Post-Baccalaureate Initial Certification Program 1

 

Teacher Certification through the

Sul Ross State University

Post-Baccalaureate Initial Certification Program

 

The Post-Baccalaureate Initial Certification Program is designed for individuals who have a degree and wish to become certified teachers in Texas.  The SRSU program has been approved as an alternative route to teacher certification by the State Board for Educator Certification and meets the No Child Left Behind  (NCLB) requirements of “highly qualified teacher”.  Candidates who possess a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university with a major (or at least 24 hours/12 upper division hours) in an area for which Sul Ross - Alpine has been approved may apply for the SRSU alternative PCIC Program.  The Sul Ross PBIC Program may be amended at any time as is necessary to comply with state and/or federal law.

Qualification requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better on all college coursework OR  2.5 on last 60 hours of college coursework
  • Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better in teaching field coursework
  • Degree major OR at least 24 semester credit hours in the selected teaching field, with at least 12 of the 24 hours in upper level courses (junior, senior or graduate level coursework)
  • Successful completion of the State certification examination (TExES) for requested certification field (this is your content exam)
  • Have a grade of “C” or better in the following: 3 credits of Oral Communications and 12 credits of English
  • Satisfactory report of criminal background inquiry
  • Have daily access to the Internet and email

Applications are available in the Department of Education office, MAB 305, or contact the Certification Office at #432-837-8391.  Application fees are:

            Sul Ross graduate:  $25

            Non-Sul Ross graduate:  $50

This application fee is relevant only to the Post Bacc program and is separate from any fees related to admission to the University in general.

Return completed applications, transcripts, Code of Ethics signature page, State & Federal Mandated Data Collection form, and Criminal History form along with the appropriate fee to the following address:

  • by mail, to SRSU Department of Education-PBICP, Box C-115, Alpine TX 79832
  • by email to mmarsh@sulross.edu (also mail original with fee to above address)
  • by FAX to 432-837-8390 (also mail original with fee to above address)

Make checks payable to Sul Ross State University.  Application fees are non-refundable.

 

Applications and transcripts are evaluated for the above-listed qualifications.  If you are accepted into the program, you will receive written notification that serves as proof that you are enrolled in an alternative certification program, along with a “deficiency plan” that details your requirements for certification.  You should use these documents with your application for teaching positions.

 

NOTE:  Students seeking financial aid must provide a copy of the deficiency plan to the Financial Assistance Office.

 

You must also apply for admission to Sul Ross (admission application is online at http://www.sulross.edu/pages/4523.asp).  Your admission will be classified as Graduate, seeking non-degree, teacher certification OR Master of Education – General.  [NOTE:  IF YOU ARE ALREADY ENROLLED IN A DIFFERENT MASTER’S PROGRAM AT SUL ROSS, YOU DO NOT NEED TO ENROLL FOR THE MASTER’S GENERAL.]  A master’s degree requires completion of 36 semester credit hours.  The certification coursework (18 hours) will count toward the Master of Education – General.  Certification coursework will be valid toward the Master of Education – General degree for 6 years if you choose to delay completion of the Master’s coursework. If you choose not to continue the master’s program once you are certified, you are not obligated to do so.