hours in a particular content area, 12 of which are upper level. Prior to enrolling in EDG 5360 or EDG 5660, the student must pass the TExES certification examination in the content area and have earned no grade lower than a B in the 12 SCH summer cohort courses.

For more information, please contact the Graduate Advisor at epicenter@angelo.edu or call 25-942-2209.

TExES Eligibility And Registration Procedures

All certification candidates must pass two certification examinations — one in the content area and one in pedagogy and professional responsibilities. Candidates with a foreign language as a content area will also be required to take the Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT).

In order for candidates at Angelo State University to be approved to take the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) they must have completed the certification program requirements for each examination.

TExES Approval Procedure

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with 24 hours in the content they wish to teach (12 hours must be upper level) to take the content area exam.

  • Candidates must have met the requirements and been admitted to the Educator Preparation Program.
  • Candidates will be approved to take the grade-level appropriate Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities examination after their internship.

TExES Registration Procedures

Registration for the TExES examination is online. Instructions for the online registration process are located on the College of Education website. Candidates needing special testing arrangements should notify the director of certification in the College of Education for registration assistance.

Recommendation For Certification

In order for Angelo State University to recommend a candidate for certification, the candidate must have earned a 2.500 overall undergraduate grade point average, must have completed all required courses in the teacher certification areas with a grade point average of 3.000 and with no grade lower than a B. All other university requirements must be completed. The candidate must also continue to demonstrate sound physical health, sound mental health, and acceptable moral character.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to inform the College of Education that all certification requirements have been completed and to ensure that all appropriate forms and fees have been submitted.

The candidate must also present satisfactory scores on all required Texas certification test, i.e., the TExES, and the Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT) for Spanish or French certification. Individuals must apply for certifications online at the State Board for Educator Certification’s website.

Required Fingerprinting Of Applicants For Certification

Applicants for educator credentials must submit to fingerprints to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) so the FBI can conduct a national criminal background check. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has a contract with a private vendor (L-1 Identity Solutions) to provide a digital fingerprinting service to those individuals that require fingerprinting for state licensing purposes in Texas. This includes applicants for educator credentials. The program is known as Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas (FAST).

  • SBEC cannot require that applicants use the digital fingerprinting vendor, but strongly encourages them to do so.
  • Applicants will be required to pay their SBEC fingerprint fees (online) prior to being able to use the vendor’s digital services.
  • Applicants will receive an e-mail from SBEC that will contain a document (FAST pass) that will allow them to use the vendor’s digital services.
  • Applicants will be required to make an appointment with the vendor and present the document (FAST pass) at their fingerprint appointment.
  • Applicants will be required to pay the vendor a fee for the fingerprinting service.

Troops to Teachers

Troops to Teachers (TTT) is a federally funded program to assist military personnel and veterans transtition to a new career as public school teachers in “high-needs” schools and districts. Counseling, referral, and placement assistance is provided through a network of state offices. In some cases TTT provides financial assistance to eligible veterans. For more information, please visit the TTT website at http://www.texastroopstoteachers.org/index.html.