College of Education


Main Office
Matthews Hall, 214
(940) 565-2235
Fax: (940) 565-4415
Web site: www.coe.unt.edu

Student Advising Office
Matthews Hall, 105
(940) 565-2736
P.O. Box 311337
Denton, TX 76203-1337

M. Jean Keller, Dean

Judith A. Adkison, Associate Dean

Diane D. Allen, Associate Dean

Michael F. Sayler, Associate Dean

Gwenn Pasco, Director Student Advising Office

Our Vision

The University of North Texas College of Education will be regionally and nationally recognized for excellence in preparing leaders in the human service and educational spheres of public, private and corporate institutions. We will achieve this through promoting faculty and student research, designing learner-centered instruction, developing collaborative partnerships and disseminating the results of these efforts. Faculty, staff and students will be committed to inquiry and shared discovery, best professional practices, active participation in professional and scholarly organizations, effective use of technology and the value of intellectual and human diversity.

Our Mission

The UNT College of Education mission is to develop the human capacitycognitively, socially, emotionally and physicallyin our students and, ultimately, in the society they serve. College faculty contribute to achieving the mission by expanding knowledge through research, publication and service.

The college's state and nationally accredited programs combine outstanding students with nationally and internationally recognized faculty in a stimulating learning environment to prepare leaders in their professions. It is a leading Texas college of education in acquiring external contracts and grants and preparing educators for schools, higher education, human service agencies, business and industry. The college is an international leader in a variety of program areas, and its faculty are leaders in state, national and international professional organizations.

To achieve this mission, faculty, staff and students model engaged learning in a supportive and caring environment, focused on worthwhile and appropriate knowledge and skills in their teaching, research and service. The college is flexible as it responds to a dynamic evolving world.

Specifically, the college:

The college offers 15 master's and 10 doctoral degree majors in four academic departments. These departments are Counseling, Development and Higher Education; Teacher Education and Administration; Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation; and Technology and Cognition. This arrangement provides graduate students with opportunities for collaborative research and interdisciplinary course work.

Prospective graduate students are expected to meet all admission requirements of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, the College of Education and the selected graduate degree program within the college. However, students have the right to appeal one or more of the admission requirements or decisions. Prospective students seeking admission to a degree program in the College of Education should initiate their appeal through the graduate program coordinator of the selected degree program. The degree program faculty may forward the appeal to the College of Education for further review. Appeals for waivers of degree program or College of Education admission requirements that also involve a waiver of one or more university (graduate school) admission requirements will be forwarded to the graduate dean for a final decision. Submission of an appeal does not guarantee that the appeal will be approved.

Some financial support for research is available from external grants and faculty research funds administered by the Office of Research and Academic Grants. The areas of research are described by each department.

The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) [2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036-1023; (202) 466-7496] and the State Board for Educator Certification. The program in counselor education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) [5999 Stevenson Avenue; Alexandria, VA 22304; (800) 347-6647]. The program in recreation and leisure studies is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association/American Association of Leisure and Recreation Council on Accreditation [22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, VA 20148; (703) 858-0784].

Programs of Study

Graduate programs are described by department.

Doctor of Education

Early Childhood Education

Doctor of Philosophy

Counseling

Educational Computing

Educational Research

Special Education

Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education

Master of Science and/or Master of Education

Advising

For general advising and information, contact the appropriate graduate program coordinator.

Student Advising Office

The Student Advising Office (SAO) is the branch of the College of Education Dean's Office that assists students in the development of their academic plans. Advising staff partner with students to ensure a productive succession from the beginning of their College of Education experience through the successful completion of their programs, graduation and/or teacher certification. In addition to answering most questions about COE programs, policies and procedures, SAO staff members are dedicated to serving graduate students in the following areas:

The SAO is located in Matthews Hall, Room 105. Services are available on a walk-in basis during regular registration for the fall and spring semesters. At other times, students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an adviser at their earliest convenience. Appointments may be scheduled up to two weeks in advance by calling (940) 565-2736. Students also should visit the SAO web site at www.coe.unt.edu/sao for valuable resources in planning their courses of study.

Admission, Review and Retention (ARR) Committee

Instructors in the College of Education have the right and responsibility to refer any student to the ARR Committee if they have a concern about a student's academic progress, behavioral characteristics or communication skills that indicate potential problems in school settings. The ARR Committee reviews referrals made by faculty and determines a course of action. The ARR Committee also reviews student appeals and determines a course of action regarding changes in the student's course of study.

Degree Programs

Prerequisites for the Master's Degree

Requirements for full graduate standing are substantially the same as those established for the university, as described in the Admission section of this catalog. Admission to a program is contingent upon an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (for KHPR majors). Preregistration and registration are blocked for a second semester of enrollment unless an acceptable GRE or MAT score is presented to the graduate dean.

Contact the department chair or graduate program coordinator for information concerning acceptable GRE scores and all requirements.

Master of Science

This degree prepares qualified students for further graduate work and for leadership positions in education, governmental, community and human services agencies, and business and industry.

Degree Requirements

1. The candidate must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit. A minor outside the major is required.

2. A checklist of the process for master's students is available in the Student Advising Office, Room 105, Matthews Hall, or at www.coe.unt.edu/sao.

3. Each program requires the completion of a core of courses that depends upon the major field.

4. For students not writing a thesis, a comprehensive examination covering the candidate's field of specialization is required, typically during the final semester in residence. The examination may be oral, written or both.

5. For detailed degree requirements, candidates should consult the appropriate graduate program coordinator.

Master of Education

The Master of Education is designed to emphasize professional competence and to prepare leaders in certain fields of educational practice, service and inquiry. For professional and other certificates, consult "Teacher Certification Programs" in this section.

Degree Requirements

1. The candidate must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit. Some programs require more than 36 hours. All hours must be taken in courses numbered 5000 or above.

2. The first registration in some degree programs may include enrollment in course 5710 of the selected major area in education. In this course, the student's previous preparation is evaluated, admission to the program is determined and the degree plan is completed.

3. To provide maximum flexibility in planning individual programs, and in addition to education courses 5710 and 5720, a minor may be required.

4. Ordinarily the requirements for the professional certificate can be met in the master's degree program. When planning the program, students must designate any certificate they seek so appropriate courses may be included.

Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

College of Education faculty members are involved in the master's degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies offered by the School of Graduate Studies. This course of study is unrelated to the undergraduate major in interdisciplinary studies leading to initial teacher certification in grades EC-4 or 4-8. For further information about the degree, consult the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies section of this catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education

Note: Each program may have additional requirements that take precedence over the general requirements. See each program area for specific program requirements.

General Requirements

1. A minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree, or 60 hours beyond the master's degree, is required. Course work beyond the 60-hour minimum ordinarily is required if the student changes the field of specialization when beginning doctoral study.

2. A checklist for all doctoral students is available in the Student Advising Office, Room 105, Matthews Hall or at www.coe.unt.edu/sao.

3. A maximum of 24 hours beyond the master's degree may be transferred from other institutions; all such credit must be earned in residence at institutions that offer the doctoral degree. Transfer credit is evaluated for quality and appropriateness for the selected major. All transfer credit must be approved by the candidate's advisory committee and by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

4. The mere accumulation of credits does not prepare one for the doctoral degree. Emphasis is placed on the ability of the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in the major field. Leadership, overall scholastic attainment, research ability and formal examinations also are important factors in evaluating competency.

5. At least two years of successful teaching, training, administrative or guidance experience must precede the conferring of the degree.

6. Candidates for doctoral degrees ordinarily are required to select a minor field. A minor is defined as graduate work completed outside the student's major department or school; however, minors may not be required on certain graduate degrees. Consult subsequent sections of this publication for specific program regulations governing the degree sought.

7. PhD programs prepare candidates for positions in universities and for community and corporate environments. EdD programs prepare candidates for leadership positions in fields of educational practice and service. Consult the doctoral programs listed within each department for specific requirements.

Admission Requirements

1. Requirements for full graduate standing are substantially the same as those established for the university, described in the Admission section of this catalog. Admission to candidacy is contingent upon an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score for Higher Education only. Enrollment is blocked after the first semester of enrollment if an acceptable GRE or GMAT score is not presented to the graduate dean. Contact the appropriate graduate program coordinator for specific GRE score requirements.

2. Apply for the admission examination prior to completion of 12 semester hours. All applications are available in the Student Advising Office or departmental main office and at www.coe.unt.edu/sao.

3. Complete other program requirements of the major area department.

4. Meet with the appropriate graduate program coordinator to request an advisory committee, subject to approval by the College of Education and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

5. Prepare a degree plan with the aid of the advisory committee, to be approved by the advisory committee and dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Language or Research Tool Requirement

Competency in a foreign language or in a tool subject (9 hours in educational research or 9 hours in graduate computer education) is required for the Doctor of Philosophy degree and must be demonstrated prior to taking the written qualifying examinations. Some programs only allow the tool subject. The advisory committee may require proficiency in a second language when the dissertation problem demands it. Language proficiency may be demonstrated by any of the options approved by the School of Graduate Studies that are listed in the Doctoral Degree Requirements section at the front of this catalog.

Candidates for the Doctor of Education degree may be required to establish proficiency in a foreign language if the solution of the dissertation problem requires it.

Residency

A minimum residence requirement consisting of two consecutive semesters (fall and spring, spring and fall, or two summer terms and one contiguous semester) must be completed. A minimum enrollment of 9 hours in each of the two semesters or the two summer terms is required. Residency must be completed prior to attempting the written qualifying examination.

Qualifying Examinations

1. Written qualifying examination. During the final semester of course work and upon completion of all the previously stated requirements, the student must pass a qualifying examination. The examination covers the major, minor, educational research and statistics, and related fields. Students must have completed EDER 6010 and 6020 or equivalent prior to taking the examination.

2. Oral qualifying examination. The primary purpose is to ensure an adequate evaluation of the student's knowledge in the major and minor fields. This examination is conducted by the advisory committee plus an examining faculty member.

Students who pass the qualifying examinations are eligible to continue as candidates for the doctoral degree. Less than satisfactory performance on any one or more phases of the qualifying examinations may result in modification of the degree program, repetition of one or more portions of the examinations, or termination of candidacy for the doctoral degree.

Admission to Candidacy

Admission to candidacy is granted by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies after satisfactory completion of all the above listed requirements.

Dissertation Proposal

Upon admission to candidacy and with approval of the advisory committee, the candidate presents the dissertation proposal to the committee. The application and procedures for scheduling the seminar are available in the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105.

Approval of Data Collection Methods

Prior to initiating collection of any data, the candidate is required to obtain the necessary approval(s) of the appropriate university committee(s) regarding the use of human subjects and/or use of university computing services. Candidates may obtain the necessary forms to request approval from their departmental office or major professor.

Dissertation

Upon completion of the dissertation and with the approval of the advisory committee, a final oral comprehensive examination is arranged by the major professor in consultation with the Student Advising Office.

Teacher Certification Programs

NOTE: The State Board for Educator Certification continues to update and refine teacher certification requirements. Due to changes in the teacher certification examinations, students seeking certain all-level certification must have completed all requirements by August 2003. Students should consult the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105, for current information concerning teacher certification.

Texas teacher certification requires completion of an approved four-year degree program (with limited exceptions for those teaching certain vocational and technical subjects). The certification plan lists specific requirements applicable to the individual student. The awarding of teaching certificates is a function of the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), contingent upon recommendation by the College of Education. Before UNT will recommend any student to SBEC for a teaching certificate, that student must satisfy all requirements of the specific program, in addition, but not limited, to the following:

1. Formal application for admission to, and acceptance by, the COE teacher education program. NOTE: Acceptance to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies does not automatically qualify a student for acceptance by the teacher education program, as some program requirements may be more stringent than those of the graduate school. Deadlines for admission into the teacher education program vary among program areas. Students should contact the Student Advising Office in Matthews Hall, Room 105, for clarification of current requirements.

2. Successful completion of all required courses. Continuation in the teacher education program is contingent upon successful progress in the program, and students failing to progress are subject to dismissal from the program at any time.

3. Documentation of the required GPAs in the professional development and teaching field content courses, as defined by the individual program area. The minimum GPA requirements are:

a. C or better in all teacher preparation courses,
b. 2.75 in all courses required for teacher certification, and
c. 2.75 overall.

NOTE: Several programs have GPA requirements in excess of these minimums, and all-level teaching fields in art, music and physical education also require a 2.75 GPA for all courses in the teaching content area. Students should check with the Student Advising Office in Matthews Hall, Room 105, for clarification.

4. Clearance on a criminal background check.

5. Satisfactory completion of the appropriate field experience (student teaching/practicum/mentorship).

6. Successful completion of the departmental competency examination, which is required for a passing grade in the final teacher education course for some programs.

7. Passing scores on the applicable ExCET/TExES exams [Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities and/or content area(s)].

8. Presentation of a teacher service record (required for certain certificates).

Certification Examinations (ExCET/TExES)

The ExCET/TExES is offered twice each long semester and once in the summer. Ongoing changes to the state standards for teacher education result in frequent additions and deletions of available teaching certificates and examinations. Students are urged to contact the ExCET/TExES Coordinator in Matthews Hall, Room 206, at least two semesters prior to taking the ExCET/TExES to determine the appropriate examination(s) and application deadlines for their chosen teaching field(s). Although completion of an approved program or specialization for a degree and/or certificate should prepare the student for such proficiency tests, the College of Education cannot, and does not, guarantee that students will pass such tests.

Residency Requirements

Students seeking post-baccalaureate teacher certification only must complete all teacher education courses in residence at UNT. If a student demonstrates any deficiencies in the content area (as determined by the departmental competency exam), acceptance of transfer credit for course work to remove such deficiencies shall be at the sole discretion of the appropriate post-baccalaureate program administrator, subject to the transfer equivalency requirements established by the UNT Registrar. Students seeking a master's or doctoral degree shall meet all residency requirements established by the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies and the specific program area. Consult the specific program areas for residency information.

Certification Application

Upon successful completion of all requirements for teacher certification, including passing scores on all required state license exams, the student must file application for a teaching certificate in the College of Education Student Advising Office in Matthews Hall, Room 105. Consult the graduation/certification clerk at (940) 565-2736 or www.coe.unt.edu/sao for details.

The College of Education offers a variety of options to equip students with the knowledge, skills and field experience necessary to qualify for a Texas teaching certificate. Current programs offered by UNT prepare students to take certification examinations for the teacher certificates listed below. The Undergraduate Catalog contains specific requirements for the various teacher certification programs.

Standard Elementary Certificates

Standard Secondary Certificates

Teacher certificates and certification levels are changing between 2003 and 2005. Some content areas will be deleted as other are initiated, and others will continue to be available during overlap periods after the institution of certificates designed as their replacements. As there are now many situations under which students wishing to teach in grades 6-12 or 8-12 may become certified teachers, the College of Education recommends that students contact the College of Education Student Advising Office at (940) 565-2736 for an appointment to discuss the many available options for secondary teacher certificates. Additional information located at
www.coe.unt.edu/sao may also be of assistance in identifying available secondary teaching options.

Standard All-Level Certificates

Standard Applied Technology-Related Certificates (Career and Technology)

Supplemental Certificates

Supplements that may be added to valid initial certificates include the following:

English as a Second Language

Gifted/Talented Education

At least one half of all work toward certification must be completed in residence before a recommendation from UNT is made for any teaching certificate. Students who have completed requirements for any of the above must apply for recommendation for teaching certification in the College of Education. For information and application forms, contact the certification adviser in the Student Advising Office.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

Post-baccalaureate teacher certification options differ from the undergraduate teacher education program in depth and breadth of content, admission requirements and faculty expectations. Programs of study designed for those currently teaching under Emergency or Probationary Teaching Certificates also are available. In addition, the College of Education delivers several programs strategically developed to prepare teachers currently certified in any field to become certified in additional fields of study.

Students who hold a baccalaureate degree may elect to pursue initial teacher certification in conjunction with, or without, an advanced degree. The baccalaureate degree must have been issued by a regionally accredited institution of higher education and include an acceptable number of semester credit hours within a Texas approved teaching field. No prior teaching experience is required for enrollment in post-baccalaureate teacher "certification only" options at UNT.

Students seeking initial teacher certification in conjunction with a master's degree must meet all requirements for admission to the respective degree programs. Consult requirements for "Certification with a Master's Degree" for details.

Many courses are offered at night, with the exception of field experience (student teaching for students with no classroom experience, or internship/mentorship for students who currently are teaching under emergency or probationary certificates). Each certification option includes completion of a specified program of study, along with other requirements that must be met before a student may be recommended for teacher certification. Twelve graduate semester hours taken to fulfill teacher certification requirements may be applied toward a graduate degree later in the student's academic career

Emergency Teacher Certification

Some public schools hire students who hold baccalaureate degrees with credits in Texas approved teaching fields to teach on an emergency basis. In this situation, UNT provides a certification plan to fulfill the requirements for a Standard Teachers Certificate for the student to deliver to the school district. Students pursuing teacher certification in this manner must meet all admission and certification requirements described for Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification. The student's undergraduate degree and intended area of certification are criteria used to determine which program best meets the student's career objective. A student teaching on an Emergency Teacher Certificate must teach for two years at the level(s) and in the subject area(s) of the certification plan before UNT will make a recommendation for a Standard Teaching Certificate. Consult the Student Advising Office for application, information and processing time lines, and exceptions for some career and technology education fields.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Options

* Pending final approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The College of Education continues to add new certification options on an ongoing basis. Consult the Student Advising Office for the most current list of available options.

Admission Requirements (Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Only)

NOTE: Program admission requirements may be more stringent that those required for entrance into the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. Admission to graduate school does not necessarily qualify the student for admission into the teacher education program. Students should consult the Student Advising Office in Matthews Hall, Room 105, for clarification of specific program requirements.

All students seeking post-baccalaureate teacher certification must meet the following admission requirements:

1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. (Note: Various certification options have different requirements for the number of necessary credit hours in the teaching field or occupational experience. See other sections in this catalog for requirements specific to the desired certification option.)

2. Admission to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies under the provisions listed for "Non-Degree, Teacher Certification/Endorsement and Graduate Academic Certificate-Only Students" in the Admission section of this catalog. All students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents also must meet "Admission Requirements for International Students" printed in the Admission section of this catalog.

3. Acceptable scores on the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) test (Reading = 240; Math = 230; Writing = 220) or equivalent standardized test scores acceptable to the individual certification program. Students submitting scores on the Graduate Record Examination in lieu of the TASP must meet the minimum scores established for the graduate program responsible for administration of the certification option sought. Consult with the academic program coordinator for specific acceptable GRE minimums.

4. Submission of a completed Application for Admission to the specific certification option. Application forms are available through the individual program areas.

5. Completion of a pre-admission interview with program faculty (only for those certification options that require an interview). Consult the program requirements for the certification option for details.

6. Admission to the teacher certification program prior to the end of the first semester of enrollment in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification option.

7. A certification plan and/or a degree plan on file in the Student Advising Office.

8. Written acceptance by the program coordinator of the individual certification option under which the student is seeking recommendation for certification.

9. Students whose first language is not English must meet the following criteria in addition to the above: passing scores on an oral examination administered by the College of Education (must be completed prior to enrolling in teacher certification courses). If the oral examination is not passed, the student must successfully complete SPHS 1020 (in lieu of COMM 1010) and secure the recommendation of the instructor of that course regarding further instructions (must be completed prior to taking teacher certification courses).

Certification Requirements (Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Only)

In addition to meeting all admission and program requirements for the teacher certification option sought, all candidates must meet the following requirements prior to being recommended for teacher certification:

1. Completion of all necessary field experience (student teaching/internship/mentorship) required by the individual certification option. See the Department of Teacher Education and Administration, or the Department of Technology and Cognition for career and technology education, section of the UNT undergraduate catalog for more information.

2. Passing scores on the departmental competency exam. For some program areas, successful completion of this exam is required for a passing grade in the final teacher education course. NOTE: Students will not be granted access to the final teacher licensure examination (ExCET/TExES) without successful completion of the departmental competency requirements.

3. Passing scores on the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) and the appropriate teaching field(s) subtests of the ExCET/TExES examination (as deemed relevant by the State Board for Educator Certification). Consult the ExCET/TExES Coordinator, Matthews Hall, Room 105, for information.

4. Completion of all forms necessary for recommendation for teacher certification.

Students seeking teacher certification in Spanish or French must meet the following criteria in addition to the above:

5. Passing scores on the Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT). Consult the ExCET/TExES Coordinator, Matthews Hall, Room 218, for information.

Program Requirements (Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Only)

In addition to meeting all admission and certification requirements listed above, candidates for post-baccalaureate teacher certification must meet the program requirements for the specific teacher certification option selected. Specific courses and number of semester credit hours vary based upon prior courses completed and teaching field requirements. Requirements completed as part of the undergraduate degree may be counted toward initial teacher certification, when applicable, but not toward a graduate degree. Up to 12 undergraduate semester credit hours taken at the post-baccalaureate level may be applied toward a graduate degree. Students must consult with the Student Advising Office to develop an individual certification plan prior to enrolling in any classes. Minimum requirements include the following courses or their equivalents.

EC-4 Generalist (Undergraduate Level Certification Only)

Bachelor's Degree Required

1. Teacher education (21-34 hours): EDEE 3320, 3380, 5850*, 5860*; EDRE 4450,and 4870; EDSP 3210 (knowledge of special needs learners may be substituted upon approval by the department and a score of 85 percent or higher on a departmental competency exam), 4980.

* Includes 30 required clock hours of field experiences.

NOTE: a minimum score of 70 percent on a teacher preparation competency examination is required for a passing grade in EDEE 5860.

2. Content area (12-15 hours): DFEC 3123 (competency in child development may be substituted upon departmental approval, if a similar course has been completed), 3613, 4233, 4243, 4633.

3. Student teaching/internship (6 hours): Selected from EDEE 4101 and 4102 (to be taken concurrently), or 5030 (3 hours each in two semesters), as appropriate. (EDEE 5050 constitutes the one-year practicum for students hired as teachers of record on Probationary Teacher's Certificates.) NOTE: Course prerequisites are strictly enforced.

4-8 Generalist (Undergraduate Level Certification Only)

Bachelor's Degree Required

1. Teacher education (27-30 hours): EDEE 5320**, 5360**, 5850*, 5860*; EDRE 4820, 4840, 4850, 4870; EDSP 3210 (knowledge of special needs learners may be substituted upon approval of the department and a score of 85 percent or higher on a departmental competency exam), 4980.

**May be counted toward the MEd degree with a major in curriculum and instruction.

*Includes 30 required clock hours of field experiences.

2. Content area (hours vary): Students should meet with the program administrator to review transcripts in order to analyze courses necessary to provide sufficient preparation in at least one of the following content areas: science, mathematics, social studies, or English/language arts/reading. Additionally, students must complete a diagnostic content examination during their first semester in the program to determine if additional courses are needed to prepare them for the 4-8 Generalist TExES examination.

3. Student teaching/internship (6 hours): Selected from EDEE 4103 and 4104 (to be taken concurrently), or 5030 (3 hours each in two semesters), as appropriate. (EDEE 5030 constitutes the one-year practicum for students hired as teachers of record on Probationary Teacher's Certificates.)

NOTE: Course prerequisites are strictly enforced.

Secondary Education (Undergraduate Level Certification Only)

Bachelor's Degree Required

1. Teaching field(s): Varies by teaching field. Check with the appropriate department for requirements. (See also "Teacher Certificates" in the Undergraduate Catalog.)

2. Teacher education: (15 hours): EDSE 3800, 3830, 4060, 4070 and 4840.

3. Student teaching (6 hours): EDSE 4108-4118.

Secondary Education (Graduate Level Certification Only)

Bachelor's Degree Required

This option is designed primarily for students desiring initial teacher certification at the graduate level. The intent of the program is that graduates will obtain teacher certification and go on to pursue a master's degree in secondary education.

1. Admission: In addition to other admission requirements, this option requires a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work attempted.

2. Teaching fields(s): Varies by teaching field. Check with the appropriate department for requirements. (See also "Teacher Certificates" in the Undergraduate Catalog.)

3. Teacher education: EDSE 5001, 5002, 5003, 5004, 5130.

4. Student teaching (6 hours): EDSE 5108, 5118.

Secondary Education (Graduate Level Certification Only, Online Option)

Bachelor's Degree Required

This option is designed primarily for students currently teaching under Emergency Teacher Certificates.

1. Admission: Students applying for this option also may present the following minimum standardized testing scores in lieu of the TASP requirements. GRE (Verbal = 390 and Quantitative = 430), or ACT if no more than 5 years old (English = 23 and Math = 19), or SAT if no more than 5 years old (combined score of 1070, with Verbal and Math scores of at least 500 each), or TAAS if no more than 3 years old (Math = TLIX 86+, Reading = TLIX 89+, Writing = 1770+). A GPA of 2.8 overall or 3.0 on the last 60 undergraduate hours attempted is required.

2. Teaching field(s): Documentation of a minimum of 24 semester credit hours (12 of which must be upper level) in a Texas approved teaching field. Applicants will be granted access to a subject area examination for the ExCET/TExES. If the subject area examination is passed (70 or above), the applicant will have satisfied the teaching field requirements. However, if the subject area examination is not passed, additional course work in the teaching field (to be determined by the on-line program coordinator) will be required prior to completion of the program.

3. Professional education (12 hours): EDSE 5002, 5004, 5130, 5470 (must earn an average 3.0 GPA for these courses, with no grade below a C).

4. Field experience (3-6 hours): EDSE 5105, 5115.

5. Other requirements: Upon acceptance to the program, students must be enrolled at UNT each Fall and Spring semester until all requirements for certification have been completed.

All-Level Teacher Certification (Undergraduate Level Certification Only)

Bachelor's Degree Required

1. Teaching field(s): varies by teaching field. Check with the appropriate department for requirements. (See also "Teacher Certificates" in the Undergraduate Catalog.)

2. Teacher education (by teaching field):

a. Art (15 hours): ART 3855, 3865; DFEC 3123; EDSE 4060, 4840;
b. Music (15 hours): DFEC 3123; EDSE 3800, 4060 (or EDRE 4820); MUED 3200, 4103 (or 4109);
c. Physical Education (15 hours): DFEC 3123; EDSE 3830, 4060, 4070; KINE 3160.

3. Student teaching (6 hours): EDEE 4104; EDSE 4108.

Technology Applications Certification (Grades 8-12) (Graduate Level Certification Only)

Bachelor's Degree Required

Current Provisional or Standard Teacher Certificate Required

This certificate currently is offered only as an additional content area for those who hold a valid Provisional or Standard Teacher Certificate. The State Board for Educator Certification anticipates that the TExES examination for this content area will not be available until Fall 2003. Students who successfully complete this certification option will become certified in Technology Applications upon completion of the program and all required paperwork.

Certification with a Master's Degree

Specific requirements for professional certificate programs with the master's degree follow. In addition to the following requirements, a person applying for the certificate must have had at least three years of teaching experience in an accredited school (two years for mid-management and school counselor certification).

Master Reading Teacher (MRT)

Bachelor's Degree Required

1. Reading Theory, 3 hours: EDRE 5370.

2. Reading Assessment/Evaluation, 3 hours: EDRE 5180.

3. Reading Supervision, 3 hours: EDRE 5200.

4. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood, 3 hours: DFEC course related to language and literacy development in young children. (Specific course recommendation pending. Consult the department for latest information.)

5. ExCET: Master Reading Certificate. (Teachers who hold a Reading Specialist Certificate and have successfully completed the program are exempt from the MRT exam).

6. Summer Reading Institute (optional).

Prerequisite(s): standard teaching certificate and three years of successful classroom teaching experience in an accredited school.

Secondary Education

Bachelor's Degree Required

1. Secondary Education, 21 hours: EDSE 5001, 5002, 5003, 5004, 5108, 5118 and 5130.

2. Teaching Field, 12-15 hours: 12-15 hours in each field for which certification is sought.

3. ExCET: Professional Development, plus appropriate teaching field(s) subtest(s).

Prerequisite(s): passing scores on all sections of the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP); admission to the teacher education program; admission to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies (including acceptable GRE scores); and a GPA of 3.0 (4.0 grading system) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work.

Reading Specialist All-Level Certificate

Master's Degree Required

1. Specialization Area, 12 hours: EDRE 5170, 5180, 5190 and 5370.

2. Professional Education, 3 hours: people holding elementary certificates take EDSE 5400 or 5440; those holding secondary certificates take EDEE 5320.

3. Resource Area, 6 hours: 3 hours from GEOG 5010, EDUC 5130 and SOCI 4150; 3 hours from SPHS 5820 and ENGL 5320 and 5570.

4. Degree Requirements, 15 hours: EDEE 5710 and 5720; 6 hours from EDRE 4830 and 5200 and EDEE 5060; and 3 hours of elective.

5. ExCET: Reading Specialist.

Prerequisite(s): provisional teaching certificate and three years of successful classroom teaching experience in an accredited school.

Special Education Professional Educational Diagnostician

Master's Degree Required

1. Special Education Support, 21 hours: EDSP 5210, 5240, 5330, 5710, 5720 and 5800; EDER 5210.

2. Individual Assessment, 12 hours: EDSP 5100, 5530, 5540 and 5800.

3. Human Development, 3 hours: DFEC 5123 or 5133.

4. Learning Theory, 6 hours: EDSP 5250 and EDUC 5610.

5. ExCET: Educational Diagnostician.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate in special education and three years of teaching experience in special education or a related field.

Special Education Severe Emotionally Disturbed and Autistic Endorsement

1. Characteristics and Identification, 3 hours: EDSP 5600.

2. Intervention Strategies, 9 hours: EDSP 5330, 5610 and 5620.

3. Professional Development, 3 hours: EDSP 5240.

4. Practicum, 6 hours: EDSP 5630 and 5640.

5. ExCET: Severely Emotionally Disturbed and Autistic.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate in special education.

Special Education

1. Characteristics and Identification, 9 hours: EDSP 5100, 5710 and 5730.

2. Intervention Strategies, 12 hours: EDSP 5210, 5240, 5740 and 5750.

3. Practicum in Special Education, 3 hours: EDSP 5430.

4. ExCET: Generic Special Education.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate.

Special Education Gifted and Talented Endorsement

1. Characteristics, Identification and Instructional Strategies, 12 hours: EDSP 5150, 5160, 5170 and 5180.

2. Practicum, 3 hours: EDSP 5430 or two years of documented teaching in a gifted and talented program.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate.

Elementary School Counselor

Master's Degree Required

1. The Guidance Program, 3 hours: COUN 5770.

2. The Pupil Served, 6 hours: COUN 5760 and 5790.

3. Resource Area, 36 hours: COUN 5470, 5480, 5660, 5680, 5690, 5700, 5710, 5720, 5721 and 5740; DFEC 5123 and EDER 5210.

4. Elective, 3 hours: chosen with consent of the adviser.

5. ExCET: School Counselor.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate, two years of teaching experience and admission to the counseling program.

Secondary School Counselor

Master's Degree Required

1. The Guidance Program, 3 hours: COUN 5600.

2. The Pupil Served, 6 hours: COUN 5760 and 5790.

3. Resource Area, 33 hours: COUN 5470, 5540, 5660, 5680, 5690, 5710, 5720, 5721 and 5740; DFEC 5123 and EDER 5210.

4. Elective, 6 hours: chosen with consent of the adviser.

5. ExCET: School Counselor.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate, two years of teaching experience and admission to the counseling program.

Elementary/Secondary Counseling

For the person who has completed a master's degree in another discipline, the following courses are required for the school counselor certificate.

1. Elementary School Counseling: COUN 5470, 5480, 5660, 5680, 5690, 5700, 5710, 5720, 5721, 5740, 5760, 5770 and 5790; DFEC 5123, EDER 5210; and one 3-hour elective chosen with adviser's consent.

2. Secondary School Counseling: COUN 5470, 5480, 5600, 5660, 5680, 5690, 5710, 5720, 5721, 5740, 5760 and 5790; DFEC 5123, EDER 5210 and two 3-hour electives chosen with adviser's consent.

3. ExCET: School Counselor.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate, two years of teaching experience and admission to counselor education program.

A minimum of 12 hours on any deficiency plan must be completed at UNT. Contact the certification adviser for specific information related to certification deficiency plans.

Career and Technology Education Certificates

Students seeking the following career and technology education certificates should consult the program in Applied Technology, Training and Development for a transcript evaluation and deficiency plan before beginning a certificate program.

Career Investigations/Career Connections

Bachelor's Degree Required

1. 15 hours: ATTD 5130, 5400, 5410, 5430, 5120 or 5440, and COUN 5470.

2. Two years of wage earning experience in the area of occupational orientation.

3. Two years teaching on a probationary certificate in the area of the target certificate, prerequisite to standard certification.

4. Apply for certificate in the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105.

Marketing Education

Bachelor's Degree Required

1. Marketing Education, 15 hours: ATTD 5120, 5430, 4140, 4630 and 5110.

2. Marketing, 6 hours: MKTG 3650/5000 and 4600, or equivalent.

3. Two years (4,000 hours) of work experience in marketing.

4. Two years teaching on a probationary certificate in marketing education prerequisite to standard certification.

5. Apply for certificate in the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105.

Business Education

Bachelor's Degree Required

1. Prerequisite(s): major or minor in business or business education.

2. ATTD 5120, 5630, 4340 and 4350.

3. Two years (4,000 hours) of work experience in a business occupation.

4. One year teaching on a probationary certificate in the area of the target certificate, prerequisite to standard certification.

5. Apply for certificate in the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105.

Health Science Technology Education

Bachelor's Degree Required

1. ATTD 5110, 5120, 5130, 5140 and 6030.

2. Licensure, certification or registration by a nationally recognized accrediting agency as a professional practitioner in one or more health occupations for which instruction is offered. The preparation program for licensure or certification must require at least two years of formal education.

Trade and Industrial Education

1. 15 hours: ATTD 4110/5110, 4120/5120, 4130/5130, 4140/5140, 4740/6030, 4470 or 5470, and 4730 or 5730; three years (6000 hours) of work experience with an undergraduate degree or five years (10,000 hours) without an undergraduate degree; two years teaching on a probationary certificate in the area of target certificate, prerequisite to permanent certification; TASP must be passed; apply for certificate in the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105.

Option I ­ A bachelor's degree and three years of full-time wage-earning experience within past eight years in one or more approved occupations for which instruction is offered. Up to 18 months of wage-earning experience can be met through a formal documented internship.

Option II ­ An associate's degree and three years of full-time wage-earning experience within past eight years in one or more approved occupations for which instruction is offered.

Option III ­ A high school diploma and five years of full-time wage-earning experience within past eight years in one or more approved occupations for which instruction is offered.

2. Current licensure, certification, or registration by a state or nationally recognized accrediting agency as a professional practitioner in one or more approved occupations for which instruction is offered. Licensure, certification or registration by a nationally recognized accrediting agency must be based on a recognized test or measurement. If the licensure, certification or registration is not based on a recognized test or measurement, then passing of the appropriate National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)
assessment is required. Industrial Cooperative Teacher, 18 hours: ATTD 4000 or 5000, 4435 or 5430, 4450 or 5450, 4470 or 5470, 4520 or 5520, and 4610; three years (6000 hours) of work experience plus an undergraduate degree; two years teaching on emergency permit in the area of the target certificate, prerequisite to permanent certification; TASP must be passed; apply for certificate in the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105.

Early Childhood Education Endorsement

For information about the Early Childhood Education Endorsement, contact the Department of Counseling, Development and Higher Education.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

This endorsement is added to the elementary, secondary, or all-level certificate.

1. General Linguistics, LING 4040 or 5040.

2. Methods in Teaching ESL, LING 4080 or 5080.

3. Second Language Acquisition, LING 5060.

4. Sociolinguistics, LING 5330.

5. One year teaching experience in ESL.

6. ExCET/TExES: ESL.

Professional Program for the Principal's Certificate, 39 Hours

General Requirements

1. Hold the provisional teacher certificate.

2. Hold a master's degree.

3. Have a minimum of two years of creditable classroom teaching experience.

4. Have completed an approved administrative internship.

5. Have completed an approved program designed for meeting the requirements of the certification desired.

6. Complete form for investigation of criminal history (Texas Code§ 259.23).

7. ExCET/TExES: Principal.

Common Core for Administrator, 12 Hours

EDAD 5300, 5330, 5390 and 5400.

Related Academic Areas, 3 Hours

One course selected from EDEE 5320, EDER 5050, 5210, 5220, 5350, EDSE/EDEE 5400, EDSE 5440, or CECS 5550.

Specialized Preparation for Administrators, 24 Hours

EDAD 5500, 5600, 5610, 5620, 5630, 5650, 5680 and 5700.

Specialized Preparation for Superintendent's Certificate, 60 Hours

This certification requires, in addition to holding the principal's (39 hours) certificate, the completion of 21 additional hours, including EDAD 6033 and 6590, and 15 hours selected from EDAD 6510, 6520, 6530, 6540, 6550 and 6570, or in addition to holding the mid-management (45 hours) certificate, the completion of 15 additional hours including EDAD 6033 and 6590, and 9 hours selected from EDAD 6510, 6520, 6530, 6540, 6550 and 6570. Must pass ExCET/TExES superintendent exam.

Temporary Administrator's Certificates (1972)

Temporary certificates for school administrators are available for the following positions: assistant principal, principal's and superintendent. Each temporary certificate is non-renewable and valid for a period of five years. The appropriate temporary certificate is issued, upon the completion of a minimum of 12 hours at UNT and the recommendation of a college or university, to a person meeting the following requirements:

Temporary Assistant Principal

1. Hold a bachelor's degree.

2. Hold the provisional teacher certificate.

3. Have two years of creditable classroom teaching experience.

4. Have a minimum of 12 graduate hours of the Common Core for Administrator required for the professional administrator certificate.

5. Be admitted to the professional administrator's program of the institution recommending the candidate.

6. Complete form for investigation of criminal history (Texas Code§ 259.23).

Temporary Principal's Certificate

1. Hold a master's degree.

2. Hold the provisional teacher certificate.

3. Have two years of creditable classroom teaching experience.

4. Have a minimum of 12 graduate hours of the Common Core for Administrator required for the professional administrator certificate.

5. Be admitted to the professional administrator's program of the institution recommending the candidate.

6. Complete form for investigation of criminal history (Texas Code§ 259.23).

Temporary Superintendent

1. Hold a professional mid-management or principal's certificate.

2. Be admitted to the professional superintendent's program of the institution recommending the candidate.

3. Complete form for investigation of criminal history (Texas Code§ 259.23).

Alternative Teacher Certification

Under the special provisions of alternative teacher certification, individuals holding baccalaureate degrees with sufficient credit hours in approved teaching fields may work toward provisional teacher certification while teaching under a Probationary Teacher Certificate.

Alternative Teacher Certification Options

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to apply to alternative teacher certification training options at UNT must meet all admission requirements listed above for "Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification."

Certification Requirements

In addition to meeting all admission and program requirements specific to the alternative teacher certification option sought, candidates must meet all certification requirements listed above for "Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification." Additionally, the following program requirements must be fulfilled prior to being recommended for teacher certification.

Program Requirements

All-Level Generic Special Education (IMPACT)

Bachelor's Degree Required

This program is designed for non-education majors who desire initial teacher certification or endorsement in special education.

1. Admission: In addition to meeting all admission requirements listed above for alternative teacher certification, candidates for this option must participate in a pre-admission interview with IMPACT faculty and sign a shared letter of agreement to abide by policies and procedures of the IMPACT program.

2. Professional education (18 hours): EDSP 5100, 5240, 5710, 5730, 5740 and 5750.

3. Field experience (6 hours): EDSP 5430 (must be taken during the fall and spring semester while teaching under contract). Attendance at monthly seminars also is required.

4. Other requirements: Proof of employment as a teacher of record in a school district during the mentorship semester of UNT enrollment in an alternative certification option.

Teacher Certification Costs

In addition to tuition, fees and course fees established by the university, students seeking teacher certification may expect to incur the following expenses:

Graduate Academic Certificates

In cooperation with the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, the College of Education offers the following graduate academic certificates for students who hold a baccalaureate degree and meet other admission prerequisites. In addition to providing current theories and practices, these academic certificates are designed to authenticate demonstrated proficiency within a specific field.

Completion of a graduate academic certificate does not qualify a student for recommendation to the State Board of Educator Certification for teacher certification. Some of the courses taken in the academic certificates may count toward an advanced degree, however.

For consideration, contact the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies by calling (940) 565-2383 or visiting the UNT Eagle Student Services Center, Room 354, on the Denton campus. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.gradschool.unt.edu and navigating to "Graduate Academic Certificates" or visiting www.coe.unt.edu/certificates.htm.

New academic certificates are added continuously. Contact the College of Education at (940) 565-4325 for updates to the list of graduate academic certificates below:

The Academy for Outreach, Research and Professional Development

The Academy for Outreach, Research and Professional Development within the College of Education at the University of North Texas was formed in the fall of 1993. Members of the academy include all faculty and professionals within the college and participating colleagues from outside the college, including faculty at UNT, educators from public schools and partners in industry.

The mission of the academy is to facilitate the dynamic involvement of College of Education faculty and students in research and professional development by:

A variety of centers, clinics and institutes are the focal point of many academy efforts. Below are brief descriptions of each of these organizations.

TRIO

TRIO develops, implements and administers programs specifically designed to meet the educational needs of unique student populations, such as the financially and educationally disadvantaged, minorities and disabled individuals. The center currently administers five programs that provide services to students from middle school level through graduate school. Projects administered by the center have involved more than 85 school districts in north central Texas as well as many junior and community colleges throughout the state. These five programs provide services for an excess of 1500 participants yearly, ranging from grade school to upper division undergraduate UNT students.

Center for the Study of Educational Reform

This center's mission is to conduct research and serve as an information clearinghouse on educational reform initiatives. Created in 1990, the center has received grants to conduct a statewide survey on education reform and to conduct research on private and public school choice programs. The center also provides doctoral students with opportunities for dissertation research.

Child and Family Resource Clinic

The Child and Family Resource Clinic (CFRC) is an interdisciplinary diagnostic and remedial clinic serving children, adults and families from the North Texas area. Services offered include interdisciplinary assessment, counseling, reading instruction, speech/language therapy and parent education classes. Fees for all services are based on a sliding scale. CFRC provides clinical training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students in counseling, reading and speech/language/hearing.

Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis offers services to graduate students and faculty members in the College of Education. Services include assistance in research design, measurements and analysis of data using either the SPSS or SAS statistical packages. Assistance is also given in the interpretation of computer output and display of data in the form of tables or charts.

Top | Graduate Catalog College of Education Contents | UNT Graduate Catalog Shortcuts | Additional Graduate Literature | Undergraduate Catalog College of Education Contents