Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Education (Secondary Education; Teacher Certification with Double Major in another B.A. teacher certification degree program)

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses. A minor is typically required for the B.A. degree programs; however, for this program the major in another teacher certification degree program fulfills the requirement for a minor.
  3. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation, which can be completed by courses in the major or double major or the general education core curriculum.
  4. In addition to the Education major and general education core curriculum requirements, students must also complete a second major in the discipline related to the teacher certification sought. All coursework must be completed prior to enrolling in EDST 4681.
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  6. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:
  7. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have an Overall GPA of at least 2.75, as well as grades of “C” or better in all courses within the Major(s), Teaching Field(s), Certification area(s), and/or in the Education Minor.
  8. For transfer students, 6 semester credit hours in Curriculum and Instruction and Special Education may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Associate of Arts in Teaching Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Education at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.
    CI 2310Education for Change (CI ELNA)3
    TCCN: CI 1301
    SPED 4344Educating Students with Mild Disabilities (CI ELNA)3
    TCCN: CI 2301

Course Requirements

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
US 11001ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Mathematics Component Code 0203POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3Modern Language 231013
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315])3 
 16 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303CI 23103
American History Component Code 0603American History Component Code 0603
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 1306])3
Modern Language 232013Double Major9
BA Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics or science23 
Double Major3 
 18 18
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Education Core:6Block I:9
BA ENG Literature [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3 
Double Major8Double Major6
 17 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Block II:9Clinical Practice: Student Teaching6
Double Major6 
 15 6
Total Hours: 120

Students must complete 6 hours of the same foreign language (2310 and 2320). Most students complete 1410 and 1420 as prerequisites before attempting 2310.


Students may choose from the following: ANTH 2301 & ANTH 2101, BIO, CHEM, CS, GEO 2410, GEOL, MATH, PHIL 2330, or PHYS. This course must be different from courses taken to satisfy the Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030.