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 4-8 Middle Level Grades (MLG) AND is attached to a master's degree in Elementary Education (ELE). Requirements for certification may be completed prior to completion of the master's degree.

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

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.

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Initial Certification 4-8 Degree Plan

Initial Certification EC-6 Degree Plan

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:

  • know, understand, and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of children and young adolescents to construct learning opportunities that support individual students' development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.
  • know, understand, and demonstrate a high level of competence in their content in the areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • use their knowledge of students, learning, curriculum, environment, diversity, communication, and community to plan and implement collaborative engaging, thought provoking, inquiry-based instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
  • know, understand, and use formal and informal assessment strategies to plan, evaluate, and strengthen instruction to promote continuous intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of all learners.
  • know, implement, evaluate, and reflect upon research-based teaching, professional ethics, and professional learning resources to establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with families, colleagues, professional organizations, and community agencies to promote the intellectual, social, emotional, physical growth, and well-being of all learners.