Secondary Education (4-8) (8-12)
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.
Middle School Certification
High School Certification
Requirements: Middle Grades (4-8)
In addition to the required professional development courses and a full semester of student teaching, in the School of Education, students must complete courses in one of the teaching fields offered at HBU for middle grades:
Composite Social Studies
English Language Arts and Reading
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 (8-12)
In addition to the required professional development courses and a full semester of 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:
*These programs may continue to lead to grades 7-12 certification (instead of 8-12) until new content area certification tests are developed for these areas.
School of Education General Requirements
Composite Social Studies
English Language Arts
A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 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 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.
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 School 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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