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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 six through 12 sharing your own experience with medical terminology, human anatomy and professional development. Begin your career in teaching today!

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2 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Combination
Total Credit Hours

18 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Health Science Grades 6-12 Educator Certification :: Admissions

Admissions Requirements

To qualify, you need a bachelor’s degree, two years of wage-earning experience in your occupational field, and licensure by a health professional practitioner. Eligible military experience may be used in lieu of civilian licensure and wage-earning experience.

Apply to Graduate School

  • Complete the online application to the Graduate School and select Educator Certification.
  • Pay $50.00 non-refundable admission fee
  • Submit all official undergraduate transcripts

Apply to the Career and Technical Education Alternative Certificate Program

Complete the Statement of Qualifications form

Interview and Essay

  • Complete an admission interview with an educator preparation program coordinator that will use a rubric for evaluations.
  • Complete a one-page double spaced essay titled “What Inspired Me to Become a Teacher,” which will be used as part of your interview and placed in your file.

Note: If unable to attend the interview in person, the essay must be e-mailed to the coordinator before the scheduled interview time.

Decision Letter

  • The coordinator will e-mail the candidate with their decision.
  • A letter of invitation will need to be signed and returned within seven days to complete the admission process.

Pass the TExES Pre-Admission Content Test

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

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Marketing Grades 6-12 Educator Certification :: Certificate Requirement

To Complete the Alternative Certificate Program


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

Complete Pre-Internship Training Courses

  • Complete 150 hours of training (four certification courses) prior to a paid internship or clinical teaching.

Note: See curriculum for required courses

Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities

  • Receive approval from the alternative certificate program staff after successfully completing EDCI 514 and three other certification courses.
  • You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all course work.

Note: If you are planning on pursuing a paid internship, you need to pass or be registered to take the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities test.

Pay all Required Fees

Complete Teaching Assignment Requirement

  • Candidates must complete either:
    • Two-semester paid internship as a teacher of record.
      • Candidates will apply for positions through the district or region service center.
    • OR One-semester of clinical student teaching assignment.
      • You must complete an application.
      • The alternative certificate program representative will assist with your placement.
  • You will be supervised by a university field supervisor and campus mentor.
  • A teaching fee of $1000 per semester is required during your teaching assignment.
  • You must enroll in EDCI 515 during the first semester of your teaching assignment.

Note: All requirements must be completed by the established due date

Apply for Teacher Certification

  • During your final semester, you must contact the Educator Certification Office to verify that all requirements are complete and to receive information about applying for certification via the Texas Education Agency.

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ACP Programs:: 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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