The following are requirements for students wishing to enter the FasTrack certification program at McMurry:
4. Pre-admission assessments: Prior to admittance into a teacher education program, Texas Administrative Code requires documentation of mastery of basic skills in three areas: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Scores from any one of the following State–approved exams listed or combinations of scores from more than one assessment source may qualify to demonstrate mastery.
3. If the bachelor’s degree does not have at least 24 hours of course work in a teaching field, the candidate must complete additional hours in the teaching field OR pass a state certification test in that field to become a middle or high school teacher. Those hours should be worked out and discussed with the FasTrack coordinator and/or the department involved (math, English, etc.) Elementary education requires a number of courses and individual plans to meet minimum state requirements. Contact the FasTrack coordinator for additional information.
Step Four: Required State Certification Exams (TExES Tests)
5. As soon as the candidate has completed course work in the selected teaching field, he or she should take the certification test in that field. If the candidate does not pass the test, other courses may be added for remediation. If the candidate passes the test, additional course work in the teaching field is not required.
6. When the candidate completes the 12 hours of Curriculum and Instruction courses mentioned in #4 above, he or she should take the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) test for the chosen grade level.
7. In order to take the certification tests mentioned in #5 and 6 above, the candidate should contact the FasTrack coordinator by e-mail or in person in order to provide the following information:
a) First, middle, and last names
The FasTrack coordinator will then create a profile for the candidate on the State Board of Education website and will approve the candidate for the appropriate tests.
8. The candidate will then login to the State Board of Educator Certification website and follow the “Simplified Test Registration Procedures” bulletin to register and pay for the tests. We recommend that a candidate take only one test on any testing date. Tests are offered on computer (CAT) or paper based (PBT).
9. During the last semester of Curriculum and Instruction courses the candidate should apply for student teaching with the student teaching supervisor OR apply for a teaching internship in lieu of student teaching. (See catalog) If a candidate secures an internship, he or she should contact the certification officer for an internship approval form and for information on receiving a probationary certificate. The candidate may teach on a probationary certificate for a maximum of three years. The candidate must be admitted to the School of Education AND have a minimum of 24 semester hours of course work in the teaching field OR have passed the state certification test in the teaching field to secure a probationary certificate. Probationary certificates are renewable for up to three years. ALL course work leading to a standard certificate must be completed by the end of the three years.)
Once the candidate has completed ALL course work, passed both the subject area and PPR test, and successfully completed either student teaching or a one year internship, he or she must apply for the standard teaching certificate on the SBEC website. Once a candidate has completed these items, paid the fee for the certificate, and passed a criminal background check, McMurry will recommend that candidate for certification.