Required Coursework

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**. An outline of the content courses for each certification*** and the required education courses for the Applied Learning in STEM minor are listed below.

**Students must be formally admitted to aggieTEACH prior to taking TEFB 324 and TEFB 406/407
***The content courses listed are the classes that most aggieTEACH students take to obtain a given certification.  These classes may change slightly depending on the student’s major.


Content Courses

Chemistry (34 hours)
CHEM 119 (or CHEM 101/CHEM 111), CHEM 120 (or CHEM 102/CHEM 112), CHEM 227, CHEM 228, MATH 151 or 171, MATH 152 or 172, 12 hours of 300-400 level CHEM courses.

Composite Science (50 hours)
ATMO 201 and ATMO 202 OR ASTR 101 and ASTR 102, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, CHEM 119 (or CHEM 101/CHEM 111), CHEM 120 (or CHEM 102/CHEM 112), GEOL 101, GEOL 102, PHYS 201 or 218 (or PHYS 206/226), PHYS 202 or 208 (or PHYS 207/227), 6 hours of 200 level courses in major, and 12 hours of 300-400 courses in major.

Life Science (34 hours)
BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 213, BIOL 214, CHEM 119 (or CHEM 101/CHEM 111), CHEM 120 (or CHEM 102/CHEM 112), and 12 hours of 300-400 BIOL courses.

Mathematics (33 hours)
MATH 171, MATH 172, MATH 300, MATH 323, MATH 467, MATH 409, MATH 403, MATH 415 (or MATH 433), PHYS 218 (or PHYS 206/226), CSCE 110 (or CSCE 111 or CSCE 206) and STAT 211.

Physics/Mathematics (for Physics Majors – 43 hours)
MATH 171, MATH 172, MATH 323, MATH 467, MATH 403, MATH 415, PHYS 218 (or PHYS 206/226), PHYS 208 (or PHYS 207/227), PHYS 221, PHYS 222 (or PHYS 309 for Physics major), PHYS 331, PHYS 332, and STAT 211.

Physics/Mathematics (for Mathematics Majors – 43 hours)
MATH 171, MATH 172, MATH 300, MATH 323, MATH 467, MATH 409, MATH 403, MATH 415, PHYS 218 (or PHYS 206/226), PHYS 208 (or PHYS 207/227), PHYS 221, PHYS 222 (or PHYS 309 for Physics major), and STAT 211.

Physical Science (for Physics Majors – 36 hours)
CHEM 119 (or CHEM 101/CHEM 111), CHEM 120 (or CHEM 102/CHEM 112), MATH 171, MATH 172, PHYS 218 (or PHYS 206/226), PHYS 208 (or PHYS 207/227), and 12 hours of 300-400 level PHYS courses.

Physical Science (for Chemistry Majors – 34 hours)
CHEM 119 (or CHEM 101/CHEM 111), CHEM 120 (or CHEM 102/CHEM 112), CHEM 227, CHEM 228, PHYS 201 or 218 (or PHYS 206/226), PHYS 202 or 208 (or PHYS 207/227), and 12 hours of 300-400 level CHEM courses.

Education Courses

SCEN 201 (1 hour)
Self-Directed Experiences with Adolescents. (1-3). Credit 1. Study of adolescents in diverse school and community settings; issues in physical, mental, social and emotional development; issues related to racism, sexism, and cultural diversity; development, presentation, and defense of portfolio required. Attendance at all seminars and scheduled observations required.

INST 210 (3 hours)
Understanding Special Populations. (3-0). Credit 3. Referral, assessment and categorization of special populations including physical, cognitive and affective characteristics; cultural, ethnic, economic and linguistic differences; giftedness; special education and compensatory programs; awareness of legislative history that results in rights for special populations. Prerequisite: Sophomore classification or above.

Choose of one the two (3 hours)

  • INST 222 (formerly INST 322) – Foundations of Education in a Multicultural Society. (3-0). Credit 3. Historical, philosophical and cultural foundations of education emphasizing education for a multicultural society.
  • SOCI 317 – Racial and Ethnic Relations. (3-0). Credit 3. Status of racial and ethnic groups such as Native Americans, African Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, and other groups in the political, economic, legal and social systems of the United States. Cross-listed with AFST 317.

Choose one of the two (3 hours)

  • RDNG 465 – Reading in the Middle and Secondary Grades. (3-0). Credit 3. Reading needs of middle and secondary school students with emphasis upon curriculum organization for reading development and assessment of student progress in content area reading.
  • RDNG 372 – Reading and Writing across the Middle Grades Curriculum. (3-0). Credit 3. Acquaints middle-grade educators to reading and writing instruction in content area education; focuses on development of grade-appropriate reading/writing competencies and educational techniques appropriate to student development in various subjects. Prerequisite: Junior classification.

TEFB 322 (3 hours) – See Educational Coursework Timeline for information on what semester to take this course.
Teaching and Schooling in Modern Society. (2-3). Credit 3. Development, structure, management and finance of secondary schools; historical, philosophical, ethical and moral dimensions of teaching; role of school in a democratic society; teaching as a profession. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

TEFB 324 (3 hours) – See Educational Coursework Timeline for information on what semester to take this course.
Teaching Skills II. (2-2). Credit 3. Study and development of teaching skills necessary for applying instructional strategies; teaching general strategies, assessing student learning, and analyzing and synthesizing
multiple source data; emphasis given to adolescent development and cultures and to teacher and child cultures. Prerequisites: Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in TEFB 322; junior or senior classification; formal admission to aggieTEACH prior to taking this course.

Choose the one that correlates with your certification area (3 hours) -To take these courses you must be a member of aggieTEACH. See Educational Coursework Timeline for information on what semester to take this course.

  • TEFB 406 (Science Cert)  Science in the Middle and Secondary School. (2-6). Credit 3. Methods course for the prospective secondary teacher in the physical and biological sciences; implementation of contemporary curricula. Phase IV, Practicum I. Prerequisites: Completion of Phases I, II and III of the secondary program; admission to teacher education; enrollment in science-related teaching field. This course should be taken the semester before Clinical Teaching.
  • TEFB 407 (Math Cert) – Mathematics in the Middle and Senior School. (2-6). Credit 3. Design and teach selected topics from middle and secondary school mathematics. Content, materials and methodology. Phase IV, Practicum I. Prerequisites: Completion of Phases I, II and III secondary program; admission to teacher education; enrollment
    in mathematics teaching field.  This course should be taken the semester before Clinical Teaching.

Choose one of the three (minimum of 6 hours)
Per Texas Administrative Code Chapter 228 Section 35, all students seeking Texas Teacher Certification must successfully complete a 14-week clinical teaching experience. For aggieTEACH students, this requirement is fulfilled by taking one of MEFB 497, TEFB 429, or TEED 425. Supervised Clinical Teaching Students can sign up for the 6 hr, 9 hr, or 12 hr course. The number of hours in which the student registers depends upon the number of hours needed to reach the 120 hour degree requirement. The courses below are the courses that correspond to the 6, 9, or 12 credit hours.

  • MEFB 497 – Residency in Middle Grades Education. Credit 6. Observation and participation in an accredited public school middle grades classroom; techniques of teaching student’s teaching fields; appropriate instructional strategies for assigned student population. May be taken two times. Prerequisites: Completion of methods courses; admission to teacher education; senior classification.
  • TEFB 429 Supervised Clinical Teaching. Credit 9. Observation and participation in an accredited public school classroom; techniques of teaching student’s teaching fields, and appropriate instructional strategies for assigned student population in fulfillment of endorsement requirements. May be repeated for credit. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program and to clinical teaching.
  • TEED 425 Supervised Clinical Teaching. Credit 12. Culmination of secondary teacher education program taking place at school sites. Students begin with observation and move to full responsibility. Special emphasis is given to demonstrating an ability to organize and present concepts and skills in meaningful ways, to incorporate technology effectively, and to work with students from diverse backgrounds. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites: Completion of Phases I, II and III and Practicum I, Phase IV of the secondary program; admission to teacher education program and to clinical teaching.
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