Post-Baccalaureate Certification Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Certification Program

The Department of Education offers Post-Baccalaureate Certification programs to those students who are seeking Texas State Certification, but have already earned a baccalaureate degree. We offer certification in Elementary (Early Childhood - 6th grade), Middle School (grades 4 - 8) and Secondary (grades 7 - 12). Formal admission to the Department is required for all students seeking Texas Teacher Certification.

Certification Areas:

All Level Certification

All-Level Certification Program

All - Level Certification Program (Grades EC-12): Art, Theater Arts (Drama), and LOTE (Languages Other than English, French, German, Latin, and Spanish)

Requirements

To be recommended by the University of Dallas for Texas EC-12 Certification, candidates must show evidence of the following:

1) Bachelor's Degree with at least 24 hours of teaching field courses, 18 upper division, with an overall grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a 2.75 in pedagogical and teaching field courses.

2) General education courses-6 hours in English required-12 recommended; 3 hours in math, college algebra or above; 3-4 in laboratory science; 6 hours in history, 3 of which must be American; 3 hours in American Government.

3) Complete: Edu 3102, 3111, 3305, 3322, 3327, 3328, 3335, 4149, 4849, 5351, 5352, and at least one semester of Reflective Teaching (Edu 3147 or 3148), plus Edu 4346.

4) Pass the comprehensive examinations in Education.

5) Pass appropriate TExES.

6) Complete placement file and teaching portfolio.

Elementary Certification

Elementary Certification (EC - 6 Core Subjects)

Requirements

To be recommended by the University of Dallas for Texas Elementary [Early Childhood (PK) - 6th] Certification, candidates must show evidence of the following:

1) Bachelor's Degree with an overall grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a 2.75 in pedagogical courses.

2) Complete general courses:

6 semester hours in English required (12 recommended),
3 semester hours in math, college algebra or above,
3-4 semester hours in laboratory science
6 semester hours in history (3 of which must be American)
3 semester hours in American Government.

3) Complete Education courses:

EDU 3101: Math Practicum,
EDU 3102: Reading Practicum,
EDU 3103: Science Practicum,
EDU 3305: Computer Problem Solving,
EDU 3322: Child and Young Adult Literature,
EDU 3323: Developmental Reading,
Either EDU 3324: Diagnostic and Corrective Reading or 5354: Language Acquisition/Linguistics,
EDU 3325: Elementary Math Concepts,
EDU 3326: Elementary Science Concept,
EDU 3327: Child Growth and Development,
EDU 3330: Integrated Curriculum,
EDU 3335 Philosophy of Education,
EDU 3147 and 3148: Reflective Teaching (at least one semester),
EDU 4343: Principles of Elementary Education,
EDU 4147: Seminar in Elementary School Directed (Student) Teaching
EDU 4847: Elementary/Middle School Directed (Student) Teaching
EDU 5351: History of American Education

4) Pass the comprehensive examinations in Education.

5) Pass appropriate TExES (Texas Examination of Educator Standards) in content and pedagogy.

6) Complete placement file and teaching portfolio.

Middle School Certification

Middle School Certification (Grades 4 - 8)

The Department of Education offers Middle School (grades 4 - 8) Texas State Certification in the following areas:

  1. English Language Arts and Reading
  2. Social Studies
  3. Mathematics
  4. Science
  5. Composite English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies
  6. Composite Mathematics/Science

Requirements

To be recommended by the University of Dallas for Texas Middle School [Grades 4 - 8] Certification, candidates must show evidence of the following:

1) Bachelor's Degree with an overall grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a 2.75 in pedagogical and teaching field courses.

2) Complete general courses:

6 semester hours in English required (12 recommended),
3 semester hours in math, college algebra or above,
3-4 semester hours in laboratory science
6 semester hours in history (3 of which must be American)
3 semester hours in American Government.

3) Complete Education courses:

EDU 3101: Math Practicum,
EDU 3102: Reading Practicum,
EDU 3305: Computer Problem Solving,
EDU 3322: Child and Young Adult Literature,
EDU 3323: Developmental Reading,
EDU 3325: Elementary Math Concepts,
EDU 3327: Child Growth and Development,
EDU 3335 Philosophy of Education,
EDU 3147 and 3148: Reflective Teaching (at least one semester),
Either EDU 4343: Principles of Elementary Education or EDU 4346 Principles of Secondary Education
EDU 4147: Seminar in Elementary School Directed (Student) Teaching
EDU 4847: Elementary/Middle School Directed (Student) Teaching
EDU 5351: History of American Education
EDU 5352: Educational Evaluation
Depending on academic emphasis*, 3-6 hours of electives from EDU 3324: Diagnostic and Corrective Reading; EDU 3326: Elementary Science Concepts and EDU 3103: Science Practicum; EDU 3329: Mathematics Problem Solving; EDU 3330: Integrated Curriculum; or EDU 5354: Language Acquisition/Linguistics

*For specific information on each emphasis, see our requirements.

4) Eighteen hours in a teaching field, 9 of which must be upper division hours. (Composite teaching field certificates require additional hours.)

5) Pass the comprehensive examinations in Education.

6) Pass appropriate TExES (Texas Examination of Educator Standards) in content and pedagogy.

7) Complete placement file and teaching portfolio.

 

Secondary Certification

Secondary Certification

Requirements:

To be recommended by the University of Dallas for Texas Secondary [Grades 7 - 12] Certification, candidates must show evidence of the following:

  1. Bachelor's Degree with an overall grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a 2.75 in pedagogical and teaching field courses.
  2. General Education Courses-6 hours in English required-12 recommended; 3 hours in math, college algebra or above; 3-4 hours in laboratory science; 6 hours in history, 3 of which must be American; 3 hours in American Government.
  3. Complete: Edu 3111, 3112, 3305, 3328, 3335, 4346, 4848, 4148, 5323, 5351, 5352, and at least one semester of Reflective Teaching (Edu 3147, 3148, or 4150). 
  4. Twenty-four hours in a teaching field, 18 are upper division hours. Two subject certification areas and composite fields require additional hours in content.
  5. Pass the written and oral comprehensive examinations in Education.
  6. Pass appropriate TExES/ExCET tests.
  7. Complete placement file and teaching portfolio.

Teaching Fields:

Grades 7-12

  • English Language Arts and Reading
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry)
  • Physics/Mathematics

Composite fields:

  • Social Studies Composite (Economics, Geography, government, History)
  • Science Composite (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics)

Ready to take the next step?

Review the admissions requirements.

General admission requirements include:

1. An overall grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a 2.75 in pedagogical and teaching field courses.

2. Proficiency in each of the basic skills: reading, writing, math, critical thinking, and oral communication in English. A student can demonstrate proficiency by submitting a combination of passing scores on approved standardized tests, and successful performance on required University-administered writing/critical thinking assessment. The writing assessment is administered during the admission process. Approved standardized tests and minimum passing scores are:

a) THEA: English 230, Math 230, Writing 220

b) SAT: a combined score of 1070

c) ACT: Composite score of 23 with at least 19 in English and 19 in Math

3. Completion of required general education courses*:

6 hours in English (9-12 hours for EC-6)
3 hours in math, college algebra or above
3-4 hours of laboratory science
6 hours in American history (for Secondary, 3 hours in American and 3 hours in other)
3 hours in American government.

*Students who have not completed all general education requirements may apply for conditional acceptance.

4. A completed application to the Department of Education Teacher Certification Program and essay.

5. A certification plan developed by the Department Certification Officer.

6. Recommendation by the Department of Education faculty.

7. Completed application for a Non-Degree Seeking student.

8. Pass the TExES PACT (Preliminary Admission Content Test).

 

International Student Applicants: A foreign credential evaluator that has been recognized by the State of Texas must evaluate all foreign transcripts. In addition, all student applicants whose native language is not English must submit a score report from the TOEFL, TSE and TWE. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 600. Minimum scores on TSE and TWE are 50 and 5, respectively. All scores must not be older than two years. 

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