Sep 29, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education

Matthew Capps, Dean (Ferguson Hall 201A)


Leann Curry, Chair - Curriculum and Learning
Michaelle Kitchen, Chair - Counseling, Kinesiology, and Special Education
M. Capps
Associate Professors: Acuna, Andersen, Blacklock, Cartwright, Huang, Kitchen, Lindt, McIntyre, Miller, Reeves, Schultz, Stewart
Assistant Professors: Cavitt, Curry, Gupta, King, Manuel, Rutherford, Shawver, Taylor, Wood
Instructors: Cunningham, Hinchman, Medellin, Swagerty, Wines
Certification Officer: Blacklock
Professors Emeriti: Burger, E. Capps, Coe, Darter, Dowd, Estrada, Furr, Gore, Land, Menard, Newton, Owen, Redmon, Simpson, Smith

Mission Statement for the Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education

The mission of the Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education, a community of learners, is to prepare successful, reflective professionals through the use of best practices.


The West College of Education believes that learning changes both the individual and society. Developing resiliency and tolerance enhances an individual’s potential. The individual becomes a critical thinker and an effective problem solver. Individuals with a cause beyond self contribute to an informed, democratic, and synergistic society. We will establish a reflective and collaborative community to enhance the potential of both the learner and society.

Program Summary

The undergraduate teacher certification program of the West College of Education functions within a Center for the Professional Development of Teachers (CPDT). The CPDT consists of the Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education and cooperating public schools. All professional education courses, and most reading courses, are taught as field-based courses in classrooms dedicated to our teacher education program in those professional development schools.

The Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education offers teacher certification for elementary, secondary, all-level teachers, and a B.A. and B.S. in Sport and Leisure Studies. Students who wish to become elementary teachers (Early Childhood - Grade 6; 4-8 Generalist; Grades 4-8) graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS). Students who wish to become secondary teachers (Grades 7-12) or all-level teachers (Grades K-12) pursue a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Business Administration with a major and/or minor in appropriate teaching fields.

The program requirements listed are those in effect at the time this catalog was published. Changes may be mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Texas Education Agency, or Midwestern State University Teacher Education Committee (MSU-TEC). Students should contact the West College of Education for information regarding program changes.

Students already holding a bachelor’s degree who wish to seek teacher certification should contact the Certification Officer, Ferguson Hall 302B, for an assessment of their degree and specific program requirements.

Summary Information of Teacher Candidates

The teacher education preparation program is accredited by the Texas Education Agency. The following demographic data present the pass rate of the TExES for those completing the initial teacher education program between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015.

Overall pass rate:

Total Female Male
98% (107) 97% (90) 100% (17)

Numbers in parenthesis represent number passing the test.

Admission to the Teacher Certification Program

The Teacher Education Committee expects all teacher education students to be above average scholars; therefore, to be considered for admission to the Teacher Certification program, the applicant must have

  1. an application on file (instructions available in Education Office);
  2. three recommendation forms (forms available in Education Office); one written letter of recommendation;
  3. satisfactory scores on the SAT, ACT, TSI Assessment, or equivalent, in reading, writing, and mathematics;
  4. at least 45 semester hours of credit, including EDUC 2013  and COUN 2143  (unless otherwise specified in degree plan);
  5. a cumulative grade point of 2.75;
  6. a grade point of 3.0 in the Communication Core  (excluding any developmental courses);
  7. satisfactory completion of an interview (TAC 227.10); and
  8. completed a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the subject-area content coursework for the certification sought unless the certification is sought in mathematics or science which requires 15 semester credit hours of subject-area content coursework (TAC 227.10).

When the above steps have been successfully completed, the student’s application to the teacher education program is submitted to the Teacher Education Committee. The Teacher Education Committee has the authority to accept or reject an applicant to teacher certification based on the applicant’s file and other relevant information. Admission to the Teacher Education Program is highly selective. Should limitations on resources require restrictions to be placed on the number of students admitted in a given semester or year, the Teacher Education Committee will admit students according to the level of distinction achieved.

All students must be admitted to the program prior to enrolling in any professional education course (EPSY 3153 , EDUC 3163 , EDUC 3183 , EDUC 4033 , EDUC 4043 , EDUC 4053 , EDUC 4063 , EDUC 4073 , EDUC 4083 , EDUC 4113 , EDUC 4166 , EDUC 4176 , EDUC 4263 , ETEC 4003 , READ 4203 , READ 4213 , READ 4223 , READ 4233 , READ 4243 , READ 4273 , SPED 3613 ). Students should complete all requirements and file for admission by the time they have completed 45 hours of credit. Students who have 45 hours of credit and have not been admitted to the program are limited to taking 6 semester hours of professional education courses.

Undergraduate students seeking teacher certification shall be advised by the West College of Education academic advisor.

Admission to Clinical Teaching

Students should make application for clinical teaching by October 1 for the spring semester and by February 15 for the fall semester. Consideration for admission requires a 2.75 grade point average (7-12 Mathematics requires a 2.6) and the dean’s approval in professional education and each teaching field. A grade of “D” in a course required for certification cannot be used in a student’s teaching field, major, minor, or professional education courses. Students may be required to pass qualifying exams in their respective colleges prior to being admitted to clinical teaching. Thirty-five hours of field experiences, with at least one-half at the appropriate teaching level, must be completed before clinical teaching begins. Complete applications are approved by the Teacher Education Committee. Fall applications may not be approved until August if the student has summer courses to complete.

All students receive a speech/language diagnostic assessment as part of their course work. If there are areas for remediation and correction, speech/language therapy is provided for students as a professional service. Admission into clinical teaching is contingent upon completion of the recommended corrective steps. Proper speech and language are professional competencies and expectations. Having these services available for education students should be viewed as a tangible benefit of attending MSU.

Teacher candidates seeking elementary certification must have completed EDUC 2013 , EDUC 3163 , EDUC 4033 , EDUC 4043 , EDUC 4053 , EPSY 3153 , ETEC 4003 , READ 4203 , READ 4213 , READ 4223 , and SPED 3613 , prior to clinical teaching.

Teacher candidates seeking middle school certification must have completed EDUC 2013 , EDUC 3163 EDUC 4063 , EDUC 4073 , EDUC 4083 , EPSY 3153 , ETEC 4003 , READ 4223 , READ 4233 , READ 4243 , and SPED 3613 , prior to clinical teaching.

Teacher Candidates seeking secondary certification must have completed EDUC 2013 , EDUC 3163 , EDUC 3183 , EDUC 4063  or EDUC 4073  or EDUC 4083  or READ 4233 /4243 , EPSY 3153 , ETEC 4003 , READ 4273 , and SPED 3613  prior to clinical teaching.

Teacher Candidates seeking all level certification must have completed EDUC 2013 , EDUC 3163 , EDUC 3183 , ART 4403  or MUSC 4873  or EDUC 4063  or EDUC 4073  or EDUC 4083  or EDUC 4113  or READ 4243  or THEA 4113 , EPSY 3153 , ETEC 4003 , READ 4273 , and SPED 3613  prior to clinical teaching.

Clinical teaching will be full days for 12 weeks.

Fitness for the Teaching Profession

Students who are admitted to teacher education are expected to meet specified non-academic standards that are necessary to be competent teachers. The intent is to ensure that the students recommended for teacher certification are able to effectively and independently carry out the duties for which they are being prepared. The fitness criteria include personality characteristics, responsibility characteristics, communication skills, social relationships, and commitment to the teaching profession. Students who have been identified with a demonstrable discrepancy by one or more professors or cooperating teachers will meet with the Fitness Alert Committee to discuss options and develop a growth plan. The Fitness Alert Committee consists of three faculty members in the West College of Education appointed by a department chair. Failure to make satisfactory progress on the growth plan may result in denied admission to student teaching or removal from the program.  In extreme cases, the student may be immediately removed.

Recommendation for Certification

University recommendation for teacher certification will require completion of the approved program, satisfactory scores on the state competency examinations (TExES), and approval by the Teacher Education Committee. Recommendation for certification will not be made for a student receiving a grade below “C” in clinical teaching. Certification requires successful scores on the TExES and an application fee set by the State Board for Educator Certification. Application for certification is made by applying online at  The Certification Assistant in the Education Office can provide detailed instructions on applying online.

Upon receipt of the University recommendation, the State Board for Educator Certification screens all applicants for Texas certificates for a record of felony or misdemeanor conviction through the Texas Department of Public Safety. In accordance with Article 6252-13c, Texas Civil Statutes, the Commissioner of Education may suspend or revoke a teaching certificate, or refuse to issue a teaching certificate for a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime which directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession.

Programs, Areas of Certification, and Courses