UHV Catalog 2007-2008

School of Education and Human Development

University West, Suite 228
3007 N Ben Wilson, Victoria, Texas 77901
Phone: 361.570.4261    Fax: 361.570.4257
Toll free: 877-970-4848 ext. 261
Email: education@uhv.edu

Introduction

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Education and Human Development is to contribute to the total educational experience of students enrolled at the University of Houston-Victoria. In teaching, research, and service the school’s faculty is committed to preparing qualified professionals for varied educational roles, teaching, counseling, and administration. The School of Education and Human Development promotes an educational system responsive to the challenges of a modern society.

Goals

In order to achieve the mission of the School of Education and Human Development, the faculty is committed to the following goals:

Encouragement of ethical practice
Meaningful faculty-student interactions
Promotion of learning as a life-long process
Achievement of student and faculty academic excellence
Appreciation of student diversity and a multicultural society
Support of a practical foundation through extensive field experiences
Creation of an educational environment that supports critical thinking
Innovative instruction and an understanding of the use of technology in learning

Initial undergraduate preparation of prospective elementary teachers is provided through the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. Graduate preparation of teachers, professional certification programs and preparation for specialized service in education are provided through the Master of Education degree programs. Initial preparation for prospective secondary teachers is available through courses supplementing Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from the School of Arts and Sciences and the Bachelor of Business Administration in the School of Business Administration. Appropriate certification sequences are also available for persons who have earned degrees in academic fields offered in the public school curriculum. Although there is a growing emphasis on laboratory and clinical approaches and on directed field experiences, an appropriate balance between professional and academic emphasis is sought in all programs.

One of the prime objectives of the school is to acquaint its students with various cultural subgroups that characterize the school’s area of influence. The prospective student should consequently anticipate the opportunity to work with learners in a wide variety of educational settings.

Title 2 Institutional Report Card
The University of Houston – Victoria teacher education program is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification. The table below lists current information available from the Title 2 Assessments reported on the state website (www.title2.org) regarding UHV graduates. For the year beginning Fall 2002, there were 448 students in the program. The average number of hours per week required of student participation in supervised student teaching in these programs was 37.5 hours. The student/faculty ratio was 2.95.

Updated assessments pending release by SBEC/TEA:

# Tested # Passing Pass Rate * Quartile Rank
203 198 98 1
* QI - Range, Mean:  98 - 100

Center for Academic Excellence

The Center for Academic Excellence is a program within the School of Education and Human Development with the goal of providing students with the necessary information to excel. Students are encouraged to go beyond being satisfied with meeting minimum standards.

All Texas students must pass the appropriate Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities TExES tests for teacher certification. Each student must also pass a second test that is appropriate to his/her teaching field, i.e. a first grade teacher would need to pass the Early Childhood – Grade Four Generalist test. Students may elect or be required to take additional tests for certification in other areas.

Some of the services provided by the center are:

  • Encouraging all students to strive for excellence
  • Providing students with preparation in learning, testing, strategies, and reducing testing anxiety.
  • Working with small groups of students
  • Giving individual attention as needed
  • Providing guidance in selecting appropriate tests for chosen programs of study
  • Helping determine when to register and study for tests based on the student’s own progress
  • Supplying information about the tests

Scheduled study sessions:

  • Focus on specific tests and the competencies covered by each
  • Concentrate on test standards, format, strategies, and even test anxiety.

Workshops held in the fall and spring semesters feature guest professors with expertise in each area of testing. Structured study periods are led in an extended session.

The center maintains a listserv to keep students informed of test dates, registration deadlines, dates and times of study sessions, etc. For more information and the email address, please see the School of Education and Human Development web page.

Plans and Degrees Offered

The following plans and degrees are offered in the School of Education and Human Development.

PLAN DEGREE CONCENTRATIONS
Administration and Supervision M.Ed. Educational Leadership (Principal)
Administration and Supervision M.Ed. General Leadership
Counseling M.Ed. Community Counselor
School Counselor
Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed. Elementary Education
Elementary Education - Mathematics
Reading
Secondary Education
Special Education M.Ed. Special Education
Educational Diagnostician
Interdisciplinary Studies B.S.I.S. Early School Education
Middle School Education
Special Education

Certificates and Supplements Offered

The following certificates and supplements are offered through the School of Education and Human Development with the degrees being awarded through the Schools of Arts & Science or School of Business. Consult the Teacher Education Records Office or refer to Requirements for Specific Certificates later in this section of the catalog for complete information.

8-12 Teacher Certification Programs

Business Administration B.A.
Business Basic or Composite B.B.A.
Computer Science B.S.
English, Language Arts, Reading B.A.
History B.A.
Mathematics B.A./B.S.
Science B.S.

Postbaccalaureate students seeking certificates or supplements must have a deficiency plan or certification plan on file in the Teacher Education Records Office.

CERTIFICATES STUDENT CAREERS *
School Counselor     G
Educational Diagnostician     G
Principal     G
Superintendent     G
Reading Specialist     G
Master Mathematics Teacher     G
Master Reading Teacher     G
EC - Grade 4 Generalist UG PB  
Grade 4 – 8 Generalist UG PB  
Special Education UG PB G
8-12      
Business Administration UG PB G
Business, Basic or Composite UG PB G
Computer Science UG PB G
English, Language Arts, & Reading UG PB G
History UG PB G
Mathematics UG PB G
Science UG PB G
SUPPLEMENTAL      
English as a Second Language UG PB G
Gifted/Talented   PB G
       
Licensure      
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)     G
* UG - Undergraduate;  PB - Postbaccalaureate;  G - Graduate

Important Notice on Certification:

Students seeking teacher certification will be subject to additional and/or new requirements as set forth by legislative mandates or action taken by the State Board for Educator Certification.

In May, 2000, the State Board of Educator Certification approved new categories of certification – Early Childhood through fourth grade (EC-4) and fourth through eighth grade (4-8 grade) and eighth through twelfth grade (8-12). These were effective September 1, 2002. If students have not completed the program in standard elementary and secondary certification (including all state mandated tests) by August 31, 2004, they will have to meet requirements for the new certificates.

Admission to the elementary and secondary teacher certification program is admission to a professional program and is separate and apart from admission to the university.

Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.I.S.)

The mission of the Curriculum and Instruction undergraduate programs is to prepare exemplary educators who possess and demonstrate the content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge, skills, strategies, and dispositions necessary to develop learners in our culturally diverse society.

Degree Requirements

The following requirements apply to all candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree for Early School Education:

  1. Satisfy all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree as found in the section, UNIVERSITY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR EARLY SCHOOL EDUCATION, in this catalog.


  2. Lower Division:
    1. A combined total of 7 semester hours in natural sciences (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics; a combination is preferred), one of which must have a lab.
    2. 3 semester hours of mathematics as required by the university core requirements, selected from college algebra, finite, trigonometry, analytic geometry, or calculus
    3. 3 semester hours in fundamentals of speech.
    4. 18 semester hours in the academic concentrations and specializations including 12 hours of TECA (Texas Early Childhood Articulation) courses.

  3. Lower or Upper Division:
    1. 3 semester hours of a computer proficiency course.

  4. Upper Division:
    1. 12 semester hours of core distribution electives in the humanities and social sciences area.
    2. 27 semester hours in the academic concentrations and specializations.
    3. 24 hours of professional education including 9 semester hours of student teaching.

The following requirements apply to all candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree for Middle School Education:

  1. Satisfy all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree as found in the section, UNIVERSITY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION, in this catalog.


  2. Lower Division:
    1. A combined total of 7 semester hours in natural sciences (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics; a combination is preferred), one of which must have a lab.
    2. 6 semester hours of mathematics are required in addition to university core requirements. MATH 1350 and MATH 1351 should be taken.
    3. 3 semester hours in fundamentals of speech.
    4. 18 semester hours in the academic concentrations and specializations including 6 semester hours in TECA 1354 and EDUC 1301.

  3. Upper Division:
    1. 3 semester hours of a computer proficiency course.

  4. Upper Division:
    1. ENG 3430, Professional Writing
    2. 12 semester hours of core distribution electives in the humanities and social sciences area.
    3. 27 hours in the academic concentrations and specializations.
    4. 24 hours of professional education including 9 semester hours of student teaching.

These requirements are summarized in the following tables.

Interdisciplinary Studies Plan Early Childhood – Grade 4 Generalist

Students first entering college in fall 1999 or after should see section on "New Core curriculum" under General Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree.

  LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
I. UNIVERSITY CORE REQUIREMENTS        
A. General        
  English (6 s.h. composition, 3 s.h. American Lit.) 9     9
  Political Science 6     6
  U.S. History 6     6
  College Algebra 3     3
  English 3430 Professional Writing     4 4
B. Core Distribution Electives        
  Natural Science (one with lab) 7      
  Speech 3     3
  Computer Proficiency   3   3
  Humanities/Social Sciences:        
  ANT 3311 Anthropology of Diverse Populations     3 3
  GGY World Geography 3     3
  IDS 3323 Child Dev. and Its App. to Learning     3 3
  FED 4310 Human Learning & Its App. to Educ.     3 3
II. PLAN REQUIREMENTS        
A. Plan Concentrations        
1. Humanities:        
  MUS Fundamentals of Music 3     3
  HIS 3310 History of Education     3 3
  HIS Texas History 3     3
2. Math:        
  MAS 3310 Math Concepts I     3 3
  MAS 3310 Math Concepts II     3 3
3. Reading:        
  RDG 3330 Using Literature with the Young Child     3 3
  RDG 3310 Early Literacy Development     3 3
  RDG 4360 Components of Eff. Reading Inst.     3 3
  RDG 4361 Reading/Writing Workshop     3 3
  RDG 3320 Found. of Reading Theories & Assmt.     3 3
4. Science:        
  SCI 3310 Earth Science     3 3
  SCI 3320 Physical Science     3 3
5. Early Childhood:        
  Early School Social Studies course, by advisement     3 3
  ESE 4357 Math/Science     3 3
  ESE 4310 Social/Emotional Dev. Through Arts     3 3
  TECA 1303 Family and Community 3     3
  TECA 1311 Introduction to Early Childhood 3     3
  TECA 1318 Nutrition, Health & Safety 3     3
  TECA 1354 Child Growth and Development 3     3
6. Special Education:        
  SPE 3321 Exceptional Children: An Introduction     3 3
7. Professional Education:        
  C&I 3323 Instructional Design     3 3
  ESE 4303 and 4304 Student Teaching     6 6
  ESE 4307 Early School Education Prof. Seminar     3 3
  TOTALS: 54 3 67 124


Early School Education
EC – Grade 4 Generalist Certificate

Degree Seeking Students Only

Must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program
Check requirements in the UHV Catalog

Block I
C&I 3323 Instructional Design
IDS 3323 Child Development and Its Application to Learning
RDG 3310 Early Literacy Development

You must pass the qualifying PPR TExES Exam with an 80% or higher
to advance to the following blocks.

Block II
ESE 4310 / 4311 Social/Emotional Development Through The Arts
RDG 3320 Foundations of Reading Theories and Assessments
RDG 4360 Components of Effective Reading Instruction

Block III
Social Studies in the Early School Classroom course, by advisement
ESE 4357 / 4358 Math & Science for the Young Child
RDG 4361/ 4362 Reading and Writing Workshop

General Education Courses
MAS 3310 Math Concepts I
MAS 3311 Math Concepts II (Prerequisite – MAS 3310)

TExES EC-4 Generalist Exam


Student Teaching and Professional Seminar
Prerequisite – Admission by Application to the Director of Field Experiences


ESE 4303 / 4304 Early School Education Student Teaching
ESE 4307 Early School Education Professional Seminar

University-Based Courses
These courses may be taken without admission to the Teacher Education Program.


ANT 3311 Anthropology of Diverse Populations
ENG 3430 Professional Writing (Prerequisites-9 s.h. lower level English;
ENG 3430 must be taken in first 30 hours.)

FED 4310 Human Learning and Its Applications to Education
HIS 3310 History of Education
RDG 3330 Using Literature With the Young Child
SCI 3310 Earth Science
SCI 3320 Physical Science
SPE 3321 Exceptional Children: An Introduction


Interdisciplinary Studies Plan
Grades 4 – 8 Generalist

Students first entering college in fall 1999 or after should see section on "New Core curriculum" under General Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree.

  LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
I. UNIVERSITY CORE REQUIREMENTS        
A. General        
  English (6 s.h. composition, 3 s.h. American Lit. 9     9
  Political Science 6     6
  U.S. History 6     6
  College Algebra 3     3
  English 3430 Professional Writing     4 4
B. Core Distribution Electives        
  Natural Science (one with lab) 7      
  Speech 3     3
  Computer Proficiency   3   3
  Humanities/Social Sciences:        
  ANT 3311 Anthropology of Diverse Populations     3 3
  GGY World Geography 3     3
  IDS 3323 Child Dev. and Its App. to Learning     3 3
  MATH 1350 Fundamentals of Math I 3     3
  MATH 1350 Fundamentals of Math II 3     3
  MSE 4325 Adolescent Dev. with App. in Schools     3 3
  FED 4310 Human Learning & Its Apps. to Educ.     3 3
II. PLAN REQUIREMENTS        
A. Plan Concentrations        
1. Humanities:        
  ART Fundamentals of Art 3     3
  MUS Fundamentals of Music 3     3
  HIS 3310 History of Education     3 3
  HIS Texas History 3     3
  ENG 3310 Introduction to the Study of Language     3 3
  ENG 3312 Grammar and Rhetoric     3 3
2. Math:        
  MAS 3312 Advanced Math Concepts     3 3
3. Reading:        
  RDG 3330 Using Literature with Adolescents     3 3
  RDG 3320 Found. of Reading Theories/Assesmnt.     3 3
  RDG 4361/4362 Reading/Writing Workshop     3 3
4. Science:        
  SCI 3310 Earth Science     3 3
  SCI 3320 Physical Science     3 3
5. Middle School:        
  MSE 4357/4358 Science of Middle School     3 3
  MSE 4345 Math of Middle School     3 3
  Social Studies for Middle School, by advisement     3 3
  TECA 1354 Child Growth and Development 3     3
  EDUC 1301 Schools and Society 3     3
6. Special Education:        
  SPE 3321 Exceptional Children: An Introduction     3 3
7. Professional Education:        
  C&I 3323 Instructional Design     3 3
  MSE 4303 and 4304 Student Teaching     6 6
  MSE 4307 Middle School Education Prof. Seminar     3 3
  TOTALS: 54 3 67 124

 

Middle School Education
Grade 4 – Grade 8 Generalist Certification

Degree Seeking Students Only

Must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program
Check requirements in the UHV Catalog

Block 1
C&I 3323 Instructional Design
IDS 3323 Child Development and Its Application to Learning
RDG 3340 Using Literature with Adolescents

You must pass the qualifying PPR TExES Exam with an 80% or higher
to advance to the following blocks.

Block II
RDG 3320 Foundations of Reading Theories and Assessment

Block III
Social Studies in the Middle School Classroom course, by advisement
MSE 4357 / 4358 Science for Middle School
RDG 4361 / 4362 Reading and Writing Workshop

General Education Courses
MAS 3312 Advanced Math Concepts
MSE 4345 Mathematics in the Middle School

TExES Grades 4-8 Generalist Exam

Student Teaching and Professional Seminar
Prerequisite – Admission by Application to the Director of Field Experiences


MSE 4303 and 4304 Middle School Education Student Teaching
MSE 4307 Middle School Education Professional Seminar

University-Based Courses
These courses may be taken without admission to the Teacher Education Program.


ANT 3311 Anthropology of Diverse Populations
ENG 3310 Introduction to the Study of Language
ENG 3312 Grammar and Rhetoric
ENG 3430 Professional Writing (Prerequisites – 9 s.h. lower level English;
ENG 3430 must be taken in first 30 hours
)

FED 4310 Human Learning & Its Application to Education
HIS 3310 History of Education
MSE 4325 Adolescent Development with Application in Schools
SCI 3310 Earth Science
SCI 3320 Physical Science
SPE 3321 Exceptional Children: An Introduction

Special Education Certification (All level – EC-12)

A student interested in having a certificate in Special Education may complete either the EC-4 Generalist or the 4-8 Generalist and take:

SPE 3321 Exceptional Children: An Introduction
SPE 3322 Exceptional Children Assessment and Programming
SPE 4323 Exceptional Children: Modification, Methods and Materials
SPE 4324 Exceptional Children: Behavior Management
SPE 4305 Practicum in Special Education

Note: SPE 4304 (Student Teaching: Exceptional Children) will replace ESE 4304 Early School OR MSE 4304 Middle School Student Teaching

Supplemental Certification

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: A student interested in having a supplemental certificate in English as a Second Language may complete either the EC-4 Generalist or the 4-8 Generalist and take:

ENG 3310 Introduction to the Study of Language
LNG 4310 Language and Reading
C&I 4310 Teaching Diverse Populations
C&I 4320 Teaching English as a Second Language
*C&I 4303 Student Teaching in an English as a Second Language
*( Replaces ESE 4303 Early School or MSE 4303 Middle School Student Teaching)

Note: ESL Certification is for grades your initial certification is for, i.e. EC-4 or 4-8

Grades 8-12 ( SECONDARY)
Teacher Certification Programs

Programs leading to the certification of teachers for grades 8-12 are offered in cooperation among the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration and Education. Students earn their academic degrees through the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Business Administration and obtain teacher certification through the School of Education and Human Development, Office of Teacher Education Records. Please refer elsewhere in this section of the catalog for a complete description of certification and endorsement programs.

The following are the requirements for degrees that incorporate the provision of teacher certification:

Satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Business Administration. For the Bachelor of Arts option, students can indicate a choice of plan as Humanities with either English or History or students may indicate a choice of Plan as Mathematical Science with Math. For the Bachelor of Science option, students indicate a choice of plan as either computer science or mathematics or Biology (Science certification). The Bachelor of Business Administration applies to those electing to choose a plan in management and obtain a composite business certificate. All teacher certification students must have 9 semester hours of English, 6 of which must be in composition.

Complete courses in fundamentals of speech and computer proficiency, or pass a test demonstrating competence in these two areas, and complete a minimum of six hours of laboratory natural science courses for the B.B.A. or eight hours of laboratory natural science courses for the B.A. or B.S. degrees.

Secure admission to teacher education through the School of Education and Human Development.

Complete 24 hours of Professional of Development/Education courses:

C&I 3323 Instructional Design
IDS 3323 Child Development and Its Application to Learning;
(After completion of the above courses, you must pass the PPR qualifying test with an 80% or higher to advance.)
RDG 4364 Content Area Reading and Study Skills;
FED 3321 Educational Foundations for Teaching;
3 semester hours of a methods course in the teaching field;

Complete 24 hours of Professional of Development/Education courses:

SED 4303, 4304 Secondary Student Teaching
SED 4308 Secondary School Education Professional Seminar.

Satisfy requirements in one of the following teaching fields, consistent with the courses meeting new state standards.

NOTE: The following are guidelines. Please check with faculty advisors for verification.

Business Administration – 27 semester hours
Lower Division: 6 semester hours of accounting
6 semester hours of economics
3 semester hours of computer science
 
Upper Division: ECO 3315 Managerial Economics or ACC 3332 Financial Statement Analysis
MGT 4311 Human Resources Management
MGT 3311 Principles of Management
MGT 3312 Legal Environment of Business.

Business, Basic or Composite – 57 semester hours
Lower Division: 6 semester hours of accounting
6 semester hours of economics
3 semester hours of advanced word processing
3 semester hours of computer science
 
Upper Division: ACC 3332 Financial Statement Analysis
MGT 4311 Human Resource Management
FIN 3311 Business Finance
ISC 3325 Information Systems in Organizations
MGT 3311 Principles of Management
MGT 3312 Legal Environment of Business
MGT 4314 Leadership
MGT 4340 Strategic Management
MKT 3311 Principles of Marketing
MGT 4322 Strategy and the Environment of Business
QMS 3311 Statistics for Business and Economics

Computer Science – 57 semester hours
Lower Division: 6 semester hours of calculus
3 semester hours of C/C++ programming
3 semester hours from Fortran, Ada, Pascal, Java, or Advanced C/C++
(Advanced C/C++ recommended)
 
Upper Division: ISC 3317 Object Oriented Programming and Design
ISC 3331 Data Structures and Algorithms I
ISC 3332 Computer Organization and Architecture
ISC 3333 Data Structures and Algorithms II
ISC 4331 Structure of Programming Languages
ISC 4336 Database Systems
ISC 4337 Operating Systems
ISC 4339 Telecommunication and Networks
ISC 4320 Software Engineering
ISC 4350 Information Security, Privacy & Ethics
9 s.h. of UD Computer Science, Math courses by advisement
(excluding ISC 3325 and ISC 4305).

English, Language Arts, and Reading – 27 semester hours
Lower Division: 3 semester hours of British Literature
 
Upper Division: 6 semester hours taken from ENG 3311Shakespeare
ENG 3313 Poetry and Poetics
ENG 3316 Narrative Fiction, and ENG 3312 Grammar and Rhetoric
ENG 3310 Introduction to the Study of Language
ENG 3320 19th Century Literature, or ENG 3321 20th Century American Literature
RDG 3320 Foundations of Reading Theories and Assessment
RDG 3340 Using Literature with Adolescents
RDG 4361Reading and Writing Workshop
or RDG 4362 Workshop Approach to Reading and Writing Instruction
COM 3325 Advanced Professional Speaking
COM 4318 Mass Media Communication

History – 27 semester hours
Lower Division: 6 semester hours of United States History
3 semester hours of Western Civilization
3 semester hours of Texas History
3 semester hours of World Geography
 
Upper Division: HIS 4313 Social History of the United States to 1865
HIS 4314 Social History of the United States Since 1865
HIS 4320 History of England to the 18th Century
HUM 4314 Age of Enlightenment or HUM 4315 Age of Revolution.

Mathematics – 24 semester hours
Lower Division: 6 semester hours of calculus
 
Upper Division: MAS 3343 History of Mathematics
MAS 3357 Introduction to Higher Geometry
MAS 3361 Linear Algebra
MAS 3362 Discrete Structures
MAS 3391 Probability and Statistics
MAS 4310 Fundamental Concepts of Analysis

Science – 57 to 61 semester hours
Lower Division: 6 semester hours of earth science
6 semester hours of chemistry
6 semester hours of physics or physical science
CHEM 2323 Organic Chemistry
BIO 1406 and 1407 General Biology for Science Plans
BIO 2420 Elementary Microbiology
 
Lower or Upper Division: CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry,
or BIO 4310 Biochemistry *
 
Upper Division: BIO 3320 Human Genetics
BIO 3323 Comparative Anatomy, or BIO 4333 Comparative Animal Physiology
BIO 3330 Histology or BIO 4320 Embryology
BIO 3326 Plant Biology
BIO 4337 Cell and Molecular Biology * or BIO 4335 Ecology
BIO 3340 Animal Behavior, or BIO 3342 Social Biology
(* Student must have either BIO 4237 or BIO 4210 taken with corresponding lecture.)

Teacher Certification

Admission to the School of Education and Human Development teacher certification program is admission to a professional program and must be applied for apart from admission to the university.

Admission to teacher education applies to all teacher education students, both elementary and secondary. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Teachers Education Records Office in the School of Education and Human Development before making plans to enter any program that leads to teacher certification.

Application for admission to teacher education is made through the Teacher Education Records Office during the semester prior to enrollment in the first professional education course.

Denial of a request for admission means that the student does not show sufficient promise of success as a teacher to justify admission to the teacher education program at this institution. Upon the applicant’s request, a student who has been denied admission to the program will be permitted to appeal. Information for appeal procedures may be obtained in the Teacher Education Records Office.

Testing Requirements
All persons admitted to the teacher certification program must achieve a satisfactory level of performance on a competency examination of basic skills. The basic skills areas have been identified as mathematics, reading, writing-composition and critical thinking.

The Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) test, now called the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), will serve as one criterion for admission to the teacher education program. For information concerning this test, contact the Teacher Education Records Office.

Requirements for Admission and Retention
To a Teacher Certification Program

There are specific requirements for admission into the teacher certification program at UH-Victoria. The criteria for admission are the following:

  1. Completion of 54 semester hours prior to enrollment to Professional Education Courses.
  2. Passage of the THEA (formerly TASP) test.
  3. GPA of 2.5 in 9 semester hours of lower division English; 6 semester hours must be in composition.
  4. GPA of 2.5 in courses that apply to degree.
  5. GPA of 2.5 in all lower division courses that apply to teacher certification.
  6. Pass a background check ($1.00 service charge).
  7. Evidence of the characteristics, behaviors and attitudes appropriate to the teaching profession.
  8. Lower division courses must be completed before admission to Teacher Education.

(Postbaccalaureates students see "POSTBACCALAUREATES" section for certification admission requirements.)

NOTE: All potential certificate applicants with criminal felony or misdemeanor convictions should contact the Certification Officer immediately to seek clarification of their certification status.

Student Teaching
Standards and Procedures for Admission

Prerequisites for Student Teaching

  1. Student Teaching General Requirements
    • Admission to the teacher certification program.
      The completion of a minimum of 45 clock hours of scheduled and assigned observation/practicum in an accredited school. Undergraduate students who will be student teaching MUST complete a minimum of 45 hours of field observations in order to student teach. These observation hours are to be documented on an observation log that can be obtained from Block I instructors or Teacher Education Records Office.
    • After admission to teacher education and before applying for student teaching, a degree plan must be on file.
    • Each person desiring to register for student teaching is required to furnish the Teacher Education Records Office before the time of registration a copy of a certificate signed by a person licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas which reveals that the student has been examined and is free from the disease of tuberculosis. The examination is to be conducted no more than 120 days before the person enters a public school to do student teaching.
    • Grades in all professional development courses must be "C" or better.
    • Completion of the required 9 semester hours of English with an average grade of 2.5.

  2. Student Teaching Requirements for Specific areas
    1. Early School Education
    2. (1) A minimum of 12 semester hours of credit earned at UH-Victoria in professional development courses. Any exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the Dean, School of Education and Human Development.
      (2) An overall grade point average of at least 2.5 and an average of 2.5 in professional development courses, and an average of at least 2.5 in early school education content courses.
      (3) Completion of all professional development and early school education content courses.
      (4) A student enrolled in ESE 4303, ESE 4304 and ESE 4307 (student teaching and the professional seminar) should be in the last full semester before graduation.
      (5) A student enrolled in student teaching may take no more than 3 semester hours in conjunction with the student teaching courses. Any exceptions must be approved by the Director of Field Experiences.

    3. Middle School Education
    4. (1) A minimum of 12 semester hours of credit earned at UH-Victoria in professional development courses. Any exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the Dean, School of Education and Human Development.
      (2) An overall grade point average of at least 2.5 and an average of 2.5 in professional development courses and an average of at least 2.5 in middle school education content courses.
      (3) Completion of all professional development and middle school education content courses.
      (4) A student enrolled in MSE 4303, MSE 4304, and MSE 4307 (student teaching and the professional seminar) should be in the last full semester before graduation.
      (5) A student enrolled in student teaching may take no more than 3 semester hours in conjunction with the student teaching courses. The Director of Field Experiences must approve any exceptions.

    5. Secondary Education
    6. (1) Satisfactory completion of designated professional development courses except student teaching.
      (2) An overall grade point average of at least 2.5 and an average of at least 2.5 in both the teaching field(s) courses and professional development courses.
      (3) A student enrolled in the student teaching courses (SED 4303, 4304 and SED 4308 professional seminar, secondary) should be in the last full semester prior to graduation.
      (4) A student enrolled in student teaching may take no more than 3 semester hours in conjunction with the student teaching courses. Any exceptions must be approved by the Director of Field Experiences.

Student Teaching Application

Student teaching requires daily participation in the activities of an assigned accredited school. Early School Education student teaching (ESE 4303, 4304, 4307- Professional Seminar) or Middle School Education student teaching (MSE 4303, 4304, 4307-Professional Seminar) requires an assignment of 60 school days.

Secondary student teaching (SED 4303, 4304, SED 4308 Secondary Education Professional Seminar) requires an assignment of 60 school days.

Applications are obtained from the UHV website at www.uhv.edu/edu/studentteaching.htm and announcements of application periods are normally made in prerequisite education courses and posted on campus bulletin boards.

All completed applications for student teaching regardless of area must be returned to the Teacher Education Records Office by March 1 for placement during the subsequent fall semester, and by September 15 for placement during the spring semester.


Teacher Education Records Office
(Certification Office)

Mission: The mission of the Teacher Education Records office is to ensure positive communication to graduate, undergraduate, and postbaccalaureate students seeking degrees and certification in an ever changing field.

The Teacher Education Records Office in the School of Education and Human Development is a service area for all students seeking an education degree and/or teacher/educator certification. The Certification Analysts and Degree Plan Counselors do all preliminary advising for information on degree plans as well as teacher/educator certification plans for Graduate, Undergraduate and Postbaccalaureate students.

Teacher Certification

Individuals planning to teach in accredited Texas schools must obtain a Texas teaching certificate. UH-Victoria and School of Education and Human Development offer bachelors degree programs which meet the Texas State Board for Education certification requirements. Upon completion of the requirements for certain degrees in teacher education, the individual may be eligible to apply for certification. Students that hold a degree in a specific content area may be eligible to complete a teacher certification program as a postbaccalaureate.

Since May 1, 1986, in order to be approved for teacher certification or any graduate level certification, applicants, including those holding valid out-of-state certificates, have been required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance on an examination prescribed by the State Board of Education. The current test is the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES).

Teacher Certification Application

This certification process applies to ALL education students seeking initial and supplemental certifications from the State Board of Educator Certification.

Application for graduation and application for certification are different processes. They must be applied for separately.

  1. Once all requirements are met, the student will apply directly to the State Board for Educator Certification at www.sbec.state.tx.us, Click on SBEC-ONLINE for the instructions and the application. Students are responsible for updating and maintaining current information on the SBEC/TEA website ( www.sbec.state.tx.us ).


  2. A fee, payable to the State Board of Educator Certification, is required for each application.


  3. After the student applies and pays the fee, the University will then recommend the student to the state for the appropriate certification.

If an out-of-state or out-of-country teaching certificate is held, one should call the State Board for Educator Certification support center for information at 1-888-863-5880 or apply to the State Board for Educator Certification at the following address:

State Board for Educator Certification
Capitol Station
P O Box 12728
Austin TX 78711-2728

EARLY SCHOOL EDUCATION (EC-4 Generalist) and
MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION (Grades 4-8 Generalist)

  1. Complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a plan in interdisciplinary studies.
  2. Pass appropriate TExES exams.
  3. Apply for teaching certificate.
  4. Students already holding a bachelors degree should request a certification plan.

SPECIAL EDUCATION (EC-12)

A student interested in having a specialization in Special Education has two options:

  1. Complete the EC-4 Generalist plan, -or- Complete the 4-8 Generalist plan,
  2. And take:
  3. SPE 3321 Exceptional Children: An Introduction
    SPE 3322 Exceptional Children Assessment and Programming
    SPE 4323 Exceptional Children: Modification, Methods and Materials
    SPE 4324 Exceptional Children: Behavior Management
    SPE 4305 Practicum in Special Education

    Note: * SPE 4304 (Student Teaching :Exceptional Children) will replace ESE 4304 Early School OR MSE 4304 Middle School Student Teaching
    (Students already holding a bachelors degree should request a certification plan. See "POSTBACCALAUREATE" information to follow.)

SECONDARY EDUCATION (Grades 8-12)

The student must to be certified under standards mandated by the State Board for Educator certification as follows:

  1. Completion of the courses which fulfill the standards in one of the following teaching fields: Business Administration; Computer Science; English, Language Arts, Reading; History; Mathematics; Science.
  2. Completion of all degree requirements for an academic degree incorporating one of the areas above.
  3. Completion of professional development courses as follows:
  4. C&I 3323 Instructional Design
    RDG 4364 Content Area Reading and Study Skills
    FED 3321 Educational Foundations for Teaching
    IDS 3323 Child Development and Its Application To Learning
    SED 4303/4304 Secondary School Student Teaching
    SED 4308 Secondary School Education Professional Seminar
    A methods course in the teaching field.
  5. Pass TExES in Professional Development and appropriate secondary field TExES.
  6. Apply for teaching certificate.
  7. Students already holding a bachelors degree should request a certification plan.

Supplemental Certification Requirements

Supplemental certifications may be added to permanent Texas certificates by completing prescribed programs. The holder of the supplemental certificate may teach students at the same grade levels and in the same content area(s) of the holder’s base initial certificate. In some cases the applicant may hold a Texas certificate and be unable to add the desired certification until having completed requirements for the correct certificate. Please refer to the CERTIFICATES AND SUPPLEMENTAL CERTIFICATES OFFERED section of this catalog.

English as a Second Language

  1. Hold a valid, appropriate Texas teacher certificate.
    Complete the following courses:
  2. ANT 3311 Anthropology of Diverse Populations
    ENG 3310 Introduction to the Study of Language
    LNG 4310 Language and Reading
    C&I 4310 Teaching Diverse Populations
    C&I 4320 Teaching English as a Second Language

    Student teaching is required in English as a Second Language, C&I 4303, or one year of successful teaching on a permit in an approved English as a Second Language or Bilingual education program.

  3. Pass the TExES test #154.

Gifted/Talented

  1. Hold a valid, appropriate Texas teacher certificate.
  2. Hold a valid, appropriate Texas teacher certificate.
    Complete the following courses:
  3. C&I 6370 Introduction to Gifted/Talented Education;
    C&I 6371 Learning Theories Applicable to Gifted/Talented Education;
    C&I 6372 Curriculum for Gifted/Talented Education;
    C&I 6373 Assessment and Guidance for Gifted/Talented.

    A practicum in Gifted/Talented Education, C&I 6306, is required, or two years of successful classroom teaching experience in Gifted/Talented.

  4. Pass the TExES test #162.

POSTBACCALAUREATES

Postbaccalaureate students must request a certification plan.

The application forms for a plan and the application for admittance into the teacher education preparation and a check-list can be located on the UHV School of Education and Human Development website at www.uhv.edu/edu

POSTBACCALAUREATES

Postbaccalaureate students requiring this service must secure certification plans from the Teacher Education Records Office in the School of Education and Human Development. A service charge of $25.00 is required for a student requested certification plan. The student is required to complete a student teaching experience. However, an internship is made available to students who secure a teaching position, in the area and at the level that they are seeking certification, in an accredited school.

The School of Education and Human Development also offers teacher certification programs for those teachers-in-service that are teaching in accredited schools. The School district where they are employed will have to request an official deficiency plan in writing. The student must serve an internship in lieu of student teaching. (To serve an internship, you must contact the Teacher Education Records Office, complete all necessary paper work, and enroll in the appropriate courses.)

The basic requirements for securing a certificate in this manner are similar to those listed for undergraduate students. The candidates are permitted to substitute equivalent semester hours of a one-year Internship in a school accredited by the Texas Education Agency for the required six semester hours of student teaching.

The teaching areas available for postbaccalaureate students are identical to the specialization fields accessible to undergraduate students. A minimum of twelve semester hours must be completed at UH-Victoria as part of any certification or endorsement program. Course work that is ten years old or older must have approval by the Certification Officer. The student must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. See the University of Houston-Victoria website at www.uhv.edu/edu for the application to the teacher education program along with a checklist and application for a certification program.

All teacher certification transactions and /or inquiries for UH-Victoria are made through the Teacher Education Records Office in the School of Education and Human Development.

NOTE: Upon completion of C&I 3323 and IDS 3323 courses you must pass the PPR qualifying test with an 80% or higher to advance to further education courses.

V.O.I.C.E. - Victoria Online Initial Certification for Educators

The VOICE program is an alternate route to teacher certification for all grades designed to meet the requirements of "No Child Left Behind" and is totally online. To be accepted into this program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree completion
  • Pass the THEA or have a minimum GRE exam score of 800 (verbal & Quantitative sections)
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • 2.75 GPA in last 60 hours of coursework
  • Official transcripts from that university on file
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in the VOICE program with no more than two "C’s"
  • Provide a letter of standing if you were previously in an Initial Teacher Certification Program
  • A diagnostic content area exam. This diagnostic tool will determine if remediation is necessary. Additional coursework may be required based on the diagnostic and/or the actual TExES exam.
  • If you are seeking grades 8-12 certification, you must have 24 hours (12 of which must be upper division) in the content area you wish to teach. 2.75 GPA in content area courses is required.
  • There is a non-refundable $60 service charge to apply for this program.

INTERNSHIP

Postbacalaureate education students on a certification plan who secure a teaching position at an accredited school in the area and at the level that they are seeking certification may do an internship instead of student teaching. The student must qualify for the teacher education program before entering into an internship.

To serve an internship, the student must apply through the Teacher Education Records Office (TERO), complete all necessary paper work, contact the Director of Field Experience, and enroll in the appropriate courses. An Internship provides high-quality professional development that is sustained, intensive, and classroom-focused in order to have a positive and lasting impact on classroom instruction before and while teaching. It also allows the candidate to assume the functions as a teacher of record for a specified period of time while providing supervision that consists of structured guidance and regular ongoing support so that the candidate can demonstrate satisfactory progress toward full certification as prescribed by the State.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Graduate programs in The School of Education and Human Development address the need for advanced academic and professional preparation of school personnel. In addition, degrees and specializations are offered that address concerns about children, families, and society and assist people of all ages in pursuing life long learning and personal growth.

Graduate Degree Requirements

  1. Prerequisites

  2. The student entering a program, which leads to a graduate level professional certification, will be expected to have at least 18 semester hours of professional education courses and appropriate teaching or related experience. Students seeking the M.Ed. degree without certification need not show the 18 semester hours of professional education courses, but are expected to meet the general requirements for entrance to graduate studies as found in the section on admissions.
  3. Additional Admission Requirements:
    1. Educational Leadership, General Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction, and Special Education
      1. The student must submit two letters of reference from practicing educators, such as supervisors or other professional school personnel.
      2. The student must provide a letter explaining their purposes for pursuing the degree and their expectations of the degree.
    2. Counseling
      1. Students must successfully complete CED 6333, Counseling Techniques, by earning a grade of B or higher, within the first 12 hours of their graduate coursework.
    (For counselors admission requirements, see Counseling section.)
  4. Candidacy and Comprehensive Examinations

  5. The exam will be offered on October 21, 2006; March 3, 2007; and June 23, 2007. The student must apply for the comprehensive exam and candidacy for the master’s degree by registering by the following deadline dates:
    Deadline date Test date
    September 15, 2007 October 27, 2007
    January 25, 2008 March 1, 2008
    May 1, 2008 June 28, 2008
    Applications are available on the UHV website at www.uhv.edu/edu/forms/forms.asp A satisfactory performance on the school’s comprehensive examination is required of all graduate students. Comprehensive examinations are required for a second master’s degree.
  6. All degrees must have at least 18 semester hours of graduate Education coursework and all courses through the School of Education and Human Development must be at graduate level.
  7. Other University Requirements
    The student must satisfy all university requirements for a master’s degree as found in the section, UNIVERSITY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, of this catalog.

The university does not award academic course credit for experiential learning, or life experience. As specified by the state, certain kinds of experience may be credited toward fulfilling certification requirements in Education.

Master of Education
Administration and Supervision (Educational Leadership)

Mission: The mission of University of Houston – Victoria Educational Administration program is to develop leaders who advance ethics, excellence, and the highest educational standards in our society’s schools.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination on the content of one education core course and the content of two courses in their plan area. One question must come from the faculty advisor and one question must come from faculty outside of the AED teaching core. Students are eligible to take the comprehensive exam upon completion of 24 graduate credit hours. Students who fail one part of the exam may re-take the exam within the same semester in which it was first attempted. Students who fail more than one part of the comprehensive examination must wait until the next semester before they may re-take the examination. A subsequent failure will result in required remedial work and may delay graduation. After three failures, students will be withdrawn from the program and, therefore, be deemed ineligible for graduation.

Core: Any six semester hours taken from:

C&I 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development,
C&I 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization,
C&I 6332 Education in a Multicultural Society,
C&I 6360 Foundations of Literacy Learning ,
FED 6321 Foundations of Educational Research,
FED 6322 Foundations of Educational Measurement,
FED 6331Human Growth and Development,
FED 6333 Principles of Human Learning,
SPE 6321 Introduction to Special Education

Plan:

AED 6310 Theoretical Foundations and Functions of Educational Administration
AED 6315 Principles of Instructional Supervision
AED 6316 Instructional Leadership
AED 6317 Managing Change for Diversity
AED 6331 Educational
AED 6335 School Evaluation or AED 6312 Administrative Role in Student Achievement
AED 6336 School Business Management
AED 6337 Functions of Mid-Management Administration
AED 6304 and AED 6305 Practicum in Educational Leadership

Note: Certification as a school principal is included in the plan.

Additional Requirements for the Principal Certificate

  1. Hold a valid Texas teacher certificate.
  2. Masters degree.
  3. A minimum of two years of teaching experience in an accredited school.
  4. Admission to graduate study within the School of Education and Human Development must precede the completion of applicable course work.
  5. Completion of an approved administrative practicum experience.
  6. Completion of required course work designed to develop administrative competencies and comply with SBEC Learner Centered Proficiencies for the Principalship.

Pass the TExES # 068

Additional Requirements for the Principal Certificate

  1. Hold a valid Principal Certificate.
  2. Complete 12 semester hours of course work to include
  3. AED 6341 Personnel Management
    AED 6342 Educational Policy and Finance;
    AED 6343 Public Affairs and Community Relations;
    AED 6345 Educational Facilities and Environment
  4. Complete the 6 semester hours of approved Superintendent’s practicum
  5. AED 6308 Practicum for the School Superintendency
    AED 6309 Practicum for the School Superintendency
  6. Pass the TExES # 064

Master of Education
Administration and Supervision (General Leadership)

Core: 12 semester hours (will vary according to the specific needs of the individual program)

Plan:

AED 6310 Theoretical Foundations and Functions of Educational Administration
AED 6315 Principles of Instructional Supervision
AED 6316 Instructional Leadership
AED 6317 Managing Change For Diversity
AED 6331 Educational Law

Additional Requirements:

9 semester hours selected by advisement from any discipline to complete and support the plan area.

Master of Education Program
COUNSELING

Mission: The mission of the Counseling Program of the School of Education and Human Development is to enhance the profession of counseling by preparing counseling professionals who promote positive personal and social change, not only in the lives of the people they serve, but also in the communities in which they live and work. Through academic and field experiences, students are prepared to respond to the challenges and needs of a culturally diverse society.

Comprehensive Examinations for Counselors
Students must pass a comprehensive examination on the content of one education core course and the content of two counseling core courses. From the counseling core, at least one question must come from a theory course. One question must come from the faculty advisor and one question must come from faculty outside of the CED teaching core. Students are eligible to take the comprehensive exam either the semester before or during the semester they intend to graduate. Students who fail one part of the exam may re-take the exam within the same semester in which it was first attempted. Students who fail more than one part of the comprehensive examination must wait until the next semester before they may re-take the examination. A subsequent failure will result in required remedial work and may delay graduation. After three failures, students will be withdrawn from the program and, therefore, be deemed ineligible for graduation.

Admission Requirements
The Counseling program is designed to provide knowledge and skills for the following: School Counselor certification, K-12; Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license; and pupil personnel services at the university or community college level. Successful candidates for these programs will have satisfied the general graduate admission requirements (see Graduate Admission Requirements); however for admission to the counseling program, students must successfully complete CED 6333, Counseling Techniques, by earning a grade of B or higher, within the first 12 hours of their graduate course work. CED 6333 is non-transferable, and credit will only be given for the course if it is taught by a UHV counseling faculty member. This course may be repeated only once. Two failures to meet the minimum requirement of grade B or higher means that the student has not successfully demonstrated sufficient potential for admission to the counseling program. Upon request, a student who has been denied admission to the program may appeal. Information for appeal procedures may be obtained from any member of the counseling faculty.

Program Options:

The Community Counseling option prepares students for counseling positions in various community agencies such as mental health centers, private counseling agencies, drug abuse centers, centers for counseling the elderly, child protective services, family counseling centers, business and industry.

The School Counseling option prepares students for the TExES exam and the Texas School Counselor certificate.

Both the Community Counseling option and the School Counseling option meet the academic specifications for Texas licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC).

Degree Requirements: 12 semester hours from the core courses; 27 semester hours from the plan; and 9 hours of elective courses as approved by faculty advisor.

SCHOOL COUNSELING

Core: CED 6311 Multicultural Counseling
CED 6318 Assessment in Counseling
FED 6321 Foundations of Educational Research
FED 6331 Human Growth and Development
Plan: CED 6310 Counseling in the Schools
CED 6317 Couples and Family Counseling
CED 6321 Professional Orientation to Counseling
CED 6322 Abnormal Human Behavior
CED 6325 Career Education: The Counselor’s Role
CED 6327 Theories of Counseling
CED 6329 Group Counseling: Theories and Techniques
CED 6333 Counseling Techniques
CED 6303 Practicum in Counseling
CED Elective
CED 6348 Internship I
CED 6348 Internship II

COMMUNITY COUNSELING

Core: CED 6311 Multicultural Counseling
CED 6318 Assessment in Counseling
FED 6321 Foundations of Educational Research
FED 6331 Human Growth and Development
Plan: CED 6317 Couples and Family Counseling
CED 6321 Professional Orientation to Counseling
CED 6322 Abnormal Human Behavior
CED 6325 Career Education: The Counselor’s Role
CED 6327 Theories of Counseling
CED 6329 Group Counseling: Theories and Techniques
CED 6333 Counseling Techniques
CED 6350 Community Agency Counseling
CED 6303 Practicum in Counseling
CED Elective
CED 6348 Internship I
CED 6348 Internship II

Practicum
All students enrolling in a practicum must have successfully completed 24 hours in the counseling program to include CED 6321, CED 6327, or CED 6317, and CED 6311

  • Counselors seeking school certification must have completed CED 6310.
  • Counselors seeking Texas LPC must have completed CED 6322.
  • Counselors pursuing college level counseling must complete CED 6346.

Additional Requirements for the School Counselor certificate:

  1. Hold a valid Texas teaching certificate.
  2. Masters degree in counseling or a related educational field.
  3. A minimum of two years of teaching experience in an accredited school.
  4. Admission to graduate study within the School of Education and Human Development and to the Counseling program must precede the completion of coursework.
  5. Completion of 39 semester hours of approved courses related to the program for counseling.
  6. Pass the TEXES #152.

Master of Education

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

Mission: The Curriculum and Instruction programs provide the master classroom teachers with knowledge of the latest research and skills to continue seeking new information. Due to their pursuit of knowledge, graduates of these programs shall be recognized as experts in their chosen field of study as well as outstanding classroom teachers.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination on the content of one course from their plan advisor, another from the core and one from a supporting area. Students are eligible to take the comprehensive exam either the semester before or during the semester they intend to graduate. Students who fail one part of the exam may re-take the exam within the same semester in which it was first attempted. Students who fail more than one part of the comprehensive examination must wait until the next semester before they may re-take the examination. A subsequent failure will result in required remedial work and may delay graduation. After three failures, students will be withdrawn from the program and, therefore, be deemed ineligible for graduation.

These programs have a common core as follows:

C&I 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development OR C&I 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization
C&I 6332 Education in a Multicultural Society
FED 6321 Foundations of Educational Research
FED 6331 Human Growth and Development OR FED 6333 Principles of Human Learning

Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary Education- Early Childhood-8)

Core: 12 semester hours
 
Plan: 15 semester hours selected from the following, but with no more than six hours from any one concentration.
 
Literacy (Language Arts): C&I 6360 Foundations of Literacy Learning
C&I 6362 Assessment of Literacy Learning
C&I 6363 Reading in Content Areas
C&I 6356 Approaches to Teaching Writing
EED 6365 Teaching the Language Arts
EED 6367 Literature for Children
SED 6367 Literature for Adolescents
C&I 6300 Selected Topics
 
Social Studies: EED 6350 Teaching the Social Studies
C&I 6300 Selected Topics
 
Science: EED 6340 Trends in Elementary School Science
C&I 6300 Selected Topics
 
Math: C&I 6341 Teaching Problem Solving
C&I 6342 Assessment in Mathematics
C&I 6343 The Math Teacher as Leader
C&I 6347 Teaching Number Concepts
C&I 6348 Teaching Algebra & Geometry
C&I 6349 Teaching Probability & Statistics
C&I 6300 Selected Topics
 
Early Childhood: EED 6355 Early Childhood Education
EED 6358 Seminar in Early Childhood/Kindergarten
EED 6300 Selected Topics
 
Special Education: SPE 6321 Introduction to Special Education
SPE 6327 Appraisal and Collaboration for Students with Disabilities
SPE 6334 Diagnostic Teaching and Instructional Strategies
 
Additional Requirements: C&I 6305 Professional Research
6 semester hours by advisement (non-thesis option) OR C&I 6308 & 6309 (thesis option)

Curriculum and Instruction
(Reading - Reading Specialist Certification) and (Master Reading Teacher Certification)

Core: 12 semester hours
 
Plan: C&I 6360 Foundations of Literacy Learning
C&I 6362 Assessment of Literacy Learning
LNG 6310 Linguistics and Reading
EED 6365 Teaching the Language Arts
C&I 6304 Practicum in Reading
 
Additional Requirements: C&I 6305 Professional Research
C&I 6363 Reading in Content Areas
EED 6367 Literature for Children (elementary plans) OR SED 6367 Literature for Adolescents (secondary plans)
 
Additional Master Reading Teacher Requirement: AED 6315 Principles of Instructional Supervision

Additional Requirements for the Reading Specialist Certificate

  1. Hold a valid Texas teacher certificate
  2. Masters degree
  3. A minimum of two years of teaching experience in an accredited school
  4. Admission to graduate study within the School of Education and Human Development must precede the completion of applicable course work
  5. The program for the certificate includes:
    1. Twelve semester hours of graduate work in reading including the following suggested areas: foundations of reading; diagnosis and correction of reading disabilities; and clinical or laboratory practicum in reading
    2. A resource area of at least six semester hours, including multicultural concepts and linguistics
    3. A professional education area of at least six semester hours. (Individuals holding provisional certification at the elementary level are required to have at least six semester hours in the study of the junior high and/or high school age pupil and in the study of working with pupils at the secondary level; individuals holding certification at the junior and/or high school level are required to have at least six semester hours in the study of the elementary school pupil and in the study of working with pupils at this level.)
  6. Pass the TExES #151.

(For requirements for the Master Reading Teacher (MRT) See “Graduate Certificates” in this section of the catalog)

Curriculum and Instruction (Reading)

Core: 12 semester hours
 
Plan: C&I 6360 Foundations of Literacy Learning
C&I 6362 Assessment of Literacy Learning
C&I 6363 Reading in Content Areas
EED 6365 Teaching the Language Arts
EED 6367 Literature for Children OR SED 6367 Literature for Adolescents
 
Additional Requirements: C&I 6305 Professional Research
6 semester hours by advisement (non-thesis option) OR C&I 6308 & 6309 (thesis option)
 
Additional Master Reading Teacher Requirement: AED 6315 Principles of Instructional Supervision

Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Education)

Core: 12 semester hours
 
Plan: 12 semester hours selected by advisement from the teaching discipline of the student. These will be courses outside the School of Education and Human Development.
3 additional semester hours by advisement from education or other disciplines.
 
Additional Requirements: C&I 6305 Professional Research
6 semester hours by advisement (non-thesis option) OR C&I 6308 & 6309 (thesis option)

Master of Education

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The mission of the Special Education Department of the School of Education and Human Development is to provide knowledge of the legal, social and cultural aspects of disability. Professionals are prepared to assess, teach, reinforce and evaluate children and adults with disabilities so they may reach their learning and behavioral potential.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination on the content of one education core course and the content of two courses in their plan area One question must come from the faculty advisor and one question must come from faculty outside of the SPE teaching core. Students are eligible to take the comprehensive exam either the semester before or during the semester they intend to graduate. Students who fail one part of the exam may re-take the exam within the same semester in which it was first attempted. Students who fail more than one part of the comprehensive examination must wait until the next semester before they may re-take the examination. A subsequent failure will result in required remedial work and may delay graduation. After three failures, students will be withdrawn from the program and, therefore, be deemed ineligible for graduation.

Special Education

Core: C&I 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development OR C&I 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization
C&I 6332 Education in a Multicultural Society
FED 6321 Foundation of Educational Research
FED 6331 Human Growth and Development
 
Plan: SPE 6321 Introduction to Special Education
SPE 6324 On-the-Job Application and Demonstrations
SPE 6326 Programming & Collaboration
SPE 6327 Appraisal and Collaboration
SPE 6343 Transitions for students with disabilities
 
Additional Requirements: FED 6333 Principles of Human Learning
SPE 6331 Behavioral Adjustment of Exceptional Children and Youth
SPE 6334 Diagnostic Teaching and Instructional Strategies

SPECIAL EDUCATION (Educational Diagnostician Certification)

Core: C&I 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development OR C&I 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization
C&I 6332 Education in a Multicultural Society
FED 6321 Foundations of Educational Research
FED 6331Human Growth and Development
 
Plan: SPE 6321 Introduction to Special Education
SPE 6324 On-the-Job Application and Demonstrations
SPE 6326 Programming & Collaboration
SPE 6327 Appraisal and Collaboration
SPE 6343 Transitions For Students with Disabilities
 
Additional Requirements: FED 6333 Principles of Human Learning
SPE 6331 Behavioral Adjustment of Exceptional Children and Youth
SPE 6334 Diagnostic Teaching and Instructional Strategies
 
Additional Requirements for Educational Diagnostician Certificate: SPE 6345 Intellectual Assessment
SPE 6305 Educational Diagnostician Practicum
SPE 6344 Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities

Additional Requirements for the Educational Diagnostician Certificate:

  1. Hold a valid Texas teacher certificate.
  2. Masters degree.
  3. A minimum of two years teaching experience in an accredited school.
  4. Admission to graduate study within the School of Education and Human Development must precede the completion of applicable course work.
  5. Completion of at least 45 semester hours of approved courses related to the program for educational diagnostician.
  6. Pass the TExES #153.

Graduate Certificates

UH-Victoria offers programs leading to the following graduate certificates. Specific requirements for each certificate are available from the Teacher Education Records Office. The State Board of Educator Certification requires passing scores on the appropriate TExES (Texas Examination of Educator Standards) or TexMaT (Texas Examinations for Master Teachers) for certificates.

NOTE: When students begin work toward certification, a personal profile is recorded at the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC). Students are responsible for maintaining current information online at this agency’s website (www.sbec.state.tx.us ).

Educational Diagnostician

  1. Hold a valid Texas teacher certificate.
  2. Masters degree. (see Master of Education – Special Education)
  3. A minimum of two years teaching experience in an accredited school.
  4. Admission to graduate study within the School of Education and Human Development must precede the completion of applicable course work.
  5. Completion of at least 45 semester hours of approved courses related to the program for educational diagnostician.
  6. Pass the TExES #153.

Reading Specialist

  1. Hold a valid Texas teacher certificate.
  2. Masters degree. (see Master of Education – Reading Specialist)
  3. A minimum of two years of teaching experience in an accredited school.
  4. Admission to graduate study within the School of Education and Human Development must precede the completion of applicable course work.
  5. The program for the certificate includes:
    1. Twelve semester hours of graduate work in reading including the following suggested areas: foundations of reading; diagnosis and correction of reading disabilities; and clinical or laboratory practicum in reading.
    2. A resource area of at least six semester hours, including multicultural concepts and linguistics.
    3. A professional education area of at least six semester hours. (Individuals holding provisional certification at the elementary level are required to have at least six semester hours in the study of the junior high and/or high school age pupil and in the study of working with pupils at the secondary level; individuals holding certification at the junior and/or high school level are required to have at least six semester hours in the study of the elementary school pupil and in the study of working with pupils at this level.)
  6. Pass the TExES #151.

Master Reading Teacher (MRT)

  1. Hold a valid Texas teacher certificate.
  2. Bachelors degree.
  3. A minimum of three years of teaching experience in an accredited school.
  4. Complete the 15 semester hours of specified graduate-level courses beyond the bachelor’s degree in an approved graduate teacher education program. Students must have a signed plan on file.
  5. C&I 6360 Foundations of Literacy Learning
    C&I 6362 Diagnostic Testing of Reading
    C&I 6304 Practicum in Literacy
    LNG 6310 Linguistics in Reading
    AED 6315 Principles of Instructional Supervision
  6. Pass the TExMaT #85 for Master Reading Teacher, unless you hold a Reading Specialist certificate.

Master Reading Teacher (MRT)

  1. Hold a valid Texas teacher certificate.
  2. Bachelors degree.
  3. A minimum of three years of teaching experience in an accredited school.
  4. Complete the 18 semester hours of specified graduate-level courses beyond the bachelor's degree in an approved graduate teacher education program. Students must have a signed plan on file.
  5. C&I 6341 Teaching Problem Solving
    C&I 6342 Assessment in Mathematics
    C&I 6343 The Math Teacher as Leader
    C&I 6347 Teaching Number Concepts
    C&I 6348 Teaching Algebra & Geometry
    C&I 6349 Teaching Probability & Statistics
  6. Pass the TExMaT –MMT EC-4 #87 OR 4-8 #88.

School Administrator – Principal

  1. Hold a valid Texas teacher certificate.
  2. Masters degree. (See Master of Education – Administration and Supervision – Principal)
  3. A minimum of two years of teaching experience in an accredited school.
  4. Admission to graduate study within the School of Education and Human Development must precede the completion of applicable course work.
  5. Completion of an approved administrative internship experience.
  6. Completion of required course work designed to develop administrative competencies and comply with SBEC Learner Centered Proficiencies for the Principalship.
  7. Pass the TExES # 068

Superintendent

  1. Hold a valid Principal Certificate.
  2. Complete 12 semester hours of course work to include
  3. AED 6342 Educational Policy and Finance;
    AED 6341 Personnel Management
    AED 6343 Public Affairs and Community Relations;
    AED 6345 Educational Facilities and Environment.
  4. Complete the 6 semester hours of approved Superintendent’s practicum:
  5. AED 6308 Practicum for the School Superintendency
    AED 6309 Practicum for the School Superintendency
  6. Pass the TExES # 064

School Counselor

  1. Hold a valid Texas teaching certificate.
  2. Masters degree in counseling or a related educational field. (See Master of Education – Counseling)
  3. A minimum of two years of teaching experience in an accredited school.
  4. Admission to graduate study within the School of Education and Human Development and the counseling program must precede the completion of coursework.
  5. Completion of 39 semester hours of approved courses related to the program for guidance and counseling.
  6. Pass the TExES #152.

Educator Certification Application

This certification process applies to ALL education students seeking initial and supplemental certifications from the State Board of Educator Certification.

Application for graduation and application for certification are two separate processes. They must be applied for separately.

Since May 1, 1986, in order to be approved for any certification, applicants, including those holding valid out-of-state certificates, have been required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance on an examination prescribed by the State Board of Education. The current test is the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES).

Procedures are as follows:

  1. Once all requirements are met, the student will apply directly to the State Board for Educator Certification at www.sbec.state.tx.us. Click on SBEC-ONLINE for the instructions and the application. Students are responsible for updating and maintaining current information on the SBEC/TEA website (www.sbec.state.tx.us).
  2. A fee, payable to the State Board for Educator Certification, is required with each application.
  3. After the student applies and pays the fee, the University will then recommend the student to the state for the appropriate certification.