Eligible undergraduate students enrolled at SHSU can earn a four-year bachelor’s degree, a two-year master’s degree and the Texas Teacher Certification in just five years!
The 4+1 program helps you get ahead by providing the opportunity to take graduate level courses during your senior year. You will still graduate on time before seamlessly transitioning to the Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed. program for an additional year of study.
The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for students interested in researching, developing and implementing curriculum changes to support student achievement.
Students admitted to the 4+1TEACH program will
- take three graduate courses in their final semester as an undergraduate
- finish their master’s degree in just 1 more year
- Complete a paid internship as a teacher of record in lieu of student teaching
- Participate in professional development tailored to novice teachers
- Earn micro-credential to show off how much they’ve learned
Students apply for the program the semester before they plan to student teach. Candidates pursuing certification in the top five high-needs area (as published by the Texas Education Agency) will receive priority.
Admission to the program is competitive.
Students admitted to the program may be eligible to receive financial assistance throughout the program
- Loan Forgiveness
- Departmental Scholarships
- Distance Learning Scholarships
- SHSU Online 60x30 Scholarships
- District incentives
- US Department of Education SEED Grant
Program participants are required to secure a full time teaching position within a partner school district and begin teaching the semester after they obtain their bachelor degree from SHSU. The program requires that participants make a three year commitment to the school district, during which time they are supported by a campus mentor and university supervisor. Those who do not complete the required service all be required to repay any scholarships received as part of the program.
- Contact Information
What is the admissions process for 4+1TEACH?
- Complete the application in TK20
- Upload a copy of your degree works
- Provide three references (two of which must be SHSU professors)
- You will use a link in the application to send to your references. They will use this link to complete a reference form.
- Provide a writing sample. The prompt will be provided in the application.
Preference will be given to those with a 3.15 GPA overall or in their last 60 SCH. All are encouraged to apply.
- Practice exam info: Passed the practice exam and supplemental (if bilingual/special ed) by 80% via either Certify Teacher or 240 Tutoring. (80% for Certify Teacher is a score at least 260).
- Have 120 hours and all other required courses scheduled to be completed before starting master's courses. Please meet with your Advisor to ensure all degree requirements and hours are met.
- The Admission Process is rigorous and will be completed in different rounds.
Candidates will be scored using a rubric on the following criteria:
- Passing of Practice Exams,
- Seeking certification in High-Needs Area;
- Writing Sample
Candidates will be scored using a rubric on the following criteria:
- Group Interview
- Observed Writing Sample
- Video Submission of Lesson Demonstration in K-12 Classroom with completed lesson plan*
- Teaching Critique
- Recommendation from Current Instructors/Mentors
*Receive proficient in all T-TESS domains on video lesson.
What is the application deadline? Item Due Date Informational Meeting 1/21 Visit Methods/Field 3 Classes 1/19-2/12 Applications Open in Tk20 2/7-2/14 Round 2 invitations Sent Out 2/17 Interviews 2/26 Lesson Plan Demonstration/Lesson Plans
3/1 Invitations Sent for 4+1 3/8 Agreement Meeting 3/11 Agreements Due 3/12 Graduation Applications 3/22 When should I apply? Projected Graduation Semester Semester to Apply to 4+1 TEACH Cohort Application Dates Spring 2022 Fall 2021 Cohort 8: September 12-19, 2021 Fall 2022 Spring 2022 Cohort 9: TBA Spring 2023 Fall 2022 Cohort 10: TBA
Each required course in the 4+1 program will increase your knowledge and is designed to help you become an effective teacher.
For those that are seeking 4+1, see the table below for the courses that will be taken. Those students pursuing a track (concentration), there will be additional/modifications to the courses shown. Course CRNs will be provided to students prior to registration.
Even Cohorts (Start in Spring; Apply in Fall)
Spring Summer Fall Spring CIED 5393
Advanced Techniques of Instruction
Professional Educator STEM CAMP
Odd Cohorts (Start in Summer; Apply in Spring)
Summer Fall Spring Summer CIED 5393
Adv Techniques of Instruction
What happens if I earn a ‘C’ in a graduate course?
In order to achieve and remain in academic good standing at Sam Houston State University, a graduate student must maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 on all graduate coursework attempted. A 3.0 overall grade point average is the absolute minimum required for graduation. A graduate student who falls below a 3.0 overall grade point average at the close of any semester during which one or more semester credit hours are attempted will be placed on probation. If an enrolled student on probation fails to achieve a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average at the close of the next semester following the starting of the probation, the student will be terminated.
A student who earns a grade of "C" in any course (repeated or distinct course) within the academic program may have his/her graduate status reviewed by a committee comprised of the department or college's graduate faculty. The committee will recommend an appropriate remediation for the student. A student who earns two grades of "C" in distinct or repeated courses within their academic program will be terminated from graduate studies.
What happens if I earn an ‘F’ in a graduate course?
You will be terminated from the 4+1 program and graduate studies and might be required to pay back to the tuition from the 4+1 courses.
What should I do if I need to drop a class?
Contact Drs. Coyne and Ellis before dropping a course. They will help advise on next steps based on the situation.
What happens if I’m unable to complete CIED 5370?
- Drop the course on or before the drop deadline published by the registrar’s office.
- Continue in Internship I course, including completing required assessments.
- Take Internship II in the following Spring semester but not Research II.
- Students may choose to continue in master’s coursework if Internship I and II are successfully completed.
- If all master’s coursework is successfully completed, students may retake Research I in the following Fall semester and take Research II in the following Spring semester (upon successful completion of Research I).
- Students’ future scholarships will be evaluated after completion of Internship II.
Additional Concentration Options
Beginning with Cohort 6 of the 4+1 TEACH program, admitted students may elect to choose a concentration area that extends their preparation by 1 year. By selecting a concentration area, the student is eligible for either an additional Texas Educator Certification or an SHSU issued Graduate Certificate.
What concentrations can I choose from?
Admitted students may select from one of the following concentrations: Principal as Instructional Leader Certification, Reading Specialist Certification, Educational Diagnostician Certification, Educational Diagnostician Certification with Bilingual Certificate, Teaching English as a Second or Other Language Certificate.
Why should I choose a concentration?
Students who select a concentration area receive additional training in an area of specialization that may lead to an additional Texas Educator certification. This additional training may qualify students for additional positions within the education system or provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to instruct a specific group of students. Completing a concentration area as part of the 4+1/4+2 TEACH program is in students’ best interest because if the student needs to complete the additional coursework after completing the master’s degree, that coursework may not be eligible for financial aid.
Who should select the Principal as an Instructional Leader Certification? What is the degree plan for this track?
This concentration produces proficient school administrators who are well educated in school leadership and administration; effective leadership strategies; campus business management; and federal, state, and local school regulations. Students who are interested in honing their leadership skills are encouraged to select this concentration. The coursework provides candidates with the academic foundations for Principal as an Instructional Leader certification in Texas. Coursework alone does not lead to certification. To be certified in this area, you must have 2 years of teaching experience and pass the state certification examinations.
Who should select the Reading Specialist Certification? What is the degree plan for this track?
This concentration helps students become reflective practitioners with the knowledge and skills for effective reading/language arts instruction for Early Childhood through Secondary learners. Students who are interested in leadership positions in literacy (literacy coaches, reading specialists) should select this concentration. The coursework provides candidates with the academic foundations for certification as a Reading Specialist in Texas. Coursework alone does not lead to certification. To be certified in this area, you must have 2 years of teaching experience and pass the state certification examinations.
Who should select the Educational Diagnostician Certification? What is the degree plan for this track?
The Educational Diagnostician Certification program is designed for individuals seeking to improve and extend their professional skills in special education. The coursework provides candidates with the academic foundations for certification as an Educational Diagnostician in Texas. Coursework alone does not lead to certification. To be certified in this area, you must have 3 years of teaching experience and pass the state certification examinations.
Who should select the Educational Diagnostician Certification with Bilingual Certificate? What is the degree plan for this track?
The Bilingual Educational Diagnostician concentration prepares educational diagnosticians who have Spanish and English language proficiency to evaluate English Learners (ELs) and students who are monolingual. Candidates determine language dominance and proficiency, conduct assessments, interpret results, and make educational recommendations for learners in school settings. The coursework provides candidates with the academic foundations for certification as an Educational Diagnostician in Texas. Coursework alone does not lead to certification. To be certified in this area, you must have 3 years of teaching experience and pass the state certification examinations.
Who should select the Teaching English as a Second or Other Language Certificate? What is the degree plan for this track?
This concentration prepares exemplary educational leaders in the field of second language teaching and learning. This coursework results in receiving the SHSU Graduate Certificate in Second Language Instruction but does not lead to Texas educator certification.
What is a micro-credential?
Micro-credentials are a form of micro-certification earned through demonstrating competence in one specific skill/area of focus at a time. Individuals demonstrate their competence by creating a portfolio of evidence that shows how what they’ve learned has impacted their instructional practice.
Why should I earn micro-credentials?
Micro-credentials are a form of professional development that has greater potential to improve instructional practice than traditional forms of professional development. Micro-credentials reflect what you do in your classroom with your students. They allow you to implement what you have learned with your students and then reflect on the success/impact of it in your classroom.
What micro-credentials will I do?
You will complete micro-credentials that align with some of your graduate courses; you will also complete micro-credentials that align with professional development sessions provided through 4+1.
What is the timeline for completing micro-credentials?
You will complete micro-credentials over the course of your three years in the 4+1TEACH program. We will provide a calendar for you with due dates for each micro-credential.
CTI & STEM+C Camp
What is Computational Thinking?
In the digital age, computational thinking (CT) is an essential skill for students and educators alike. This systematic approach to solving problems is at the foundation of not just computer science, but many other subject areas – and careers – as well. It is a set of problem-solving methods that involve expressing problems and their solutions in ways that a computer could, but with your brain.
What is the Computational Thinking Intensive (CTI)?
The CTI is part of a 2-week intensive summer institute. It begins with professional development that focuses on training teachers in week 1 followed by the STEM+C camp in week 2 (see below).
What is STEM+C Camp?
STEM+C camp is part 2 of a 2-week intensive summer institute (see CTI above). Teachers are trained the week prior and then K-12 students join trained teachers for week 2. K-12 students participate in hands-on, 90-minute workshops in which they explore core computational concepts, like programming robots to dance. By the end of the camp, students will be able to speak to the way the four core computer science concepts apply to their own lives and experiences.
Why should I learn about Computational Thinking Instructional Strategies?
Computation thinking helps build skills that all levels of learner need, including "confidence in dealing with complexity, persistence in working with difficult problems, tolerance of ambiguity, the ability to deal with open-ended problems, and the ability to communicate and work with others to achieve a common goal or solution.”
Computational thinking can be defined as the process of taking a difficult problem and breaking it apart into multiple little problems which we know how to solve.
What resources does the 4+1 TEACH program have for to implement Computational Thinking Instructional Strategies in my classroom?
The 4+1 Team will have all activities and resources available for 4+1 residents to use in their classroom. In some cases, 4+1 residents will have their own copy of resources. In other cases, activities and resources will be available to check out.
What is Swivl?
A complete video review and collaboration solution for schools. The Swivl robot rotates to follow the teacher automatically. It connects to multiple markers for audio throughout the room and uses the tethered iPad (or mobile device) for recording video or streaming (Zoom, MS Teams, Google Meet). It’s easy for teachers to setup and operate as a daily part of class.
Swivl works by receiving an infrared signal from a small remote (marker) you hold or wear. Set your mobile device into the dock and Swivl rotates and tilts to follow you as you move around the classroom. ... Swivl is compatible with any iOS or Android smartphone or tablet, and DSLRs.
When will I receive Swivl?
Swivls are distributed in late July/early August in the year of your internship.
Do I receive training for Swivl?
All 4+1 residents receive introductory training from the 4+1 team. In addition, residents receive full support throughout the year from the 4+1 team, full release mentors, and the Swivl help team.
What is edTPA?
edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom.
When do I complete edTPA?
edTPA is completed in the second semester (Spring) of your internship year (Year 1 of teaching).
Certification & Testing
What do I need to do in order to be approved to test?
- Take the Representative (practice test) through CertifyTeacher.com.
- If you make less than an 80%, create a study plan that might include, but not limited to:
- Working with the Academic Success Center
- Study books or online materials
- Once you feel ready, take another practice exam through CertifyTeacher.com.
Note: a score of 240 on a Certify Teacher exam equals 70%. A score of 260 on a Certify Teacher exam equals 80%.
By what date do I need to pass my certification exams?
Preference is given to applicants who have passed their content TExES exams. However, students admitted to the 4+1 TEACH program must pass all content and supplemental certification exams by May 30 of the year in which their residency/internship will take place. Students are strongly encouraged to have their TExES exams passed prior to Spring Break.
How do I apply for a Probationary or Intern Certification?
See this document.
Do I need to take the Science of Teaching Reading exam?
All teachers certified after December 31, 2020 in EC-6 Core Subjects, EC-3 Core Subjects, 4-8 ELAR, 4-8 ELAR/SS, or 4-8 Core Subjects must take and pass the STR in order to receive an Intern, Probationary, or Standard teacher certification.
What is the difference between an Intern Certification and a Probationary Certification?
To receive an Intern Certification, you must pass all relevant content and supplemental exams. To receive a Probationary Certificate, you must also pass the PPR exam. Teachers on an Intern Certification must be observed a minimum of 5 times. Teachers on a Probationary Certification must be observed a minimum of 3 times.
How long can I have an Intern Certification?
One year. Intern certificates are non-renewable. You must pass the PPR before your 2nd year of teaching, or you will be ineligible to be certified.
How long can I have a Probationary Certification?
One year initially, with up to one additional year if your internship is not successful OR if you have not successfully completed your coursework.
What TExES exams do I need to take?
See this chart to determine the exams needed.
When do I receive my Standard Teacher Certification?
Teacher are eligible to receive their standard teacher certification after they have successfully completed their internship and passed all required TExES certification exams (content, supplementals (if applicable), and PPR).
What is a Site-Based Mentor?
(SBM) A Site-based mentor is an experienced educator that is employed by a 4+1 partner district that supports a 4+1 residents in their teaching duties and completion of the 4+1 program requirements.
What is a Full-Release Mentor?
(FRM) A Full-release mentor is an experienced educator employed by SHSU that supports 4+1 residents in their teaching duties, assists them in completion of their teaching responsibilities, and assists in the residents’ in meeting the requirements of the 4+1 program.
How do you determine if my internship is successful?
An internship is successful if the resident/teacher is successful in their teaching employment in the district, meets program requirements, submits all documents, has a high standard of excellence in their coursework, meets certification requirements, and is jointly recommended for a standard teaching certificate by the district and SHSU at the completion of the program.
What do each of the years in the program look like?
Each resident must meet the employment requirements of the district during each year of the program. During the 1st year the resident will have regularly scheduled and constant support from their assigned FRM while working alongside their SBM. The SBM gives constant support throughout the school day in their role as a teacher mentor. The FRM will visit the classroom, assist in teaching difficulties, observe the residents teaching per the grant requirements, arrange for out-of-school contacts and give counsel whenever it is needed. During the 2nd and 3rd year of the program the FRM will have approximately half of the established contact with the resident as per the grant requirements however, the FRM is always available to the resident throughout the program.
In which districts can I do my internship?
The 4+1 program has multiple district partners and anticipates adding additional districts for the 2021-2022 school year.
Clear Creek ISD
New Caney ISD
New Waverly ISD
Sam Houston Charter School
West Hardin ISD
For how long do I need to commit to my district?
The grant recommends a 3-year commitment between the resident and the district in which they are employed.