The Certification Process

The aggieTEACH-Science program is committed to assisting you every step of the way in preparing you to be a teacher while earning your undergraduate STEM degree. From the very beginning, you’ll meet with a program advisor to create a personalized certification plan. This plan is essential to your timely completion of the program.

To become a certified secondary mathematics or science teacher through the aggieTEACH-Science program, you must:

For more information about becoming a classroom teacher, visit the Texas Education Agency websites about initial certification and certification through a university program.

Certifications & Degrees

Students are not required to have a specific major to be in aggieTEACH-Science, however the degree earned must contain a significant number of mathematics or sciences courses. Usually, the degree declared determines the area of certification.

The table below gives the types of certification you can obtain with selected degrees. If your degree is not listed below, contact an aggieTEACH-Science advisor to see if your degree plan can be adjusted to fit an area of certification.

Certification Certification Description Degree
Chemistry Holders of this certificate are eligible to teach science in Grades 7 and 8 and all chemistry courses in Grades 9-12. Chemistry, Food Science, Nutrition
Life Science Holders of this certificate are eligible to teach science in Grades 7 and 8 and all biology, environmental systems, environmental science, and aquatic science courses in Grades 9-12. Animal Science, Biology, Bioenvironmental Sciences, Biomedical Science, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Wildlife Fishery Science, Zoology
Mathematics  Holders of this certificate are eligible to teach mathematics in Grades 7 and 8 and all mathematics courses in Grades 9-12. Mathematics, Statistics, University Studies Math for Teaching
Physics/Mathematics Holders of this certificate are eligible to teach mathematics and science in Grades 7 and 8 and all mathematics and physics courses in Grades 9-12. Mathematics, Physics
Physical Science Holders of this certificate are eligible to teach science in Grades 6, 7, and 8 and all physics and chemistry courses, including Integrated Physics and Chemistry, in Grades 9-12. Chemistry, Food Science, Physics
Composite Science Holders of this certificate are eligible to teach science in Grades 7 and 8 and all science courses in Grades 9-12. Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Geosciences, Geology, Meteorology, Physics, University Studies Science for Teaching, Zoology

Professional Licensure & Certification Disclosure

Since the aggieTEACH-Science program leads to a professional certification that is required for employment, it is important to note that professional certification requirements vary from state to state. This may affect a student’s ability to apply for a professional certification upon the completion of the program. The U.S. Department of Education regulation, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), requires an institution to disclose whether the program will fulfill educational requirements for certification for each state. For 2020-2021 we have made the following determination regarding their curriculum.  We recommend students contact the appropriate state licensing agency in their state or the state where they intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure/certification requirements before beginning the program.  For more information, visit http://certification.tamu.edu/professional-licensure/

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