|Teacher Education Requirements|
Probationary Admission Requirements:
After the first 60 credit hours of study, 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.
a) Students desiring to apply to the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program must complete & submit the following forms:
b) demonstrate a high level of competency in reading, mathematics, and writing as evidenced by their scores on the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA). The minimum THEA passing scores accepted 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.
Students are exempt from the THEA requirement if they have completed an associate degree with a 3.0 grade point average, have an ACT composite score of at least 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test or the mathematics test, or have a SAT combined critical reading and mathematics score of at least 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test or mathematics test; OR have an Associate’s Degree
c) have a grade point of at least 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours;
d) possess the personal and professional qualities necessary for success as a classroom teachers. 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. When they have reached the 13 credit hour limit, they must be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to continue taking courses.
The College Committee on Teacher Education is composed of faculty representatives from each of the teaching fields as well as faculty from the School of Education. The committee reviews applications for teacher education and recommends approval based on the following criteria:
- Acceptable scores on the Texas Academic Skills Program Test (TASP).
This must be taken prior to enrolling in any professional education course;
- A grade point average of at least 2.50 in the first 9 credit hours of English;
- Overall grade point average of at least 2.50 in the last 60 credit hours;
- Grade point average of at least 2.50 in the teaching field(s);
- Personal and professional qualities necessary for success as a classroom teacher.