Become a Health Science Instructor

Your work experience in the health sciences field gives you the unique ability to apply your knowledge to teaching middle and high school students. Through our program you can become a health science educator in less than two years by building on your experience and specialized qualifications. Use your real-world interpersonal skills and know-how to educate students in grades 6 through 12 sharing your own experience with medical terminology, human anatomy and professional development. Begin your career in teaching today!

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration 2 Years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours 18 Hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required
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Master Program:: New Design Certificate Requirements

Your Path to Complete the Certification

Step 1. Complete Observation Hours and Coursework

Observation Hours

  • Complete 30-hours of required field experience in the content area or grade level you are pursuing.
    • Submit the completed log sheet and reflection questions to the Teacher Certification Office.
    • You cannot begin your teaching assignment until this is complete.

Pre-Internship Training Requirement Courses

  • Complete 4 of the 6 graduate alternative certification courses prior to a paid internship or clinical teaching.
    • You must have a minimum of 3.0 on all coursework.

Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR)

  • Receive approval from the alternative certificate program staff after successfully completing EDCI 514 and three other certification courses.
    • If you are planning on taking a paid internship position, you must be registered to take the PPR exam before a probationary certificate can be granted.

Step 2. Complete Teaching Assignment Requirement

Choose one of the following two options:

  • Complete two-semester paid internship as a teacher of record.
    • Candidates will apply for positions through the district or region service center.
  • Complete a one-semester unpaid clinical student teaching assignment.
    • The alternative certificate program representative will assist with your application and placement.

During the first semester of your teaching assignment, you must enroll in EDCI 515.

Supervision and Fees

All paid interns/clinical student teachers will be supervised by a University Supervisor and Campus Mentor.

  • An internship fee of $1000 per semester is assessed during paid internship/clinical student teaching.

Step 3. Completion Checklist

  • Complete any remaining courses.
  • All tuition and fees for the university, certification agency and program must be paid prior to obtaining certification.
  • Contact the Educator Certification Office during your final semester.
    • They will verify that all requirements are completed.
    • After the verification, you will receive information about how to apply for certification via the Texas Education Agency.

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Health Science Grades 6-12 Educator Certification :: Admissions

Admissions Requirements

To qualify, you need an Associate or more advanced degree from an accredited institution. Two years of wage-earning experience in your occupational field and licensure by a health professional practitioner are required. Current licensure, certification, or registration by a nationally recognized accrediting agency must be submitted as a health professions practitioner. Eligible military experience may be used in place of civilian licensure and wage-earning experience.

Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Pre-Admission Test

Candidates must pass the TExES Content Test for Health Science, test number 273, before beginning the program.

Step 2. Apply to the Graduate School

Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

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

  • Select “Educator Certification” 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.

Note: Acceptance into the Graduate School does not give automatic admission into the Alternative Certification Program.

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.

Undergraduate degree in a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall.

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

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Resume or CV

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

Personal Statement

Describe your preparation for graduate work, your academic interests and goals in no more than 500 words.

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 the Alternative Certification

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.

Submit Documents

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

Statement of Qualifications Form

Resume

Submit current resume to [email protected]

Passing TExES Content Test Score

Submit your passing TExAS Content Text scores to [email protected]

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. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your certification coordinator will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your certification coordinator if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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ACP Programs:: Curriculum

Curriculum

Required courses (15 hours)

  • EDCI 514 Management & Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners (to be taken first)
  • EDCI 517 Reading & Learning K-12
  • EDCI 519 Response to Intervention Applied to Exceptional Learners
  • RDG 516 Foundations of Reading
  • EDCI 515 Evidence-Based Learning (to be taken during internship)
  • ETEC 524 Introduction to Educational Computing
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