College of Education and Human Development

Educational Psychology

The Department of Educational Psychology offers two undergraduate certification programs: Hispanic bilingual education and special education. Also offered are undergraduate courses designed to assist prospective educators in understanding human learning and development and to teach.

At the graduate level, the department offers the Master of Science, Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. At the master's level, students may emphasize educational technology; gifted and talented education; Hispanic bilingual education; learning, development and instruction; research, measurement and statistics; school counseling; or special education. Doctoral specializations include counseling psychology; creativity, intelligence, and giftedness; Hispanic bilingual education; learning, development, and instruction; learning and technology; research, measurement, and statistics; school psychology; and special education.

Hispanic Bilingual Education Program

The Department of Educational Psychology offers an undergraduate degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies that includes certification in Hispanic Bilingual Education and general elementary education, grades EC through 4. This program prepares teachers to instruct students who are served in Hispanic bilingual classes or in general education classes at the elementary level. Students interested in certification in Hispanic bilingual education should contact the undergraduate advisor in 701I Harrington.

Special Education Program

The Department of Educational Psychology offers an undergraduate degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies that includes certification in special education, EC through grade 12 and regular education, EC through grade 4, within the constraints of Texas Certification and No Child Left Behind mandates. This program prepares teachers to instruct students who are served by special education services. Graduates will be prepared to work with students in a wide range of grade levels and settings, serving students with mild to severe disabilities. Students interested in certification in special education should contact the undergraduate advisor in 701I Harrington.

Requirements for Admission to Professional Phase

The undergraduate curricula in the Department of Educational Psychology are composed of two phases: the pre-professional phase and the professional phase. Upon acceptance into the department, all students enter the pre-professional phase and are assigned a lower-division classification (EDIS). The pre-professional phase consists of University Core Curriculum requirements and introductory courses to the major field of study. After successful completion of these requirements, students are eligible to apply for admission into the professional phase. Cohorts in bilingual and special education are limited in number and students are admitted on a competitive basis. If admitted to the professional phase of the program, students will be assigned an upper-level classification (INST). The professional phase consists of advanced work in the major field of study and professional development courses, with field-based experiences.

Requirements for Admission to the Professional Phase of Teacher Education Programs

The State of Texas establishes standards for teacher education programs. All certification programs at Texas A&M are in compliance with these requirements. There are three routes to certification at Texas A&M University: 1) traditional certification program, 2) post-baccalaureate program, and 3) alternative certification program. Students must meet state, University, College of Education and Human Development and department/program requirements for matriculation into a teacher education program. Below are the requirements for the traditional certification program. Students are responsible for contacting a departmental advisor to obtain information about specific requirements for majors and program areas, as some programs have requirements beyond those listed below. University-wide requirements for admission to teacher education include the following:

  1. An approved degree plan or certification and teaching field plan(s).
  2. Minimum GPR of 2.5 based on all course work completed at Texas A&M University (See departmental advisor for additional grade requirements).
  3. Completion of a minimum of 32 hours of the University core curriculum.
  4. A grade of B or higher in all certification courses (See departmental advisor for additional grade requirements).
  5. Satisfaction of English proficiency requirement by
    1. Earning a grade of B or higher in ENGL 104 (or receiving credit by exam for the course); or
    2. Earning a grade of B or higher in ENGL 210, 235, 241, or 301; and
    3. Earning no grade below C in any course taken in (a) or (b) above.
  6. Pass the THEA, ACCUPLACER, ASSET or COMPASS test or show proof of exemption from the test with appropriate TAAS (TAKS), SAT or ACT scores.
  7. Documentation of foreign language and computer literacy requirements on file in the Texas A&M Office of Admissions and Records.
  8. Transcripts from all institutions of higher education on file in the Texas A&M Office of Admissions and Records.

A $200 application fee will be assessed upon application to a teacher education program. The $200 application fee for admission to teacher education is non-refundable.

Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching

  1. Successful admission to Professional Phase of Teacher Education.
  2. Complete Application for Student Teaching by the given deadlines for each semester.
  3. Completion of all courses listed on the degree plan. All course work must have a grade of C or better. (See departmental advisor for additional grade requirements.)
  4. A minimum GPR of 2.5 in teaching emphasis. (See departmental advisor for additional grade requirements.)
  5. A minimum GPR of 2.5 on all course work completed at Texas A&M. (See departmental advisor for additional grade requirements.)