Degree Program Overview

To teach college-level dual credit classes in the State of Texas, high school teachers must hold a graduate degree (Master’s or PhD) and have eighteen graduate hours (six courses) in the teaching field. The dual credit teaching certificate program gives students who hold graduate degrees in fields other than English the eighteen graduate English hours required for certification; it concurrently gives them credentials required to teach English in two-year colleges in the State of Texas.

The dual credit teaching certificate program allows students to

  • work with specialists in literature, rhetoric and writing disciplines,
  • complete the eighteen-hour program completely online in six semesters (including summer sessions), and
  • apply all 18 hours of the certificate to the full MA degree in English at Sam Houston State University.

Community College Affiliates: Partnership with Lonestar College

Students who take a combination of face-to-face and online classes could complete the certificate within a year.  

Note:  The entire program cannot be completed on-campus.  Some of the required courses will only be offered online.  Please check the schedule of classes for availability.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Certificate Summary
Catalog Entry Graduate Certificate
Length 18 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 1

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact your academic advisor (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.

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