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Transition to Teaching

The University of St. Thomas Transition to Teaching (TTT) program is an alternative certification program designed for graduate students who would like to add teaching certification to an existing content area undergraduate degree.

The total program is 20 credit hours. The program is designed so that it may be completed in 12 months for regular classroom teacher certification. Bilingual and Special Education teaching programs have slightly different requirements. UST undergraduate students, in fields other than education, can take the undergraduate level of some of these courses as electives and finish the certification program later at the graduate level if requirements for the graduate program are met.

Teaching certification in Texas is based on two different exams:

  • Content mastery
  • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR)

Content proficiency must be demonstrated on the appropriate Texas content examination prior to admissions to regular classroom teaching certification program for the graduate level students. Students in Bilingual and Special Education programs may take courses as a “visiting graduate student” prior to admission to the certification program if deemed necessary by the advisor.

You may begin the coursework in any semester, but you must complete six credit hours of teacher training prior to teaching.

You can teach and earn a full salary while completing the coursework for certification. TTT participants are responsible for securing a teaching position.

Requirements to Begin TTT

  • Meet admission requirements for the Master of Education program
  • Demonstrate subject mastery by passing the TExES Generalist EC-6 or 4-8 or 8-12 subject field test
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