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College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers undergraduate, graduate and post baccalaureate programs for educators and prospective educators. Using multiple teaching methods which address a variety of learning styles, its rigorous programs emphasize active, meaningful, field-based, student-centered and technology-rich learning. Assessment utilizes challenging criteria that are reliable, valid, clear, fair and performance-based. The Center for the Preparation of Professional Educators (CPPE), which is housed in the SOE provides a number of different functions and services for students in the Educator Preparation Program (TEP).  The CPPE portion of the COEBS website provides details about those functions and services: http://hbu.edu/CPPE

Undergraduate Programs in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

The undergraduate programs in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences fulfill the mission of the University by preparing truly professional teachers for public and private early childhood, elementary, middle and high schools based on a liberal arts foundation. Each program leads to state teacher certification, meets state, regional, and national professional standards, and is accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Each program requires coursework in academic foundations (the Liberal Arts Core), a teaching field, and professional teacher education. All of the requirements were cooperatively developed by HBU faculty and the School of Education Advisory Council.  The Advisory Council includes the members of the University’s Teacher Education Committee (education as well as arts and sciences professors), practicing professionals (teachers, administrators, regional service representatives, etc.), alumni and community members.

NOTE: The State of Texas through the Texas Education Agency (TEA), not the University, certifies teachers. Individuals desiring to teach in accredited public and private schools in Texas must be certified through TEA.  TEA frequently changes certification levels and requirements. In order to meet new TEA guidelines, the University may change requirements described in this Catalog. Students should check with the School of Education office to verify current requirements.

Teacher Certification Options

  • Elementary:  Early Childhood through Grade Six (EC-6) Certifications
    • Elementary: EC-6 Generalist
    • Elementary: EC-6 with Bilingual Certification
    • Elementary:  EC-6 with All-Level Special Education Certification
  • Middle Grades:  Grades 4-8 Certifications
    • Composite Social Studies with Grades 4-8 Certification
    • Composite Science with 4-8 Certification
    • English/Language Arts with Grades 4-8 Certification
    • Mathematics/Mathematical Studies with Grades 4-8 Certification
  • High School: Grades  7-12 Certifications
    • Composite Science with Grades 7-12 Certification
    • Composite Social Studies with Grades 7-12 Certification
    • English/Language Arts with Grades 7-12 Certification
    • History with Grades 7-12 Certification
    • Life Science with Grades 7-12 Certification
    • Mathematics/Mathematical Studies with Grades 7-12 Certification
    • Physical Science with Grades 7-12 Certification
    • Speech Communication with Grades 7-12 Certification
  • All-Level:  Early Childhood (EC) – Grade 12 Certifications
    • Art with EC- Grade 12 Certification
    • Music with EC- Grade 12 Certification (See School of Music)
    • Physical Education/Kinesiology with EC- Grade 12 Certification
    • Spanish with EC- Grade 12 Certification
  • Supplemental Certifications
    • English as a Second Language (ESL)
    • Special Education

Coursework Requirements for Early Childhood through Grade Six (EC-Grade 6) Certification Area

Early Childhood through Grade Six (EC-Grade 6) Generalist Certification
This certification permits one to teach all subjects in general education classrooms from early childhood through grade six. Undergraduate students seeking this certification complete the Elementary Education (EC-6) with ESL major.  This major includes English as a Second Language (ESL) coursework sufficient to sit for supplemental ESL certification as well as gifted education coursework.

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Elementary Education (EC-Grade 6) with Bilingual Certification
This certification permits one to teach all subjects in bilingual classrooms from early childhood through grade six.  Undergraduate students seeking this certification complete the Elementary Education (EC-6) with Bilingual Certification major.  Students learn to help children develop first and second language proficiency and to teach content material in a bilingual (English and Spanish) context.  In order to begin this program, students must already be proficient in Spanish. They must demonstrate competency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in Spanish.

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Elementary Education (EC-Grade 6) with All-Level (EC-Grade 12) Special Education Certification
This certification permits one to teach all subjects in a “regular” education classroom from early childhood through grade six as well as special education (life skills, resource, PPCD, etc.) at those levels..  It also permits one to teach Life Skills in middle school and high school as well as special education for any subject one is certified to teach at those levels. To simultaneously acquire EC-6 and All-Level Special Education certification, students complete the Elementary Education (EC-6) and All-Level Special Education major. 

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document Elementary Education (EC-6) with Special Ed Certification Requirements PDF
 

Middle Grades Certification (Grades 4-8)
This leads to grades four through eight (4-8) teacher certification in a chosen teaching field. In the undergraduate program, it requires completion of one of the teaching field majors listed below. Each of these majors includes content area and professional education course work.   The coursework requirements for each program can be accessed through the link listed under the program title.

High School Certification (Grades 7 - 12)
This leads to grades seven through twelve (7-12) teacher certification in a chosen teaching field.  In the undergraduate program, it requires completion of one of the teaching field majors listed below. Each of these majors includes content area and professional education course work. The coursework requirements for each program can be accessed through the link listed under the program title.


All-Level Certification (EC – Grade 12)
This leads to early childhood through grade twelve teacher certification in a chosen teaching field.  In the undergraduate program, it requires completion of one of the teaching field majors listed below. Each of these majors includes content area and professional education course work.   The coursework requirements for each program can be accessed through the link listed under the program title.

Supplemental Certifications
A supplemental certificate is an additional certification area that is added to another certification.  It requires passage of the state’s supplemental certification exam for that area.  HBU offers coursework that can prepare students for two different supplemental certification exams:  ESL and Special Education. 

English as a Second Language (ESL)
This is available as a supplemental certification area that may be added to any teaching certificate. The coursework for this area of expertise (EDBI 4304 Second Language Acquisition and EDBI 4305 Methods of Teaching ESL) is included in all undergraduate EC-6 programs and some other undergraduate programs. Any education student may take these two courses then sit for the ESL supplemental exam.
 
Special Education
This is available as a supplemental certification area that may be added to any certificate.   In the undergraduate program, EC-12 Special Education Certification may be obtained simultaneously with the EC-6 certification by completing the Elementary Education (EC-6) with All-Level Special Education major.  Other students may prepare to add supplemental special education certification to their certificates by completing EDSP 4301, 4311, 4319, 4325, 4352 and 4353.  Many of these are already included in their degree requirements.  The special education supplemental certification applies only to the level(s) and subject(s) one is already certified to teach.
 

Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

Required Pre-Program Coursework
Students should take EDUC 2320: Learning and Development and EDUC 2330: Foundations of American Educational Thought during their freshman year or during their first semester at HBU if transferring from another institution. These courses are prerequisites for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program (TEP). Students must earn a “C” or higher in each course in order to be admitted to the TEP.
 
Admission to the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

A. Applicants must complete an application and receive approval prior to beginning the program. Undergraduates begin the program during the Fall and Spring semesters.

  1. Applications should be submitted by the deadlines posted on the CPPE portion of the COEBS website: http://hbu.edu/CPPE
  2. Students receive written confirmation of their admission status (including an explanation of requirements that still need to be met if admission is denied).
  3. Program admission allows students to register for professional education classes:  those with the EDBI, EDEC, EDUC, EDRE, EDSP and INDC rubrics.

B.   Program admission requires the following:

  1. A completed application on file in the School of Education posted on the CPPE portion of the COEBS website: http://hbu.edu/CPPE
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (based on all university/college coursework ever attempted).
  3. Demonstration of basic skill proficiency in critical thinking, oral communication, reading, writing, and math.
    1. Critical thinking and reading proficiency demonstrated by a reading score of 260 or higher on the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.
    2. Writing proficiency demonstrated through writing samples on the application and a passing THEA writing score of 220 or higher.
    3. Math proficiency demonstrated by a THEA math score of 235 or higher.
    4. Oral language proficiency demonstrated through a “C” or better in an oral communication course, a signed Speech Competency Form completed by an HBU professor or an interview.  If possible oral communication problems are noted in the admissions interview, successful completion of an additional oral language screening assessment may be required.
  4. Completion of least 45 semester hours of university coursework prior to beginning the program, but not prior to the interview.
  5. A successful interview conducted by School of Education faculty that demonstrates the following dispositions:
    1. A genuine desire to enter and follow a career in teaching.
    2. A personal and social orientation which shows promise of contributing to success in the teaching profession.
    3. A physical and mental fitness which indicates potential classroom leadership.
  6. For bilingual education certification students, successful completion of a Spanish language proficiency assessment that includes listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Students who do not meet minimums standards on this assessment must successfully complete prescribed course work and/or other prescribed learning experiences in each area where the minimum standard was not achieved.  

    NOTE:  Application for a state criminal history review and documented criminal clearance is required prior to beginning fieldwork during preprogram and  program courses, just prior to student teaching and again for state licensure.

 

Retention in the Program
The following conditions are necessary for retention in the program.

  1. Maintenance of the 2.75 cumulative grade point average
  2. A “B” or better in EDUC 4301 or 4311.  This is needed to take additional courses in the professional education course sequence and for this course to serve as a prerequisite for other courses.
  3. Continued demonstration of the dispositions that qualified the student for admission to the program.  
    If students fail to demonstrate an acceptable level of performance on one or more professional educator standards (which include knowledge, skills and dispositions) during any class or field experience, a report is filed in the School of Education office (a PMID: Progress Monitoring & Intervention Documentation form).  If two reports occur, a conference is held in which difficulties are identified and means for improvement are explored. [Sometimes specific interventions will be required.] A third report results in a committee hearing to review difficulties and means for improvement and to determine conditions for continuance in the program.

 
State Certification Exams

  1. To receive state certification, prospective teachers must successfully complete the required state certification exams in both pedagogy and content areas.  Bilingual certification also requires passage of the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT).  High school certification in Spanish requires successful completion of the Languages Other than English (LOTE) Spanish test. 
  2. HBU teacher education students are not allowed to take certification exams without authorization from the Center for the Preparation of Professional Educators (CPPE).  To gain approval to take a state exam, students must first pass the practice exam (representative test) administered by HBU which is offered multiple times each semester.  Intensive review for these practice exams and the certification exams is provided in EDUC 4100.  The CPPE section of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences website contains the application form and calendar for practice exams as well as additional procedures related to state certification exams: http://hbu.edu/CPPE

 

Student Teaching

  1. Requirements
    Student teaching is among the final requirements in HBU undergraduate teacher preparation programs. It must be done during one of the last two semesters prior to graduation. In addition to working in an assigned classroom or classrooms all semester from Monday through Friday for the entire school day, it requires attendance at EDUC 4400 Student Teaching Seminar one afternoon each week.
  2. Admission    
    Admission to student teaching is not automatic upon completion of required courses. It is contingent upon application and acceptance based on having met the following criteria:
    1. Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) and satisfaction of all requirements for retention in the TEP.
    2. A completed “Application for Student Teaching” form on file in the CPPE Office by the posted deadline from the CPPE portion of the COEBS website: http://hbu.edu/CPPE
    3. A degree plan and application to graduate on file in the registrar’s office.
    4. Completion of at least 96 semester hours with:
      1. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
      2. At least 21 semester hours in the teaching field with no grade lower than “C” and a teaching field GPA of 2.75 or higher.
      3. A grade of “B” or higher in EDUC 4301 or 4311.
      4. Successful completion of all education courses specified on the degree plan except student teaching and the student teaching seminar with a grade of “C” or higher (“B” or higher for EDUC 4301/4311) and an education GPA of 2.75 or higher.
    5. Successful completion of the HBU administered PPR and appropriate content area certification exam practice tests.
    6. Fitness for teaching as judged by performance in the classroom and in field experiences.
    7. If seeking Bilingual Education or Spanish certification, a passing score on the appropriate language proficiency assessment.  

 

Actual Certification
Teaching certificates are issued by the State of Texas, not the University. They are not automatically conferred upon graduation. In order for undergraduate students to receive state teacher certification, they must:

  • Successfully complete all program requirements, including a professional portfolio.
  • Successfully complete appropriate examination(s) required by the State for the certification of teachers in both pedagogy and teaching field(s).
  • Not have any holds on their accounts.
  • Graduate.
  • Be formally recommended for certification by HBU.
  • Apply for certification online at the TEA website: www.tea.state.tx.us.
     


 

Graduate Study in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

HBU’s vision is framed by Ten Pillars that include embracing the challenge of Christian graduate education.  Consistent with this tenant, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences emphasizes graduate study. The HBU graduate programs prepare students for teaching careers in public and private schools in Texas, extend the classroom pedagogical skills of teachers, and develop leaders in school administration, counseling and educational diagnosis.  Both Master of Education (MEd) degree programs and Post Baccalaureate programs requiring graduate coursework are offered.  Six of the MEd programs lead to initial teacher certification in the state of Texas.  Others offer the possibility of adding professional certifications or simply expanding existing expertise.  

Graduate Programs in the School of Education

MEd Programs that Lead to Initial Teacher Certification
HBU offers the following six graduate Curriculum and Instruction programs in which students can simultaneously earn an MEd and Texas teacher certification.  Each program leads to state certification in different grades and/or subjects.

Curriculum and Instruction with EC-6 Generalist Certification
This option leads to both the MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction and state EC-6 Generalist certification. The student must meet all admission, retention, and certification requirements for teacher education.

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED (EC - 6) Generalist Certification

Curriculum and Instruction with Middle Grades Certification in English Language Arts and Reading
This option leads to both the MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction and middle grades (4-8) certification in English Language Arts and Reading. The student must meet all admission, retention, and certification requirements for teacher education and have a certification plan completed by the certification officer.  

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED Curriculum and Instruction (English L/A and Reading Certification, 4-8) Requirement PDF

Curriculum and Instruction with Middle Grades Certification in Math, Science, or Social Studies
This option leads to both the MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction and middle grades (4-8) certification in math, science or social studies. The student must meet all admission, retention, and certification requirements for teacher education and have a certification plan completed by the certification officer.

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED Curriculum and Instruction (Certification in Mathematics, Sciences, or Social Studies, 4-8) Requirements PDF

Curriculum and Instruction with High School Certification Grades 7-12
This option leads to both the MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction and high school certification (grades 7-12). The student must meet all admission, retention, and certification requirements for teacher education and have a certification plan completed by the certification officer.

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED Curriculum and Instruction (7-12) Certification Requirement PDF

Additional course work (undergraduate or graduate) in the teaching field may be required and is determined on an individual basis by the certification officer and documented in a certification plan. Certification also requires student teaching or an approved equivalent and successful completion of content area and pedagogy and professional responsibility (PPR) state certification exams.

Curriculum and Instruction with All-Level Teacher Certification
This option leads to both the MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction and all-level Texas teacher certification in art, physical education, or music. The student must meet all admission, retention, and certification requirements for teacher education and have a certification plan completed by the certification officer.

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED Curriculum and Instruction (Certification in All- Level Art, Spanish, Music, or Physical Ed) Requirement PDF

Curriculum and Instruction with Certification in EC-6 Generalist and Special Education (EC-12)
This option leads to both the MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction and certification in Special Education (EC-12) and EC-6 Generalist. This certification permits one to teach all subjects in a “regular” education classroom from childhood through grade six as well as special education (life skills, resource, PPCD, etc.) at those levels. It also permits one to teach Life Skills in Middle School and High School as well as special education for any subject one is certification to teach at these levels.
 
Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED Curriculum and Instruction Certification in EC-6 and Special Education (EC-12)


MEd Curriculum and Instruction Programs that do not Lead to Initial Teacher Certification
The following programs provide additional professional expertise and/or professional certifications (Principal, School Counselor, Educational, Diagnostician, Master Technology Teacher and Reading Specialist).  The professional certifications each have specific requirements in addition to course work including state certification exams and provision of school/district service records to document teaching experience.

Curriculum and Instruction
The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction provides expertise related to curriculum content and instructional methodology. It allows individual students the opportunity to acquire expertise without the requirement of teacher certification.  It also provides certified teachers the ability to increase their professional knowledge and skills and add supplemental certifications and specializations. Each Curriculum and Instruction program requires a core of courses.

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED in Curriculum and Instruction Requirement PDF

Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Instructional Technology
Students may obtain the Specialization in Instructional Technology by completing the requirements for the MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Instructional Technology or by completing the twenty-seven (27) hours of instructional technology course work included in the degree if they already possess a graduate degree. This does not lead to initial certification, and students do not have to be certified teachers to complete this degree program, but if seeking the additional Master Technology Teacher certification offered by the state, they must have completed 3 years of teaching as a certified teacher.

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED Curriculum and Instruction (Specialization in Instructional Technology) Requirement PDF
 
If a student already has an MEd and would like to be eligible to take the Master Technology Teacher exam, the following course work would serve as a deficiency plan.

 

Instructional Technology Specialization without MEd: 24 Hours
EDAD 5319  Internet Resource 3
EDAD 5320  Systems Thinking: Theory and Application 3
EDUC 5302  Multimedia Instructional Strategies 3
EDUC 5305  Technology Enhanced Instructional Design 3
EDUC 5306  Educational Applications of Technology 3
EDUC 6307  Design of Print Based Media 3
EDUC 6308  Distance Learning 3
EDUC 6330  Teaching Methodology for the Professional 3
 
 
Bilingual Education
This degree program is designed for already certified teachers who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the bilingual classroom.  It also permits students who possess valid Texas teacher certification in an area other than bilingual education to add a supplemental bilingual certification. To gain admission to the Bilingual Education program, the prospective student must achieve the prerequisite scores on proficiency tests in English and in Spanish.

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED in Bilingual Education Requirements PDF   
[Upon approval of the advisor, students who already possess Texas Bilingual Education Teacher Certification may, through presentation of appropriate undergraduate equivalent courses, substitute other graduate courses for required courses in the Bilingual MEd Program.]


Supplemental Certification in Bilingual Education
Students possessing valid Texas teacher certification in an area other than bilingual education may add a supplemental bilingual certification without completing the MEd in Bilingual Education. A student seeking supplemental certification should contact the Department of Special Populations for individual advising.


Counselor Education
The school counselor today is a vital member of the educational team on each campus.  They help students in the areas of academic achievement, psychological and social development, and college/career development. For a person to be certified as a school counselor, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires that the student have two (2) years of successful teaching in an accredited school (as a certified teacher), earn an MEd degree, be recommended by an accredited program, and  successfully complete the required state certification exam. Admission to the program requires the student to be a certified teacher or demonstrate progress towards certification.  The requirements for this major  include a 350-clock hour practicum which must be satisfactorily completed in an accredited, university-approved school.  Students who are teaching full time may require more than one semester to complete the  350 hours of internship.  Students who do not complete all 350 hours in EDSP 6191, they may register for additional semesters of Counseling Practicum with permission of the Dean of the College of Education Behavioral Sciences. 

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED in Counselor Education Requirement PDF


Educational Administration
The Educational Administration program prepares graduate students for positions as principals or assistant principals in elementary, middle or high schools and for such district-wide administrative positions as program directorships and supervisor or coordinator positions. To earn the Texas Standard Principal Certificate, the student must complete the thirty-seven (37) semester hours detailed through the following link, earn the MEd degree, have a valid Texas teaching certificate, have completed two (2) years of successful teaching in an accredited school, and successfully complete the certification examination required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED Administration Requirement PDF

Educational Diagnostician
The Educational Diagnostician program prepares students for professional certification by the state. Educational Diagnosticians administer individual standardized test batteries to determine eligibility of students for areas of exceptionality. Prior to admission to the Educational Diagnostician certification, an individual must hold:
  • a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education that at the time of attendance was accredited or otherwise approved by an accrediting organization recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and
  • a valid classroom teaching certificate.

To earn professional certification as an Educational Diagnostician, the student must successfully complete the forty-two (42) graduate hours listed at the following link and earn the MEd degree.

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED Diagnostician Requirement PDF


Reading Education 
The campus reading specialist serves as a resource to students, parents and teachers.  They will learn leadership and communication skills as well as methods for improving the reading ability of students with a variety of different needs.  To earn the Texas Professional Certificate as a Reading Specialist, a student must have a valid Texas teaching certificate, three years of successful teaching experience in an accredited elementary or secondary school, and a passing score on the appropriate state certification examination.  

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document MED in Reading Specialist Certification Requirement PDF 

Policies and Procedures for College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Graduate Programs

Admission Requirements
While some programs have additional admission requirements, a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher on a four-point scale or a 3.0 or higher on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work is required for all School of Education graduate programs.  Provisional admittance is sometimes possible.  It requires that students complete six semester hours during their first semester with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in order to obtain full program admission and continue taking classes.

Steps in Completing an MEd Degree
Students have five years after first enrollment to complete all requirements for the graduate degree. As students progress through the program, they should do the following:

  • Complete all required coursework with grades of “C” or higher while maintaining a 3.0 GPA
  • File a degree plan by the time they complete 12 hours
  • File for candidacy when they complete 18 hours
  • Successfully complete the written comprehensive exam after completion of a minimum of 24 hours and two MEd core course
  • Apply to graduate two semesters before graduation
 
Graduate Academic Load
During any semester, a graduate student must enroll in nine or more semester hours of graduate coursework to be considered a full-time student. Twelve semester hours is the maximum allowed load per semester during the fall and spring semesters with nine hours preferred. During the summer session only, a graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.25 may register for a maximum of fourteen (14) semester hours, provided that no more than seven hours be undertaken in a four or five-week summer term. Overloads must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor and the college dean.
 
Graduate Grading Scale
Each course requires rigorous assessments of the course objectives.  The same grading scale is used in all HBU graduate courses: 94 -100=A; 90-93=A-; 87-89=B+; 83-86=B; 80-82=B-; 77-79=C+; 73-76=C; 70-72=C-; 69 and below=F.  In order for a student to receive credit for a course, the grade earner must be a “C” or higher.  If a grade of “C-“ or lower is earned, the course cannot be applied to meet degree requirements.

Graduate Scholastic Standing
If a student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation.  Probationary status can be removed only when the cumulative GPA reaches the minimum of 3.0. Each student placed on academic probation must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA during the student’s next semester of work or he/she will be suspended and will not be allowed to apply for readmission until at least one full semester has passed. Students will then complete an application for Readmission and submit it to the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. The procedure for Readmission can be found on this link.  http://www.hbu.edu/Choosing-HBU/Academics/Registrar/Readmission-Process.aspx

Graduate Transfer Credit
There is no guaranteed transfer of credit toward a graduate degree; however, on the recommendation of the Program Director, up to a maximum of six hours of appropriate course work may be allowed in transfer from another appropriately accredited college or university.

School of Education Graduate Comprehensive Examination
In order to earn an MEd, graduate students must successfully complete a written comprehensive exam.  To be eligible to take the Comprehensive Exam a candidate must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of coursework which applies toward the degree including at least two of the MEd core courses.  This culminating assessment measures mastery of course objectives as well as capacity to think globally regarding educational theory and practice.  The rigor of the comprehensive assessment demands students evaluate, analyze, and synthesize all learning experiences in the program. 


Additional Policies and Procedures for Graduate Initial Teacher Certification Programs
 
Admission to Initial Graduate Teacher Certification Programs
To be eligible for the HBU MEd Teacher Certification program, a student must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.  If an EC-6 certification is desired, the student needs to have 6 hours of undergraduate coursework in each the following areas: English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. This also applies to Special Education applicants wanting to work in EC-6 schools. Applicants for all other certification areas need a minimum of 24 hours in the desired content area. Special Education applicants wanting to teach in 7-12 schools must be certified in the content area as well as special education.
 
If applicants want to be admitted to a certain certification area but do not have the required content area hours, they may take additional coursework to qualify or take a Pre Admission Content Test(PACT) from the state of Texas to qualify to enter the program. 
 
Applicants must:
  • Complete online forms for Graduate Admission being sure to select the MEd initial certification.
  • Submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended.  All non-U.S. transcripts need to be evaluated by Spantran or Global Evaluators to be accepted. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required by the state of Texas for all prospective teachers.
  • Successfully interview with School of Education faculty.
 
Clinical Teaching                          
  1. Requirements
    Clinical teaching is among the final requirements in HBU graduate teacher preparation programs. It must be done during one of the last two semesters prior to graduation.  In addition to working in an assigned classroom or classrooms all semester from Monday through Friday for the entire school day, clinical teachers attend a seminar one afternoon each week.  Beyond the course (with seminar) required for clinical teaching, no more than 3 additional semester hours of coursework may be taken during the clinical teaching semester without approval by the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.
  1. Admission    
    Admission to clinical teaching is not automatic upon completion of required courses.  It is contingent upon application and acceptance based on having met the following criteria:
    1. Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) and satisfaction of all requirements for retention in the graduate TEP program.
    2. A completed “Application for Clinical Teaching” form on file in the CPPE Office by the posted deadlin from the CPPE portion of the COEBS website: http://hbu.edu/CPPE
    3. A degree plan and application to graduate on file in the registrar’s office
    4. A grade of “B” or better in EDUC 6302  or 6312
    5. Successful completion of all courses on the degree plan or permission of the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
    6. Fitness for teaching as judged by performance in the classroom and in field experiences.
    7. Successful completion of the HBU administered PPR and content area certification exam practice tests
    8. If seeking Bilingual Education or Spanish certification, a passing score on the appropriate language proficiency assessment.

 

State Certification Exams
To receive state certification, prospective teachers must successfully complete the required state certification exams in both pedagogy and content areas.  Bilingual students must also pass the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT). High school certification in Spanish requires successful completion of the Spanish Languages Other and English (LOTE) test.

HBU initial certification graduate students are not allowed to take these exams without authorization from the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. To gain approval to take a state exam, students must first pass the practice exam (representative test) administered by HBU multiple times each semester.  The CPPE (Center for the Professional Preparation in Education) section of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences website contains the calendar for the practice exams and the application form. http://hbu.edu/CPPE

Exams reviews are regularly provided by the CPPE Director.



 

Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

Houston Baptist University’s Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program is an alternate route to attaining initial teacher certification in Texas.  The HBU Post Baccalaureate program has been approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as complying with the U. S. Department of Education’s rules concerning criteria for an acceptable alternative route to certification program under the No Child Left Behind  (NCLB) Act. The program provides the opportunity for a student with a Bachelor’s degree who meets all requirements for admission to the HBU ‘s Post Baccalaureate  program to be employed as a full-time teacher in area school districts while completing the required coursework for the Post Baccalaureate program while being considered “highly qualified” in accordance with applicable federal law.

Once the student has completed the 21 hours of required coursework, the student may apply those hours toward the requirements of an HBU Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction.  Each M. Ed. degree requires a minimum of 36 hours.
 

Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program Areas
Students in the Post Baccalaureate program may select one of the following certification areas:

EARLY CHILDHOOD – GRADE 6        
EC-6 Generalist
EC-6 Bilingual Generalist
GRADES 7-12
English, Language Arts, & Reading, 7-12
Mathematics 7-12
Social Studies Composite, 7-12
History 7-12
Life Science, 7-12
Science Composite 7-12
GRADES 4-8
English, Language Arts, & Reading, 4-8
Mathematics, 4-8
Science Composite, 4-8
Social Studies 4-8
GRADES EC-12
Special Education EC-12
Physical Education EC-12
Art EC-12
Music EC-12
Spanish EC-12


 
Course Work Requirements for Each Certification Area
           
EC-6 Generalist Certification

EDUC 5306: Educational Applications of Technology
EDRE 5310: Reading for Pre-Adolescents
EDSP 5302: Survey of Exceptional Children
EDUC 5360: Math for Pre-Adolescents
EDUC 6302: Elementary School Curriculum and Instruction
EDUC 6304: Children, Adolescents, and Learning
EDUC 5101: Internship I
EDUC 5201: Internship II

EC-6 Bilingual Generalist Certification

EDUC 6302: Elementary School Curriculum and Instruction
EDUC 6304: Children, Adolescents and Learning
12 credit hours of selected EDBI course work
EDUC 5101: Internship I
EDUC 5201: Internship II

Grades 4-8 Certification

EDRE 5330: Content Area Reading
EDSP 5302: Survey of Exceptional Children
EDUC 6301: Classroom Management
EDUC 6312: Secondary School Curriculum and Instruction
EDUC 6304: Children, Adolescents, and Learning
EDUC 5320: Teaching Methodology for Secondary Teachers
EDUC 5101: Internship I
EDUC 5201: Internship II

Grades 7-12  Certification

EDRE 5330: Content Area Reading
EDSP 5302: Survey of Exceptional Children
EDUC 6301: Classroom Management
EDUC 6312: Secondary School Curriculum and Instruction
EDUC 6304: Children, Adolescents, and Learning
EDUC 5320: Teaching Methodology for Secondary Teachers
EDUC 5101: Internship I
EDUC 5201: Internship II

EC-Grade 12 Special Education Certification

EDRE 5310: Reading for Pre-Adolescents
EDSP 5302: Survey of Exceptional Children
EDSP 5311: Diagnostic & Prescriptive Teaching for Exceptional Children
EDSP 5319: Teaching Strategies in Special Education
EDUC 6302: Elementary School C & I
EDUC 6304: Children, Adolescents, and Learning
EDUC 5101: Internship I
EDUC 5201: Internship II

EC-Grade 12 Art, Music, Physical Education &/or Spanish Certification

EDRE 5330: Content Area Reading
EDSP 5302: Survey of Exceptional Children
EDUC 6301: Classroom Management
EDUC 5320: Teaching Methodology for Secondary Teachers
EDUC 6302: Elementary School C & I
EDUC 6304: Children, Adolescents, and Learning
EDUC 5101: Internship I
EDUC 5201: Internship II

 

Policies and Procedures for Initial Teacher Certification

 
Required Pre-program Course Work
To be eligible for the HBU Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program, a student must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.  If an EC-6 certification is desired, the student needs to have 6 hours of undergraduate course work in each the following areas: English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. This also applies to Special Education applicants wanting to work in EC-6 schools. Applicants for all other certification areas need a minimum of 12 hours in the desired certification area. Special Education applicants wanting to teach in 7-12 schools would also need to meet this qualification.

If applicants want to be admitted to a certain certification area but do not have the required content hours of coursework, they may qualify for the program by completing additional content area coursework or taking a Pre Admission Content Test (PACT) from the state of Texas to qualify to enter the program.  Additional information may be found at this link. http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147489526&menu_id=2147483671
 
 
Admission to the Program
Program admission requires students to do the following

  • Complete online forms for Graduate Admission being sure to select the Post Baccalaureate option.
  • Submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended documenting a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 based on all classes ever attempted. All non-U.S. transcripts need to be evaluated by Spantran or Global Evaluators to be accepted..
  • Complete a Teacher Education Program application
  • Successfully interview with School of Education professors
  • Have a certification plan written.
 
Retention in the Program
Students in the Post Baccalaureate with Certification Program are enrolled in graduate course work. Students are required to maintain a high level of performance and to comply fully with policies of the University. If a student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation.  Probationary status can be removed only when the cumulative GPA reaches the minimum of 3.0. Each student placed on academic probation must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA during the student’s next semester of work or he/she will be suspended and will not be allowed to apply for readmission until at least one full semester has passed. Students will then complete an application for Readmission and submit it to the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. The procedure for Readmission can be found on this link.  http://www.hbu.edu/Choosing-HBU/Academics/Registrar/Readmission-Process.aspx
 
State Certification Exams
A student is not employable by a school district, charter school, or accredited private school until he or she has taken and passed the appropriate content area certification exam.  Students must score 80% or higher on an HBU administered practice exam to qualify for approval by HBU to take a state exam.  Review sessions and on-line modules assist students in achieving the required score.  Certification exams are scheduled online through the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Approval for Internship/Employment
An Internship is one of the final requirements for earning Standard Certification through the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program. The Internship is a job with full teacher salary and benefits at a school district, charter school, or accredited private school. 
 
Candidates admitted to the program will be eligible for Probationary certification and the Internship once they have completed at least two courses, participated in a minimum of 30 hours of Fieldwork,  passed the Content Area TExES exam in their certification area, and are offered a job as a teacher by a school district, charter school, or accredited private school. It is the student’s responsibility to secure the job although HBU will assist with Job Fairs as well as with Fieldwork placements in districts.  A letter stating the student’s eligibility for employment will be generated by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.
 
Standard Teacher Certification
Students will be recommended for Standard Certification when they have
  • completed the required coursework for their certification area
  • passed the EC-12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam
  • successfully completed the Internship year
  • applied online through TEAL  for standard certification in their certification area
  • has no Holds on their account at HBU



School of Psychology

The School of Psychology (SOP) offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. The curriculum is designed to introduce the student to basic understandings in the scientific, systematic study of behavior and mental processes of organisms, including humans. The bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology does not prepare the graduate for immediate placement as a professional psychologist. Consequently, students who wish to become professional psychologists must be prepared to do graduate study.  Flexible course offerings at the upper level make psychology an excellent companion major to many disciplines.


Undergraduate Psychology
The undergraduate psychology program fulfills the mission of the University by preparing students for many different career fields through teaching interpersonal, analytical, and critical-thinking skills that will be required in any professional environment. Students who major in psychology can expect a balanced curriculum that includes a required introductory course, methodology courses, advanced content courses and an integrating capstone experience. Students who minor in psychology can expect to take core courses that are foundational to each discipline. Furthermore, the elective offerings within the psychology minor allow students to tailor their learning in a way that best complements their chosen major. By providing multiple settings for learning: classroom, computer laboratory, informal and formal contacts with faculty and peers, field placement, externships and co-curricular activities (e.g. Psi Chi honor society), the undergraduate psychology program produces graduates who think scientifically, speak and write well, and respect and appreciate others.

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Graduate Programs in Psychology

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling
To earn the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling degree, a student must complete the course requirements as outlined in the following degree plan with no grades less than "C".  
  1. Students must be fully admitted to the program or have departmental approval prior to taking any course work.
  2. The student must be admitted to candidacy in order to receive the MACC.
  3. The student must complete a minimum of forty-nine (49) graduate hours. These courses must have been completed with a GPA of 3.00 on a four-point scale with no grade less than “C” and with eighteen (18) semester hours at the 6000-level.
  4. The student must demonstrate satisfactory completion of a comprehensive oral examination.
  5. The student must satisfactorily complete practicum work as judged by ratings of site supervisor(s) and by faculty supervisor(s).
  6. The student must receive the recommendation of the Department of Leadership & Counseling.
Adobe Acrobat PDF format document Master of Arts in Christian Counseling Requirements PDF

Additional Information:
The coursework provided meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Students complete a practicum, consisting of a minimum of 450 clock hours in a University-approved counseling setting under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or licensed professional counselor-supervisor (LPC-S), as part of the degree plan. Before becoming a LPC, graduates also need to pass the National Counselor Exam, Texas Jurisprudence Exam, apply to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and complete a 3000 hour internship under the supervision of an LPC-S.



Master of Psychology – General (MAP-General)
The M.A. in General Psychology does not provide training that leads to licensure and therefore, does not lead to independent practice. To earn the Master of Arts degree in Psychology - General, a student must complete the course work as outlined in the following degree plan with no grades less than "C".

MAP-General 36 hour degree program  
PSYC 5310 Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology and Counseling 3
PSYC 5312 Psychological Perspectives on Marriage, the Family and Children 3
PSYC 5330 Psychology of Learning 3
PSYC 5332 Social Psychology or PSYC 5360 Cultural Psychology 3
PSYC 5353 Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 6301 Principles of Human Development 3
PSYC 6302 Measurement and Appraisal 3
PSYC 6310 Clinical Psychopathology 3
PSYC 6320 Research Techniques and Procedures 3
PSYC 6324 Research Seminar 3
PSYC Elective 3
Total Hours 36
 
  1. The student must have an official degree plan on file with the Office of the Registrar
  2. The student must be fully admitted to the program or have departmental approval prior to taking any course work.
  3. The student must be admitted to candidacy (achieving at least 18 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0) in order to receive the MAP.
  4. The student must complete a minimum of thirty-six (36) graduate hours. These courses must have been completed with a quality point average of 3.00 on a four-point scale with no grade less than “C” and with fifteen (15) semester hours at the 6000-level.
  5. The student must receive the recommendation of the Department of Psychology based upon satisfactory completion of a comprehensive oral examination.
  6. The student must complete a Written Comprehensive Examination (i.e. the ETS Major Field Test in Psychology)
 

Master of Arts in Psychology – Licensed Professional Counselor (MAP-LPC)

MAP-Licensed Professional Counselor 49 hour degree program  
PSYC 5310 Ethical and Professional issues in Psychology 3
PSYC 5312 Psychology Perspectives on Marriage, the Family, and Children 3
PSYC 5313 Methods and Techniques in Counseling 3
PSYC 5323 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 3
PSYC 5330 Psychology of Learning 3
PSYC 5332 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 5353 Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 6301Principles of Human Development 3
PSYC 6302 Measurement and Appraisal 3
PSYC 6305 Individual Psychological Evaluation 3
PSYC 6306 Career Information and Career Counseling 3
PSYC 6308 Methods of Group Process 3
PSYC 6310 Clinical Psychopathology 3
PSYC 6320 Research Techniques and Procedures 3
PSYC 6324 Seminar in Research 3
PSYC 6343 Personality Assessment 3
PSYC 6191Practicum in Counseling Psychology 3
Total Hours 49
 
  1. Students must be fully admitted to the program or have departmental approval prior to taking any course work.
  2. The student must be admitted to candidacy in order to receive the MACC.
  3. The student must complete a minimum of forty-nine (49) graduate hours. These courses must have been completed with a GPA of 3.00 on a four-point scale with no grade less than “C” and with eighteen (18) semester hours at the 6000-level.
  4. The student must demonstrate satisfactory completion of a comprehensive oral examination.
  5. The student must satisfactorily complete practicum work as judged by ratings of site supervisor(s) and by faculty supervisor(s).
  6. The student must receive the recommendation of the Department of Leadership & Counseling.


Additional Information: Current academic requirements for applicants to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for licensure as a Professional Counselor and to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists for licensure as a Psychological Associate may be satisfied in this program.

Students complete a practicum, consisting of a minimum of 450 clock hours in a University-approved counseling setting under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or licensed professional counselor-supervisor (LPC-S), as part of the degree plan. Before becoming a LPC, graduates also need to pass the National Counselor Exam, Texas Jurisprudence Exam, apply to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and complete a 3000 hour internship under the supervision of an LPC-S. Before becoming a LPA, graduates also need to pass the Exam for the Professional Practice of Psychology, the Texas Jurisprudence Exam, and apply to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.


 
Master of Arts in Psychology – Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (MAP-LSSP)
The Master of Arts in Psychology- LSSP program prepares students for licensure as a Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) and as a Psychological Associate (LPA) under the guidelines of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP). The MAP-LSSP program also meets the requirement for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) under the guidelines of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (TSBEPC).
 
Program Requirements
To earn the MAP-LSSP degree, a student must complete the following coursework as outlined in the following degree plan:

MAP-Licensed Specialist in School Psychology 60 hour degree program   
PSYC 5310 Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology and Counseling 3
PSYC 5312 Psychological Perspectives on Marriage, the Family and Children 3
PSYC 5313 Methods and Techniques in Counseling 3
PSYC 5323 Theories of Counseling 3
PSYC 5330 Psychology of Learning 3
EDSP 6344 Educational Appraisal of Individuals with Exceptionalities 3
PSYC 5353 Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 6301 Principles of Human Development 3
PSYC 6302 Measurement and Appraisal 3
PSYC 6305 Individual Psychological Evaluation 3
PSYC 6306 Career Development and Counseling 3
PSYC 6308 Methods of Group Process 3
PSYC 6310 Clinical Psychopathology 3
PSYC 6320 Research Techniques and Procedures 3
PSYC 6324 Research Seminar 3
PSYC 6343 Personality Assessment 3
PSYC 6191 Practicum in Counseling Psychology 1
PSYC 6101 Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Internship 1
PSYC 6102 Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Internship 1
PSYC 5360 Cultural Psychology 3
EDUC 6301 Classroom Management 3
EDUC 6312 Secondary School Curriculum 3
Total Hours 60
 
  1. The student must have an official degree plan on file with the Office of the Registrar
  2. The student must complete at least 60 hours as prescribed in the program. The required courses must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale with no grade less than “C”
  3. The student must receive the recommendation of his or her major department based upon satisfactory completion of the following:
    1. An oral comprehensive examination (there may be a written component)
    2. 450 hour practicum
    3. 1200 hour internship

Degree Requirements for Graduation

The student must:
  1. Transfer no more than 6 semester hours from another institution
  2. Not earn a grade below “C” or fall below an overall GPA of 3.00
  3. Have a degree plan on file with the Office of the Registrar
  4. Achieve candidacy status (i.e. achieving 33 credit hours or more)
  5. Complete the Practicum
  6. Complete the Comprehensive Oral Examination
  7. Complete the Internship
  8. Receive a recommendation from the Psychology Department of the College of Education and Behavioral Science