Becoming a Teacher

Choose Your Teaching Field

Elementary Education

Early Childhood - 6th Grade (EC-6)

Major: Education*
Minor/Certification Area:

  • EC-6 Generalist
  • EC-6 Bilingual Generalist
  • EC-6 Generalist with Special Education

Middle Level Education

Grades 4th - 8th (4-8)

Major: Education*
Minor/Certification Area:

  • 4-8 English Language Arts Reading/Social Studies
  • 4-8 Mathematics/Science
  • 4-8 Mathematics

Secondary Education

Grade Levels Listed

Major: Subject You Want to Teach
Major: Education

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*English as a Second Language Supplemental Included

Next Step: Get Advised!

Advisement   Admission Criteria   Are you Ready? Quiz


Complete all three levels of Field Experience

Level I


Level II


Level III

Student Teaching

Observe a classroom at a Partner School.

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Interact with small groups and assist the teacher with lesson planning.

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Teaching a classroom for a semester.

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Testing and Certification

Sam Houston State University Testing Requirements prior to Clinical Teaching or Yearlong Residency:

It is a requirement of the EPP that all Teacher Candidates must pass TExES exam(s) for their content area prior to their student teaching or final yearlong residency semester (Effective Spring 2022).

Candidates must take the benchmarks appropriate for their discipline throughout the program. Once a teacher candidate makes an 80% or higher on the content exam benchmark, approval will be given by the content department to take the actual TExES exam.

Teacher Candidates should send the score report with a score of 80% or better to for TExES testing approval.

Additionally, the Science of Teaching and Reading (STR) test must by passed by PK-3, EC-6, 4-8 core and 4-8 ELAR teacher candidates. 

Classroom Teacher

  • Take the Representative TExES (Practice Test) if required.
  • Create Texas Education Agency Login account (TEAL).
  • Pass the required TExES tests.
    • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR).
    • Content/Certification Area.
  • Graduate!
  • Apply for your Standard Teacher Certification at the Texas Education Agency (TEAL).

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