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Probationary Admission Requirements

After the first 60 credit hours, students desiring to pursue teacher certification must apply for probationary admission to the Teacher Education Program. Application packets are available in the School of Education.

Students must:

  1. Complete and submit the following forms:
  2. Demonstrate a high level of competency in reading, mathematics and writing as evidenced by the students’ Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) scores. The minimum accepted scores are as follows: a reading score of 230 or higher, a mathematics score of 230 or higher and a writing score of 220 or higher.
    1. Students are exempt from the THEA requirement if they have one of the following:
      1. Completed an associate degree with a 3.0 GPA.
      2. An ACT composite score of at least 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English or mathematics test.
      3. An SAT combined critical reading and mathematics score of at least 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading or mathematics test.
  3. Have a GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 credit hours.
  4. Possess the personal and professional qualities necessary for success as a classroom teacher. When all admission materials have been received, candidates for the program receive notification from the Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program stating approval, disapproval, or approval with conditions, for probationary admission to Teacher Education. Once students have met probationary admission, they can take up to 13 credit hours of teacher education courses and begin working towards fulfilling their Field Experiences requirements (Field Experiences Brochure). When they have reached the 13-credit-hour limit, and have completed their Field Experiences requirements, they must be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to continue taking courses.

Full Program Admission

Candidates must fulfill the following requirements for full program admission:

  • Completed probationary admission
  • Cumulative minimum undergraduate UST GPA of 2.75
  • Evidence of completed field experiences on file
  • Positive recommendation from teacher education advisor
  • Approval by teacher education faculty
  • Approval by the College Committee on Teacher Education. The College Committee on Teacher Education reviews applications of students wishing to enter the Teacher Education Program at the beginning of each semester or term (fall, spring and summer). The committee comprises the teacher education faculty of the School of Education and representatives from each of the academic departments within the University that provide courses in areas of certification.

When all admission materials have been received, candidates for the program receive notification from the Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program stating approval, disapproval or approval with conditions for full admission.

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