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
Pre-Admission Content Test
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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*Admission to the PBITC
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Spring – November 1
Summer – April 1
- Pass the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) in the certification field sought;
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university;
- A 2.75 cumulative GPA on all coursework on the last conferred bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework (includes all coursework taken even if it did not count for your initial degree);
- Demonstrate English language proficiency by fulfilling one of the following requirements;
- Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, not including US Territories;
- Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States approved by the State for Educator Certification (SBEC); or
- Verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT). To have scores submitted directly to TEA use the agency code 8225. Minimum scores: Speaking-24, Listening-22, Reading-22, Writing-21.
- Background checks will be required for early field experiences, student teaching experiences, and for certification in the state of Texas. Teacher candidates pay all fees incurred. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony must identify themselves on the criminal background application form. Applicants who fail to disclose a personal felony conviction will be removed from the educator preparation program. If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and would like to check your eligibility for teaching, you can go to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. On this page, you will find a Preliminary Criminal History Review for Educator Certification Candidates for a non-refundable fee. This service will allow those individuals who are contemplating obtaining a Texas Teacher Certificate in the future, the opportunity to have a review of an existing criminal history performed by agency staff.
Failure to provide any documentation upon request by an agency, program, or school may result in the candidate’s inability to complete field experiences and the requirements for the TWU Educator Preparation Program Education.
How to Apply
- Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
- Complete the application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program.
- Submit a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee.
- Successfully complete a pre-admission interview with an interview panel.
- Sign a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics.
- Applicants who are offered admission must acknowledge and accept admission to the Educator Preparation Program.
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Post-Bachelor's Initial Teacher Certification (Min. of 21 hours)
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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 MAT program, just prior to graduation.
PBITC 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
- Family & Consumer Science
- Physical Science
Grades 7-12 Options
- Composite Science
- English Language Arts and Reading
- Life Science
- Social Studies
Grades 8-12 Options
- Hospitality, Nutrition, Food, and Science
- Human Development and Family Studies
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Physical Education
- Special Education
- Theatre Arts
If you have questions regarding teacher certification, contact the within the College of Professional Education.
Page last updated 3:58 PM, January 15, 2020