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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Plans

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(Students already holding a bachelor’s degree)

Post-baccalaureate candidates must request a certification plan.

The application forms for a plan and the application for admittance into teacher education and a check-list can be located on the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification website (College of Education & Health Professions).

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Plans

Post-baccalaureate candidates requiring this service must secure certification plans from the Educator Preparation Office in the College of Education & Health Professions. A service charge of $25.00 is required for a candidate requested certification plan. The candidate is required to complete a clinical teaching experience. However, an internship is made available to candidates who secure a teaching position, in the area and at the level that they are seeking certification, in an accredited school.

Deficiency Plans and Internships
The College of Education & Health Professions also offers teacher certification programs for those teachers-in-service who are teaching in accredited schools. The school district where they are employed must request an official deficiency plan in writing. The candidate must serve an internship in lieu of clinical teaching. (To serve an internship, you must contact the Educator Preparation Office, complete all necessary paper work, enroll in the appropriate courses and apply for a Probationary Certificate through TEA.)

The basic requirements for securing a certificate in this manner are similar to those listed for undergraduate students. The candidates are permitted to substitute equivalent semester hours of a one-year Internship in a school accredited by the Texas Education Agency for the required six semester hours of clinical teaching.

The teaching areas available for post-baccalaureate candidates are identical to the specialization fields accessible to undergraduate candidates. A minimum of twelve semester hours must be completed at UH-Victoria as part of any certification or endorsement program. Course work that is ten years old or older must be approved by the Certification Officer. The candidate must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. See the College of Education & Health Professions website for the teacher education program along with a checklist and application for a certification program.

Teacher certification candidates must pass all UHV courses required for teacher certification with a “C” or better. All teacher certification transactions and /or inquiries for UH-Victoria are made through the Educator Preparation Office in the College of Education & Health Professions.

All candidates seeking certification are required to successfully complete all TExES Academy Program requirements.

VOICE - Victoria Online Initial Certification for Educators

The VOICE program is an accelerated university-based route to teacher certification for all grades designed to meet the requirements of “Every Student Succeeds Act.” Coursework is offered online and candidates participate in a school-based field experience with university supervision. To be accepted into this program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

• Bachelor’s Degree completion.

• Official transcripts from all previous universities on file in the Admissions Office.

• Pass a Pre-Admission Certification Test (PACT) for admission to the VOICE Program in the following cases:

o If the applicant has a GPA below a 2.5 or

o If the applicant has not completed at least 12 semester credit hours in the subject area of the certificate the applicant is seeking (15 hours if seeking certification in math or science above 7th grade).

• Provide criminal background check results.

• Maintained a 2.75 GPA in last 60 hours of university coursework.

• Provide a letter of standing if you were previously in an Initial Teacher Certification Program.

• There is a non-refundable $65 service charge to apply for this program. Due dates for applications are the same as the university’s application dates. Applications received after the due date are charged an extra $100 late fee. Late application due dates correspond with UHV application due dates.

• Maintain a 2.75 GPA in the VOICE program with no more than two “C’s” to be retained in the program. Any grade lower than a “C” must be repeated.

• All Teacher Certification candidates must pass all UHV courses required for teacher certification with a “C” or better after June 1, 2008.

• According to Texas Administrative Code 228.35 - candidate must complete 30 clock hours of field-based observation to be completed prior to clinical teaching or internship. Appropriate activities include substitute teaching, hours spent as a classroom aide or classroom observations in an accredited school. Up to 15 hours may be virtual observations of TEA-accredited classrooms. See Educator Preparation Office for documentation requirements.

• According to Texas Administrative Code 228.35 - candidate must complete 150 clock hours of training prior to clinical teaching or internship. Completion of 4 VOICE courses will fulfill this requirement.

• Just prior to starting the student teaching practicum option or the internship option, students must pass their content-area exam(s). Candidates pursuing certification in EC-6 or Grades 4 - 8, must also take the TExES Science of Teaching Reading exam (#293) as well as content-area exams prior after completing four VOICE courses and before student teaching or internship.

• Candidates who choose the internship option and wish to be hired in a district that requires ESL certification of its teachers, those candidates must also take two specified ESLN courses on their certification plan before taking and passing the ESL Supplementary certification exam prior to beginning the internship.

VOICE Course Rotation - please see this webpage for course rotation.

VOICE Course Number

Course Description

CUIN 6320

Models of Teaching

CUIN 6312

Human Growth and Learning

CUIN 6314

Classroom Practices & Procedures

FEDU 6323

Cultural and Social Foundations of American Education

CUIN 6316

Application of Educational Roles & Responsibilities I (Internship)

CUIN 6317

Application of Educational Roles & Responsibilities II (Internship)



CUIN 6318

Practicum Seminar (Pre-Student Teaching)

CUIN 6319

Practicum in Teaching {prerequisite CUIN 6318} (Student Teaching)

LITY 6334

Foundations of Developmental Reading*

ESLN 6312

Principles of Second Language Teaching**

ESLN 6314

Teaching English as a Second Language**

With faculty advisor approval, VOICE candidates may use up to 12 hours of VOICE courses (CUIN 6312 , CUIN 6314 , CUIN 6320  or FEDU 6323 ) toward a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education, Education Technology, Literacy Studies, Reading Specialist, Elementary Mathematics, Elementary Science, Elementary Science/Math, Early Childhood, or ESL/TESOL Education. For information about these degrees, consult with a certification analyst. VOICE candidates may also begin their teacher certification program pursuing a master’s degree in Elementary through Grade Eight with Teacher Certification, a Master’s in Secondary Education with Teacher Certification or a master’s degree in English as a Second Language/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESL/TESOL).


*Required for EC-6 and 4-8 certifications to prepare for the TExES #293 Science of Teaching Reading exam.

**If completing the internship options, some districts require ESL certification.  ESLN 6312 and ESLN 6314 are required to prepare for this exam.


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