Steps to Complete Certification
1.) Begin education courses
2.) Complete requirements for admission to the Education Program
3.) Complete requirements for admission to elementary or secondary internship block(s)
4.) Complete requirements for admission to the Student Teaching Level and be placed in the public schools
5.) Complete eligibility requirements for obtaining approval to take TeXES test (state required)
Student Teaching in the Public Schools
In order for a student to be placed in the public schools for student teaching, he or she must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.6 or higher on all college work, in all professional development courses, and 2.75 in the selected teaching field(s) or in the interdisciplinary major.
The student teaching experience consists of six credit hours and a minimum of 14 consecutive weeks of all day assignments that will begin during the public school inservice period. Specific criteria for student teaching courses will be found in the course descriptions.
Certification after Bachelor's Degree
Persons with a baccalaureate degree seeking initial certification must (1) meet qualifications for admissions, (2) meet qualifications for certification, (3) complete a minimum of eighteen credit hours of coursework in residence at East Texas Baptist University, and (4) pass appropriate state tests before they will be recommended for certification. An evaluation fee of $25 is required for preparation of a deficiency plan. Upon enrollment, this fee will be credited to the student's account. Contact ETBU Certification Officer for information.
After successfully completing student teaching and all University and teacher education requirements, the student may be recommended for certification by the Teacher Education Council. This may be met through fulfillment of all appropriate requirements listed in the Teacher Education Program, passing the appropriate ExCET//TExES tests, filing an application for certification, and paying appropriate fees.
State Board for Educator Certification