Admission Requirements for the Teacher Education Program


     Admission to the Teacher Education Program of the University is by application to the Dean of the School of Edcuation during the semester in which the student is enrolled in EDUC 3302.   

    Students who plan to make application for admission to the Teacher Education Program are encouraged to obtain a copy of the admission policy and standards for admission as early as possible to avoid delays in the admission process. Transfer and post-graduate students must satisfy all admission requirements.

   The Teacher Education Council may prescribe additional screening procedures to evaluate the emotional stability and /or communication effectiveness of an applicant. A negative TB test is required before field experiences are scheduled, as is a satisfactory criminal history check.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROCESS:

STEP 1: Complete requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

In order to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:
        

  1.     Have completed the application process prior to the deadline for admission to the Teacher Education Program. (late applications and documentation of the $75.00 late fee must be submitted no later than three (3) calendar weeks past the announced deadline. If a student fails to meet this deadline they will need to apply during the following semester.)
  2. Be classified as a sophomore or highter.
  3. Have met the 2.75 GPA requiredments (cumulative, in major, minor, and professional development).
  4. Have an updated degree audit from the registrar's office on file that reflects most recent grades.
  5. Have completed most general education requirements for the B.S.E.
  6. Have demonstrated proficiency in reading, oral and written communication, critical thinking, computer proficiency and mathematics (have received satisfactory score on ACT, SAT, or on TSI).   

     

    ACT

    SAT

    TSI

    Combined Score

    21

    1500

     

    Reading

    19

    500

    355

    Math

    19

    500

    355

    Writing

    19

    500

    355 & 5

  7. Make a "C" or highter in Speech 1311, 1315, or equivalent.
  8. Not be on disciplinary probation.

                
STEP 2: Complete requirements for admission to elementary, secondary, or all -level certification/ site-based block(s).

In order to be admitted to a site-based block, a student must:

  1. Have completed Education 3301 and 3302 with a grade of "C" or higher, and have a GPA in these two courses of 2.75 or higher.
  2. Have met all requirements indicated in Step 1 above.
  3. Have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
  4. Not be under Departmental Review.

 


STEP 3: Complete requirements for admission to the Clinical Teaching Level.

In order to be admitted to the Clinical Teaching Level and be placed in a Clinical teaching assignment, as student must:

  1. Have met all requirements indicated in Steps 1 and 2 above.
  2. Have completed application and placement forms for a clinical teaching assignment prior to deadline. (Late applications and documentation of the $75.00 late fee must be submitted no later than three (3) calendar weeks past the announced deadline. If a student fails to meet this deadline they will need to apply during the following semester.)
  3. Have completed all teh requirements of the site-based block (s).
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in all college work at the time of application.
  5. Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher in the teaching field(s) or interdisciplinary major.
  6. Have a grade of "C" or highter  and cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in all professional development courses required for certification.
  7. Have completed all general education courses as prescribed in the degree plan.
  8. Have written approval of the major and minor departments.
  9. Not be on disciplinary probation.
  10. Lack no more than six (6) additional hours, plus clinical teaching to graduate.
  11. Not be under Departmental Review.
  12. Students may not be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and the Clinical Teaching Level during the same semester.


STEP 4: Complete requirements for graduation and certification as well as statemandated test.

In order to be recommended for certification, the student must:

  1. Pass the appropriate practice test prior to taking state-mandated tests.
  2. Pass required state-mandated tests.
  3. Complete all academic requirements for the degree.
  4. Complete all requirements of the Teacher Education Program of the University.

NOTE:  Anyone seeking a standard certificate as an educator based upon completion of an approved educator certification program may take the appropriate certification examination required at such time as the entity delivering the certification program determins the individual's readiness to take the examination, or upon successful completion of the program, whichever comes first.

    All certification requirements are subject to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) standards, rules, and regulations. TEA has the authority to suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue a teaching certificate to a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for a crime which directly relates to the duties and reponsibilities of the teaching profession. The Department of Public Safety and TEA will conduct a criminal record search of all certificate applicants.