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Stephen F. Austin State University

Initial Certification with Master's Degree (ICM)

The Initial Certification with a Master's degree is designed with you in mind. This exciting and progressive program prepares post-baccalaureate students for teacher certification in EC-6 or Middle Level Grades (MLG) AND is attached to a master's degree in Elementary Education (ELE).

Why a Master of Education Degree with Certification?

A master's degree with initial certification indicates one's desire to go above and beyond the minimal requirement of certification. The advanced degree provides one with in-depth knowledge of theory and application, expanding initial certification. Some districts actually pay a higher salary for the master's degree.

From What Areas of Certification May I Choose?

Stephen F. Austin State University prepares post-baccalaureate students for the following teacher certifications:

Elementary Education (pre-k through sixth grade) EC-6

Middle Level Grades 4 - 8 Generalist

Middle Level Grades 4 - 8 English/Language Arts/Reading

Middle Level Grades 4 - 8 Math

Middle Level Grades 4 - 8 Science

Middle Level Grades 4 - 8 Social Studies

Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT)

Applicants for the Master of Education Degree with certification must pass the Pre-Admission Content Test prior to admission to the graduate program. For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions at Post Baccalaureate-Alternative Certification.

What Can I Expect Upon Graduation from SFA?

Upon the completion of the program and passing the PPR TExES exam, graduates

are eligible to become certified teachers. You will be able to:

  • locate, critically analyze, and synthesize current, relevant literature about an educational topic;
  • use research methods appropriately to design action research applicable to learning environments;
  • interpret assessment data to guide instructional decisions;
  • demonstrate the Perkins College of Education (PCOE) Conceptual Framework dispositions leading to successful teaching: academic excellence, collaboration, life-long learning, openness, integrity, and service; an
  • demonstrate acceptable communication skills.