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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE MIDDLE GRADES, SECONDARY,
AND ALL-LEVEL TEACHER CERTIFICATION IN
THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008



Dean Manuel J. Justiz of the College of Education has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the teacher certification in the College of Education chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the school approved the proposed changes on September 9, 2005. The dean approved the proposed changes on September 12, 2005, and submitted the changes to the secretary on September 13, 2005. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on November 29, 2005, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on December 5, 2005. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on December 12, 2005, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on January 6, 2006.

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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on December 15, 2005. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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CHANGES TO THE MIDDLE GRADES, SECONDARY,
AND ALL-LEVEL TEACHER CERTIFICATION IN
THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008




On pages 115-116, under the heading DEGREES, in the College of Education chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


MIDDLE GRADES, SECONDARY, AND ALL-LEVEL TEACHER CERTIFICATION

All middle grades (grades four through eight), secondary (grades eight through twelve), and all-level (prekindergarten through grade twelve) teacher certification programs are based on degrees with academic majors in the student’s chosen teaching field. Certification requirements for students seeking middle grades, secondary, and all-level teacher certification include all the courses required for the student’s major in the College of [Communication,] Education, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, [or] Natural Sciences, or the Jackson School of Geosciences, as well as the preprofessional and professional education courses.

Students pursuing middle grades or secondary teacher certification in mathematics, computer science, or [composite] science must follow the curriculum prescribed by the UTeach-Natural Sciences program, a collaborative partnership between the College of Education and the College of Natural Sciences. Program advising is housed in the College of Natural Sciences. Information is available from the College of Natural Sciences Office of Special Projects and at http://www.uteach.utexas.edu/.

Students pursuing middle grades or secondary teacher certification in English language arts and reading, history, languages other than English, or [composite] social studies must follow the curriculum prescribed by the UTeach-Liberal Arts program, a collaborative partnership between the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts. Program advising is housed in the College of Liberal Arts. Information is available from the College of Liberal Arts Office of Special Projects and at http://www.utexas.edu/cola/students/programs/uteach/index.html.

[Students who are interested in secondary certification in journalism or speech should consult an adviser in the College of Communication.]

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Information about legal requirements for certification to teach is available from the teacher certification officer, George I. Sánchez Building 216, or from the State Board for Educator Certification. Application for the certificate should be made at the Certification Office, George I. Sánchez Building 216. State of Texas teacher certification requirements are governed by the State Board for Educator Certification and are subject to change. Students must adhere to current certification requirements, even if they differ from those listed in a University catalog.

In accordance with state law, the commissioner of education may suspend or revoke a teaching certificate or refuse to issue a teaching certificate for a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for a crime that directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession.

Students who have completed all necessary academic requirements for certification must also achieve a [satisfactory] passing level of performance on the required state certification examinations. In addition, students seeking bilingual education certification or certification to teach French or Spanish in elementary or secondary school must earn a passing score at the advanced level on the Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT) in the


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MINIMUM SCHOLASTIC REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the minimum coursework and scholastic requirements for the degree, students seeking middle grades, secondary, and all-level certification must meet other requirements to take the prescribed work in professional development. Admission to the professional development sequence is restricted; information about admission requirements is available in the Office of the Dean, George I. Sánchez Building 216.

TEACHING FIELDS

All candidates for middle grades, secondary, and all-level teaching certificates must earn a degree in their primary teaching field by meeting all of the requirements for the appropriate major. While completing these requirements, the certification student must take a core set of courses in the major that fulfill certification requirements. This certification core includes at least twenty-four semester hours in a single teaching field or forty-eight semester hours in a composite teaching field, and incorporates the state-specified essential [elements of] knowledge and skills needed for successful teaching in the field. Often, the student’s major department requires more than these twenty-four semester hours, but the certification core in the major field must be taken.

Students seeking middle grades certification may choose from the following teaching fields: English language arts and reading, social studies, mathematics, and science. Students seeking secondary certification may choose from the following teaching fields: science, social studies, computer science, English language arts and reading, history, [journalism,] and mathematics[, and speech]. Students seeking all-level teacher certification may choose from the following teaching fields: art, kinesiology, languages other than English (French, German, Latin, or Spanish), music, special education, and theatre arts.



RATIONALE:
Currently the College of Communication has plans to develop a UTeach Communications program for Journalism and Speech teacher certification. This is only in the planning stages at this time.