VOICE Program Requirements

Note: Due to the set course rotation, this program admits students only in the fall semester.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or evaluation of international degree showing the equivalent
  • GPA of 2.75 in last 60 hours of college work or cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Letter of standing for those who previously participated in an Educator Prep Program (EPP) Student must be in good standing with EPP to be admitted to VOICE
  • TSI complete or accepted to UHV graduate program
  • Pass a criminal history background check
  • Maintenance of 2.75 GPA in VOICE classes throughout enrollment in the program
  • Passing score on TExES content exam for relevant certification area.
  • Passing score on Science of Teaching Reading exam (TExES #293) for EC-6 and 4-8 certification.
  • Passing score on edTPA state performance assessment which is completed during student teaching or internship.

VOICE Teacher Certification Courses

Course NumberCourse Description20212022Notes
CUIN 6320 Models of Teaching   SP, FA FA Core Course
CUIN 6312 Human Growth and Learning SP, FA FA Core Course
CUIN 6314 Classroom Practices & Procedures SU SP Core Course
FEDU 6323 Cultural and Social Foundations of American Education SU SP Core Course
LITY 6334 Foundations of Developmental Reading SP, SU SP STR COURSE (only EC-6 & 4-8 CERT)
ESLN 6312 Principles of 2nd Language Teaching FA FA ESL COURSES (optional)
ESLN 6314 Teaching English as a Second Language SU SU ESL COURSES (optional)
        Students complete Internship OR Student Teaching courses:
CUIN 6316 Application of Educational Roles & Responsibilities I FA FA,SP (Internship)
CUIN 6317 Application of Educational Roles & Responsibilities II SP FA,SP (Internship)
CUIN 6318 Practicum Seminar SU, FA SP, FA (Pre-Student Teaching)
CUIN 6319 Practicum in Teaching FA, SP FA, SP {prerequisite CUIN 6318}, (Student Teaching)


Additional Certification Requirements:

  • Candidates seeking EC-6 or 4-8 certification must take the Science of Teaching Reading (TExES #293) exam. LITY 6334 course will prepare them to take and pass this test.
  • Candidates who plan to complete the intern option where they are hired as “teacher of record” in a district that requires all teachers have ESL certification must take these ESLN courses and have ESL certification included on their certification plan in order to take the English as a Second Language Supplemental (TExES #154) prior to being hired under the Probationary or Intern certification.
  • Candidates must pass the TExES Certification exam in their desired area prior to student teaching or starting their internship year.
  • Candidates must complete the edTPA during student teaching semester or last semester of teaching during the internship.

*** According to Texas Administrative Code 228.35—

  • Student must complete 30 clock hours of field based experience to be completed prior to student teaching or internship. Appropriate activities include substitute teaching, hours spent as a classroom aide or classroom observations. See Educator Preparation Office (EPO) for how to appropriately document these hours.
  • Beginning Sept. 1, 2017 - student must complete 150 clock hours of training prior to student teaching or internship.

With faculty advisor approval, VOICE candidates may use up to 12 hours of VOICE courses (CUIN 6312, 6314, 6320 or FEDU 6323) toward a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education, Literacy Studies, Elementary Mathematics, Elementary Science Education, Educational Technology, ESL/TESOL. For information about these degrees, consult with a certification analyst. In addition, upon approval from a faculty advisor, VOICE courses may be substituted for CUIN common core courses for those students seeking Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with Reading Specialist Certification, Master Reading Teacher Certification, or Master Mathematics Teacher Certification.


Consider applying for one of three the Master’s degrees that include teacher certification using the same coursework for the VOICE program. See Masters Degrees with Teacher Certification

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