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As a prerequisite to student teaching,
students seeking a secondary school teaching
certificate must complete in residence at least six
semester hours of upper-division coursework in
each approved teaching field, or at least
nine semester hours of upper-division coursework
in a composite teaching field. Student teaching must also be completed in residence. Those seeking elementary school certification must complete in residence at least twelve semester hours in the professional development sequence, including student teaching.
Residence credit includes only courses taken at the
University; it does not include credit by examination or courses taken by extension or correspondence.
Except as otherwise indicated, credit by examination is treated as any other earned credit in meeting degree
With the exception of credit earned by examination, each course counted toward the degree or toward
certification requirements must be taken on the letter-grade basis, unless the course is offered only on the pass/fail
basis. Credit earned by examination on the pass/fail basis may be counted toward degree and certification requirements.
The list of courses required for an area of
specialization is informational. Each list as a
whole defines the nature and distribution of the
specialization; advisers, with the dean's
approval, may substitute other courses serving
equivalent purposes. Since course offerings are subject
to change, the courses listed under an area of specialization may change with each issue of the catalog, but the total number of semester
hours and the number of upper-division semester hours required for each specialization can be changed only by action of the General Faculty.
Courses used to fulfill basic education
requirements may also be used in establishing an
area of specialization, but the total number of
semester hours required for the degree is
unchanged. A single course may not be used to meet
more than two separate degree requirements.
Each student in a teacher certification
program must be tested for tuberculosis before
beginning public school fieldwork and must
demonstrate speech adequacy before being certified.
Speech adequacy is assessed in the required
professional education courses Curriculum and
Instruction 331C and 332S. Students who demonstrate
poor speaking skill in one of these courses must
complete a performance course such as Communication Studies 305 or Theatre and Dance 303.
To graduate, all students must have a
University grade point average of at least 2.00. In
addition, a secondary school certification student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50 in courses applicable to the teaching field(s) to qualify for teacher certification. To be considered for enrollment in student teaching, secondary school certification students must present a University grade point average of at least 2.50 and a grade point average of at least 2.50 in each teaching field.
Elementary school certification students must also present a University grade point average of at least 2.50 to enroll in student teaching. Each applicant for elementary or secondary certification is considered individually if he or she has a University grade point average between 2.50 and 3.00. Applicants with a University grade point average of 3.00 or higher are eligible for priority selection.
Before they begin professional development sequence coursework, all University students, including those who have already earned degrees, must have passed the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) examination or an acceptable substitute examination or must have completed equivalent coursework approved by an academic adviser
in the Office of the Dean.
Physical Activity Courses
Physical activity (PED) courses are offered by the
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. While physical instruction is not a degree
requirement in the College of Education, students are
encouraged to take physical activity courses,
particularly in activities that can be pursued throughout
a lifetime. Three semester hours of physical
activity coursework may be counted as electives toward
any College of Education degree. All physical
activity courses are counted among courses for which
the student is enrolled, and the grades are included
in the grade point average.
A maximum of nine semester hours of credit in
air force science, military science, or naval science
may be used as free electives in any degree plan of
the College of Education.
Credit that a University student in residence
earns simultaneously by correspondence or
extension from the University or elsewhere or in residence
at another school will not be counted toward a
degree in the College of Education unless specifically
approved in advance by the dean. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for any
degree offered in the College of Education may be
taken by correspondence.
A total of at least 130 semester hours of credit,
forty-two of which must be upper-division, is required
for the degree.
The curriculum for the degree has three
components: (a) the basic education requirements, sixty-one
semester hours of coursework in arts and sciences;
(b) a major course of study, with the number of
specified hours varying with the major chosen; and
(c) electives. Each major consists of areas of
specialization in subject fields used in public schools or
in educational or community service organizations,
a professional development sequence of courses,
and field experiences. Students may major in
applied learning and development, which can lead to
elementary certification with the opportunity for
a specialization in reading or added certification
in bilingual education; or in youth and community studies, which does not lead to teacher certification.
Basic Education Requirements
The basic education requirements below apply to both majors leading to the Bachelor of Science
in Applied Learning and Development.
Area A: English Composition and Literature, Writing, Foreign Language
English composition and literature: Rhetoric and Composition 306, English 316K, and three additional
semester hours in English or rhetoric and composition. In
addition, three semester hours of literature for
children is required; Library and Information
Science 322T is acceptable.
Writing: In addition to Rhetoric and Composition 306 and English
316K, the student must complete six semester hours in courses certified as having a substantial
writing component. These courses are identified in
the Course Schedule. Three of these six
semester hours, must be at the upper-division level.
Foreign language: All beginning students
entering the College of Education must have completed two years in a single foreign language
in high school. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in a single foreign
language equivalent to that shown by completion of
the second college semester in the language; proficiency is usually shown by earning credit
for language courses 506 and 507 or the
equivalent. Prospective Texas
teachers are strongly encouraged to take Spanish to
fulfill the language requirement.
Although the foreign language requirement is the attainment of a certain proficiency,
rather than the completion of a specified number
of hours, the courses taken to gain this
proficiency are not electives and may not be taken on
the pass/fail basis. Any part of the requirement
may be fulfilled by credit by examination.
Courses used to fulfill the foreign language requirement
must be language courses;
literature-in-translation courses, for example, may not be counted.
College of Education students may substitute nine semester hours in specific
multicultural courses for the foreign language
requirement. This program is open only to students who
have completed two years of a single foreign
language in high school. Acceptable substitute courses are
Applied Learning and Development 327.
- Three semester hours chosen from Applied Learning and Development 323, 324, 325, Anthropology 307, 325M, Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 13: Applied Linguistics and Methods in English as a Second Language), and Linguistics 306.
- Three semester hours chosen from African and African American Studies 301, Anthropology 302, Mexican American Studies 310, 318, Sociology 309, 344, 347K, and other multicultural courses approved in the student dean's office, George I. Sanchez
Applied Learning and Development 324 and 325 may not be counted toward both the foreign language substitution and the prescribed work in applied learning and development.
Area B: Social Sciences
- History 315K and 315L, or six semester
hours in other United States history courses that
fulfill the legislative requirement described in chapter 1.
- Government 310L and 312L.
- Geography 305.
- Psychology 301.
Area C: Mathematics and Natural Sciences
- Three semester hours chosen from
Mathematics 303D, 305G, and 316. Coursework in
calculus may be substituted for all or part of
this three-semester-hour requirement.
- Elementary certification students must take Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 15: Computing Tools for
- Six semester hours in one of the following:
astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, physical science, and physics.
- Three additional semester hours in
mathematics, computer applications, astronomy,
biology, chemistry, geological
sciences, physical science, physics, experimental
psychology, physical anthropology, physical geography, or history of science and philosophy
At least one laboratory course must be taken as
part of the science requirement.
Area D: General Culture
- Three semester hours in art (including art
history, design, studio art, visual art studies),
music (including music, instruments, ensemble), or theatre and dance.
- Three semester hours in architecture,
courses offered by the College of Fine Arts, classics
(including classical civilization, Greek, Latin),
or philosophy (excluding courses in logic).
- For elementary certification students, documented evidence of proficiency in oral communication. Proficiency
is assessed in
Curriculum and Instruction 331C. Students who lack
speech proficiency must take three semester hours
chosen from the following courses: Communication Studies 305, 319, Theatre and Dance 303, 303C, 326C, and 326D.
It is recommended that teacher certification
students meet requirements 1 and 2 with six semester
hours chosen from Music 313, 354D, Theatre and Dance
326C, 326D, Visual Art Studies 221C, 121D,
222C, and 122D, since these courses cover the
essential elements of knowledge in the fine arts needed by
an elementary school teacher.
Applied Learning and Development
Students who have completed a teaching
certification major in applied learning and development
may be entitled to teach grades one through eight
after meeting additional state requirements. By
following certain options within this program, students
may also become qualified for a reading specialization
or certification in bilingual education.
For the major in applied learning and
development, students must complete the following
prescribed work in areas of specialization, in applied
learning and development, and in professional
development in addition to the basic education requirements
Prescribed work in areas of specialization
An academic specialization in one field of at least eighteen semester hours, nine of which must be upper-division, chosen from those listed under the heading "Elementary
Academic Specializations" in this chapter.
A curricular specialization consisting of
Curriculum and Instruction 670E (Topic 19: Reading/Language
Arts), Kinesiology 314 and 333, and Mathematics 316K and 316L.
Prescribed work in applied learning and development
Three semester hours in human development chosen from Educational Psychology 332, 363M (Topic 3:
Adolescent Development), Human Development and Family Sciences 313,
Psychology 304, 309, 333D, 339, and other approved courses.
Three semester hours in cognition and
learning chosen from Applied Learning and Development 320, 321,
355, and other approved courses.
Three semester hours concerning individual differences in development and learning chosen from
Applied Learning and Development 322, Psychology 345, and other
Three semester hours in the development and learning of language chosen from Applied Learning and
Development 324, 325, English 323L, 360K, 364M, Linguistics 323L, 360K, 364M, Psychology 333P, 337,
338K, Special Education 378T (Topic 1: Language-Minority
Students in Special Education), and other approved courses.
Applied Learning and Development 327 or other approved courses.
Applied Learning and Development 328.
Prescribed work in professional
development. Admission to the professional development
sequence is restricted to those who have met the requirements given in this chapter. The
professional development courses are
Methods courses: Curriculum and Instruction 370E (Topic 5:
Mathematics), 370E (Topic 3: Science), and 370E (Topic 4:
Curriculum and Instruction 331C (Topic
1: School Organization and Classroom Management in Elementary
Curriculum and Instruction 667E or, for those with a student teaching emphasis in special education, Special Education 667.
Students seeking bilingual education
certification or an elementary reading
specialization must take a special sequence of these
student teaching courses with an appropriate
emphasis. The bilingual sequence emphasizes the
multicultural aspects of education; the reading
specialization emphasizes the differentiation of
reading instruction in accordance with learner needs.
Youth and Community Studies
Completion of a major in youth and community studies does not entitle the student to receive a
teaching certificate. For this major the student must
complete basic education requirements, prescribed
work in applied learning and development, prescribed work in a minor, prescribed work in
professional development, and electives.
- Basic education requirements: At least
sixty-one semester hours of coursework as described
above, with the following modifications:
- A fourth course in English may be
counted toward the Area A English composition and literature requirement in place of the children's literature course.
- A course in economics or anthropology
may be counted toward the Area B requirement in place of Geography 305. Students in
the sport management program must substitute a course in economics for Geography 305.
- A course in sociology may be counted
toward the Area B requirement in place of Psychology 301.
- Students in the sport management program must substitute Communication Studies 305 or 319 for
art, music, or theatre and dance in fulfilling the Area D requirement.
- Prescribed work in applied learning and development:
- Three semester hours chosen from Educational Psychology 332, 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent
Development), Human Development and Family
Sciences 313, Psychology 304, 309, and other approved courses.
- Applied Learning and Development 320 or 321, 322, and 327.
- Three semester hours chosen from Applied Learning and Development 324, 325, English 323L, 360K, 364M, and other approved courses.
- Three additional semester hours of coursework in applied learning and development.
- Kinesiology 314 and 333.
- Prescribed work in a minor: Eighteen semester hours, nine of which must be upper-division, in a subject area outside the major that is
approved by an academic adviser. No more than six semester hours may be counted toward both the minor and the basic education
- Prescribed work in professional
development: Eighteen semester hours of
upper-division coursework in education approved by an academic adviser in the dean's office. Registration in the professional
development sequence is restricted to those who have
received approval for this major from an academic adviser. Before beginning the professional
development sequence, students must have a University
grade point average of at least 2.00.
The student who plans to major in sport management must apply for admission to the program.
To be admitted, he or she
must have completed certain prerequisite courses and must have a competitive grade point average.
The sport management program includes twenty-seven semester
hours of coursework in sport law, sport sociology,
sport management, sport ethics, structure and
organization of sport programs, and sport finance. Other
requirements include eighteen semester hours, nine of
which must be upper-division, in an approved minor;
three semester hours of fieldwork; and six semester
in a professional development internship. Further information about this program, including
specific course requirements, is available in the Office of
the Dean, George I. Sanchez Building 216.
Students usually include at least three semester
hours of free elective coursework in their program.
Additional electives may be needed to provide the
total of 130 semester hours required for the Bachelor
of Science in Applied Learning and Development.