Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program (PBTC)

Process Overview

 
  STEP 1: PASS THE PRE-ADMISSION CONTENT TEST (PACT).

This is the TExES content test for the certification area that the student chooses to become certified and must match the student teaching/internship assignment. Students must pass this test prior to admission. [See “PACT Information” page.]

 STEP 2: SELECT YOUR MASTER’S PROGRAM.

Select one of the four Master of Science programs associated with teacher certification. No other Master’s degree may be used to pursue this program.
  • Curriculum and Instruction (CINS)
  • Secondary Education (SED)
  • Early Childhood (ECE)
  • Reading (RDG)
Information about each of these programs and sample degree plans are available on the EDCI Department webpage:
 

STEP 3. APPLY AND GAIN ADMISSION TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL. 

Complete the online application to the Graduate School and select the Master of Science degree (CINS, ECE, SED or RDG) with PBTC “Teacher Certification”. Graduate School admissions requirements and information is available on the Graduate School website:

Note: Acceptance into the Graduate School does not give automatic admission into the PBTC program.

 

STEP 4. TO GAIN ADMISSION INTO THE PBTC PROGRAM.

  1. 1. PBTC Application.  Complete and submit the PBTC program application. This is located online via the Texas A&M-Commerce website under the Educator Certification page.
  2. Undergraduate GPA Requirement.  Applicants must have completed their Bachelor’s of Science (or equivalent) degree with a minimum of 2.75 overall GPA.
  3. Complete at least 2 “Non-Certification” Courses.  The PBTC program requires students to complete 6 “certification” courses, which also includes internship/clinical student teaching, and the additional 6+ courses required to earn their selected MS degree (CINS, SED, ECE or RDG). Applicants must complete 2 or more non-certification courses, earning a 3.0 (grades of B or above) prior to program acceptance. Contact your MS academic adviser for questions about specific courses in your program.
  4. TOEFL.  English language proficiency requirements have been amended, including new score requirements for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
    1. Educators who apply for certification after October 22, 2017 are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by fulfilling one of the following requirements: 
      • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, not including US Territories.
      • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States approved by the State for Educator Certification (SBEC).
      • Verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT).
               • Speaking 24
               • Listening 22
               • Reading 22
               • Writing 21

  5. Interview.  Complete an admission interview with a PBTC program representative in person or by another approved method (i.e. Skype, Facetime). The interview will be evaluated with a rubric and the applicant must score at or above the minimum passing score.

STEP 5. TO COMPLETE THE PBTC PROGRAM.

  1. Observation Hours.  Thirty hours of classroom observations are required in a TEA accredited school setting prior to internship/clinical student teaching. Students are required to submit the required documentation to the Educator Certification Office upon completion of observation. [See “Observation Information” page.]
  2. Complete the 6 “Certification” Courses.  Complete the 6 “certification” courses and supervised internship/clinical student teaching earning no grades below a B. Successfully complete all other requirements as instructed by PBTC program advisers, University Supervisor(s) and/or Mentor Teacher(s) by the established due dates.
  3. Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR)  Once requirements are met, students must pass the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam for certification prior to their internship/clinical student teaching.
  4. Pay Required Fees.  All tuition and fees for the university, certification agency and program must be paid prior to certification.
  5.  Master of Science Courses and Requirements.  Students are expected to complete the remaining courses and requirements for their selected MS degree, including the corresponding Comprehensive Exam. The Graduate School requires students to maintain a 3.0 GPA in their program to remain in good standing for graduation. Apply for graduation during the first few weeks of your final semester.
  6. Apply for Teacher Certification.  During their final semester, students must contact the Educator Certification Office to verify that all requirements were met and to receive information about applying for certification via the Texas Education Agency.