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Advising Deficiency Plan

A deficiency plan is a list of courses that permits certification to be attached to the pre-exisiting degree.

Department of Urban Education

Admission Criteria for Post Baccalaureates, Bachelor’s Degree, or higher

  • Admission to the University of Houston-Downtown (Must be admitted to UHD BEFORE a deficiency plan will be issued)
  • Receipt of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • These transcripts must be in a sealed and stamped university envelop. This set of transcripts is a DIFFERENT set than those given to the admissions office
  • 2.5 GPA or higher in the last 60 hours of college level coursework
  • 2.5 GPA in area of specialization (Secondary Certification and 4-8 Specialists only)
  • THEA exam scores or exemption approval:
    Math 230
    Reading 230
    Writing 220
  • Upon submission of all required materials and meeting all admission criteria, a deficiency plan will be issued to the student.
   

Admission Procedure

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Houston-Downtown ($25 fee for US residents, $60 fee for International students).
  2. Provide official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended to the Department of Urban Education for the deficiency plan.
  3. Complete Department of Urban Education deficiency plan application. Note that the Department of Urban Education requires official transcripts in order to process a deficiency plan. Students must submit official transcripts from all other universities and/or colleges attended upon application to the department. Transcripts must be sealed.
  4. Copies from the UHD Admission’s office are acceptable. The Department of Urban Education Teacher Education and Certification Office can request copies of official transcripts from UHD’s Admission’s Office. No copies will be accepted unless received from the UHD
    Admission’s Office in a sealed UHD envelope.
  5. Pay $40 deficiency plan fee to Cashier’s Office. Submit receipt to the Department of Urban Education with deficiency plan application. (An emergency deficiency plan is available at a cost of $100. Check in the advising office for details.)
  6. Upon notification of admission and receipt of deficiency plan, schedule appointment and meet with Department of Urban Education advisor.
  7. Read all Department of Urban Education policies for post baccalaureate students.
  8. Sign Department of Urban Education Policy and Procedure Notification sheet and return to advisor.
   

Certification Areas Offered at UHD

  • EC-4 Elementary Generalist
  • Grades 4-8 Elementary Generalist
  • EC-4 Bilingual Generalist
  • Grades 8-12 Secondary (contact department advising office for Areas of Specialization)
  • English Language Arts & Reading
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
   

Departmental Policies on Deficiency Plan

  • No deficiency plan will be accepted or processed until an application is complete and processing fee has been paid.
  • All official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended must be received before an application is complete.
  • Completed applications will be processed in 31 working days.
  • Altering or tampering with transcripts or failure to submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended constitutes fraud and will result in denial of admission or dismissal from the program.
  • Failure to identify all colleges and universities attended constitutes fraud and will result in denial of admission or dismissal from the program.

Note

No plan will be accepted or processed until all required documents have been received by the Department of Urban Education. Deficiency Plan applications will be processed within 31 days working of receipt of complete application.

PROGRAM CHANGES

The Department of Urban Education (DUE) Teacher Education and Certification programs are governed by regulations from the Texas State Legislature, the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). Any new rulings or changes made by any of these entities in interpreting the rulings on educator certification may supersede the requirements of a student’s existing certification plan, degree plan, deficiency plan, or ACP.

Last updated or reviewed on 7/22/13

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