(For information pertaining to major coursework outside of the College of Education, please contact the appropriate Academic Advising Center)
TEACHER PREPARATION COURSE SEQUENCE
There is a specific course sequence for the teacher preparation courses. Blocked courses are two or more courses with an integrated curriculum. The field-based block provides students with classroom experience prior to student teaching. Other degree and teacher preparation courses can be taken while completing the education core and field-based block. All coursework and other degree requirements must be completed prior to the student teaching semester. No additional coursework should be taken with student teaching. All courses in the teacher preparation course sequence must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
Students will begin the Teacher Preparation Course Sequence after being formally admitted into the Teacher Preparation Program. Please visit the Office of Educator Preparation for more information.
Sequence 1: Education Core
These courses prepare students for student teaching through instruction and assignments such as planning learning activities within the classroom and learning about human cognitive development. Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better the semester prior to the field-based block. Additional courses may be completed at this time.
CI 3325 Adolescent Growth and Development
CI 4332 Secondary Teaching: Curriculum and Technology
Apply for a Field Based Block (High School Block) placement on the Department of Curriculum and Instruction website at www.education.txstate.edu/ci
approximately one month prior to registration for the upcoming semester. An application is required
. You will be sent an email from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction confirming your field-based block placement. You must register for the field-based block to which you have been assigned. Please refer to the Academic Calendar
for registration dates.
Sequence 2: Field Based Block (High School Block)
The field-based block provides students the opportunity for hands-on experience at an area public high school prior to student teaching. The field-based block courses must be taken together as a group and are only available during the Fall and Spring semesters. Courses in the field-based block must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and should be taken the semester prior to student teaching. Additional courses may be completed at this time.
CI 4343 Instructional Strategies for the Secondary Teacher
CI 4370 Classroom Management, Ethics, and Legal Issues in Secondary Teaching
RDG 3323 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
Attend Student Teacher Roundup (informational meeting) at the beginning of the semester prior to the student teaching semester. For dates and locations refer to the Office of Educator Preparation website at www.education.txstate.edu/oep. This meeting is MANDATORY and begins the Student Teaching Application process.
Take required practice tests for the TExES (Texas Examination of Educator Standards) at the beginning of the semester prior to student teaching. These are the state teacher certification examinations that are required of all Texas Educators. Your content area and grade level will determine which tests you take. All students must pass a Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam and a Content area exam in order to be eligible for their teaching certificate(s). Refer to the Office of Educator Preparation (www.education.txstate.edu/oep ) for additional information. For more information including links to study materials and a schedule of TExES adminstrations, please visit the TExES website at www.texes.ets.org.
Take required TExES (Content Area and Pedagogy & Professional Responsibility) during the semester prior to student teaching. Practice tests must be completed before students will be given approval to register for the TExES/ExCET (official exam). Refer to the Office of Educator Preparation (www.education.txstate.edu/oep) for additional information. For more information including links to study materials and a schedule of TExES adminstrations, please visit the TExES website at www.texes.ets.org.
Sequence 3: Student Teaching
Required culminating experience of the teacher preparation program. This is a one semester, six credit hours, unpaid, full time experience (Monday-Friday) in a local public school classroom. Students will integrate and apply knowledge from their entire program while teaching in collaboration with experienced teachers in the public schools with University guidance and supervision. Student teaching can only be completed during the Fall and Spring semesters after all coursework for the degree has been completed. No additional coursework should be needed for graduation. No other courses should be taken with student teaching.
EDST 4681: Undergraduate Student Teaching 8-12
Clear Tentatives with the Office of Educator Preparation by the stated deadline or you will be dropped from Student Teaching. The Student Teaching Tentatives packet lists all requirements pending completion (coursework, specific grades, GPA) before student teaching may be approved. This includes other requirements as determined by the department of your major.
Attend a Mandatory Student Teaching Meeting at the beginning of the semester. Expectations, policies, and procedures for Student Teaching will be discussed. Students will also receive their final placements and meet their university supervisors.
Apply for graduation online through the Self-Service Login at the beginning of the semester you intend to graduate. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for the graduation application deadline. For information regarding the commencement ceremony, please visit the commencement website at www.txstate.edu/commencement.
Upon completion of all degree and certification requirements (student teaching, graduation and passing scores on required TExES), apply for certification online (http://www.tea.state.tx.us/) with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for issuace of your teaching certificate. Refer to the Office of Educator Preparation (www.education.txstate.edu/oep) for more information.
If you have any questions about the course sequence above, please email the College of Education Undergraduate Advising Center at email@example.com.
For information pertaining to major coursework, please contact your College Academic Advising Center.
If you have any questions regarding student teaching, TExES, and teacher certification requirements, please contact the Office of Educator Preparation.
Students are ultimately responsible for knowing and fulfilling all University, College, Major, and Certification requirements. Failure to meet requirements and stated deadlines may delay graduation. Students who, at any time, are confused about academic requirements for their progress toward a degree and certification are encouraged and expected to meet with an academic advisor, adhering to the posted advising schedules and procedures. Students are encouraged to refer to the Texas State Undergraduate Catalog for additional information and semester academic calendars for important dates and deadlines (www.registrar.txstate.edu).