College of Education and Human Services

Location: Young Education North Building, 903-886-5181

Dr. Timothy Letzring, Dean

The College of Education and Human Services houses seven academic departments, including the Departments of Counseling; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership; Higher Education & Learning Technologies; School of Nursing & Health Sciences; Psychology, and Special Education; and School of Social Work.  The departments offer programs of study that lead to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. 

College Mission

College of Education and Human Services provides excellence driven programs that prepare student-scholars to become scientists, teachers, administrators, and practitioners who proactively address the transformational challenges of a complex digital environment and global society.  We promote instructional engagement, responsive research, quality service, and active partnerships with external constituencies. 

Graduate study in the College of Education and Human Services includes, but is not limited to, programs that prepare school administrators including principals, superintendents, and counselors.  Master's degrees are also available in educational technology, health, kinesiology, and sports studies, psychology, special education, and social work.  Details of each program may be accessed in the departmental division of this catalog:

  • Counseling, MS, MEd, PhD
  • Curriculum & Instruction, MS, MEd
  • Early Childhood Education, MS*, MEd*, MA
  • Educational Administration, MEd, EdD
  • Educational Psychology, PhD
  • Educational Technology Leadership, MS, MEd
  • Educational Technology Library Science, MS, MEd
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN
  • Organization, Learning, & Technologies, MS
  • Health, Kinesiology and Sports Studies, MS
  • Higher Education, MS
  • Higher Education, EdD
  • Psychology, MS
  • Reading, MA*, MS*, MEd*
  • Secondary Education, MA, MS, MEd
  • Special Education, MS, MEd
  • Specialist in School Psychology, SSP
  • Social Work, MSW
  • Supervision, Curriculum & Instruction, EdD
  • The Art of Teaching, MEd

The College of Education and Human Services offers master level Texas Education Agency approved programs leading to standard certification for teachers in bilingual education, early childhood education, elementary, middle level, and secondary.  Additional areas of study for certification include all-level certification in art, health, music, physical education, and special education.

Professional certificates available through Texas Education Agency approved programs in the following areas: career and technology education, educational diagnostician, master mathematics teacher (8-12), master reading teacher, reading specialist, school administrator (principal and superintendent), school counselor, and school librarian.

Programs in the College of Education and Human Services are designed to allow the student to complete a master's degree while completing required coursework for teacher certification and professional certificates.

Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services

Erin Swinson, Director Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services
Young Education Building, 903-886-5182

Admission

Application to an initial certification (e.g., Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program) or professional certification program should be made in the Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services. Formal admission into the graduate school and Post-Baccalaureate Teacher certification program and program completion is required before Texas A&M University-Commerce can recommend the initial certificate be issued. Information regarding all Teacher Education/Certification Programs may be viewed at http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/educationHumanServices/educatorCertificationAcademicServices/default.aspx.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program
(Standard Teacher Certification)

(Admission)

  1. Passing score on TExES Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) prior to submission of applications for admission.
  2. Earn admission into the Graduate School to pursue a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction (CINS), Secondary Education (SED), Early Childhood Education (ECH), or Reading (RDG).  Graduate School application can be made at ApplyTexas.org which includes a $50 non-refundable application fee. 
  3. Applicants must have completed their Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA or a completed master's degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  All transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School. 
  4. Complete two or more "non-certification" courses listed on graduate degree plan, with no grade lower than a B (no course retakes will be accepted for this requirement).
  5. Earn admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program (PBTC) located at http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/educationHumanServices/educatorCertificationAcademicServices/default.aspx which includes a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  6. Meet admission requirements for specific certificate and program area (see website for details).

(Program Requirements)

  1. Meet admission requirements.
  2. Complete 30 hours of field based experience in a Texas Education Agency recognized classroom prior to internship.
  3. Complete the 6 certification courses earning no grade lower than B, maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
  4. Pay the $55 non-refundable TEA Assessment Fee.
  5. Pass the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam prior to internship.
  6. Complete a successful supervised internship in a Texas Education Agency recognized school through one of two options: Option 1 - One year paid internship as the teacher of record or Option 2 - one semester as an unpaid clinical/student teacher.  If at any time the student resigns or is dismissed from employment, the student will be dismissed from the program.  Pay required fees based on type of internship
  7. Comply with the Texas Teacher Code of Conduct, The Code of Ethics, and exhibit professional behavior at all times.
  8. Complete remaining "non-certification" courses and degree requirements for completion of the MS degree, including the corresponding Comprehensive Exam.
  9. Comply with all practices, policies, and requirements outlined by the program."

After completion of all certification program requirements, students must apply for their standard certificate with the Texas Education Agency in a timely manner.  Filing for certification is an online process.

Professional Certificate Program
(Superintendent, Principal, School Counselor, School Librarian, Educational Diagnostician)

(Admission)

  1. Completion of Bachelor's Degree.
  2. Completion of the Graduate School application at ApplyTexas.org.
  3. Payment of application fee, a $50 non-refundable Graduate School application fee.
  4. Submit official copy of all graduate transcripts conferring master's degree (if applicable).
  5. Professional recommendation from an appropriate person from the educational sector, i.e., principal, supervisor, director, superintendent.
  6. A current copy of the Texas teaching certificate and service record indicating years of acceptable teaching experience or professional certificate plan leading to teacher certification.
  7. Applicants must have completed their Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree with a minimum of 2.75 overall GPA or a completed master's degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  8. Earn admission to the Graduate School.
  9. Completion of Application for Admission to the Professional Certification Program located on the Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services https://teachcert.tamuc.edu/teacher/forms/professional_newform.asp
  10. Payment of application fee, a $50 non-refundable fee, for Professional Certification application and payment of $55 non-refundable TEA Assessment Fee.
  11. Meet admission requirements for specific certificate and program (see website for details).

(Program Requirements)

In order to successfully complete the Professional Certification Program, the following are required:

  1. Continued admission and retention in the Professional Certification Program.
  2. Successful completion of all departmental requirements, required GPAs, and appropriate state certification exams.

After completion of all professional certification program requirements, students must apply for their certificate with the Texas Education Agency in a timely manner.  Filing for certification is an online process.