The goals for the Department of Educational Studies includes providing quality, value-centered pre-professional and professional education in a Christian environment, and encouraging students to lead lives of service to the community, the profession, and to our world.
The Department of Educational Studies offers the following undergraduate certification programs:
- EC-6 (grades Early Childhood-6th Grade)
- 4-8 (specialized content areas: English/Language Arts/Reading, English/Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies, Math, and Science)
- 7-12 (specialized content areas)
- EC-12 (Art, Music, Theater, Physical Education, Spanish)
The HSU faculty members embed opportunities through field experiences and summer camps within teacher preparation courses for education majors to collaborate and partner with public school administrators and faculty members in local, regional. Students develop confidence in preparing a relevant and meaningful instruction for diverse learners, a professional attitude while teaching in various settings, and a balanced view of best teaching practices.
We also offer certification at the graduate level for Master Reading Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Gifted and Talented Supplemental Certification, as well as graduate degrees in Reading Specialist Education and Gifted Education. The Department of Educational Studies also provides a post-baccalaureate certification program, Express Teacher Certification (ETC) for those graduates seeking teacher certification.
Admission to the teacher education program of the University is by application to the Dean of the Irvin School of Education preferably upon completion of 36 semester hours. A candidate for admission must complete the Application for Admission to Teacher Education. He/she must meet all University approved standards to be admitted including, but not limited to minimum achieved 2.8 GPA, have a degree plan on file, demonstrated proficiency in reading, oral and written communication, and mathematics. Admission policy and standards for admission are available upon request in the dean's office, Irvin School of Education. All standards must be met prior to making application to the teacher preparation program and to enroll in any professional development course. Students who plan to make application to the teacher preparation program are encouraged to obtain the admission policy and standards for admission as early as possible to avoid delays in the admission process. All students interested in the teacher preparation program at HSU should meet with the HSU Certification Officer in Abilene Hall to discuss the teacher preparation program and admission requirements.
The HSU teacher education program is approved by the State Board of Education as a Center for Professional Development and Technology. One requirement for being a center is that there be field-basing within the teacher preparation program. Those courses that have a field-based component require students to interact with public school students and teachers at a public school site.
Notwithstanding the fact that a student has been retained in teacher education to the point of completing all academic requirements, University recommendation for certification of the candidate is contingent upon evidence of having fulfilled all requirements and standards of the teacher education program of the university. This is determined by a final review of the candidate's complete record as concerns: (1) academic record, (2) student teaching, (3) professional ethics, and (4) passing the required state-mandated TExES examinations. The HSU Certification Officer recommends graduates to the State Board for Educator Certification/TEA for certification when all certification requirements have been met.
No student is eligible to be recommended for certification if he/she has a grade of D or unsatisfactory in his/her area(s) of preparation/teaching field(s), PSYC 3333, or in any course in pedagogy and professional development. Certification and/or eligibility for certification are NOT requirements for graduation.
Hardin-Simmons University teacher preparation program is accredited annually by The Texas Education Agency. Accreditation is based on meeting and/or exceeding the minimum pass rates on the TExES examinations. The State Board for Educator Certification, Office of Accountability has assigned Hardin-Simmons University Irvin School of Education teacher preparation program a rating of "Accredited" under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since the rating of teacher preparation entities has been assigned. Detailed information related to accountability and Title II report can be accessed at the www.sbec.state.tx.us.
Details related to specific courses required in each of the teacher preparation programs and course descriptions can be accessed in the current Hardin-Simmons Undergraduate Catalog.
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Last updated February 11, 2018