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Elementary Level Core ESL

Our program has a strong emphasis on developing future teachers' instructional practices for the purpose of sustaining cultural and linguistic diversity and disrupting inequities in schools. Faculty members are passionate and committed to providing future teachers with opportunities to work closely with their community, engage in practice-informed experiences, and learn ways to be culturally and linguistically responsive. Future teachers learn teaching practices that are rooted in social justice.

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Career Opportunities

After successful completion of the degree and passing scores on the required certification exams, graduates can apply for EC-6 ESL Core Subjects teacher certification. The EC-6 Core Subjects certification makes you eligible to teach in an Elementary School setting in Texas, as the teacher of record for all core subjects. Any teacher who holds an initial valid Texas classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree can later add additional classroom certification areas by completing the appropriate examination(s).

Considering Graduate School?
Texas State's Curriculum and Instruction Department offers several programs specifically geared toward students who have earned teacher certification but want to further their education and qualifications. These include The Teacher Fellows Program and the Master's in Elementary Education.

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology offers a Specialist in School Psychology program, where students with or without teaching experience can choose specializations in autism or bilingual school psychology and apply for licensure as a School Psychologist.

For some general guidance about all the available programs Texas State has to offer, visit the Graduate College web page.

While our office assists students seeking undergraduate degrees, Ross Wood is a career educator and the liaison to the College of Education in Career Services. He is available to review resumes, provide interview preparation, discuss search strategies, and more. To schedule an appointment, e-mail Ross [rossw@txstate.edu] with the following information: major, classification, reason for appointment, and 2-3 different dates/times that work best for your schedule. 


Declaring This Major

Schedule an appointment with a College of Education Advisor by calling 512.245.3050 or by stopping by the College of Education Advising Center in the Education building, suite 2143.

To ensure thorough understanding of degree and graduation requirements, students are required to meet with an Advisor before their record will be updated.  In this appointment, an advisor can answer questions about the degree program, update the student's curriculum record in the student information system, and assist with degree planning based on the new declaration.

Round Rock Campus

This program is offered at the Round Rock campus (RRC). Please refer to the Round Rock campus website for more information. Contact information for the Round Rock advisor is listed below. 

Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program

In addition to declaration of the major, students must apply and be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program in order to enroll in Block coursework beyond the Education Core. 

The application and criteria for admittance are available through the Office of Educator Preparation on their website.


Statements of Understanding

Students wanting to declare into this degree program will be required to review and sign the Statement of Understanding form below during their advising appointment. This form is intended to provide helpful degree planning information to students early in their program to pave the way for successful planning and degree progress.


Sequencing and Degree Plan Checksheets

NOTE:  Information included on checksheets is subject to change. 
For the most updated information for each degree plan, students should refer to the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog and track their progress using a Degree Audit.  Additionally, we encourage all students to meet on a semester basis with their Academic Advisor.

2022 Catalog

2021 Catalog

2020 Catalog


See this Transfer Table created for students transferring from Texas public community colleges! 

Transfer Planning

NOTE:  These resources are intended to help you PLAN AHEAD, so be sure to check these before taking transfer coursework whenever possible.

Students planning to earn college credit at another institution for eventual transfer to Texas State should refer to the Transfer Planning Guide for confirmation of which lower-level transfer coursework may be applied toward degree requirements in this specific program.

Additionally, the Transfer Equivalency Guide can be used to determine how any transfer course will be evaluated, regardless of specific degree program.

If you'd like assistance with credit evaluation or admission applications, contact Project Maestros to schedule a Transfer Navigation Appointment.

Did you earn credits toward an AAT? [Associate of Arts in Teaching]
'C's or better in EDUC 1301 and EDUC 2301 satisfy the requirements for CI 2311 and RDG 4320 in this degree plan.


Additional Opportunities

To explore student organizations specifically related to the teaching profession, open the PDF below titled 'Student Organizations - C&I'.

You can also view a more comprehensive list of all the student organizations available across the University through the Student Organizations Council website.

Professional development seminars for pre-service teachers:

Visit the Project Maestros website to learn more about the 'C3: Culture, Community, Communication' professional development certificate program. 


Course Substitution Requests

You may request evaluation of a course taken previously or that you plan to take to confirm whether it is equivalent to a degree requirement in your program.

If approved, provide documentation of that approval to the College of Education Advising Center for the course substitution to be reflected on your Degree Audit.

The instructions below are specific to the EC-6 ESL Core Subjects degree plan.
To request a substitution in a different College of Education program, select from our Majors and Programs list and scroll to the substitutions section at the bottom of that specific program page.