The University of Texas-Pan American is holding a series of review sessions beginning Nov. 1 for teachers and future teachers who are planning to take the ExCET or teacher certification exam.
All certification candidates must attend one ExCET review session before registering to take the exam. All UT Pan American review sessions are free of charge.
Review sessions for elementary certification will be Generic Special Education, Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Professional Development, Nov. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Elementary Bilingual Comprehensive, Nov. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Elementary Comprehensive, Nov. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Elementary Professional Development, Nov. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Secondary certification review sessions will be Health and Kinesiology, Nov. 1 from 9 to 10 a.m. and Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon; Generic Special Education, Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Mathematics, Nov. 8 and Nov. 22, both from 9 a.m. to noon; Biology (Botany Section), Nov. 8 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Professional Development, Nov. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Secondary Professional Development, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon; and History, Nov. 21 beginning at 3:35 p.m.
Other secondary certification math review sessions have been scheduled for Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 28, April 11 and May 2.
Review sessions for certification in the graduate-level counseling program will be Theories and Techniques in Group Counseling, Nov. 4 from 7 to 10 p.m.; Ethics and Legal Issues, Nov. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Human Growth, Career and Appraisal, Nov. 11, 7 to 9 p.m.
All ExCET review sessions will be held on the UT Pan American campus. For specific buildings and room numbers and for more information, call the ExCET office at 381-3405.
Nov. 21 is the registration deadline for the next administration of ExCET, which will be Dec. 6.
To register for the exam, current and former students of UT Pan American must meet the eligibility requirements established by the UT Pan American Teacher Education Committee. Graduates and students who attended other institutions must meet similar requirements at those institutions.
Eligibility criteria for current student teachers are that they must have completed the program requirements of an approved certification program at UT Pan American or currently be enrolled in their last semester at UT Pan American, and must provide verification of having attended one ExCET review session.
Eligibility criteria for individuals on deficiency plans - those who are currently teaching but have not yet passed ExCET - are that they must have completed the program requirements of an approved certification program at UT Pan American or are enrolled in their last semester at UT Pan American; provide verification of having attended one ExCET review session; apply to take only one ExCET per testing date unless a waiver from the content area is granted for one additional ExCET; have completed 12 hours of professional education certification coursework; have completed academic specialization or major or minor in area of targeted ExCET; and, if seeking elementary certification, lack no more than nine hours in interdisciplinary area.
Individuals in the UT Pan American Alternative Certification Program must be in the second semester of their internship to be eligible to take an ExCET.
Those meeting the above criteria will be eligible to receive a bar code that allows them to register for ExCET. Those who attended an institution other than UT Pan American must contact that institution to receive a bar code.
Applications for the Dec. 6 ExCET will be accepted at the UT Pan American Annex, 2412 S. Closner in Edinburg, on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 17 and 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.
This is the first year that the bar codes have been required for ExCET registration. According to Martha Harrison, ExCET improvement coordinator at UT Pan American, the bar code system and eligibility requirements were designed to make sure that those attempting the test are as prepared as possible.