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!
Health Science Grades 6-12 Educator Certification :: Admissions
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
This capstone course requires students to apply and expand their knowledge through a number of project-based and research initiatives. Students will synthesize or integrate the knowledge they have developed throughout the prerequisite courses in a clinical/internship experience. The course focuses on understanding diagnostic teaching practices and aligning the needs of a diverse population of students.
Foundations of ReadingRDG 516
This course is designed for graduate students in the emergency permit or alternative certification program seeking initial teacher certification. The focus is on the reading process and the factors that condition its development. The importance of reading in school and in life serves as a background for critical evaluation of the methods and materials of reading instruction. Special consideration is given to the essential components of research-based programs and the features of classrooms that support effective beginning reading instruction.
Intro to Educational ComputingETEC 524
This course will introduce the student to educational technology and current research on critical issues, trends, diffusion and adoption of technology and history and theoretical foundations of the field. Students will identify, develop and apply a variety of technological skills congruent to their educational technology philosophy.
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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