Secondary Education (4-8) (7-12)

Program Description

The secondary teacher certification programs at Houston Baptist University are field-based programs that prepare students to teach in Middle Grades and High School. All students must complete the Liberal Arts Core in addition to the below listed coursework.

Degree Plans:
Composite Science 4-8
Composite Science 7-12
Composite Social Studies 4-8
Composite Social Studies 7-12


Course Syllabi

Middle School Certification
High School Certification


Requirements: Middle Grades (4-8)

In addition to the required professional development courses and a full semester of Clinical Teaching (student teaching), in the School of Education, students must complete courses in one of the teaching fields offered at HBU for middle grades:

  • Science
  • Composite Social Studies
  • English Language Arts and Reading
  • Mathematical Studies
  • History


Students must meet the requirements of the department for entrance into the Teacher Preparation Program as well as those for Student Teaching, as outlined in the University catalog.

Requirements: High School (7-12)

In addition to the required professional development courses and a full semester of Clinical Teaching (student teaching), in the School of Education, students must complete courses in one of the teaching fields offered at Houston Baptist University for high school grades:

  • Communication
  • Composite Science
  • Life Science
  • Composite Social Studies
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematical Studies
  • Physical Science
  • History
 


College of Education General Requirements

A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on 45 or more hours, a score of 240 or higher on the math section of the THEA, a score of 220 or higher on the writing section of the THEA and a 260 or higher on the reading section of the THEA are required to begin the program and a personal interview.

Students are also required to meet the requirements for Clinical Teaching (student teaching), as outlined in the University catalog.

Advantages and Opportunities

Houston Baptist's field-based secondary education program places students in secondary school classrooms for observation and actual teaching experiences in order to develop knowledge and skills through working directly with students and teachers.

Our middle and high school programs--and the educator preparation programs in general--are field-based. Throughout the programs, students develop knowledge and skills through working with students and their teachers in middle and high school grades. 

Houston Baptist University teacher preparation programs have close ties with area schools (public and private) and school districts. These districts provide practical experiences for students at each phase of the teacher preparation program and create employment opportunities after graduation. The Center for the Preparation of Professional Educators (CPPE) works collaboratively with school principals and HR directors in the selection of highly qualified, certified teachers to serve as cooperating teachers for field based courses and student teaching. All university supervisors (overseeing student teaching)hold an appointment as faculty at HBU.

State-of-the-art technology resources are available, and students learn to use these to enhance their professional effectiveness--both on campus and on secondary campuses.

After Graduation

There is a demand for quality elementary, bilingual and special education teachers throughout the state. Most graduates are employed in Houston-area schools following student teaching. Employment opportunities vary according to teaching field. Districts involved in the hiring of our graduates are surveyed annually to provide feedback on the level of preparation our graduates receive prior to entering the field as teachers or related service personnel. Our feedback results indicate that employees of our graduates (1-5 years) are well prepared and maintain skills in the teaching field after graduation.The College of Education has close ties with area schools and school districts, including several professional development partnership schools. Experiences within these schools provide practical " hands-on" experiences during the program as well as employment advantages following graduation.

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