Grades EC-12 Certification

To complete the EC-12 teaching certificate, the undergraduate candidate must complete the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Music degree that is appropriate for the designated teaching field. These requirements are located in the appropriate academic department. Admission requirements for candidates seeking EC-12 certification are provided in the School of Education section following the Certification section on Admission Requirements. Students majoring in Art, Music, Health, Kinesiology or Spanish who are interested in becoming certified teachers should see their major advisor and the advisor in the School of Education for assistance with degree plans.

Designated Teaching Fields:

Art (EC-12)

Health (EC-12)

Music (EC-12)

Physical Education (EC-12)

Languages Other Than English – Spanish (EC-12)


Candidates for EC-12 certification must complete the following professional education courses. (See the School of Education Advising Center for details.)

EC-12 Professional Education Courses:

EDUC 1301Introduction to the Teaching Profession

EPSY 3340Educational Psychology: Adolescent Development and Learning

EDUC 4320Teaching Skills for the Intermediate and Secondary Teacher

EDSP 3351Managing and Instructing Diverse Learners

EDUC 4640Student Teaching EC-12

EDUC 4057Student Teaching Seminar

EDFB 4338Literacy in the Content Areas (Grade 5-12)

Take the appropriate pedagogy course, if required

EDUC 4312Teaching Social Studies in the Middle and High School


EDUC 4315Teaching Language Arts in the Middle and High School

Professional education courses require related field experiences. The School of Education in cooperation with participating school districts assigns students to school placements.

Certification Program Completion Requirements for Grades 7-12 and EC-12:

  1. Completion of Core Requirements for the degree with a “C” or better in each course;
  2. Admission to the School of Education (see the School of Education section);
  3. Completion of all Professional Education courses with a “C” or better, and a cumulative 2.5 GPA.;
  4. A final cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for courses on the degree plan;
  5. Completion of appropriate content course requirements leading to the degree and the required GPA as designated by the content department;
  6. Successful completion of student teaching;
  7. Successful completion of required TExES;
  8. Submit to national criminal history background check.