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4th through 8th Grade Science

Scroll down or click one of these links to learn about Career Opportunities, Declaring this Major, access a Degree Plan Checksheet, review the Statements of Understanding, identify your Academic Advisor, review Minimum Requirements for Graduation, understand the Educator Preparation Sequence, explore Additional Opportunities related to your major, or submit a Course Substitution Request.

Career Opportunities

After successful completion of the degree and passing scores on the required certification exams, graduates can apply for 4-8 Science teacher certification. This certification makes you eligible to teach grades 4th through 8th in Texas, as the teacher of record for science. Any teacher who holds an initial valid Texas classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree can later add additional classroom certification areas by completing the appropriate examination(s).

Considering Graduate School?
Texas State's Curriculum and Instruction Department offers several programs specifically geared toward students who have earned teacher certification but want to further their education and qualifications.  These include The Teacher Fellows Program and the Master's in Elementary Education.

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology offers a Specialist in School Psychology program, where students with or without teaching experience can choose specializations in autism or bilingual school psychology and apply for licensure as a School Psychologist.

For some general guidance about all the available programs Texas State has to offer, visit the Graduate College web page.


Declaring This Major

Schedule an appointment with a College of Education Advisor by calling 512.245.3050 or by stopping by the College of Education Advising Center in the Education building, suite 2143.

To ensure thorough understanding of degree and graduation requirements, students are required to meet with an Advisor before their record will be updated.  In this appointment, an advisor can answer questions about the degree program, update the student's curriculum record in the student information system, and assist with degree planning based on the new declaration.

Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program

In addition to declaration of the major, students must apply and be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program in order to enroll in Block coursework beyond the Education Core. 

The application and criteria for admittance are available through the Office of Educator Preparation in both the Undergraduate Catalog and on their website.


Degree Plan Checksheet

NOTE:  Information included on checksheets is subject to change. 
For the most updated information for each degree plan, students should refer to the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog and track their progress using a Degree Audit.  Additionally we encourage all students to meet on a semester basis with their Academic Advisor.


Statements of Understanding

Students wanting to declare into this degree program will be required to review and sign the Statement of Understanding form below during their advising appointment. This form is intended to provide helpful degree planning information to students early in their program to pave the way for successful planning and degree progress.


Academic Advisor

Our advisors are assigned to specific degree programs.  When you call to schedule an appointment, our front desk staff will confirm your declared or desired major and will schedule you accordingly. 

Each degree program includes crucial planning details such as GPA requirements, course rotations, prerequisites, program sequences, applications/deadlines, etc.

By focusing on only one or a few degree programs, your Advisor will be better able to keep track of those details and, in turn, share them accurately with you. 

Hana Rubanka
hir3@txstate.edu
 


Minimum Requirements for Graduation

All Texas State students must meet the University's minimum Grade-Point Requirements for graduation [Texas State GPA of 2.00, GPA of 2.5 in the major(s), GPA of 2.00 in the minor(s)].

ADDITIONALLY FOR THIS PROGRAM:

  1. A 2.5 Major GPA and a 2.75 Overall GPA are required to graduate.
  2. All Major as well as Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher.

Teacher Preparation Sequence

The 48S Educator Preparation sequence spans at least four long semesters (fall or spring).
All Educator Preparation coursework requires a 2.75 Overall GPA and Junior Classification, while Block and Student Teaching experiences also require Educator Preparation Program Admittance.

1
EDUCATION CORE

CI 3310
CI 3325

2
FIELD-BASED BLOCK

RDG 3315
RDG 4310

APPLY: semester prior through
C&I Department

3
FIELD-BASED BLOCK

CI 3300
CI 4300

APPLY: semester prior through
C&I Department

4
STUDENT TEACHING

EDST 4680
 

APPLY: semester prior through
Office of Educator Preparation

  Education Core Field-Based Block Field-Based Block Student Teaching
2.75 Overall GPA and Junior Classification
Education Core
X
Field-Based Block
X
Field-Based Block
X
Student Teaching
X
Educator Preparation Program Admittance
Education Core
 
Field-Based Block
X
Field-Based Block
X
Student Teaching
X
Application Semester Prior
Education Core
 
Field-Based Block
X
Field-Based Block
X
Student Teaching
X
All Other Coursework Completed Prior
Education Core
 
Field-Based Block
 
Field-Based Block
 
Student Teaching
X

Additional Opportunities

Join one of these other student organizations related to the teaching profession:

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
Contact: Stacia Miller, sm1217@txstate.edu

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Contact:  Dr. Laura Sanchez-Fowler (Sponsor), ls57@txstate.edu; or Caroline Sommer (President), cs1522@txstate.edu

Kappa Delta Pi - International Honor Society in Education
Contact: Dr. Nathan Bond (Sponsor), jb50@txstate.edu

Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society
Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PiGammaMuTexasState

San Marcos Student Reading Council (SMSRC)
Contact: Dr. Gwynne Ellen Ash, gwynne@txstate.edu

Texas State Teachers Association
Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/texasstateteachersassociation

 


Course Substitution Requests

You may request evaluation of a course taken previously or that you plan to take to confirm whether it is equivalent to a degree requirement in your program.

If approved, provide documentation of that approval to the College of Education Advising Center in order for the course substitution to be reflected on your Degree Audit.

The instructions below are specific to the 4-8 Science degree plan.
To request a substitution in a different College of Education program, select from our Majors and Programs list and scroll to the substitutions section at the bottom of that specific program page.

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