Post-Bachelor's Initial Teacher Certification-Only

For candidates who did not pursue teacher certification as an undergraduate but hold at least a bachelor's degree, the Department of Teacher Education offers a post-bachelor’s certification-only program. This minimum 21 semester credit hour program, which leads to teacher certification, is offered totally online except for the clinical practice component required by the Texas Education Agency. Courses from the certification-only route may be applied to a master's degree program if students are interested in a graduate degree.

Program of Study and Admission Requirements

Post-Bachelor's Initial Teacher Certification-Only (PBITC) applicants must take and pass a Texas Examinations of Educator Standard (TExES) content exam for the certification area sought via the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) route prior to applying to the PBITC program. Currently, the TExES exams are used as PACT exams. A new series of exams will be used for PACT candidates beginning in January 2020. The content of these new exams will be different from the TExES exams that are required to receive certification.

Registration for the new PACT exams will open January 21, 2020; testing appointments begin on January 27, 2020. The last day PACT candidates can take the current TExES exams for PACT is January 26, 2020. These exams will no longer be administered to PACT candidates after this date. Candidates planning to take the current PACT exams should register and schedule their exam appointments no later than January 20, 2020.

Candidates can find information about the new examinations and preparation materials on the Pearson website. On the Exams page, candidates can select a PACT exam to review specific details about the exam, including the number and types of questions on the exam, duration of the exam session, exam administration and score reporting dates, and exam fee amount.

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Program Plan

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Certification

Colleges and universities recommend individuals for teacher certification, but certification is granted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Requirements for initial teacher certification in Texas include earning a baccalaureate degree, completing an approved educator preparation program, passing a minimum of two examinations — one in content and one that covers instruction and professional responsibilities (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility exams) — and being recommended by an approved educator preparation program.

The teacher certification process in Texas is an online system; paper applications are not accepted. Please note: It is your responsibility to apply for certification through TEA. It cannot be initiated by the university. This should be done toward the end of your final semester in the program, just prior to graduation.

For information on certification requirements and procedures specific to TWU, see Certification Requirements and Procedures

Certification Options

Early Childhood Certification Options

  • EC-6 Core Subjects
  • EC-6 Core Subjects with Bilingual
  • EC-6 Core Subjects with English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • EC-6 Core Subjects with Special Education

Middle School Options

  • 4-8 Core Subjects
  • 4-8 Core Subjects with Bilingual
  • 4-8 Core Subjects with English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • 4-8 Core Subjects with Special Education
  • 4-8 English Language Arts and Reading
  • 4-8 Math
  • 4-8 Social Studies
  • 4-8 Science

Grades 6-12 Options

  • Dance
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Physical Science

Grades 7-12 Options

  • Composite Science
  • English Language Arts and Reading
  • History
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies

Grades 8-12 Options

  • Hospitality, Nutrition, Food, and Science
  • Human Development and Family Studies

All-level Options

  • Art
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education
  • Theatre Arts

If you have questions regarding teacher certification, contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services within the College of Professional Education.

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