Program Structure

The model for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program (PBTC) is designed for students that have previously earned their bachelor’s degree, seeking a master’s, and transitioning into the teaching profession.

This program is designed to be completed in two years, depending upon the master’s degree that is being sought.  The certification coursework fulfills the electives requirement for each degree. 

Master’s with Certification

The certification coursework is taken at the same time that the master’s coursework is being completed.  The student will become certified once all coursework is completed for both the master’s and the certification.  Once the student graduates with the master’s degree, he/she will also be awarded a standard teaching certificate in the certification area of choice.

How it works

The student must first take the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT).  This is the test on the certification area that the student chooses to become certified.  The PACT is accepted for entrance into the graduate school. 

Once you have taken/passed the PACT, you may apply to the graduate school.  Upon submitting the graduate school application, you can find the application for the PBTC program on the TAMUC website at

Once the PBTC application is completed, please print, sign, and email the complete application to the program advisor at

During the course of the program there are Texas Education Agency (TEA) requirements and university requirements that are required to be fulfilled.  The student must maintain at least a 2.75 grade-point average to remain eligible for certification.  The student must also complete 30 hours of classroom observations and four courses , prior to being eligible to take the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR).  The internship will be completed during the last semester of coursework on a state-issued Probationary certificate.

Standard Certification

Upon completion of all master’s coursework as well as certification requirements, the university supervisor will contact the school principal of the intern to seek a recommendation for the intern.  Once this recommendation is received, coursework verified, and all other requirements are fulfilled, the student will receive the university recommendation for a Standard certificate. 

What is the difference between the PBTC and other certification programs?

The Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program is much more than a certification.  While the various certification programs throughout the state of Texas offer the same teacher certification that you will receive here, our program is much more in-depth than just a certificate.  Our program not only offers the master’s degree, but offers the latest information that is required to build a better, stronger, and more informed educator.  Being a teacher is much more than teaching; it is a passion to build a better student and a brighter future.  Our profession changes lives, breaks cycles, and strengthens not only our great state of Texas, but our nation.