Teacher Certification

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Program Description

The Teacher Certification program is designed to prepare individuals to teach at the elementary, middle,  or secondary education level. Applicants interested in pursuing teacher certification should contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at (936) 294-1129 or masterci@shsu.edu for more information.

Depending on the semester of enrollment, this certification program may be completed in twelve, eighteen, or twenty-four months.

The Teacher Certification program at Sam Houston State University is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the State Board of Education Certification through the Texas Accountability System for Educator Preparation Program.

Applicants may also seek the Teacher Certification in coordination with the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.


Student applications for admission to the graduate programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are assessed holistically on multiple criteria by a faculty committee. To be considered, applicants should submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. The PACT Exam
  2. Graduate Application
  3. Application fee
  4. An official transcript from the applicant's undergraduate degree granting institution
  5. A required 3.0 GPA

Please submit PACT Exam Scores to:
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Sam Houston State University
Box 2119
Huntsville, TS 77341
E-Mail: mastercl@shsu.edu

For a listing of approved post-baccalaureate certification programs, please visit the Department of Curriculum and Instruction website at www.shsu.edu/~cai_www .

Certificate Requirements

Teacher Certification
Specified Courses
CIED 5397Hum Grwth & Dev Across Lifespn3
CIED 5360Adv Techniques & Mthds Instr3
CIED 5393Assessment Of Learning3
CIED 5398Internship In Classroom Instrc3
CIED 5399Internship In Classroom Instrc3
READ 5311Literacy & Learning Grade 8-123
Substitute for Student Teaching
If student teaching, must take the following courses plus 6 addtional credits of field experience are required
Integrating Curnt Tech In Tchg
Curricular Trends For Clss Tch
Total Hours18