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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

Teacher Certification Program (Undergraduate)

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Purpose of Program

Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program is designed for students interested in becoming certified to teach, have completed all their core requirements, and attained junior standing (60 semester hours) in their field of study.  Students seeking initial teacher certification and a bachelor's degree must enroll in a certification degree program


  • The level of certification is grouped based on the desired grade level and the desired teaching specialty or concentration.


  • Early Childhood to Sixth Grade Certification (EC-6)

Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade.  EC-6 Bilingual and EC-6 English as a Second Language (ESL) concentrations also offered.


  • Middle Grades Certification (4-8)

Enables students to teach fourth through eighth grade with certification in Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies, Mathematics/Science, or generalist.  4-8 Bilingual and 4-8 ESL concentrations also offered.


  • Secondary Certification (8-12)

Enables students to teach eighth through twelfth grade in their declared major area.


  • All-level Certification (EC-12 Health, PE, Music, Art / EC-12 Special Education)

Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade in respective discipline.EC-12 Special Education concentration enables students to teach those with special needs.





Program Options


The following describes undergraduate programs for students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree concurrently with teacher certification:


Pre-kindergarten through sixth grades  (EC-6)


B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

      • Early Childhood–Grade 6 Generalist concentration
      • Early Childhood–Grade 6 Bilingual Generalist concentration
      • Early Childhood–Grade 6 ESL Generalist concentration 

Degree and certification advising for these programs conducted by Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center advisors.



Fourth Through Eighth Grades

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies 

      • Grades 4-8 concentration (Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies, Mathematics/Science, or Generalist)
      • Grades 4–8 Bilingual Generalist concentration
      • Grades 4–8 ESL concentration

Degree and certification advising for these programs conducted by Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center advisors.



Secondary Education (8-12 Grade)

Will declare a major in the academic area in which they plan to teach.

      • Refer to the “Secondary Certification Programs” section of this catalog for information about specialized core curriculum and professional education coursework

Degree and certification advising for these programs conducted by advisors in the academic area. 

Students should also maintain contact with Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center advisors.



Special Education

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies 

      • Early Childhood–12 Special Education Concentration

Degree and certification advising for these programs conducted by Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center advisors.



All Level Certification (Pre-K through twelfth)


Physical education 


      • B.S. in Kinesiology
      • Physical Education concentration
      • Degree and certification advising for this program is conducted by Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center advisors.



Health


      • B.S. in Health
      • Degree and certification advising for this program is conducted by Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center advisors.



Music


      • B.A. in Music
      • Music Studies concentration (Instrumental or Choral Music tracks)
      • Degree advising for this program is conducted by faculty and academic advisors in the Department of Music
      • Certification advising is conducted by Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center advisors.



Art


      • B.A. in Art
      • Degree advising for this program is conducted by faculty and academic advisors in the Department of Art and Art History
      • Certification advising is conducted by Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center advisors.


See Course Catalog





Career Opportunities

Students obtain certification to teach in Early Childhood to Sixth Grade Certification (EC-6), Middle Grades Certification (4-8), Secondary Certification (8-12) and All-level Certification (EC-12 Health, PE, Music, Art / EC-12 Special Education)

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Admission Requirements



All applicants must meet UTSA admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended (previous college experience). In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:


All students entering into UTSA’s Teacher Certification Programs:

  • Must be in Good Standing with UTSA - (no referrals or pending cases with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards)
  • Must Pass a background Check - criminal background check  (problematic criminal history may prevent the student from completing field work requirement to complete program)


  • Student must complete all core requirements and attain junior standing (60 semester credit hours) with a minimum grade point average GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work completed.
  • Complete 12-15 hours of content coursework. Math and Science certification tracks must have 15 hours completed.
  • Attain minimum passing scores on one of the following exams:  (Exam scores cannot be mixed and matched)

-  ACCUPLACER: Reading Comp. - 78; Elementary Algebra - 63; Sentence Skills - 85; Written Essay - 6

-  THEA:  Reading - 230, Math - 230; Writing- 220

-  SAT:  Composite score of 1070 or higher

-  ACT:  Composite score of 23 or higher


  • Earn a "C" or better in WRC 1023.
  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency.

-  Earn a "C-" or better in a public speaking course (WRC 1013, COM 1043, COM 1053, COM 2123, COM 2113).

-  Credit for WRC 1013 through AP or CLEP will not be accepted. Teacher Candidates who did not receive an associate's degree.


  • Teacher Candidates who did not receive an associate's degree or high school diploma from an accredited institution in the United States will be required to take the TOEFL IBT in order to demonstrate proficiency. Required score for TOEFL IBT is a 26 on the oral language section.
  • Read, date, and sign the Code of Ethics. (deliver completed form to MB 3.214).
  • EC-6 BBL and 4-8 BBL will be required to have taken the ALPS test.





COEHD Web site for a copy of the Fitness to Teach Policy. UTSA and the COEHD reserve the right to recommend or not recommend teacher candidates for certification. If, for whatever reason, it is determined that a student does not qualify to be recommended for a teaching certificate, the student may graduate with an IDS only degree upon completion of their degree only requirements.




UTSA ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking


UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATES/CERTIFICATION//DECLARING A MINOR:
For assistance with Admission with these programs, or for further information, students should consult with the Department, COEHD Advising, and the Certification Center before proceeding.



How to Apply


Undergraduate Admissions

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Financial Aid & Scholarships


Undergraduate Financial Assistance

To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA)

UTSA Scholarships (Grad & Undergrad)
COEHD Scholarships (Grad & Undergrad)
External Scholarships (Grad & Undergrad)
Financial Aid Links
Writing Resources

For additional help in finding and applying for scholarships, please contact:

Coordinator of Undergraduate Student Services
Main Building 3.212
210-458-4021 voice | 210-458-4487 fax

Contact Us


Undergraduate Contacts/Departments

Undergraduate Programs

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT   210-458-4370

   - Advising

IDEDAdvising@utsa.edu 210-458-4424

   - Certification Center

  210-458-6287

   - Scholarships

francesca.bronder@utsa.edu 210-458-4021
     
UTSA UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS View Admissions Counselors  

   - Financial Aid & Enrollment Services Center

financialaid@utsa.edu

210-458-8000

Departments

BICULTURAL-BILINGUAL STUDIES   210-458-4426
COUNSELING   210-458-2600
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES   210-458-6620
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY   210-458-2650
INTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING AND TEACHING   210-458-5969
KINESIOLOGY, HEALTH, AND NUTRITION   210-458-6224