High School Teacher Certification
All high school degree/certification programs require a minimum of 124 semester hours. Students who complete the requirements for the appropriate degree, fulfill certification requirements, and successfully pass the appropriate State tests will satisfy all requirements for secondary teacher certification in their area of preparation. Nine certification options are available to students desiring to teach at the high school level: biology/life science, business education, chemistry/physical science, communication (speech), English/language arts, history, mathematics, social studies, and Spanish.
All-Level Teacher Certification
This option requires a minimum of 36 semester hours in an academic subject. This subject also serves as the student’s major and the professional education sequence serves as the minor field of study. All-level certification is available in art, music, theatre, and exercise and sport science. All-level certification allows the holder to teach at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.
Depending upon the subject area they wish to teach, students seeking certification as a high school teacher should pursue the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Business Administration, the Bachelor of Music, or the Bachelor of Science degree. Students seeking certification to teach art, communications (speech) English/language arts, history, social studies, Spanish or theatre should pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students seeking certification to teach life science (biology), physical science (chemistry, physics), mathematics, or exercise and sport science should pursue the Bachelor of Science degree. Students seeking certification in business education should pursue the Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Students seeking certification as a music teacher should pursue the Bachelor of Music degree. Students seeking certification as a vocational teacher should refer to the Career and Technology Education - Trades and Industry program. In each instance, the general education core curriculum must be compatible with the requirements of the degree sought. Degree/certification requirements for each of the secondary/high school certification programs offered by the University follow:
Bachelor of Arts Degree/Certification Requirements
The University General Education Core
Fine Art course
Three hours from:
- ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 should be taken within first year of enrollment.
- HIST 2301 and HIST 2302 are required for teacher certification.
- Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist institutions to meet the core requirement in any Wayland degree. If a student has taken RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History and/or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, at any institution except other Baptist institutions, then the student has two options to meet the core requirement: (1) take RLGN 1301 and/or RLGN 1302 at Wayland or (2) take RLGN 4306 , RLGN 4316 , RLGN 4317 , or RLGN 4318 in lieu of RLGN 1301 ; and/or take RLGN 4306 , RLGN 4320 , RLGN 4322 , or RLGN 4324 in lieu of RLGN 1302 . RLGN 4306 may be an option for either RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302 as stated above, but may not count for both on the same degree plan. No other RLGN/RLED courses may substitute for either RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302 . The Dean of the School of Religion & Philosophy must approve any exception to this policy. RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, taken at non-Baptist institutions, may be transferred as elective credit with approval of the Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy and the Registrar.
- Courses marked with an * in the course description section maybe used to fulfill this requirement. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt from EXSS requirements with DD-214 from basic training.
B.A. General Education Core Course Requirements
- EDIT 2310 - Technology in the Classroom 3 hrs 1
- Science (life or physical science - whichever not fulfilled in the University Core) 3-4 hrs 2
- Foreign Language 23013 3 hrs
- Foreign Language 2302 3 hrs
4 Three hours from:
- Students pursuing fields in education should take EDIT 2310 .
- Students pursuing middle school education are required to take the course with a lab. ENVS 3301 can be used to fulfill the life science degree specific core requirement. GEOG 1301 may be used to fulfill the physical science degree specific core requirement.
- Adequate prerequisite must be met before enrolling in a foreign language 2301 course. Prerequisite courses taken will be used as electives for the degree.
- Fine Arts area must be different from area used in the university core curriculum requirement.
Major (Teaching Field)
Students pursuing certification programs must complete a major in the discipline they wish to teach. The major requires the completion of at least 30 semester hours in the discipline. At least 15 semester hours in the teaching field must be in upper-level courses. Professional education courses will become the minor for teaching certification.
English/Language Arts (grades 7-12)
Students must pass the state content area English/Language Arts (grades 7-12) test prior to student teaching. 42 semester hours with *12 hours from the general education core.
In addition to the general education core and preparation in the teaching field, all high school certification programs require a professional education sequence. The professional education sequence provides students with knowledge of the learner, the teaching-learning process, effective teaching strategies, classroom management strategies, and reading in the various content areas. It also provides a structured program of field experiences beginning with classroom observation and ending with student teaching. Students must have taken and passed the basic skills test upon completion of EDUC 3301 - Principles and Practices in Education and before taking further professional education courses. The following courses constitute the professional education sequence. Students must pass the respective state content test prior to student teaching:
# During student teaching it is a requirement that the student take the state test for Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility (EC-12 PPR).
Recommended Course Sequence
Bachelor of Arts - Secondary English/Language Arts Education (Grades 7-12) Recommended Sequence of Courses - listed is the recommended rotation based on a B.A. degree program. For complete information on the general education and graduation requirements for the B.A. degree program, please refer to the undergraduate programs section of the catalog.
Freshman Year Fall Semester:
Freshman Year Spring Semester:
Sophomore Year Fall Semester:
Sophomore Year Spring Semester:
Junior Year Fall Semester:
Junior Year Spring Semester:
Three hours from:
- ENGL 3305
- ENGL 3308 or advanced
Senior Year Fall Semester:
Senior Year Spring Semester: