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         College of Education
         Human Development

Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program
  • Overview of Texas Standards
  • Fitness to Teach
  • Program Admission
  • Live Text
  • Field Experiences
  • Restricted courses
  • TExES Exams
  • Student Teaching
  • Contact Information
 Overview of Texas Standards
• Texas Education Agency (TEA) sets the
  standards for beginning teachers
• Standards can be found at:
• TEA requires all teacher candidates to pass the
  TExES pedagogy and content area exams
• Study guides for the exam can be found at:
             Overview contd.
• Degree vs. Certification:
  – Requirements for each are different
  – Degrees are awarded by UTSA
  – Certificates are issued by the State of Texas upon
    recommendation of UTSA
  – All students will receive degree advising from
    COLFA or COS (PE and Health are the
  – COEHD Advising Center assists students with
    meeting certification requirements
                  Fitness to Teach
• Must be read prior to applying to the Teacher Certification
• Fitness to Teach Policy addresses:
   – Academic Requirements
   – Personal and Professional Requirements
   – Cultural and Social Attitudes and Behavior
   – Physical Skills
   – Emotional and Mental
• Policy can be found at
Admission Requirements
          • Cumulative GPA must
            be a 2.5 or better
          • Have Junior Standing
            with at least 9 hours
            completed at UTSA
          • Core Complete
          • Purchase Live Text
            (please bring copy of receipt
            and key code to COEHD
            Advising Center)
        Admission Requirements
• Passing scores on THEA, ASSET,
Reading     41       81         78       230
Math        38       39         63       230
Writing     40       59         85       220
Essay        6       6           6
      Admission Requirements
• Earn a C or better in WRC 1023
• Earn a C or better in a public speaking course
  (WRC 1013, COM 1043, COM 1053, COM 2113, or COM 2123)
• Complete a Teacher Certification Program
  Application in ASAP
• Submit authorization for a Texas Dept. of Public
  Safety Criminal Background Report
• An electronic assessment and portfolio system
  required for teacher candidates.
• Provides user-friendly web-based tools for assessing,
  and measuring teacher candidates’ professional
  development throughout their program.
• Also offers students a digital workspace to create
  assignments, journals, lessons, and e-portfolios that
  can be shared with future employers.
            LiveText Continued
• Cost of LiveText for $98
• Account is good for 5 years
• Students will be required to
  attend LiveText Orientation
• Students can go to
  rt/ for LiveText support,
  orientation dates and FAQs.
            Field Experience
• Field Experience (field work) is time spent in
  an educational setting, usually a public school,
  in addition to regular class hours.
• Field Experiences allow students to:
  – Develop teaching skills in the context of a school
  – Develop an understanding of the needs of diverse
           Field Experience:
          What does it require?
• Each student is required to complete a minimum
  number of hours of observation or participation per
  class, per semester

• For example:
   – Reading courses: 20 hours
   – Curriculum and Instruction courses: 25-30
   – Other courses: refer to the course description for details

• Criminal background checks required
            Restricted Courses
• Must have all prerequisites completed AND be admitted
  to the teacher certification program
• Restricted courses require advisor clearance and be
  obtained online by following the instructions found at
  Advising Tips: Field Experiences
      and Restricted Courses
• Plan carefully to make sure all prerequisites
  are met
• Check course descriptions in the current
  catalog to determine course prerequisites
• Build in travel time before and after field-
  based courses
 Criminal History Background process
 COEHD courses that involve field experience require that a
 criminal history check be conducted before students are allowed
 to participate in or obtain class credit for field-based
• Every student is required to fill out a criminal background check at the
  time of course registration. Please visit to get
  the form and for more information about criminal background checks.

• If you have ever been arrested, it is very likely that the arrest(s) will
  appear when your background check is run. To learn more about how
  arrest(s) on your record can impact your ability to become a certified
  teacher, please visit
     TExES Certification Exams
• Students are encouraged to complete all practice tests,
  reviews, and TExES exams the semester before
  student teaching

• Information for practice exams, review sessions and
  state exam registration procedures can be found at

• For more information please contact the TExES
  Testing Office at 210-458-5849.
               Student Teaching
• A placement for student teaching requires attendance
  at a mandatory meeting ONE long semester in
• Requirements and guidelines for student teaching and
  application information will be discussed and
  disseminated at meeting
• Deadlines:
      • Spring Semester – October 1
      • Fall Semester – February 15
• All coursework should be completed before student
        Student Teaching contd.
• Student teaching is a full-time
  commitment and working while
  student teaching is highly
• Student will be assigned to a school
  and cooperating teacher Monday-
  Friday for the entire semester
• If you anticipate the need for
  financial aid assistance, contact
  COEHD Student Services at least 2
  semesters before you student teach
            COEHD Scholarships
               and Services
• Visit COEHD Scholarship webpage and for
• Services offered:
   – Guidance in finding and applying for scholarships
   – A “Scholarship Alert” e-mail
   – Essay writing assistance
• Be aware of application deadlines
            Contact Information
•   College of Education               •   Field Placement Questions
                                           Gina Davis
•   College of Science                     458-6128  
•   College of Liberal and Fine Arts   •   Student Teaching Questions
                                           Janet Scott
•   Certification Questions:               458-5420
    458-6287 (1604) or 458-2550 (DT)
                                       •   TExES Exam Questions
•   KIN Degree Advising                     Cherie Weiss
    458-4424 (1604) or 458-2550 (DT)
•   Student Services/Scholarships
    Francesca Bronder
• If you would like a printout of this tutorial,
  please visit:
• Close this window and return to ASAP
• Take the brief quiz
• Apply to the Teacher Certification program

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