Post-Baccalaureate Certification - EC-6 Core Subjects with ESL

This post-baccalaureate teacher certification program is designed for individuals who want to earn initial teacher certification to teach children, early-childhood through grade 6. These children may include those who can speak some English but are not proficient in English, which is not their native language.  The program prepares its graduates to be generalists in EC-6 education as well as ESL teachers.

This is a 24-hour program equivalent to eight courses. Of those 24 hours, 18 hours (6 courses) are online coursework, and the remaining 6 hours (2 courses) are either student teaching or practicum. Students in this program may count a number of courses toward a MEd in Teaching if they apply to and are accepted into that degree program.

>> EC-6 Post-Baccalaureate Handbook

Admission Requirements

1) Successfully complete a bachelor's degree program with a GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours, or 2.8 overall with at least 3 hours in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies.

2) Meet the requirements for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School; including standardized test scores:

GRE (verbal-391/146; quantitative-436/141)
ACT (English-23; math 19) (no more than 5 years old)
SAT (total of 1070 with reading and math scores of at least 500) (no more than 5 years old)

3) Apply to Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas. Students must continue to meet the requirements of the Online Teacher Certification Program in order to remain in the program. The application form is available here: Teacher Education Application (Elementary)

Course Requirements for Certificate (24 hours)

EDCI 5010 - Everyone Can Learn: Applying Theory to Teaching Practice (3 hours)
EDBE 5560 - Fundamentals of Bilingual and ESL Education, EC-12 (3 hours)
EDBE 5570 - Assessing Language and Content Learning in Bilingual/ESL Education (3 hours)
EDBE 5590 - ESL Pedagogy EC-12 (3 hours)
EDRE 5070 - Literacy Development for English Language Learners (3 hours)
EDBE 5582 - Curriculum for EC-8 ESL Education (3 hours)

EDEE 5101 - Student Teaching Pre-K through Grade 6 (3 hours)
EDEE 5102 - Student Teaching Pre-K through Grade 6 (3 hours)
EDEE 5105 - Practicum I (3 hours)
EDEE 5115 - Practicum II (3 hours)

Two state exams must be passed for the student to become certified by the state:

  • TExES EC-6 Core Subjects with ESL Supplemental (recommended to be taken after completion of at least 12 hours)
  • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Exam (recommended to be taken after the EC-6 Test)

To attain the teaching certificate, candidates must complete all course work, attain passing scores on the appropriate state examination, and send an application to TEA for the certificate.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Rossana Boyd (

Program Advisors

Maria Claudia Prada (
Taylor Williams (