College of Education

Undergraduate Cross-College Degrees

The following degree plans are listed under the College of Arts and Sciences.
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Science (BS)

College of Education (COE)

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare highly effective, culturally competent educational and clinical professionals who are equipped to assume leadership roles in a global society.

General Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

See Academic Regulations - Undergraduate for specific TAMIU regulations.

Graduation Requirements – College of Education

In order to graduate from the College of Education, all teacher candidates must complete the program with:

  • complete all coursework in the degree plan with a grade of "C" or better;
  • be in good standing in the College of Education; 
  • have all program/specialization/major "D's" and “F”s  retaken;
  • have all incomplete grades converted to a “C” or better; and
  • have all holds removed.

Important notice: As the State Board for Educator Certification makes changes in the certification framework, degree plans may be subject to change. Any changes made by the state in interpreting the rulings on educator certification programs in Texas may supersede the requirements of the existing degree plan, certification or deficiency plan, with or without notice in this catalog.

Grading Policies

The College of Education has adopted the following grading scale:

A 93-100
B 84-92
C 75-83
F Below 75
S/CR/P Satisfactory/credit/pass
U/NC Unsatisfactory (no credit)
IP In Progress
W Dropped or withdrawn
I Incomplete

Educator Preparation Programs

The College of Education Educator Preparation Programs are rated by the State Board for Educator Certification. Accreditation status is based on accountability standards as established by the Texas Education Agency.

The most recent Title II accountability data is available at the following website: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx. Additional information is available upon request from the Teacher Certification Office.

Teacher candidates may choose to work toward certification at the following levels:

  1. Early Childhood through Grade 6,
  2. Grades 7-12, Secondary; and
  3. All-level.

Certification programs are field-based and have co-tangent tasks which coincide with coursework

Each certification program is highly integrated with field-based experiences, requiring teacher candidates, cooperating teachers, public school administrators, and University faculty to work collaboratively at designated campuses. Teacher candidates enrolled in the program are assigned to mentor teachers at specified elementary or secondary public schools.  Field based experiences are on a continuum of early field experiences through full time teaching. Throughout the programs, teacher candidates observe, prepare teaching activities and lessons, and as a capstone experience are placed in an EC-12 environment for full time teaching (12 weeks minimum). Teacher candidates typically are in field-based placements, including student teaching, for approximately 600 hours.

Matriculation

Students must apply to the College of Education. Admission to the College is contingent upon meeting full admission requirements, which is a separate application process from the University’s admission procedures. Acceptance to the University does not ensure acceptance into the College of Education. Students who are fully admitted to the College of Education will be eligible to enroll in 3000-4000 level education courses in their major. Full admission requirements are:

  1. Application: Submit an application form available online.  Any COE admissions/program requirements in place at the time of readmission must be met.
  2. All applicants must formally acknowledge acceptance into the appropriate EPP (the date of the acknowledgement will be the date of formal admission to the EPP), after which applicants may enroll in COE coursework.
  3. Courses: Complete all core curriculum coursework with a grade "C" or better.
  4. University Seminar: Complete two University Seminar courses UNIV 1101 and UNIV 1402. (Candidates who transfer Core complete or complete the institutional component option are exempt from this requirement.
    SAT
    Verbal Math Composite
    500 500 1070

    ACT 

    Reading Math Composite
    19 19 23

    Accuplacer 

    Reading Math Writing Skills Written Essay
    80 66 80 6

    Test scores obtained more than five years before applying for admission to the college will not be accepted.

  5. Applicants must complete a screening instrument to determine applicant's knowledge, experience, skills, and aptitude.
  6. Successfully complete ( with a "C" or better) the following: a minimum of 12 SCH in the subject content area for Elementary Certification or 15 SCH for 7-12 certification areas in mathematics or science or a passing score on the PACT examination.
  7. GPA: Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in the last 60 SCH on all coursework previously attempted at which the applicant is currently enrolled or from the most recent bachelor's degree. For undergraduate initial certification, a 2.75 GPA must be maintained to remain in good standing, and a 3.0 must be maintained for the initial post-baccalaureate/alternative certification program.
  8. Foreign Language Requirement: Meet the University’s Foreign Language graduation requirement. This may be demonstrated by fulfilling one of the following requirements:
    1. completion of three years of high school study of a single foreign language with a minimum grade of 80 (3.0) at the end of the third year.
    2. earning a minimum grade of "C" in 6 SCH in one foreign language.
    3. CLEP or AP exam scores that award 6 SCH in one foreign language. NOTE: Bilingual Education Emphasis applicants may not use this option to meet the foreign language requirement.
    4. completion of two foreign language courses in one language with a "C" or better from the University's International Language Institute.
    5. completion of two American Sign Language courses with a "C" or better.
  9. The TOEFL IBT is required of all students having academic studies from a country where English is not the native language. A minimum TOEFL IBT score of 26 in each of the four areas (reading, listening, speaking and writing) is required.
  10. Criminal Background Check: Candidates will complete a criminal background check as well as a fingerprint clearance, as determined by the school district for required fieldwork, and will be required to have a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator.
  11. The College of Education has the right to graduate but not necessarily recommend that the completer take the TEXES state certification exam(s).
  12. 3000-5000 Level Courses: In order to register for any 3000-5000 level College of Education course, candidates must be fully admitted to the College. A 2.75 GPA must be maintained to remain in good standing.

Spanish Language Requirements for Bilingual Emphasis

Successful completion of SPAN 3305 and SPAN 3310 prior to acceptance to the College of Education

Candidates desiring the Bilingual Emphasis should consider taking the Spanish Skills Assessment (SSA) as soon as possible to determine the pathway needed to complete the Spanish requirements in a timely manner, and before formal admission to the College of Education.

In order to register for 3000-4000 College of Education courses, students must maintain a 2.75 TAMIU GPA, a 2.75 semester GPA and a 2.7 GPA in the specialization/major. Students in the Communication Disorders program must maintain a 3.0 TAMIU GPA.

Teacher candidates must earn a “C” or better in all education courses. Any teacher candidate earning less than a “C” in a prerequisite course must repeat the failed course before enrolling in subsequent courses.

A teacher candidate may enroll in the same undergraduate course a maximum of three (3) times in order to obtain a “C” or better. After the third unsuccessful attempt to earn a “C” or better in a course, the teacher candidate must change program/major. When teacher candidates change their program/major, all current program/major admission requirements must be met.

To be eligible to enroll in EDCI 4993 Student Teaching, teacher candidates must fulfill the following:

  • have a TAMIU GPA of 2.75 and a TAMIU GPA of 2.75 in the specialization/major;
  • complete all degree plan courses with a grade of "C" or better;
  • pass the content/specialization/major TExES Certification Exams; and
  • submit an application for Student Teaching in the office of the Director.

Teacher candidates who are unable to meet admission requirements for EDCI 4693 Student Teaching may either pursue another degree program outside the College of Education in order to complete a bachelor’s degree or complete the non-student teaching option.

Continuation of Undergraduate Enrollment for Students Admitted to the College of Education

Standards of Progress

All teacher candidates must maintain a TAMIU GPA of 2.75 or higher (3.0 for Communication Disorders majors) to remain in good standing and to graduate. Any teacher candidate who receives less than a 2.75 GPA (3.0 for Communication Disorders) is subject to academic probation.

Overloads

Overloads will only be approved for TAMIU GPAs of 3.0 or higher and approval of the department chair and dean.

Academic Probation

Once fully admitted to the College of Education, a 2.75 GPA must be maintained each semester to remain in good standing (3.0 for Communication Disorders majors). A teacher candidate is on academic probation if the GPA falls below (3.0 for Communication Disorders majors). Notification of academic probation is through the Dean's office. Teacher candidates must enroll in and repeat those courses in which the teacher candidate earned a less than satisfactory grade, before subsequent or new courses are taken.

Academic Suspension

A teacher candidate who is on probation and continues to receive less than a TAMIU GPA of 2.75 (3.0 for Communication Disorders majors) in a subsequent semester will be suspended by the College of Education. A teacher candidate who has been suspended for academic reasons may not petition the College of Education for readmission until one long semester has elapsed. Summer sessions are considered short terms and thus must not be supplanted for a long term. A teacher candidate suspended for any reason will be subject to those criteria and guidelines specified in the University Catalog and required by the major, College of Education, and/or Texas Education Agency in effect at the time of readmission. Enrollment waivers for teacher candidates on suspension will not be granted. When a teacher candidate returns from suspension, the teacher candidate must enroll in and repeat those courses in which the teacher candidate earned a less than satisfactory grade, before subsequent or new courses are taken.

Admission Requirements for the Communication Disorders Program

  1. Application: Submit an application form (available at KL 426 or online), or Readmission to college of Education, and a $15.00 non-refundable fee for admission to the College of Education. Candidates who have not been enrolled for one academic year must reapply. Any COE admissions/program requirements in place at the time of readmission must be met.
  2. Courses: Complete all core curriculum coursework with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. University Seminar: Complete two University Seminar courses (UNIV 1101 and UNIV 1402) (Candidates who transfer Core complete or complete the institutional component option are exempt from this requirement).
  4. Assessment of Basic Skills: Complete Accuplacer and pass with a minimal score as noted below:
    Reading Math Writing Skills Written Essay
    80 66 80 6

    Test scores obtained more than five years before applying for admission to the college will not be accepted.

  5. GPA: Have a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours on all coursework previously attempted at which the applicant is currently enrolled or from the most recent bachelor’s degree by the person at an accredited institution of higher education.
  6. Foreign Language Requirement: Meet the University’s Foreign Language graduation requirement. This may be demonstrated by fulfilling one of the following:
    1. Completion of three years of high school study of a single foreign language with a minimum grade of 80 (3.0) at the end of the third year.
    2. Earning a minimum grade of "C" in 6 SCH in one foreign language.
    3. CLEP or AP exam scores that award 6 SCH in one foreign language.
    4. Completion of two foreign language courses in one language with a "C" or better from the University's International Language Institute.
    5. Completion of two American Sign Language courses with a "C" or better.
  7. The TOEFL IBT is required of all students having academic studies from a country where English is not the native language. A minimum TOEFL IBT score of 26 in each of the four areas (reading, listening, speaking and writing) is required.

Graduation Requirements for Communication Disorders Majors

To be eligible to graduate from the Communication Disorders program, candidates must fulfill the following:

  • Maintain a minimum TAMIU GPA of 3.00.
  • Obtain a degree audit upon completion.
  • Pass the Exit Exam with a score of 80% or above to receive observation or clinical practicum hour verification for professional certification.

Remediation plan for the Exit Exam:

  • 1st re-take: Candidate will be given opportunity to re-take the exam within 3 months. The passing score is 80% or above.
  • 2nd re-take: Examination for the second trial will be based on 11 essential topics within Communication Sciences and Disorders. The passing score required is 80%.
  • 3rd re-take: The passing score requirement is 80%.
  • 4th re-take is the final opportunity to take the exam. The passing score requirement is 100%.

All Exit Examinations are administrated at the University Testing Center. Registration is required prior to taking the exam.

Certification Programs

For state approved programs leading to certification, as the state implements new requirements for certification, they will become compulsory at the time required with or without notice in this catalog. Students in these programs/majors have sole responsibility to comply with requirements for certification and to keep current with changes in certification requirements.

Students enrolled in certification programs will need to obtain a fingerprint clearance and may be subject to a criminal background check.

Before teacher candidates may be recommended for taking the state certification exams, they must take and demonstrate successful diagnostic readiness on a practice exam in the area of certification sought.

Option to Graduate Without Completing the Student Teaching Semester
COED candidates in their culminating semester who choose a non-certification option may supplant/substitute 9 credits from a pool of specified courses in lieu of completing their student teaching requirement for certification. By doing so candidates electing this route may graduate in the degree program and will not be recommended for certification, as so noted on transcripts. Candidates choosing this route must:

  • be in the culminating semester of their degree program;
  • be in good standing in the College of Education by having a TAMIU 2.75 GPA or higher and a 2.75 or higher GPA in the major;
  • complete all degree plan courses with a grade of “C” or better (including coursework completed in the Core Curriculum and all courses that are approved as substitutions for courses required on the degree plan);
  • complete all program requirements except student teaching plus one course remaining;
  • register for EDCI 4399, Issues in Curriculum and Instruction;
  • register for six (6) additional credit hours from a selected pool of courses approved by the College for this culminating term;
  • forfeit eligibility to obtain approval by the College of Education to sit for any TExES exams as an undergraduate program finisher; and
  • sign a statement of acknowledgement noting such.

Post-graduation certification may be attained through either a post-baccalaureate or Alternative Certification Program of the student’s choice.

Eligibility to Take TExES Exams

Approval to take TExES Exams is based on the procedure and criteria listed below. These procedures and criteria apply to all candidates pursuing degrees with teacher certification, regardless of their catalog year.

  • Good Standing. The College of Education has specific requirements that are different and higher than those required by the University. An undergraduate student in good standing with the College of Education must have a TAMIU GPA of 2.75 or higher and a TAMIU GPA of 2.75 or higher in the specialization/major.
  • Test Preparation Session and Practice Tests.
    • Candidates must complete six (6) clock hours of Test Preparation and demonstrate diagnostic readiness on appropriate practice activities according to their program timeline before receiving approval to take any practice test. Test Preparation Sessions will be scheduled and conducted by University faculty. Three (3) of these hours will be completed prior to applying to Student Teaching. A plan of study may be developed by the candidate in conjunction with the Office of Student Success to prepare for their practice tests and upon completion of an unsuccessful practice test.
    • Candidates pursuing certification must complete the appropriate practice tests to be approved to take the TExES exam. Approval for Practice Tests will be through the Office of Student Success in the College of Education. Practice tests are administered in the Texas A&M International University Testing Center, by appointment only.
  • Exam Sequence. Teacher Candidates seeking initial teacher certification must take TExES exams in the prescribed sequence noted below:
    • Generalist/Content Exam in the specialization/major area. The Generalist/Content Exam will be taken the semester prior to Student Teaching. However, students who have completed 75% or more of their coursework in the specialization/major with a TAMIU GPA of 3.6 or higher will be eligible to sit for a practice test during their junior year. Students who are successful on the practice test will be eligible to take the TExES exam in the specialization/major.
    • The Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR). Students will take the practice test for the PPR during the Student Teaching semester. Students may register for the practice test after receiving three (3) hours of test preparation and documenting readiness. Candidates who are successful on the practice test will be eligible to take the TExES PPR exam.
  • Before taking a second TExES exam, undergraduate students must pass the TExES exam they have been approved to take before attempting a second exam.
  • Student Support. Students who are unsuccessful on a practice test or TExES exam will be required to seek support designed to address domains/competencies on the exam in which the student was unsuccessful. Intervention will be carried out by faculty at Texas A&M International University. Students must demonstrate diagnostic readiness to be eligible to sit for the TExES exam.
  • Students are responsible for correctly completing their TExES Registration forms online at www.texes.ets.org by the deadlines given in the online TExES Registration Bulletin. Students are required to pay for their exams online with a credit card.

NOTE: The College of Education may graduate students but not recommend students for certification who do meet qualifying criteria.

Obtaining Teacher Certification

Teacher Certification is obtained after the candidate has completed the certification program he/she has been enrolled in and has passed the appropriate TExES exams. To obtain Texas Teacher Certification, candidates must complete an on-line Application for Certification and submit it to the State Board for Educator Certification. Information for the application process is available in the Teacher Certification Office.

The Certification Officer will review the candidate's application to ensure that all program requirements have been successfully completed. The application will be forwarded by the Certification Officer to the State Board of Educator Certification. ALL HOLDS MUST BE CLEARED BEFORE THE CERTIFICATION CAN BE FORWARDED TO THE STATE BOARD. The Teacher Certificate will be issued by the State Board of Educator Certification.

All certificates issued by the State are Five (5) -Year Renewable certificates. The individual holding the certificate must submit documentation to the State every five (5) years showing that he/she has completed the required clock hours of professional development activities relating to his/her area of certification.