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College of Education and Human Services

Dr. Timothy Letzring, Dean

903-886-5181; Young Education North Building

The College of Education and Human Services houses five academic departments, including the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership; School of Nursing and Human Performance; Psychology, Counseling 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
  • Global E-Learning, MS
  • Health, Kinesiology and Sports Studies, MS, MEd
  • Higher Education, MS
  • Higher Education Leadership, EdD
  • Psychology, MS
  • Reading, MA*, MS*, MEd*
  • Secondary Education, MA, MS, MEd
  • Special Education, MA, MS, MEd
  • Specialist in School Psychology, SSP
  • Social Work, MSW
  • Supervision, Curriculum & Instruction- Elementary Education, EdD
  • The Art of Teaching, MEd

Federation Program with University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.

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 trade and industrial education; and 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.

Program 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

Dr. Patricia Parrish, Interim, Director of Educator Preparation
Young Education Building, 903-886-5182


Application to an initial certification (e.g., Alternative 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 alternative certification program 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 .

Alternative Certification Program
(Standard Teacher Certification)

(Provisional Admission)

  1. Completion of the application located on the Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services website,
  2. Payment of Application fee $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Documented admission to the Graduate School
  4. Bachelor’s degree
  5. Official transcripts
  6. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in professional development and content teaching area with no grade below "C".
  7. Acceptable scores on basic skill requirement or passing score on content test prior to admission.
  8. Meet admission requirements for specific certificate and program area (see website for details).

Teacher Education Program

(Full admission)

  1. Meet provisional admission requirements.
  2. Complete 30 hours of field based experience in a Texas Education Agency recognized classroom prior to internship.
  3. Complete 80 hours of professional development training equivalent to 2 courses on teacher certification plan prior to internship
  4. Successfully complete courses in the time frame listed on the certification plan and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  5. Meet highly qualified requirements through TExES or PACT and/or 24 semester hours (12 upper level) in content teaching area.
  6. Complete 5 face-to-face workshops listed on certification plan. 
  7. Complete a successful 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. 
  8. Comply with the Texas Teacher Code of Conduct and exhibit professional behavior at all times.
  9. Enroll, fund, and attend all prescribed coursework and training sessions in the designated semesters at the designated times.  This includes demonstrating professionalism with being punctual and remaining in attendance for the entire training. 
  10. Comply with all practices, policies, and requirements lined in "Complete Program Guidelines."

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.

Requirements for a Texas Standard Teaching Certification

Alternative Certification

In order to successfully complete the Alternative Certification Program and receive recommendation for a Texas Standard Teaching Certificate, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Continued admission and retention in the Teacher Education Program.
  2. Successful completion of all program requirements, including all phases (pre-internship, internship, and post-internship), required GPAs, and appropriate tests (i.e., TExES, BTLPT, LOTE).
  3. Principal Recommendation Form 

Failure to receive the school district's recommendation will result in dismissal from the Texas Education Program.

Professional Certificate Program

(Provisional admission)

  1. Completion of the application located on the Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services website, .
  2. Payment of application fee, $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Documented full admission to the Graduate School.
  4. 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 (Principal, Educational Diagnostician and Master Reading Teacher only) or professional certificate plan leading to teacher certification.

Professional Certificate Program


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

  1. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 for Counseling, 3.0 for School Principal/Superintendent and School Librarian, 3.25 for Reading Specialist and 3.5 for Educational Diagnosticians in the coursework applied toward the professional certification. Only grades “C” or better will be accepted toward certification.
  2. Successful completion of the appropriate state certification exam(s).
  3. The completion of all departmental requirements for certification.
  4. Teacher Service record indicating 2 years of acceptable teaching experience (3 years are required for Master Reading Teacher).