Prospective Students

The aggieTEACH program began in 2001 as a collaboration between the College of Science and the College of Education and Human Development to meet the rising demand for highly-qualified secondary mathematics and science teachers in Texas and across the nation.  To obtain teacher certification, each aggieTEACH student must obtain a major in a mathematics- or science-related field and a minor in Applied Learning in STEM** through the TLAC Department in the College of Education and Human Development.

In the years since, Texas A&M University has become a proven state leader in mathematics and science teacher production. aggieTEACH has aided in this growth by producing large numbers of high school mathematics and science teachers. Since its inception, aggieTEACH has produced more than 400 mathematics and science teachers certified to teach in Texas high schools.

Our goal at aggieTEACH is to have students successfully complete the program in the traditional four years of college so when students exit our program, they hold both a bachelor’s degree and a Texas Secondary Teaching Certificate. Our students are ready to teach in Texas public schools immediately upon completion of the program.

Who can be in aggieTEACH?

If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior enrolled in a major requiring at least 12 hours of upper level mathematics or science courses, we can likely tailor a plan to get you certified to teach high school mathematics or science. But here is a list of degree plans that easily tailor to accommodate our program.

Degrees Specific to Teaching High School Mathematics or Science

The College of Science offers two University Studies Degrees that are specific to teaching mathematics or science in grades 7-12. Each degree combines an area of concentration and two minors. Students interested in these degrees must have a 2.75 GPA or approval of the academic adviser and have no more than 100 passed hours at the time of application.

University Studies Math for Teaching (USSC-MFT):  This degree requires a concentration in mathematics (21 hours), the Applied Learning in STEM minor (18 hours), TAMU core curriculum (41 hours), and a university approved minor of the students choice.

University Studies Science for Teaching (USSC-SFT):  This degree requires a concentration in science courses (40 hours), the Applied Learning in STEM minor (18 hours), TAMU core curriculum (40 hours), and a minor in either Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, or Physics.

To learn more about the College of Science’s University Studies Program go to the College of Science Webpage.

The steps of aggieTEACH

Enroll in SCEN 201

  • Take a one-hour exploratory course to dip your toe in the world of teaching.
Step 1

Apply to aggieTEACH

  • Successfully complete SCEN 201 and then submit your application to make it official.
Step 2

Complete Coursework

  • Complete content and education courses needed for teacher certification.
Step 3

Clinical Teaching

  • Here's where you show them what you've got. Real-world teaching experience!
Step 4

Other Teacher Certification Programs at Texas A&M

aggieTEACH is not the only pathway to teacher certification. The programs below offer teacher certification for those who have earned a college degree.

Graduate Certification Program (Post-Baccalaureate)

A graduate program that requires 21 graduate credit hours.  All students in this program must complete a one-year public school internship. This program can lead to a master’s degree in education.

ACCELERATE (On Campus and Online)

An alternative certification program for college graduates that leads to teacher certification in 12-18 months.  All students in this program must complete a one-year public school internship.

Jennifer WhitfieldProspective Students