College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

The School of Education: Undergraduate Programs
Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (EPP)
The School of Education: Graduate Programs
Policies and Procedures for Graduate Educator Preparation Program
Alternative Certification Program (ACP)
Admission to the ACP Program
School of Behavioral Sciences
Department of Psychology
Graduate Programs in Psychology and Counseling


The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences consists of two distinct schools—the School of Education and the School of Behavioral Sciences.  The School of Education houses the Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences, and the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education; the School of Behavioral Sciences houses the Department of Psychology and the Department of Counseling.

The School of Education offers undergraduate, graduate and Alternative Certification (ACP) programs for educators and prospective educators. Using multiple teaching methods which address a variety of learning styles, the rigorous programs emphasize active, meaningful, field-based, student-centered, and technology-rich learning. Assessments align with national standards and utilize challenging criteria that are reliable, valid, clear, fair, and performance-based. The Educator Preparation Program  (EPP), which is housed in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences provides a number of different functions and services for students in the Educator Preparation Program (EPP).  The EPP portion of the COEBS website provides details about those functions and services: HBU.edu/EPP

The School of Education: Undergraduate Programs

The undergraduate programs in the School of Education 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).  Undergraduate programs are offered in the Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences, and the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education.

Each program requires coursework in academic foundations (Liberal Arts Core Curriculum), 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: Individuals desiring to teach in accredited public and private Schools in Texas must be certified through the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Houston Baptist University makes the recommendation for certification based on state certification guidelines and requirements in place at the time of certification approval. 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 EPP Office to verify current requirements.

Teacher Certification Options

Elementary Education:  Early Childhood through Grade Six (EC-6) Certifications

  • Elementary Education: Core Subjects EC-6 with ESL Certification
  • Elementary Education: Core Subjects EC-6 with Bilingual Certification
  • Elementary Education: Core Subjects EC-6 with ESL & Special Education Certification

Middle Grades:  Grades 4-8 Certifications

  • Social Studies 4-8 with ESL Certification
  • Science 4-8 with ESL Certification
  • English, Language Arts and Reading 4-8 with ESL Certification
  • Mathematics 4-8 with ESL Certification

High School: Grades 7-12 Certifications

  • Science 7-12 with ESL Certification
  • Social Studies 7-12 with ESL Certification
  • English, Language Arts and Reading 7-12 with ESL Certification
  • History 7-12 with ESL Certification
  • Life Science 7-12 with ESL Certification
  • Mathematics 7-12 with ESL Certification
  • Physical Science 6-12 with ESL Certification

All Level:  Early Childhood (EC) – Grade 12 Certifications

  • All Level Art Certification
  • All Level Music Certification (See Department of Music)
  • Physical Education Certification
  • Spanish Certification

Supplemental Certifications

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental
  • Bilingual Education Supplemental
  • Special Education Supplemental

Undergraduate Coursework Requirements

Elementary Education (EC-Grade 6) with ESL 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.

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Elementary Education (EC-Grade 6) with Bilingual Certification

This certification permits one to teach all subjects in bilingual, dual language, and general education with ESL 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 Special Education & ESL 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, Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities, etc.) at those levels.  To simultaneously acquire EC-6 with ESL and Special Education certification, students complete the Elementary Education (EC-6) with ESL and Special Education major.

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Middle Grades Certification (Grades 4-8)

This option 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 coursework.  These majors include English as a Second Language (ESL) coursework sufficient to sit for supplemental ESL certification also. The coursework requirements for each program can be accessed through the link listed under the program title.

High School Certification (Grades 7 – 12)

This option 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 coursework. The coursework requirements for each program can be accessed through the link listed under the program title.

All-Level Certification (EC – Grade 12)

This option 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 coursework.   The coursework requirements for each program can be accessed through the link listed under the program title.

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Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

Required Pre-Program Coursework

Undergraduate applicants should take EDUC 2320 Learning and Development and EDSP 2302 Survey of Exceptional Children during their first 30 hours. These courses are prerequisites for admission to the Educator Preparation Program. Students must earn a “C” or higher in each course in order to be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program.

In order to do fieldwork, which is required in many courses in the EPP and EDUC 2320 (a pre-program course), students must have documented criminal clearance.  Criminal history clearance is also required for state licensure.  Note: In accordance with Article 6252-13c, Texas Civil Statues, the Commissioner of Education may suspend or revoke a teaching certificate or refuse to issue a teaching certificate for a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for a crime which directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession.  All applicants for Texas certification will be screened for a record of felony or misdemeanor conviction through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Home Land Security.

Admission to the Undergraduate Educator Preparation Program

  1. Undergraduate applicants must complete an application and receive approval for admittance prior to beginning the program.
  2. Program admission allows students to register for professional education classes: those with the EDBI, EDEC, EDUC, EDRE, EDSP, ETEC, and INDC rubrics (other than EDUC 2320 and 2330).
  3. Applicants may begin the program during the fall or spring semesters. Applications should be submitted to the EPP Office.   All applications are to be submitted and audited by the Director of the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) in the COEBS to determine if applicants meet the program admission requirements.

Admission Requirements for EPP:

  1. Completed application submitted on Chalk and Wire by the posted due date.
  2. A minimum of 45 hours completed before beginning the program.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (based on all university/college coursework ever attempted)
  4. Demonstration of English Oral Language Proficiency:
    • Grade of “C” or better in an oral communication course OR
    • Completed Speech Competency Form signed by an HBU professor AND
    • Admission interview. If possible, oral communication problems are noted in the admission interview, successful completion of an additional oral language screening assessment may be required. International students may be required to submit a TOEFL.
  1. For bilingual education certifications (EC-6 Bilingual and EC-12 Spanish), 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 coursework and/or other prescribed learning experiences in each area where the minimum was not achieved.
  2. A successful admission interview. The interview will determine the following:
    • Genuine desire to enter and follow a career in teaching
    • Personal and social orientation which shows promise of contributing to success in the teaching profession.
    • Physical and mental fitness which indicates potential classroom leadership.
    • Demonstration of attitudinal dispositions that are deemed necessary for successful teaching.

Students will receive written confirmation of their admission status (including an explanation of requirements that still need to be met if admission is denied).  Upon admission, students must submit a written acknowledgement of acceptance into the EPP to the Director of the EPP.  When the acknowledgment of acceptance into the EPP is received from the student, a Texas Education Agency account will be established for the student by the EPP.  It is the student’s responsibility to create a TEA login and complete the personal data portion as required by TEA.

Retention in the Program:

The following conditions are necessary for retention in the EEP program:

  1. A grade of “B” or better in EDUC 4301 or EDUC 4311 must be earned in order to take additional courses in the professional education course sequence and to count either course as a prerequisite for other courses.
  2. Continued demonstration of the attitudinal dispositions that qualified the student for admission to the program.
  3. If students fail to demonstrate an acceptable level of performance on one or more dispositions during any class or field experience, a report is filed in the School of Education office. 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.

Undergraduate Clinical Teaching

Clinical teaching is among the final requirements for a teaching certification.  It must be completed during the last semester in the program prior to graduation. During the clinical teaching semester, students must also complete EDUC 4400 Clinical Teaching Seminar which meets every Monday afternoon.

The application for Undergraduate Clinical Teaching must be submitted two semesters prior to the clinical teaching semester.

Prior to entry into the undergraduate Clinical Teaching Program, the following requirements must be met:

  • Admitted to the Educator Preparation Program and satisfied all requirements for retention in the program.
  • Signed and agreed to practice the Texas Professional Code of Ethics for Teachers and signed a FERPA Consent to Release Educational Records and Information Form in order to participate in clinical teaching.
  • Completed at least 96 semester hours.
  • Earned and maintained a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher in all coursework with no grade lower than a “C”.
  • Completed at least 21 semester hours in content field(s) with a GPA 2.5 or above.
  • Completed all required semester hours of professional education (See degree plan for specific requirements).
  • Completed all coursework that includes field experience.
  • Earned a “B” or better grade in EDUC 4301 or 4311.
  • Successfully completed EDUC 4100.
  • Filed a degree plan with the Registrar’s Office and the School of Education Office the first semester in the Pre-Ed Program.
  • Filed for graduation with the Registrar two semesters prior to graduation.

State Certification Exams

  1. To receive state certification, prospective teachers must successfully complete the required state certification exams in both pedagogy and content areas.
  2. HBU teacher education students are not allowed to take certification exams without authorization from the EPP Office.  To gain approval to take a state exam, students must first pass the practice exam as determined by the EPP Office. Intensive review for these practice exams and the certification exams is provided in EDUC 4100.

Initial Certification Application Process

Standard Initial Teaching Certifications are issued by the State of Texas, not the University.  They are not automatically conferred upon graduation.  Candidates must complete all requirements of a program before applying online with the Texas Education Agency for certification.  Upon successful completion of the following requirements, Houston Baptist University will recommend the candidates for certification.

Certification requirements include:

  • All required State Assessments passed
  • Application for certification completed by the student online at tea.state.tx.us
  • Degrees conferred
  • Completed fingerprinting process
  • Completed audit by HBU Certification Officer

Graduate Study

HBU’s vision is framed by the Ten Pillars that include embracing the challenge of Christian graduate education.  Consistent with this tenet, 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 Alternative Certification programs requiring graduate coursework are offered.  Seven 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.

Proficiencies: Graduate students enrolling in graduate programs leading to teacher certification must meet proficiencies established by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.  TOEFEL scores are used as a basis for determining English proficiencies for candidates seeking admission into the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at HBU.

The School of Education: Graduate Programs

Graduate programs in the School of Education are offered through the departments of Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences, and the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education.

MEd Programs that lead to Initial Teacher Certification

HBU offers the following seven 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 content areas. Eligibility for the programs is determined by the undergraduate degree previously earned.

Curriculum and Instruction with EC-6 Certification

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

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Curriculum and Instruction with Certification in EC-6 Bilingual Certification

This option leads to both the MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction and certification in EC-6 Bilingual. This certification permits one to teach all subjects in a Bilingual, Dual Language or General Education with ESL in   classroom from early childhood through grade six.

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Curriculum and Instruction with 4-8 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.

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Curriculum and Instruction with 4-8 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.

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Curriculum and Instruction with 7-12 Certification

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.

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Additional coursework (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 clinical teaching or a two semester internship and successful completion of content area and pedagogy and professional responsibility (PPR) state certification exams.

Curriculum and Instruction with All-Level Teacher Certification in Art, Spanish, Music or Physical Education

This option leads to both the MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction and all-level Texas teacher certification in art, physical education, Spanish, 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.

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Curriculum and Instruction with Certification in EC-6 and Special Education (EC-12)

This option leads to both the MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction and certification in EC-6 with ESL and Special Education. 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.

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MEd Curriculum and Instruction Program (that does not lead to Certification)

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 and 18 hours of electives. This program is offered online.

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The following programs provide additional professional expertise and/or professional certifications (Bilingual Educator, Master Technology Teacher, and Reading Specialist).  The professional certifications each have specific requirements in addition to coursework including state certification exams and provision of School/district service records to document teaching experience.

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.  [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.]

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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 coursework 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. This program is offered online as well as on campus.

* The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Instructional Technology program has been approved for closure by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  No new students are being admitted.

Professional School Counseling

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, may register for additional semesters of Counseling Practicum with permission of the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

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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-six (36) 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). This program is offered online as well as on campus.

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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.

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Master of Education in Higher Education

The Master of Education in Higher Education provides individuals who are interested in a variety of administrative and staff areas in higher education with the opportunity to explore the various facets of postsecondary institutions. This exploration is conducted from a Christian Worldview perspective.  The MEd in Higher Education is a 36-hour non-thesis degree consisting of 24 hours of core courses and a 12-hour specialization. Four specialization options are available:  Business Management; Christian Studies; Counseling; or Learning, Technology, and Design.

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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, two years of successful teaching experience in an accredited elementary or secondary school, and a passing score on the appropriate state certification examination.

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Master of Science in Learning, Technology, and Design

The world of instructional design and digital learning is rapidly changing, and the Master of Science in Learning, Technology, and Design addresses today’s dynamic educational climate and the swiftly evolving demands of professionals within the current digital age.  This program is tailored to equip the next generation of instructional designers and digital specialists in a variety of settings with the knowledge and skills necessary to bring transformative leadership to today’s dynamic academic and professional landscapes.  This fully online, 30-hour program provides students with highly applicable, authentic learning experiences to prepare for meaningful employment in educational institutions, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

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Earning Additional Certifications after Completing a Master’s Degree

Earning Additional Certifications after Completing a Master’s Degree

If students already have a master’s degree in education, but would like to earn an additional certification, they may be eligible for a deficiency plan.  This plan requires between 18 and 27 hours in the field and will be created individually for each student based on previous coursework.  In order to be approved for the state certification exams, the student must be able to demonstrate 2-3 years of teaching experience in an accredited school and pass the appropriate practice exam. Approval for this exam will be given by the student’s academic advisor in coordination with the director for the Educator Preparation Program. When the student has scored 80% or above on the practice exam, they are eligible to take the TExES exam.  Students must request their service records be sent to HBU’s EPP office before the certification can be granted.

Possible deficiency plans are as follows:

  • Reading Specialist Certification
  • Master Technology Teacher Certification
  • Educational Diagnostician Certification
  • Principal Certification
  • Counselor Certification
  • Bilingual Supplemental Certification
  • Superintendent Certification

Policies and Procedures for Graduate Educator Preparation Program

Admission Requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher on four-point scale or a 3.0 or higher on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. Provisional admittance is sometimes possible.  It requires that students complete six semester hours during their first semester with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to obtain full program admission and continue taking classes.
  • Additional requirements may be required depending on degree and certification sought.

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:

  • Apply to be accepted to the HBU Educator Preparation Program
  • 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 courses
  • Apply to graduate two semesters before graduation

School of Education Graduate Comprehensive Examination

In order to earn a MEd, graduate students must successfully complete a 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 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 to 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

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 2.5 is required for all prospective teachers.
  • Successfully interview with School of Education faculty.

Initial Certification additional requirements:

  1. All Core EC-6 certifications, including those seeking Bilingual or Special Education who want to teach in EC-6 grades, require at least 3 hours of undergraduate coursework in each of the following areas: English, Math, Science, and Social Studies
  2. Grade 4-8 and 7-12 certifications require 12 hours in the content area of certification. This also applies to those seeking certification in Special Education who want to teach in those grade level.
      • Note: Grade 7-12 Math and Science certifications require 15 hours in the content area.
      • Note: If an applicant does not meet these course requirements, they may take additional content coursework or take a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) from the Texas Education Agency prior to applying to the program to enter the program.
  1. Have a successful admission interview conducted by the Educator Preparation Program.  The interview will determine the following:
      • A genuine desire to enter and follow a career in teaching.
      • A personal and social orientation which shows promise of contributing to success in the teaching profession.
      • A physical and mental fitness which indicates potential classroom leadership.
      • Demonstrate attitudinal dispositions that are deemed necessary for successful teaching.
  2. For bilingual education certifications (EC-6 Bilingual Generalists and EC-12 Spanish), 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 coursework and/or other prescribed learning experiences in each area where the minimum was not achieved.

5. Application for a state criminal history review and documented criminal clearance is required prior to beginning some professional development coursework and is required for state licensure.

      • Note: In accordance with Article 6252-13c, Texas Civil Statues, the Commissioner of Education may suspend or revoke a teaching certificate or refuse to issue a teaching certificate for a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for a crime which directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession.
      • All applicants for Texas certification will be screened for a record of felony or misdemeanor conviction through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Home Land Security.

NOTE: Individuals desiring to teach in accredited public and private Schools in Texas must be certified through the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Houston Baptist University makes the recommendation for certification based on state certification guidelines and requirements in place at the time of certification approval. 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 EPP Office to verify current requirements.

Clinical Teaching

Clinical teaching is among the final requirements for a teaching certification for those seeking initial certification.  It is part of the professional education requirements. It must be done during the last semester in the program prior to graduation or certification. During the clinical teaching semester a student is required to attend EDUC 5000 Clinical Teaching Seminar on Monday evenings.

The student must have signed and agreed to practice the Texas Professional Code of Ethics for Teachers and signed a FERPA Consent to Release Educational Records and Information Form in order to participate in clinical teaching.

A Clinical Teaching Graduate Application must be submitted at least 2 semesters prior to the clinical teaching semester. Admission to clinical teaching is not automatic upon completion of required courses.  It is contingent upon approval by the EPP Director.

  1. Admission to the Educator Preparation Program and satisfaction of all requirements for retention in the EPP.
  2. Signed and agreed to practice the Texas Professional Code of Ethics for Teachers and signed a FERPA Consent to Release Educational Records and Information Form in order to participate in clinical teaching.
  3. Completed all of required semester hours of professional education (See degree plan for specific requirements)
  4. Completed all coursework that includes field experience
  5. Earned and maintained a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher in all graduate coursework
  6. Completed at least 12 semester hours as an undergraduate in their teaching field(s) with a 2.5 GPA or passed the TExES State Content test:
      • Note: 7-12 Math certification candidates must have completed at least 15 semester hours as an undergraduate in math with a 2.5 GPA.
      • Note: 7-12 Science certification must have completed at least 15 semester hours as an undergraduate in science with a 2.5 GPA.
  1. Passed with an 80% or above all of the required HBU Practice Test(s)
  2. Filed a degree declaration with the Registrar and Education Office
  3. Filed for graduation with the Registrar (2 semesters prior to graduation)

State Certification Exams

To receive state certification, prospective teachers must successfully complete the required state certification exams in both pedagogy and content areas.

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.

Alternative Certification Program (ACP)

Houston Baptist University’s Alternative Certification Program (ACP) is an alternate route to attaining initial teacher certification in Texas.  The HBU ACP program has been approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and complies with the U. S. Department of Education’s rules as 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 ACP program to be employed as a full-time teacher in area school districts while completing the required coursework and 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 with Certification.  Each MEd degree requires a minimum of 36 hours.

Alternative Teacher Certification Program Areas

Students in the ACP program may select one of the following certification areas:

Early Childhood – Grade 6

  • Core Subjects EC-6 with ESL
  •  Core Subjects EC-6  with Bilingual
Grades 7-12

  • English, Language Arts & Reading 7-12
  • Math 7-12
  • Social Studies 7-12
  • History 7-12
  • Life Science 7-12
  • Science 7-12
Grades 4-8

  • English, Language Arts, & Reading 4-8
  • Mathematics 4-8
  • Science 4-8
  • Social Studies 4-8
Grades EC-12

  • Physical Education EC-12
  • Art EC-12
  • Music EC-12
  • Spanish EC-12

Coursework Requirements for Each Certification Area

Core Subjects EC-6 with ESL Certification:

  • EDRE 5310: Reading for Pre-Adolescents
  • EDUC 5360: Math for Pre-Adolescents or EDUC 5350 Science for Pre-Adolescents
  • EDUC 5380: Essential Elements of Social Studies or EDUC 5375 Fine Arts, Music, and PE
  • EDUC 6302: Elementary School Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDRE 5351: Emergent Literacy
  • EDSP 5302:  Survey of Exceptional Children
  • EDBI 5305:  Second Language Acquisition
  • EDUC 5101: Internship I
  • EDUC 5201: Internship II

Core Subjects EC-6 with Bilingual Supplemental Certification:

  • EDUC 6302: Elementary School Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDSP 5302:  Survey of Exceptional Children
  • EDBI 5305:   Second Language Acquisition
  • EDBI 5304:  Teaching Methods of ESL
  • EDBI 5350:  Developing Literacy in the Bilingual Classroom OR EDRE 5310: Reading for Pre-Adolescents
  • EDBI 5335:  Spanish Writing Workshop
  • EDUC 5360:  Math for Pre-Adolescents OR EDUC 5350:  Science for Pre-Adolescents
  • EDUC 5101: Internship I
  • EDUC 5201: Internship II

Grades 4-8 with ESL Certification:

  • EDRE 5330: Content Area Reading
  • EDSP 5302: Survey of Exceptional Children
  • EDUC 6301: Classroom Management or EDRE 5351 Emergent Literacy (ELA content)
  • EDUC 6312: Secondary School Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDBI 5305:  Second Language Acquisition
  • EDUC 5320: Teaching Methodology for Secondary Teachers
  • EDUC 5101: Internship I
  • EDUC 5201: Internship II

Grades 7-12 with ESL Certification:

  • EDRE 5330: Content Area Reading
  • EDSP 5302: Survey of Exceptional Children
  • EDUC 6301: Classroom Management
  • EDUC 6312: Secondary School Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDBI 5305:   Second Language Acquisition
  • EDUC 5320: Teaching Methodology for Secondary Teachers
  • 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 6301: Classroom Management
  • EDUC 5101: Internship I
  • EDUC 5201: Internship II

Policies and Procedures for Initial Teacher Certification

Required Pre-program Coursework

To be eligible for the HBU Alternative Certification Program (ACP):

  1. All Core Subjects EC-6 certifications, including those seeking Bilingual, who want to teach in EC-6 grades, require at least 3 hours of undergraduate coursework in each of the following areas: English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
  2. 4th-8th and 7th-12th grade certifications require 12 hours in the content area of certification.
      • Note: 7-12 Math and Science certifications require 15 hours in the content area.
      • Note: If an applicant does not meet these course requirements, they may take additional content coursework or take a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) from the Texas Education Agency prior to applying to the program to enter the program.
  1. Demonstrate English Oral Language Proficiency through a “C” or better in an oral communication course, a signed Speech Competency Form completed by an HBU professor, or an admission interview.  If possible oral communication problems are noted in the admission interview, successful completion of an additional oral language screening assessment may be required. International students may be required to submit a TOEFL examination.
  2. Have a successful admission interview conducted by an Educator Preparation Program Committee member(s).  The interview will determine the following:
      • A genuine desire to enter and follow a career in teaching.
      • A personal and social orientation which shows promise of contributing to success in the teaching profession.
      • A physical and mental fitness which indicates potential classroom leadership.
      • Demonstrate attitudinal dispositions that are deemed necessary for successful teaching.
  1. For bilingual education certifications (EC-6 Bilingual and EC-12 Spanish), 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 coursework and/or other prescribed learning experiences in each area where the minimum was not achieved.
  2. Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above on their undergraduate transcript from the graduating university or a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework.
  3. Application for a state criminal history review and documented criminal clearance is required prior to beginning some professional development coursework and is required for state licensure.

Note: In accordance with Article 6252-13c, Texas Civil Statues, the Commissioner of Education may suspend or revoke a teaching certificate or refuse to issue a teaching certificate for a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for a crime which directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession. All applicants for Texas certification will be screened for a record of felony or misdemeanor conviction through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Home Land Security.

Applicants interested in a certain certification area who do not have the required content hours of coursework may qualify for the program by completing additional content area coursework or taking a Pre Admission Content Test (PACT) from the state of Texas. 

Admission to the ACP Program

Program admission requires students to do the following:

    • Complete the online forms for Graduate Admission selecting the Alternative Certification Program option.
    • Submit official transcripts from all universities and Colleges attended documenting a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 based on all classes attempted. All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by Spantran or Global Evaluators.
    • Complete an Educator Preparation Program application
    • Interview with the EPP Office successfully
    • File a certification plan

Retention in the Program

Students in the Alternative Certification Program (ACP) are enrolled in graduate coursework. 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 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 process for readmission can be found at HBU.edu/Readmission.

State Certification Exams

A student cannot be employed by a school district, charter school, or accredited private school until the student 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 ACP 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 Internship 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 once they have:

    • Completed the required coursework for their certification area
    • Passed any remaining Content exams needed
    • Passed the EC-12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam
    • Completed the internship year successfully
    • Applied online through TEAL for standard certification in their certification area

NOTE: Individuals desiring to teach in accredited public and private Schools in Texas must be certified through the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Houston Baptist University makes the recommendation for certification based on state certification guidelines and requirements in place at the time of certification approval. 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 EPP Office to verify current requirements.

EdD, Executive Educational Leadership (EdD)

The doctoral program in Executive Educational Leadership (EdD) is designed for individuals who already hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and have demonstrated strong leadership skills in an educational setting. It is a selective program, designed to be completed with a Residential cohort of approximately 20 individuals and an online cohort of students. The courses are offered in a fixed sequence and are designed to accommodate the working professional.

This program aims to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to be hired and retained as high-quality administrators in public and private school systems. The program will provide learning experiences that will help to develop students’ professionalism (e.g., ethical knowledge, values-based decision making, critical and systemic thinking, leadership and cooperation) in addition to coursework that provides the foundational knowledge for success in their discipline.

Initial academic advisement is carried out by the Director of the Doctoral Program. Once candidates are admitted, they are assigned an advisor from among the doctoral faculty.

Special Requirements

The EdD program is designed as a three-year program for a cohort of students.

    • Each EdD student is expected to enroll and successfully complete each course.
    • The student is expected to advance to candidacy and complete all courses and examinations within the period specified by the EdD doctoral unit.
    • The student is expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPAwith no grades below a B in any Doctoral courses.
    • The student must pass all required examinations within two attempts.

A student who fails to make satisfactory progress may be officially disqualified from the university upon recommendation of the program faculty and in accordance with the established university policies.

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EdD, Special Education Leadership (EdD)

The doctoral program in Special Education Leadership (EdD) is designed for individuals who already hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and have demonstrated strong leadership skills in an educational setting.  It is a selective program, designed to be completed with a residential cohort of approximately 20 individuals.  The courses are offered in a fixed sequence and are designed to accommodate the working professional.

This program aims to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to be hired and retained as high-quality special education administrators in public and private school systems. The program will provide learning experiences that will help to develop students’ professionalism (e.g., ethical knowledge, values-based decision making, critical and systemic thinking, leadership and cooperation) in addition to coursework that provides the foundational knowledge for success in their discipline.

Academic advisement is carried out by the Director of the Doctoral Program through the doctoral faculty.

Special Requirements

The EdD program is designed as a three-year program for a cohort of students.

    • Each EdD student is expected to enroll and successfully complete each course.
    • The student is expected to advance to candidacy and complete all courses and examinations within the period specified by the EdD doctoral unit.
    • The student is expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA with no grades below a B in any doctoral courses.
    • The student must pass all required examinations within two attempts.

A student who fails to make satisfactory progress may be officially disqualified from the university upon recommendation of the program faculty and in accordance with the established university policies.

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EdD, Executive Leadership in Mental Health and Human Services (EdD)

The doctoral program in Executive Educational Leadership in Mental Health and Human Services (EdD) is designed for individuals who already hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and have demonstrated strong leadership skills in a variety of Mental Health and Human Service settings.  It is a selective program.  The courses are offered online in a fixed sequence and are designed to accommodate the working professional.

This program aims to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to be hired and retained as high-quality administrators in mental health and human service agencies or to start business of their own. The program will provide learning experiences that will help to develop students’ professionalism (e.g., ethical knowledge, values-based decision making, critical and systemic thinking, leadership) in addition to coursework that provides the foundational knowledge for success in their discipline.

Initial academic advisement is carried out by the Director of the Doctoral Program or the Mental Health/Human Services Program Coordinator with the assistance of staff advisors. Once candidates are admitted, they are assigned an advisor from among the doctoral faculty.

Special Requirements

The EdD program is designed as a three-year program for students.

    • Each EdD student is expected to enroll and successfully complete each course.
    • The student is expected to advance to candidacy and complete all courses and examinations within the period specified by the EdD doctoral unit.
    • The student is expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA with no grades below a B in any Doctoral courses.
    • The student must pass all required examinations within two attempts.

A student who fails to make satisfactory progress may be officially disqualified from the university upon recommendation of the program faculty and in accordance with the established university policies.

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School of Behavioral Sciences

Department of Counseling

The Department of Counseling is part of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Behavioral Science (CoEBS). This Department houses the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, as well as Masters of Education in Professional School Counseling. Graduates go on to work in a variety of settings, including private practices, universities, clinics, hospitals, mental health agencies, churches, and schools.

Goals and Purposes

The goal of the Department of Counseling is to train students to become knowledgeable, competent, ethical professionals in their fields who are able to bring Christian ethics, values, and worldview to their workplaces. To this end, our goal is to provide learning experiences that:

    • include coursework that meets or exceeds the state and national standards for academic knowledge in each discipline;
    • offer opportunities to develop levels of skills necessary for entering the professional arena and performing with excellence;
    • emphasize critical thinking, utilization of resources, the ability to work independently and cooperatively;
    • impart the importance of professionalism, integrity, values-centered work, and lifelong learning and development.

The courses support these specific objectives by providing the foundational knowledge for ethical practice in the mental health fields. These are core areas of knowledge required by each state licensing board. In addition, the courses emphasize understanding of the scope of the profession and professional development.

Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology 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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Pre-Professional Art Therapy Program

The pre-professional Art Therapy Program at HBU is a 45-hour program. Students must complete 18 hours in Art, 18 hours in Psychology and 9 hours in Art Therapy. The program culminates with a semester-long capstone experience which is designed to help students develop their application of art therapy to various populations and settings. Upon graduation, pre-professional Art Therapy majors are expected to continue on to a Master of Arts in Art Therapy program. Certified practitioners integrate the fields of human development and visual art (painting, drawing, sculpting, etc.) with current theories and models of counseling.

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Graduate Programs in Psychology and Counseling

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 coursework. 2. The student must be admitted to candidacy in order to receive the MACC. 3. The student must complete a minimum of seventy-two (72) 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 examination. 5. The student must satisfactorily complete a practicum and internship I work.

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Additional Information
The coursework provided meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Students have to complete a practicum/internship, consisting of a minimum of 300 clock-hours with at least 100 clock-hours of direct client contact, in a University-approved counseling setting, under the supervision of a licensed mental health practitioner 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, post-graduation internship under the supervision of a board-approved supervisor, with at least 1,500 hours being direct client contact. Total hours may not be completed within a time period of less than 18 months.

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 coursework as outlined in the following degree plan with no grades less than “C”.

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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Additional Information: Current academic requirements for applicants to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for licensure as a Professional Counselor may be satisfied in this program. Students complete a supervised counseling practicum and Internship I and II experience, consisting of a minimum of 700 clock hours in a University-approved counseling setting under the supervision of a licensed mental health practitioner, 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 a licensed mental health practitioner.

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Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling

The Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (MA-HSC) offered completely in an online format, is a 30-hour degree program that is increasingly sought after in the marketplace and provides multiple job opportunities throughout the rapidly expanding mental health field. Courses are taught by incorporating relevant academic theory with competency-based skill training, and by using a combination of real-time interaction with faculty members, video and PowerPoint lectures from leading experts across the country, asynchronous discussion forums, targeted learning assignments, and more. While the program does not lead to state level licensure in counseling, core areas of targeted learning, along with distinct concentrations of specialized study, will enhance the capacity to develop successful careers in behavioral health management, crisis intervention, community and faith-based services, corrections, hospital and treatment settings, and other forms of people helping in both public and private settings. Presented from a Christian counseling worldview, the degree program is designed to foster a broad understanding of the needs of diverse populations, as well as the critical systems necessary to effectively operate human service programs.

There are six specialty training areas from which the student may choose: addiction and recovery, crisis response and trauma care, marriage and family, human sexuality, military and veteran care, and professional life coaching.

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Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program provides individuals with an interest in working with couples and families the academic requirements to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Texas. Our 60-hour program provides students with a thorough background in individual and group counseling theories and techniques, as well as clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on the integration of faith into counseling practice, and understanding the ethical, professional, and legal issues in counseling.

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Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling*

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MAPC) program empowers the Christian student by teaching them the skills necessary to provide direct pastoral ministry and counseling to those who are hurting.  The MAPC degree is a non-licensure degree that functions under the authority and supervision of a local church or Christian organization.  The degree program trains the Christian Pastoral Counselor to provide direct educational, encouragement, and counseling ministries to a variety of populations within and outside the church.  There are six specialty training areas from which the student may choose: addiction and recovery, crisis response and trauma care, marriage and family, human sexuality, military and veteran care, and professional life coaching.

*(No new students are being admitted to the program at this time.  Program closure has been approved by SACSCOC.)

Master of Arts in Psychology – Specialist in School Psychology (MAP-SSP)

The Master of Arts in Psychology- SSP program prepares students for licensure as a Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) and as a Psychological Associate (LPA) under the guidelines of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP). The MAP-SSP 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).

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Master of Arts in Psychology – Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (MAP-LSSP Re-specialization)*

Educational diagnosticians and school counselors seeking credentialing by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) as an LSSP can develop a modified plan once formally admitted to the MAP-LSSP Re-specialization program. The plan will be designed according to requirements set forth by TSBEP and the Psychology Department at Houston Baptist University. At a minimum, such students will be required to complete at least 30 hours of coursework which will lead to the MAP-LSSP and include the successful completion of the Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Internship (on-campus supervision and actual placement in school setting under the supervision of an LSSP). The LSSP credential is granted by the TSBEP which is an independent board and not an academic program. Upon completion of the re-specialization degree plan, students must apply to the TSBEP for credentialing.

*(No new students are being admitted to the program at this time. Program closure has been approved by SACSCOC.)

For students who are seeking either LSSP Re-specialization or their LSSP but who have already received a Master’s degree in a related field, the exact courses needed will be determined by the Director for Graduate Studies in Psychology.

Master of Arts in Christian Psychology

To earn the Master of Arts in Christian Psychology 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 coursework. 2. The student must be admitted to candidacy in order to receive the MACP. 3. The student must complete a minimum of seventy-two (72) 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 examination. 5. The student must satisfactorily complete practicum and internship.

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The coursework provided meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Psychological Associate in the state of Texas (and many other states). Students have to complete a practicum/internship, consisting of a minimum of 400 clock hours with at least 150 hours of direct client contact in a University-approved therapy setting under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist as part of the degree plan (400 hours can be reached with 15 hours per week for two semesters, including the break between semesters. We recommend getting as much experience as possible before graduation.) Before becoming a LPA, graduates also need to pass the EPPP Exam, Texas Jurisprudence Exam, apply to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, and complete 3000 hours of post-graduate degree clinical experience obtained within 24-48 consecutive months of graduation, in not more than three placements, under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist.

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Graduate Certificates

The COEBS Graduate Certificates aim to provide the opportunity for increased knowledge at the graduate level in an area of interest. Each certificate is comprised of four 3 hr-credit courses in an area of interest, totaling 12 credit hours. The following Graduate Certificates are offered by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences:

Adobe Acrobat PDF format document Certificate in Marriage and Family Studies*
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Adobe Acrobat PDF format document Certificate in Addiction & Recovery Studies*
Adobe Acrobat PDF format document Certificate in General Psychology Studies*
Adobe Acrobat PDF format document Certificate in Professional Life Coaching*
Adobe Acrobat PDF format document Certificate in Military and Veteran Care Studies*

* This certificate does not lead to licensure or any professional specialization. There is no government or state board which oversees this certificate program.