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 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: Candidates cannot be admitted to our program in the same certification track if they have completed same certification track at another college or university.

   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.

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:
        

  1. Be classified as a sophomore or higher.
  2. Have met the 2.75 GPA requirements (cumulative, in major, minor, and professional development). Have an updated degree audit from the registrar's office on file that reflects most recent grades.
  3. Have completed most general education requirements for the B.S.E.
  4. Have demonstrated proficiency in reading, oral and written communication, critical thinking, computer proficiency and mathematics with a satisfactory score on ACT, SAT, or TSI.   

     

    ACT

    SAT

    TSI

    Combined Score

    21

    1500

     

    Reading

    19

    500

    355

    Math

    19

    500

    355

    Writing

    19

    500

    355 & 5

  5. Make a "C" or higher in Speech 1311, 1315, or equivalent.
  6. Not be on disciplinary probation.
  7. TOEFL- with score of 26 or higher for international students
  8. Criminal Background Check - Cleared
  9. Interview Process - in determining applicant's level of necessary teacher skills
  10. FERPA and Code of Ethics - signed documents
  11. Complete a written essay
  12. Two professor recommendations
  13. 15 hrs for Math / Science certification (7-12th grades)
  14. 15 hrs for other  Content candidates (7-12th grades)
  15. EC - 6 Core needing 12 hrs in Math, Science, Social Studies, English combined
  16. 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.
  17. Have been admitted by our Advisory Committee and Teacher Education Council and received an acceptance reply from the applicant to the Teacher Education Department. Upon Receipt - 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 met all of the following criteria:

 

  1. Have completed all requirements indicated on Level 1 and 2 above.
  2. Have completed all the requirements of the field-based block (s)
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in all college work at the time of application.
  4. Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher in the teaching field(s) or interdisciplinary major.
  5. Have a grade of "C" or higher  and cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in all professional development courses required for certification.
  6. Have completed all general education courses as prescribed in the degree plan.
  7. Have written approval of the major and minor departments.
  8. Not be on disciplinary probation or departmental review.
  9. Lack no more than six (6) additional hours, plus clinical teaching to graduate.
  10. Students may not be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and the Clinical Teaching Level during the same semester.
  11. Criminal background check - cleared
  12. 2 professors references
  13. Met testing criteria and passed practice Pedagogy Test (PPR)
  14. 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.)
  15. Teacher Quality Matrix - as a measure related to teacher suitability / work ethics
  16. Have been admitted by our Advisory Committee and Teacher Education Council and received an acceptance reply for the candidate to the Director of Student Field Experiences. On receipt -  Candidate is officially coded as a clinical teacher.


Graduation and Certification

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

  1. Have passed all state mandated required tests for candidate's certification track.
  2. Complete all academic requirements for the degree.
  3. Complete all requirements of the Teacher Education Program for the University.
  4. Apply, pay for teacher certificate and apply, pay for, and complete fingerprinting process.                           (DPA conducts criminal record search for all certificate applicants)
  5. Anyone seeking a standard certificate as an educator based upon completion of an approved educator certification program my 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)           

 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.

 

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)