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Secondary School Teacher Certification

All secondary school certification programs are based on degrees earned from colleges within the University with academic majors in the student's chosen teaching field. Degree requirements for a student seeking secondary school teacher certification include all the courses required for the degree the student is pursuing in the College of Communication, Education, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, or Natural Sciences. State certification regulations require the additional courses listed below.

Additional Requirements and Modifications Needed for Certification

Prescribed Modifications on Basic General Education Coursework

  1. Six semester hours of English in addition to English 306 and 316K, for a total of twelve semester hours of English. An upper-division course containing a substantial writing component may be substituted for three semester hours of English.
  2. Six semester hours in human development, consisting of
    1. One of the following courses: Child Development 313, Educational Psychology 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), Psychology 304, 309, 333D, 333T, or 339.
    2. Applied Learning and Development 322 or Psychology 345.
  3. Six semester hours in one science, used as part of the basic natural science requirement, must be in astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, physical science, or physics. Computer sciences may not be counted.
  4. One course in a laboratory science.
  5. Psychology 301, to be used as part of the basic social sciences requirement.
  6. Documented evidence of proficiency in oral communication. This proficiency is assessed in Curriculum and Instruction 332S. Students who lack proficiency must take three semester hours chosen from Speech 305, 319, Theatre and Dance 303, 303C, 326, 326C, and 326D.
  7. Documented evidence of proficiency in computing or credit for three semester hours in computer sciences, management information systems, or courses in computer literacy.

Minimum Scholastic Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum coursework and scholastic requirements for the degree, students seeking secondary school certification must meet other requirements to take the prescribed work in professional development outlined below. Admission to the professional development sequence is restricted to those who have met the requirements given in this chapter.

Teaching Fields

All candidates for secondary school 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 of courses in the major that fulfill certification requirements. This certification core includes at least twenty-four semester hours and incorporates the state-specified essential elements of knowledge needed for successful secondary teaching in the field. Often, the student's major department requires more than these twenty-four semester hours, but the certification core must be covered as part of the major.

Students seeking to become secondary school teachers must complete one of the following four certification plans. The required courses for each field are listed below.

  1. A single teaching field of at least thirty-six semester hours in English, mathematics, Spanish, or theatre arts.
  2. Two teaching fields, each of at least twenty-four semester hours. Students electing the two-teaching-field certification plan must meet the major requirements in the subject of their first teaching field; these may include more than twenty-four semester hours in that subject. For the second field, the student must complete the number of semester hours given for the field below.
    1. Each of these subjects may be used both as an academic major and as a first or second teaching field: biology, chemistry, computer sciences (computer information systems), economics, English, French, geography, geology (earth science), German, government, history, journalism, Latin, mathematics, physics, psychology, Russian, sociology, Spanish, speech, and theatre studies (theatre arts).
    2. Kinesiology may be used as an academic major and as a first teaching field only.
    3. Each of these subjects may be used only as a second teaching field: life/earth science, physical science, reading, and special education.
  3. A composite field of at least forty-eight semester hours in English/language arts, science, or social studies.
  4. An all-level teaching field of at least thirty-six semester hours in art, kinesiology, or music.

Prescribed Work in Professional Development

Eighteen semester hours of professional education coursework are required for all secondary school teaching certificates. Admission to the professional development sequence is restricted to those who have met the requirements given in this chapter. The professional development courses are

  1. Curriculum and Instruction 332S.
  2. Curriculum and Instruction 331C.
  3. Curriculum and Instruction 370S, a subject-specific methods course.
  4. Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 18: Critical Issues in Schooling). Students in an all-level teaching field must substitute Curriculum and Instruction 364 (All-Level Internship) for this course.
  5. Curriculum and Instruction 667S or, for those with a student teaching emphasis in special education, Special Education 667.

Teaching Fields for Secondary School Teacher Certification

Single Thirty-six-Semester-Hour Teaching Fields

English
Thirty-six semester hours, consisting of

  1. English 306, 316K, and three additional semester hours of lower-division English.
  2. Eighteen semester hours of upper-division English, consisting of one course in each of the following six areas: a single- or dual-author course (English 321 or 366K is recommended); a literary period or survey course; a literary genre or theme course; a course in either language or writing (English 360K must be used to fulfill this requirement); a comparative or interdisciplinary course; and a senior seminar.
  3. English 360M.
  4. Six additional semester hours of English, at least three of which must be upper-division.
Mathematics
Thirty-eight semester hours, consisting of

  1. Computer Sciences 304P.
  2. Mathematics 408C, 408D, 311, 325K, 328K, 333L, 343K or 373K, 361K or 365C, and 362K.
  3. Three semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematical statistics.
  4. Three additional semester hours in upper-division mathematics. Mathematics 360M and topics of 175, 275, 375, 475 are recommended.
The student must also complete a twelve-semester-hour supporting field in English or social science.

Spanish
Forty semester hours, consisting of

  1. Either Spanish 506 and 507 or 508K, either 312K and 312L or 612, either 322K or 328, 327, 346, 364L, and 367K.
  2. Nine semester hours of Spanish-language literature, three of which must be in Spanish courses numbered 350 or above. In addition to the forty semester hours in Spanish, the student must complete a minor consisting of twelve semester hours in a directly supporting field. Directly supporting fields include a second language, anthropology (courses chosen from Anthropology 301, 302, 318L, 320L, 322M, 325K, 325L, 325M, 344K, 358K, 358L, 360K, and 361K), comparative literature, English, European studies, folklore, geography (courses chosen from Geography 301C, 303K, 305, 315, 319, 323K, 324, 326, 327, 331, 331K, 341K, 347K, and 358), government (including at least nine semester hours in courses concerned with foreign relations or foreign governments), history, Latin American studies, linguistics, Mexican American studies, Middle Eastern studies, philosophy, and sociology (courses chosen from Sociology 302, 308, 309, 324K, 329, 335, 343, 344, 348K, and 349).
Theatre Arts
Fifty-four semester hours, consisting of Theatre and Dance 311, 313C, 313D, 313E, 314C, 314M, 314P (taken twice), 317C, 317D, 323C, 323D, 324 (Design and Technology for Performance: Lighting), 326C, 326D, 326E, 351S, and topics of 356T.

Additional work in theatre and dance is required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in theatre studies.

Two-Teaching-Field Core Courses

Biology
Twenty-eight to thirty-one semester hours, consisting of

  1. Biology 302, 303, 304, and one of the following courses: Biology 205, 206, 208.
  2. Botany 323K or Zoology 320.
  3. Microbiology 226, 227, and 129K.
  4. Zoology 325.
  5. One of the following: Zoology 321, 361K, both 365L and 365N, Botany 328, or Microbiology 362.
  6. Three additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in botany, microbiology, or zoology.
  7. The student must complete at least one course in botany, microbiology, and zoology. He or she must complete in residence at least six semester hours of upper-division coursework in biological sciences.
Chemistry
Twenty-eight semester hours, consisting of

  1. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 618, 118K, and 118L.
  2. Twelve semester hours chosen from Chemistry 339K, 339L, 341, 353, 153K, 455, 367L, 369L, and 370.
Computer Information Systems
Thirty-five semester hours, consisting of

  1. Computer Sciences 304P, 310, 315, 328, 336, 352, 372, Philosophy 313K, and Mathematics 408C and 408D.
  2. Three semester hours chosen from Computer Sciences 343, 345, 347, 354, 369, 370, Management Information Systems 333, 333K, 373 (Topic 2: Applied Data Communication Systems), and 373 (Topic 3: Commercial Software Systems).
Earth Science
Twenty-four to twenty-six semester hours, twelve of which must be upper-division, consisting of

  1. Geology 401 or 303, and 404C or 405; Astronomy 301 or 367M or Physical Science 367M; Geology 307 or 367K; and Meteorology 320.
  2. Seven to nine semester hours chosen from Geography 301K, 312, Geology 416M, 320L, 335, 347K, 360K, 360L, and Meteorology 376.
Economics
Twenty-four semester hours, consisting of

  1. Economics 302, 303, 320K, 320L, 323K, and 327 or 339K.
  2. Six semester hours chosen from Economics 321, 328, 330K, 333K, 360, and 361N.
English
Thirty-three semester hours, consisting of

  1. English 306, 316K, and three additional semester hours of lower-division English.
  2. Eighteen semester hours of upper-division English, consisting of one course chosen from each of the following areas: a single- or dual-author course (English 321 or 366K is recommended); a literary period or survey course; a literary genre or theme course; a course in either language or writing (English 360K must be used to fulfill this requirement); a comparative or interdisciplinary course; and a senior seminar.
  3. English 360M.
  4. Three additional semester hours of upper-division English.
French
Forty semester hours, consisting of

  1. French 506; 507; 312K; and 312L, 312M, 312N, or an equivalent lower-division course.
  2. French 320E, 322E, 324L, 326K, 326L, 340C or 340P or 340T, and 364L.
  3. Three semester hours chosen from French courses numbered above 350.
Geography
Twenty-four semester hours, consisting of

  1. Geography 301C or 301K, 303K or 305 or 336, 312, 320K or 325, 324 or 333, and 374.
  2. Three semester hours chosen from Geography 326K, 331K, 334, and 346.
  3. Three semester hours chosen from Geography 319, 323K, 326, 327, 328, 331, 332, 337, 341K, 347K, and 358.
German
Forty semester hours, consisting of

  1. German 506, 507 or 508K, 312K, and 312L or 310.
  2. Six semester hours chosen from German 328, 356, and 366K.
  3. Twelve semester hours chosen from German 322, 324, 325, 361K, and 361L.
  4. Six semester hours chosen from German 363K, 369, and 373.
Government
Twenty-four semester hours, consisting of

  1. Government 310L and 312L.
  2. Twelve semester hours chosen from Government 320K, 321, 325, 327L, 330K, 331L, 335M, 335N, 347L, 348, 350K, 358, 370K, 370L, and 379S.
  3. Three semester hours chosen from Government 321M, 322M, 323, 324J, 324L, 328L, 328M, 336M, 337M, 344L, 347J, 347K, 365N, and 365P.
  4. Three semester hours chosen from Government 338L, 344, and 360N.
History
Twenty-four semester hours, consisting of

  1. History 309K, 309L, 315K, 315L, and 320L, 320P, or 320R.
  2. A three-semester-hour, upper-division course in the history of the United States before 1865.
  3. A three-semester-hour, upper-division course in the history of the United States since 1865.
  4. A three-semester-hour, upper-division course in non-European, non - United States history.
Journalism
Twenty-four semester hours, consisting of

  1. Journalism 312, 314, 322, and 324 or 336.
  2. Twelve semester hours chosen from Advertising 318J, Journalism 325, 327, 333, 360, 363, and 376.
Kinesiology
Thirty-two semester hours, consisting of

  1. Two semester hours chosen from Kinesiology 119 core topics in ballroom dance, basketball, conditioning, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.
  2. Kinesiology 219D, 219S, 219T, 321M, 324K, 325K, 326K, 335, 360, and 376.
  3. Three semester hours chosen from Kinesiology 330, 333, 352K (Topic 3: Women and Sport), 352K (Topic: Physical Aging in America), 352K (Topic: Sociological Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity), 366, 370K (Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations of Health).
Proficiency is required in seven areas of human movement: ballroom dance, basketball, conditioning, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Two of these areas are covered by the required Kinesiology 119 core courses, but students must demonstrate proficiency in all five additional areas. Proficiency in each area may be demonstrated by passing skill tests and written tests or by earning a collegiate letter; information about the skill and written tests is available from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. Students unable to demonstrate such proficiency must complete a basic core topic of Kinesiology 119 without degree credit in each area of deficiency.

Latin
Thirty-seven semester hours, consisting of

  1. Latin 506 and 507, 506Q, or 508; and Latin 311.
  2. Three semester hours chosen from Latin 312K, 312M, and 316.
  3. Latin 324 and twelve additional semester hours of upper-division Latin.
  4. Six semester hours of upper-division coursework chosen from Greek and classical civilization.
Life/Earth Science
Twenty-seven to twenty-eight semester hours, consisting of

  1. Six semester hours chosen from Biology 302, 303, and 304.
  2. Two semester hours chosen from Biology 205, 206, and 208.
  3. Six semester hours of upper-division coursework in botany, microbiology, or zoology. These six hours must include at least one laboratory course.
  4. Geology 401 or 303, and 404C or 405.
  5. Six semester hours chosen from Geology 320L, 335, 347K, 360K, 360L, and 367K.
Mathematics
Thirty-two semester hours, consisting of

  1. Mathematics 408C, 408D, and 311.
  2. Mathematics 325K, 328K, and 333L.
  3. Mathematics 343K or 373K, 361K or 365C, and 362K.
  4. Three semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematical statistics.>
Physical Science
Twenty-eight semester hours, consisting of

  1. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
  2. Physics 302K and 102M, 302L and 102N.
  3. Physical Science 303 and 304.
  4. Six semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics, physical science, or chemistry.
Physics
Twenty-four semester hours, consisting of

  1. Physics 301, 101L, 315, 115L, 316, and 116L.
  2. At least twelve semester hours chosen from Physical Science 375, Physics 336K, 338K, 433, 352K, 453, 362K, 362L, 369, 370C, 373, 474, 375P, 375S, and 379H.
Psychology
Twenty-five semester hours, consisting of

  1. Psychology 301, 304 or 333D, 309 or 319K, 418, and 352.
  2. Six semester hours chosen from Psychology 323, 332, 333N or 355, 333P or 337, 345, and 350.
  3. Three additional semester hours of upper-division psychology.
Student teaching is not available in psychology. The student must complete student teaching in the second teaching field.

Reading
Twenty-four semester hours, consisting of

  1. Fifteen semester hours chosen from Applied Learning and Development 324, Curriculum and Instruction 670EA (Topic 19: Reading/Language Arts), 371 (Topic 9: Secondary School Reading), 371 (Topic 10: Secondary School Reading in the Content Subjects), 371 (Topic 14: Young Adult Literature), and 377 (a conference course in reading).
  2. Nine semester hours chosen from African and African American Studies 301, Applied Learning and Development 323, Educational Psychology 362T, English 325M, Linguistics 325, Mexican American Studies 310, and Psychology 338K.
Russian
Thirty-eight semester hours, consisting of Russian 506, 507, 312K, 312L, 218, 324, 325, 228, and twelve additional semester hours of upper-division Russian.

Sociology
Twenty-four semester hours, twelve of which must be upper-division, consisting of

  1. Sociology 302, 317L, 317M, and 379M.
  2. Six semester hours chosen from Sociology 318, 319, 321K, 324K, 325K, 325L, 346, 348L, 349, 352, 366, and 369K.
  3. Three semester hours chosen from Sociology 313K, 320K, 323, 330C, 343, 353, 354K, and 359.
  4. Three semester hours chosen from Sociology 309, 329, 333K, 344, 347K, and 348K.
Student teaching is not available in sociology. The student must complete student teaching in the second teaching field.

Spanish
Forty semester hours, consisting of

  1. Either Spanish 506 and 507 or 508K, either 612 or 312K and 312L, either 322K or 328, 327, 346, 364L, and 367K.
  2. Nine semester hours of Spanish-language literature, three of which must be in Spanish courses numbered 350 or above.
Special Education
Twenty-four semester hours, consisting of Applied Learning and Development 322, 326, Special Education 366, 372, 675, 376, and 377 or a special education elective approved by the special education adviser.

Speech
Twenty-four semester hours, consisting of

  1. Speech 305, 305K, 310K, and 313.
  2. Six semester hours chosen from Speech 342K, 350K, 352, 358, 362K, and 370L.
  3. Speech 332 or 332K.
  4. Three semester hours chosen from Speech 334K, 355K, and 365K.
Theatre Arts
Thirty-six semester hours, consisting of Theatre and Dance 311, 313C, 314C, 314M, 314P, 317C, 317D, 323C, 324 (Design and Technology for Performance: Lighting), 326C, 326D, and 326E.

Composite Teaching Fields

English/Language Arts
Fifty-seven semester hours, consisting of

  1. English 306, 316K, and three additional semester hours of lower-division English.
  2. Eighteen semester hours of upper-division English, consisting of one course in each of the following six areas: A single- or dual-author course (English 321 or 366K is recommended); a literary period or survey course; a literary genre or theme course; a course in either language or writing (English 360K must be used to fulfill this requirement); a comparative or interdisciplinary course; and a senior seminar.
  3. English 360M.
  4. Three additional semester hours of upper-division English.
  5. Six semester hours in journalism.
  6. Six semester hours in speech.
  7. Nine semester hours in the teaching of reading.
  8. Three upper-division semester hours in journalism, speech, or the teaching of reading.
Note: No student may take more than two upper-division English courses in a semester without the consent of the undergraduate adviser in English.

Science
Forty-eight semester hours, consisting of

  1. Twenty-four semester hours in one science (biology, chemistry, geology, or physics), including the two-teaching-field core courses needed for certification.
  2. Twelve semester hours in a second science; only courses that are included in the two-teaching-field core courses needed for certification may be counted.
  3. Six semester hours in a third science chosen with the consent of the adviser.
  4. Six semester hours in a fourth science chosen with the consent of the adviser.
  5. The program must include at least six semester hours each in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. At least eighteen semester hours must be upper-division.
Social Studies
Fifty-seven semester hours, consisting of

  1. Twenty-four semester hours in one social science (economics, geography, government, or history), including the two-teaching-field core courses needed for certification.
  2. Eighteen semester hours in a second social science (economics, geography, government, history, or sociology).
  3. Six semester hours in a third social science (economics, geography, or government).
  4. Six semester hours in a fourth social science (economics, geography, or government).
  5. Three semester hours in economics, geography, government, history, psychology, or sociology.
The program must include eighteen semester hours of history and six semester hours each in economics, geography, and government.

All-Level Teaching Fields

Art
Fifty-one semester hours, consisting of

  1. Studio Art 301K, 301L, 302K, 302L, 310K, 311K, and 315K or 316K.
  2. Fifteen additional hours of studio art, twelve of which must be upper-division.
  3. Visual Art Studies 330, 241C, 141D, 251C, and 151D.
  4. Six semester hours of upper-division art history.
Art History 302 and 303, three additional semester hours of studio art, and Visual Art Studies 261C and 161D are required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in visual art studies.

Kinesiology
Thirty-eight semester hours, consisting of

  1. Two semester hours chosen from Kinesiology 119 core topics in ballroom dance, basketball, conditioning, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.
  2. Three semester hours chosen from Kinesiology 119 basic skills topics.
  3. Kinesiology 219D, 219S, 219T, 321M, 324K, 325K, 326K, 335, 360, 375, and 376.
  4. Three semester hours chosen from Kinesiology 330, 333, 352K (Topic 3: Women and Sport), 352K (Topic: Physical Aging in America), 352K (Topic: Sociological Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity), 366, and 370K (Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations of Health).
Proficiency is required in seven areas of human movement: ballroom dance, basketball, conditioning, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Two of these areas are covered by the required Kinesiology 119 core courses, but students must demonstrate proficiency in all five additional areas. Proficiency in each area may be demonstrated by passing skill tests and written tests or by earning a collegiate letter; information about the skill and written tests is available from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. Students unable to demonstrate such proficiency must complete a basic core topic of Kinesiology 119 without degree credit in each area of deficiency.

Music
Fifty-four semester hours, consisting of

  1. Music 605, 210K, 411, 612, 313M, 313N, 221J, and two semesters of principal instrument course 260.
  2. Music 222K or 223K.
  3. Two semester hours chosen from Music 226G, 226J, and 226N.
  4. Three semester hours chosen from Music 330M, 334, and 379K.
  5. Seventeen semester hours, consisting of one of the following sequences:
    1. Sequence I, choral music emphasis
      1. Music 354C, 354D, 354F, 255V, and 356G.
      2. Two semester hours chosen from Music 255D, 255E, and 255F.
      3. One semester hour chosen from Music 115D, 115E, 115F, 115G, and 155C.
    2. Sequence II, instrumental music emphasis
      1. Music 354C or 354F, 155C, 255D, 255E, 255F, and 356J.
      2. Four semester hours chosen from Music 115D, 115E, 115F, and 255M.
Additional coursework in music is required for the Bachelor of Music with a major in music studies.

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