General Education Program Information

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV

Teaching is a gift given by God. It is a gift that can be used to reach multitudes for His kingdom. SAGU Teacher Education Faculty and Staff are committed to prepare and develop the calling God has placed on the lives of our students.

Education embraces all and has no borders or boundaries. Students in the SAGU Teacher Education program learn the importance of meeting the needs of diverse student populations, fostering relationships with students, families, and colleagues, while educating the whole child.

The SAGU Teacher Education program is designed to prepare students for certification with the State of Texas. Thus, students will be qualified to teach in either public or private school settings. This preparation is accomplished through a combination of campus and field-based delivery systems. SAGU offers undergraduate degree programs in Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Education. SAGUs Harrison School of Graduate Studies offers a master’s degree in education with emphasis in the following areas of study: Christian School Administration, Curriculum Development, Early Childhood/Elementary, Middle and Secondary Education, Educational Leadership, and School Counseling.

All SAGU Teacher Education majors are required to apply for admittance to the Teacher Education Program. SAGU Teacher Education majors are assigned and encouraged to meet with his or her designated program coordinator as well as the Director of Educator Certification to ensure that all requirements are met for program approval.

Educator Preparation Program Approval

Student’s seeking admission into the SAGU Teacher Education Preparation Program and who have achieved sixty (60) credit hours or more, must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete and pass ENG 1113 & ENG 1123, Composition and Rhetoric I and II with a “B” or higher.
  • Complete and pass COM 1143 Fundamentals of Speech Communication with a “C” or higher.
  • Complete and pass MTH 1123 College Algebra or an equivalent higher level course.
  • Complete the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis (TJTA) - See SAGU calendar for administration dates and times.
  • Complete and pass the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) exam. This is a computerized, skills based exam that measures reading, writing, and math proficiency.

    To make an appointment to complete the THEA exam, please contact SAGU Testing Center, located in the SAGU School of Distance Education office at 972-825-4775 or email esoto@sagu.edu.

    Students may also visit the THEA website http://www.thea.nesinc.com/ or http://www.testprepreview.com/thea_practice.htm to view the registration bulletin and complete a practice exam.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Participate in an Interview by members of the Education Committee.
  • Complete SAGU Teacher Education Program Application Packet--Including Application, Statement of Purpose, Recommendation Forms, Signed Educators’ Code of Ethics Affirmation, and FERPA/TExES Release.
  • A nonrefundable $55.00 Teacher Education Program application fee will be added to your student account once the application has been approved by the SAGU Education Committee.

Field Experience

SAGU’s Teacher Education Program integrates direct instruction with hands-on learning experiences in local schools. Each student taking education-related courses is required to complete Field Experience in a local public, charter, or private Christian School. The number of hours of Field Experience vary by program and course.

When students enroll in a course with required Field Experience hours, students must contact the Education Department Office to set up their placement. All placements must be made through our office in order for students to access local schools. Students enrolled in Distance Education courses with required Field Experience must also contact the Education Department Office for guidance.

The following forms must be reviewed, completed, and returned in order for Field Experience hours to be processed:

Student Teaching

Eligible students must complete an application for student teaching the semester preceding the student teaching assignment. Check the the SAGU academic calendar for application due dates. To be eligible for student teaching, a student must:

  • Be approved to the SAGU Teacher Education Program.
  • Have completed, or be enrolled in, all prescribed coursework.
  • Maintain a minimum of 2.75 GPA in all course work.
  • Successfully complete all required Field Experience observation hours.

The SAGU Teacher Education Committee will review all applications to determine eligibility for student teaching. Admission to the SAGU Teacher Education Program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching. Application appeals may be made in writing to the Director of Teacher Education.

Students are advised to:

  • Become familiar with the Student Teaching Handbook.
  • Make financial arrangements prior to the student teaching semester as students may not maintain outside employment while student teaching.
  • Due to certification regulations, student teachers must graduate within six months of completing student teaching or risk repeating the student teaching semester.

State Certification

Students seeking Texas State Teaching Certification must follow specific guidelines for certification. Students are encouraged to discuss these guidelines with the SAGU Director of Teacher Certification and SAGU Teacher Education Testing Coordinator. Graduating with an Education degree from SAGU does not guarantee state certification.

One essential component of state certification are the exams. The SAGU Teacher Education Certification track is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES). The TExES is administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) on behalf of the Texas Education Agency. While there are many TExES exams, SAGU Teacher Education students take the TExES exam based upon the certification they are seeking. In general, students will take at least two exams, the Professional and Pedagological Responsibilities (PPR) and the content area exam (Social Studies 7-12, English Language Arts 7-12, Core Subjects EC-6, Music EC-12, Physical Education EC-12, Theatre Arts EC-12).

Our goal at SAGU Teacher Education is to prepare students to pass TExES exams on the first attempt. We provide students with preparation materials and opportunities to practice exams prior to official examination by ETS. All students must have approval from the SAGU Teacher Education Department prior to exam registration with ETS.

The follow forms and guidelines are vital to the certification process:

State and Federal Reports

SAGU Teacher Education graduates have achieved a 98% TExES Certification Exam pass rate for the 2014-2015 academic year. According to the national Title II report, which ranks universities by state, SAGU achieved a high ranking by the federal government by scoring in the top quartile in the state of Texas for students passing state certification requirements.

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