Master's Degrees that lead to Initial Certification
Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education (Certification for grades EC-6 and 4-8)
PBIC Certification Information (commonly known as Alternative Certification)
Thank you for your interest in becoming a certified teacher through Stephen F. Austin State University!
There are three steps you must take in order to be accepted into the Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification (PBIC) program at SFA:
1. Have a Bachelor’s degree
Your GPA must be 2.75 or higher overall or on your last 60 hours
2. Apply for admission to the Graduate School here:
3. Take and pass the Pre Admission Content Test (PACT) and return your score sheet to the Certification Officer
Take the PACT (aka TExES Test) in the content area you want to teach.
Please be sure to verify that Stephen F. Austin State University is approved by TEA to issue a certification in the content area that you are seeking. You can search by Certificate Area and/or Entity here
Here are some helpful links to you get started in achieving your goal of becoming a certified teacher in Texas!
Definitely take a look at the Preparation Manual link for your specific content area here:
After Certification Requirements:
Please contact one of the the following advisors:
Advisor for Masters of Education in Elementary Education:Dr. Jeanie Gresham
Phone: 936-468-2904Advisor for Masters of Art in Teaching in Secondary Education:
Dr. Heather Olson Beal
Phone:936-468-2908Advisor for Masters of Education in Special Education:Dr. Paige Mask