Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES)  All teachers are required to take and pass two state licensing examinations.  Each exam is geared to your chosen level:  EC-4, 4-8 or 8-12.  Each exam has a practice test associated with it. Content Area Exam.   As Post Bacs, you already have completed your degree in a specified content area.  Therefore, near the beginning of your professional studies at Wayland, you will need to take your content area exam.  To help you determine how ready you are, we offer a practice test.  Scores of 80% or higher align well with passing the exam.  The No Child Left Behind federal legislation puts a premium on having qualified teachers.  Passing your content exam is critical. Professional Knowledge Exam.  The Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam is to be taken your last semester of professional studies.  You must score 80% or higher on your practice test to receive a bar code allowing you to take the licensing exam.  We offer a review course, Education 5318, as a capstone course preparing you for this exam.  The practice test is associated with this course.

  • Coursework shall include the following:

    Title of Course Credit Hours
    First Year Teacher Academy (Fall Semester) Internship
    Learning and Motivation (Spring Semester) 3
    Educating Students from Diverse Backgrounds 3
    Instructional Strategies & Presentation Skills 3
    Becoming a Teacher in Texas 2
    Curriculum and Assessment 3
    Classroom Management 3
    Integration of Technology into the Curriculum 3
    Developing Reading, Study and Thinking Skills 3
    Teaching Field Certification Requirements Varies*

    * A grade point average of 2.7 is required in teaching field. No grade below a 2.0 (C) will be applicable to the teaching field requirements.
  • Each intern will observe a minimum of three master teachers recommended by mentor and complete a report on each observation.
  • Each first-year intern shall attend a First Year Teacher Academy which consists of five days of training throughout the year and addresses the following topics:
    • The first days of school
    • Effective teacher characteristics
    • Effective discipline strategies
    • Classroom management
    • Dealing with parents
    • Working with a mentor
    • Diverse styles and personalities
    • Brain-based learning strategies
    • Professionalism
  • Documentation required of each intern will include:
    • A completed application to the program with required signatures
    • An approved deficiency plan with official transcripts of degrees earned from and conferred by an accredited college or university and documentation of required scores
    • An information sheet
    • A copy of curriculum lesson plans as required by the district and aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and samples of student work resulting from the lessons
    • A classroom management plan
    • Reports (3) of observations of master teachers