How it Works

Organizational Leadership (BAAS) leading to certification

If you are a current ISD employee and do not currently hold a bachelor’s degree, this pathway is perfect for you. You will begin by completing your Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Organizational Leadership followed by obtaining your teacher certification through either our alternative certification program or master's degree. This program takes approximately two years.

Step 1. Apply to A&M-Commerce

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new undergraduate admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”
  • Select “ORGL – Organizational Leadership” as your “Major.”


Step 2. Submit Your Transcript(s)

Submit or request submission of all official transcripts from high school, GED score report including percentile scores and/or college and university you attended. A transcript is considered official only if received directly from the institution.

Contact your previous/current academic institution(s) and request that they mail the transcript to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

For faster delivery, you may check to see if your previous/current academic institution(s) can submit an electronic version of your transcript to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. A&M-Commerce accepts SPEEDE, National Clearinghouse and Escript-Safe electronic transcripts.

Have a Greenlight account? Send your transcript from your Greenlight locker.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and designate TAMUC as the college to receive your FAFSA information.

  • School code: 003565.
  • For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at [email protected] or call at 903.886.5122.
  • Veterans: Please contact our Veterans affairs office [email protected] to assist with required paperwork to receive Veterans benefits

Step 4: Meet with Your Advisor

  • Once admitted, your advisor will contact you by email.
  • Complete Online New Student Orientation. Your advisor will register you for this course and all future courses.
  • Review Texas Success Initiative (TSI) if required

Step 5: Complete Your Undergraduate Degree

Obtain an affordable and flexible Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Organizational Leadership.

  • Core curriculum requirements (42 semester hours)
  • Professional development electives (48 semester hours)
    • See your advisor for details – Transfer in up to 90 semester hours!
  • Applied major courses (30 semester hours)
    • ORGL 3311 – Issues in Organizational Leadership
    • ORGL 3321 – Data Driven Decision Making I
    • ORGL 3322 – Organizational Ethics
    • ORGL 3331 – Data Driven Decision Making II
    • ORGL 3332 – Organizational Behavior
    • ORGL 4341 – Leadership Theory I
    • ORGL 4342 – Leadership Theory II
    • ORGL 4343 – Leading Change
    • ORGL 4352 – Capstone I
    • ORGL 4361 – Capstone II

Step 6: Earn Your Teacher Certification

After graduating with your BAAS in Organizational Leadership, apply and complete your teacher certification.

  • EDCI 514-Management and Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners
  • EDCI 515-Evidence-Based Teaching
  • RDG 516-Foundations of Reading
  • EDCI 517-Reading and Learning in K-12 Content Area
  • EDCI 519-Response to Intervention Applied to Exceptional Learners
  • ETEC 524-Intro to Educational Technology (4-8, 7-12 candidates) OR ECE 566-Learning Environments (EC-6 candidate)

Master’s Degree leading to certification

If you are a current ISD employee with a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain a teaching certification as part of a master’s degree, this pathway is right for you. You will begin by completing your teacher certification followed by one of the following educational master’s degrees: Curriculum and Instruction (MS), Master of Secondary Education (MS), Early Childhood Education (MS) or Special Education (MS). This program takes approximately two years.

Degree Programs

Secondary Education (MS) with Teacher Certification

Students who are interested in developing depth and breadth of expertise in curriculum and instructional leadership at the secondary school level should choose the major in secondary education. The secondary education curriculum will equip graduates with proficiency in designing and conducting action research to improve classroom and school practices, the design, implementation and evaluation of secondary school curriculum, the selection of teaching models to address the learning and achievement of secondary school students, and the selection and design of curriculum and instruction reflecting philosophical systems in the middle school and high school environments. The MS option involves 18 hours of study in the major and 18 hours of alternative teacher certification.

Where It Is Offered Mesquite, Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Early Childhood Education (MS) with Teacher Certification

The major in early childhood education prepares graduates for careers in both public and private educational settings in which the primary focus is young children. A graduate with a major in early childhood education should possess competencies in the knowledge of physiological and psychological development of children birth through fourth grade, curriculum theory and development, effective instructional strategies for young children, and the administration and management of classrooms and facilities for young children. This degree involves 18 hours of study in the major and 18 hours of alternative teacher certification.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

MA option only

Special Education (MS) with Teacher Certification

Exceptional learners need your support and advocacy. You can make this happen through our Special Education program along with the 18 hours of alternative teacher certification

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Mesquite
Duration

2 to 3 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

36-42 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

Step 1. Apply to A&M-Commerce

Submit your application at tamuc.edu/apply.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Curriculum and Instruction, MS” “Secondary Education, MS, “Early Education, MS, or “Special Education, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accepts evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Statement of Goals

Submit a statement of educational and professional goals of 500 words or less on the following prompt:

  • Discuss your educational and professional goals and how you believe this graduate degree will help you achieve them.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Test Scores or Teaching Certificate

You do not need to submit test scores if you have a valid teaching certificate. Email a copy of your valid teaching certificate to [email protected]

If you do not have a teaching certificate, you may submit your scores for one of the following tests:

  • PPR, ExCet or TExES
  • MS and MA applicants can submit PACT or PRAXIS scores in place of GRE scores.

Submit official General Test GRE scores

  • Request that your GRE®scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply to Certification Office

Submit Application

Submit your application through Alternative Certification Application

  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Note: When the application is sent, also submit your test scores and a resume.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. When you are accepted, your starting semester is the next available one.

Submit Documents

Email the following documents to [email protected] unless otherwise specified below.

TX PACT Scores and Resume

Submit a copy of your passing TX PACT Scores and a standard resume to [email protected]

Statement of Qualifications Form

Complete the Statement of Qualifications and return to [email protected]

Only submit if applying for a Career and Technical Education Certification.

Foreign Transcripts

If you received a Bachelor's degree from outside of the United States then a Foreign Credential Evaluation with a Course-by-Course summary will be required. This is to remain in compliance with TEA to verify a Bachelor's degree and to compute a core GPA. The following is a list of acceptable Foreign Credential Evaluation Services to use:

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. [email protected]

Foreign Credential Services of America http://foreigncredentials.org

Global Credential Evaluators, Inc. www.gceus.com

International Academic Credential Evaluator, Inc. www.iacei.net

International Education Research Foundation, Inc. www.ierf.org

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. www.jsilny.com

World Education Services, Inc. www.wes.org

English Proficiency

  • Educators who apply for certification are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by fulfilling one of the following requirements:

If these requirements are not met, then a passing score on the TOEFL exam must be submitted. Minimum scores needed

per TEA: Speaking 24, Listening 22, Reading 22, Writing 21.

Military Personnel

Military service members or military veteran candidates that have verified military service, training, or education directly related to the certificate being sought, may have that military service, training or education reviewed by an EPP to see if it satisfies any of the educator certification requirements.

Step 4. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 5: Meet with Your Enrollment Specialist

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

Step 6: Earn Your Teacher Certification

Complete your teacher certification courses as part of your master's degree.

  • EDCI 514-Management and Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners
  • EDCI 515-Evidence-Based Teaching
  • RDG 516-Foundations of Reading
  • EDCI 517-Reading and Learning in K-12 Content Area
  • EDCI 519-Response to Intervention Applied to Exceptional Learners
  • ETEC 524-Intro to Educational Technology (4-8, 7-12 candidates) OR ECE 566-Learning Environments (EC-6 candidate)

Step 7: Complete Your Master's Degree

We’re Here to Help

For questions about the BAAS in Organizational Leadership program, contact Stephanie Dawson. For questions about teacher certification, contact Tracey Stedman.

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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