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Teacher Education Requirements

Admission to the Teacher Education Program of the University is by application to the Dean of the School of Education 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.

NOTE: A transfer student/candidate who has completed a designated certification track in a specific subject area cannot be admitted to our program for the same certification track.

Our Advisory Committee or 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 - both initially and before clinical teaching.

Code of Ethics and Standards for Texas Educators

The Texas educator should strive to create an atmosphere that will nurture to fulfillment the potential of each student.  Our faculty, staff and our candidates are responsible for standard practices and ethical conduct toward students, professional colleagues, parents, and the community at all times.  This code is intended to govern the profession; the Professional Practice Commission shall determine the interpretations of the code.  The educator who conducts his or her affairs with conscientious concern will exemplify the high standards of professional commitment.

For Our Student Applicants/Candidates

The Educator Code of Ethics is introduced and discussed in EDUC 3301.  The TEA Code of Ethics training modules are incorporated into our requirements for future student coursework, as well as our clinical teaching program, as part of their staff development prior to our clinical teachers completing our program.

For Our Professors/Supervisors

The Educator Code of Ethics is shared and addressed with all of our teacher education professors and supervisors annually.  The Code of Ethics training link is provided to them as well.

Teacher Certification Process:

Level 1: Admission Requirements into the Teacher Education Program

In order to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, an applicant must:

  • Be classified as a sophomore or higher.
  • Have met the 2.75 GPA requirements (cumulative, in major, minor, and professional development).
  • Have minimum required hours in content areas:  Minimum 15 hours in all content areas for secondary or all-level content majors or Minimum 12 hours in core subjects content areas for Core Subjects EC-6 majors- combined hours in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and English.
  • Have completed most general education requirements for the B.S.E.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in reading, oral and written communication and mathematics with a satisfactory score on the ACT, SAT, or TSI.  The ACT, SAT, and TSI scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the test.  The ACT score requirements are a minimum of 23 on the composite score and a minimum of 19 on the English section on 19 on the Math section.  The SAT test taken before March 5, 2016 requires a combined score of 1070 and a Reading score of 500 and a Math score of 500.  The SAT test taken after March 5, 2016 requires an EBRW score of 480 and a score of 530 on the Math section.  The TSI score requirements are a 355 on the Reading section, a 356 on the Math section, a score of 355 on the Writing section, and a score 5 on the required Essay.

Minimum Required Testing Scores   


  • TOEFL - with score of 26 or higher for international students.
  • Criminal Background Check with no offenses.
  • Interview Process - in determining applicant's level of teacher skills.
  • Make a "C" or higher in Speech 1311, 1315, or equivalent to demonstrate oral proficiency.
  • Not be on disciplinary probation.
  • FERPA & Code of Ethics - signed documents.
  • Completed written essay - "Why I Want to Become a Teacher."
  • Two professors' written recommendations.
  • Have fully completed the application process prior to the deadline - late fee $75 if submitted within 3 weeks of due date.  After that, applicant will have to reapply for next semester.
  • Have been approved by Teacher Education Council and applicant signed/returned an acceptance reply to Teacher Education Department.  Upon completion of tasks required in the approval letter the applicant is officially admitted.
Level 2: Admission to Field - Based block(s) for Elementary (EC-6), Secondary (7-12th), or All Level (EC - 12th) Certification

In order to be admitted to a field-based block, a candidate must:

  1. Have completed EDUC 3301 with a grade of "C" or higher
  2. Have completed EDUC 3302 with a grade of "C" or higher
  3. Have at least a GPA  of 2.75 or higher average between the above courses
  4. Have met all requirements indicated in Level 1 above and already been admitted/ accepted into the Teacher Education Program.
  5. Not be under Departmental Review / Probation
Level 3: Admission to the Clinical Teaching Level Program

To be admitted to the Clinical Teaching Level and be placed in a public school assignment, a teacher candidate must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have completed all requirements indicated on Level 1 and 2 above.
  • Have completed all the requirements of the field-based block (s)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in all college work at the time of application.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher in the teaching field(s) or interdisciplinary major.
  • Have a grade of "C" or higher  and cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in all professional development courses required for certification.
  • Have completed all general education courses as prescribed in the degree plan.
  • Have written approval of the major and minor departments.
  • Not be on disciplinary probation or departmental review.
  • Lack no more than six (6) additional hours, plus clinical teaching to graduate.
  • Students may not be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and the Clinical Teaching Level during the same calendar year.
  • Criminal background check - cleared
  • 2 professors references
  • Met testing criteria and passed practice Pedagogy Test (PPR)
  • 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.)
  • Teacher Quality Matrix - as a measure related to teacher suitability / work ethics
  • Have been approved the Teacher Education Council and received a signed and dated acceptance reply from the candidate to the Director of Student Field Experiences. On receipt - Candidate is officially admitted as a clinical teacher.
Graduation and Certification

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

  • Have passed all state mandated required tests for candidate's certification track.
  • Complete all academic requirements for the degree.
  • Complete all requirements of the Teacher Education Program for the University.
  • Apply, pay for teacher certificate and apply, pay for, and complete fingerprinting process.  (DPA conducts criminal record search for all certificate applicants)
  • 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 determines the individual's readiness to take the examination and meeting test approval criteria. (19 TAC 230.21c)
Criteria for "Readiness To Test"

In order for us to approve a candidate to take the TExES 160 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Test or the EC-6 Core Subjects Test, the candidate must meet the Teacher Education Department's "readiness to test" requirements. Those are:

  1. Complete Certify Teacher online preparation program.
  2. Successful completion of the departmental PPR practice examination.        

Candidates receiving content certification at the 7-12 level or EC - 12th grade level - will have their "readiness to test" in their subject area teaching fields determined by their particular departments.

Testing Retake Limits: Each candidate can only be given four (4) retries of that same TExES test if their first attempt to take isn't successful. Upon the fourth retry of attempting to pass and not being successful our education preparation program is required to remove the candidate's opportunity to take again within the parameters of our program.(House Bill 2205)(19 TAC 230.93 & TEC 21.048 a-1)

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 responsibilities of the teaching profession.