Postbaccalaureate Special Education Teacher Certification

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The Department of Special Education now offers a 10-month special education teacher certification (EC-12) program for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in any related discipline. This 30-hour, three-semester sequence begins in the second summer session and runs through the following spring semester. An optional semester may be added (after completion of other program requirements) to help students prepare for ESL endorsement, required by many school districts in Texas. Completion qualifies students to take the required state certification examinations (TExES Special Education EC–12).

Certified special education teachers are in high demand by elementary and secondary schools. Our program offers training from highly-ranked faculty who share their knowledge of effective interventions and education of a diverse group of students with or without disabilities. Students in this postbaccalaureate certification complete almost 700 hours of valuable teaching experience and will be ready to enter the classroom.

Visit the Postbaccalaureate Teacher Certification page for admissions information. To learn more, please contact Katie Tackett, the undergraduate advisor.

Recommended Sequence and Course Requirements

Summer (2nd session)
6 hours
12 hours
12 hours
Optional 6 hours
Introduction to SPED
Individual Differences
Reading Methods
Mathematics Methods
Behavior Management
Assessment for Instruction
Schools and Society ESL graduate courses
(take ESL endorsement exam)
Field Component
School Observations
Field Component
School Placement (2 days/ week, 14 weeks) no credit hours
Field Component
Student Teaching (5 days/week, 14 weeks)

Texas Teacher Certification Requirements

Students must pass relevant exams approved by the Texas Education Agency upon completion of course and fieldwork in order to receive their certificate. Testing information is available on the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) website.

The College of Education’s “Becoming a Teacher” page has information about other requirements. 

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