Post-Baccalaureate with Certification

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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 and to be 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 a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction that is offered by HBU.  The 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
Download the document in Acrobat PDF Format Coursework Requirements for Post Baccalaureate Certification Areas

What will I experience at HBU?
  • Faculty of professionals
  • Small classes where you’re known as an individual
  • Supervision and support by a University professional
  • Pass rate for the PPR certification exam is 100%
  • Hiring rate for HBU teacher education students from undergraduate, graduate, and Post-Baccalaureate with Certification programs close to 100%
  • Recent rehire or retention rates of Post-Baccalaureate with Certification teachers after their first year has been 100%
  • Unlike some certification programs, all 18 hours applicable to a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

Program Overview
The Post-Baccalaureate with Certification Program provides students with 18 hours of graduate level professional education coursework designed to prepare students for positions as teachers.

HBU offers certification programs in the following areas:

You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university to be certified in these areas:
  • Elementary Education (Early Childhood-Grade 6)
  • For Spanish speakers, Bilingual Elementary Education (Early Childhood-Grade 6 Bilingual)
  • Grades pre-Kindergarten-12 (Special Education)
For these certifications, you must have at least 12 college level hours in one of these teaching areas:
  • Grades 4-8 (Math, Science, Social Studies, or English Language Arts and Reading)
  • Grades 8-12 (English Language Arts and Reading, Math, Composite Social Studies, History, Life Sciences, Science Composite, Foreign Languages, Speech, and Journalism)
  • Grades pre-Kindergarten-12 (Physical Education, Art, or Music)

The six required courses (18 hours) vary by certification area. These courses allow students to learn effective teaching strategies, understand learning theories and discipline management systems, experience Fieldwork, and establish a firm foundation for success as a teacher. Students must also complete a one year supervised internship as a full-time teacher in a public, charter, or accredited private school. This is a paid teaching position which the student is responsible for securing.

Download the document in Acrobat PDF Format Additional information on the Post Baccalaureate Internship process

How do I become certified?
Candidates who are admitted to the program and pass the Content area TExES in their certification field will be eligible for employment at a school district as a teacher. Once employed, HBU will approve students for Probationary certification. When the student completes the required coursework, passes the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Texas Certification Exam (TExES), and successfully completes a supervised year of employment as a teacher in a school, he or she is eligible for recommendation for the Standard Teacher certificate.

Where can I go from here?
Once the student has completed the 18 hours of required coursework, the student may apply those hours toward the requirements for one of the masters degrees offered by the HBU College of Education.

For additional information about the Post-Baccalaureate with Certification Program, contact the Graduate School.

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