Academic Majors associated with the Minor.

The Minor in Teacher Education prepares the student for teacher certification in Texas in Middle and High School (Grades 7-12). Within these grade levels, you choose a disciplinary major from the certification areas offered and add a Minor in Teacher Education to your degree plan. Certification levels and their corresponding discipline certifications are listed below. 

SEU MAJOR                         TEACHER CERTIFICATION AREA                       GRADE LEVEL                   
Biology Life Science (238)  7-12
Chemistry Chemistry (240) 7-12
English Literature English, Language Arts, and Reading (231) 7-12
History History (233) 7-12
Mathematics Mathematics (235) 7-12
Biochemistry Chemistry (240) 7-12

Plan of Study

The Minor in Teacher Education is made of eight courses (24 credit hours). These courses are divided into three clusters that are taken in order. 1. Lower Division Course Cluster 2. Upper Division Course Cluster, and 3. Professional Practice Course Cluster. Students complete cluster one and apply to enter the teacher education program formally. At the end of cluster two, the student applies to advance to the student teaching internship. For more information, contact your academic advisor or success coach.

1. Lower Division  Cluster 

Take during Freshman and Sophomore semesters         

2. Upper Division  Cluster 

Take during Junior and Senior Semesters         

3. Professional Practice Cluster.

Note: This cluster is taken during your last semester before graduation.

EDUC 1330 - Schooling and Society introduces the student to historical and current trends, theories, and influences on schooling in America.   EDUC 4334 - Curriculum and Assessment provides the student with practical experience developing lesson plans, practicing classroom management skills, and learning how to assess student knowledge EDUC 4359 - Student Teaching Seminar is designed to provide additional content and support for student teachers as they complete the internship in the classroom. 
EDUC 2332 - Educational Technology Integration gives a solid grounding in current and emerging educational technologies and provides students with the chance to learn through active inquiry.                      READ 4343 - Content Area Literacy helps the student learn how to integrate reading and writing strategies into their content area instruction as a tool for deeper learning.  EDUC 4361 - Student Teaching Internship is a 14-week intensive apprenticeship in a local classroom. The student gradually takes over the class periods from the mentor teacher and ties together all their learning as an early career education professional.
EDUC 2331 - Learning Processes gives the student a deep grounding in the theories and practices related to learning. Students challenge their own beliefs about teaching and learning.                                             NO CONCURRENT OR OUTSTANDING COURSES ARE ALLOWED TO BE TAKEN DURING OR AFTER THIS CLUSTER DUE TO INTENSE NATURE OF APPRENTICE TEACHING.
SPED 2324 - Introduction to Special Populations provides the student with an overview of special needs that students may have in the classroom and strategies for supporting them.     

Student Teaching Semester

Note: You must have all coursework completed before you begin your student teaching semester. The student teaching semester is:

  • 14 weeks long
  • Monday through Friday
  • The duration of the entire school day
  • In a classroom related to your content and certification/grade level

You must fulfill the following criteria in order to apply to the Student Teacher Internship:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.50 or higher in your academic major, with no grade below a C in any course*
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Complete 45 hours of validated pre-student-teaching field experience (performed in several courses)
  • Complete all professional education sequence courses with a grade of C or higher and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Submit three faculty recommendations from members of the Teacher Education faculty (link sent to your email upon request)
  • Submit a formal application by the appropriate deadline (link sent to your email upon request)
  • Submit a Student Teacher Preference Form (link sent to your email upon request)
  • Maintain conduct consistent with the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas educators

*Students must repeat any course within the academic major in which a grade below a C is earned. When students repeat a non-topics course (due to an unacceptable grade), the repeated course(s) will be identified on the transcript; however, only the highest grade will be included in the cumulative GPA, major GPA (if applicable), and the cumulative hours earned toward the degree.

The Teacher Education Advisory Committee (TEAC) oversees applications for both the Teacher Education Program and the Student Teacher Internship process. The committee is making determinations related to the applicants readiness and knowledge, skill, and dispositions for the teaching program and teaching profession. If admitted, you will be notified of your status by email. Once admitted, you should enroll in the appropriate student teaching internship. If you were not admitted to the program, you may reapply later when eligibility requirements are met.

Student Teacher Internship Application Forms

  • Student Teaching Internship Application (link sent to your email upon request)
  • Student Teaching Internship Faculty Recommendation Form (link sent to your email upon request)
  • Student Teaching Preference Form (link sent to your email upon request)