• Individuals interested in earning a Texas Standard Teacher Certificate to teach in public, charter, and private schools. 

  • School personnel seeking to broaden their skills and improve their organization’s effectiveness.

  • Individuals interested in pursuing teaching careers in institutions of higher education.

  • Individuals interested in becoming education leaders in the public and private sector.


Admission is open to all college/university graduates and students enrolled in their last semester of coursework. Candidates who complete all program requirements earn the

Texas Standard Teacher Certificate.

We offer teacher certification programs in the following categories:

Bilingual Core Subjects/STR EC-6, Core Subjects/STR EC-6, Core Subjects/STR 4-8,

ELAR 4-8, ELAR/SS 4-8, ELAR 7-12, ESL EC-12, JROTC 6-12, Math 4-8,

Math/Science 4-8, Math 7-12, Science 4-8,

Science 7-12, Social Studies 4-8, and Special Education EC-12.


To be considered for admission to one of our a teacher certification programs,

all applicants must submit the following items:

1.) Admission Application 

2.) Official transcript(s) indicating the receipt of a Bachelor degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts must be submitted from all colleges/universities attended.

3.) A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 for the undergraduate degree or a 2.50 GPA for the last sixty hours earned prior to receiving the conferred degree. Prospective program candidates who have completed graduate coursework must present a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Applicants with a GPA less than 2.50 are ineligible for admission.


4.) An applicant must demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative. 

Applicants with a conferred bachelor degree are exempt from this requirement.

5.) For an applicant who will be seeking an initial certificate in the classroom teacher class of certificate, the applicant shall have successfully completed, prior to admission, at least: (A) a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought, unless certification sought is for mathematics or science at or above Grade 7; or (B) 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought if the certification sought is for mathematics or science at or above Grade 7; or (C) a passing score on the appropriate content certification examination.

6.) Rubric-Scored Oral/Written Interview


All program (academic and financial) and TEA certification requirements must be complete before the candidate is recommended for the Texas Standard Teacher Certificate.

*The Texas Institute for Teacher Education is not a degree-granting college/university and does not participate in USDE federal financial aid programs.

*Program exit requires the successful completion all TXITE coursework for the intended certification category (Course 5312, Course 5312 LAB, Course 5000, Course 0000, Course 5313, Course 5314, SPED 5312, ESLS 5312, and PPRO 5383 or PPRO 5387 with a grade of "P."


*Passing scores on required TExES exams for the intended certification category

(Content(s), PPR, and STR if required for certificate area);

*Satisfactory field supervisor evaluations/recommendation, mentor/cooperating teacher evaluations/recommendation, and principal evaluations/recommendation; and

*Satisfaction of all program and TEA certification requirements (including national criminal history check) to earn the Texas Standard Teacher Certificate.



The Texas Institute for Teacher Education (TXITE) aspires to be the preeminent Educator Preparation Program exclusively dedicated to preparing future teachers of faith for instructional and leadership roles within K12 schools and learning communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for all community members.

Interfaith cooperation and understanding guides the mission and vision of TXITE.

Within the context of TXITE’s mission and its determination to be faith-centered, candidates are expected to develop and maintain a high standard of personal and behavioral values. At its core, this expectation is based on loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving your neighbor as yourself.

We expect all teacher candidates to adhere to the following stipulations or be subject to immediate dismissal:

*Respect for the personal worth, dignity and rights of others.

*Respect for the diverse backgrounds, personalities, convictions and spiritual traditions of students, staff and faculty who comprise the TXITE community.

*Respect for local, state and federal laws and ordinances.

*Respect for academic, spiritual, and moral enlightenment.

*Adherence to the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators.

*Respectful behavior towards all TXITE staff, faculty, and candidates.

*Satisfy program and certification requirements, including satisfactory academic progress,

before due dates.

*Failure to submit tuition or fees when due.

Failure to adhere to any of these stipulations will result in the immediate program dismissal

without possibility of appeal.


Applicants with prior military, career, and ACP experiences may be awarded course credit once admission credentials are evaluated. To earn transfer credit, please submit evidentiary artifacts of any activities or accomplishments that could be directly translatable to the classroom. Artifacts may include: Examples of training that candidate developed, conducted, or deployed, including peer mentoring, workshops, or formal training programs; Involvement in public relations, presentations, or meetings; and Examples of new procedures or processes that candidate designed and/or implemented; Awards, medals, or commendations;  Relevant training or certifications received in the military and prior service occupations, such as basic training, and any specialized training or professional development received; Certifications including titles and dates; and ACP transfer forms. 


If you are transferring from another program, please have your previous program complete this transfer form so you will be awarded credit for professional competencies already mastered. TXITE will not admit an applicant who: (1) has been reported as completing all EPP requirements by another EPP in the same certification category or class, unless the applicant only needs certification examination approval; or (2) has been employed for three years in a public school under a permit, intern, or probationary certificate as specified in Chapter 230, Subchapter D, of this title (relating to Types and Classes of Certificates Issued), unless the applicant is seeking clinical teaching to earn the Standard Certificate.


Prospective program candidates may be accepted by The Texas Institute for Teacher Education on a contingency basis pending receipt of an official transcript showing degree conferred provided that:
The candidate is currently enrolled in and expects to complete the courses and other requirements for obtaining a baccalaureate degree at the end of the semester in which admission to the program is sought and all program admission requirements have been met. A candidate admitted on a contingency basis may begin program training, but shall not be approved to take a certification examination nor shall not be recommended for a probationary certificate until the candidate has been awarded a baccalaureate degree. The contingency admission will be valid for only the semester for which the contingency admission was granted and may not be extended for another semester. The end of each semester shall be consistent with the common calendar established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


A late hire is an individual who has not been accepted into an educator preparation program before the 45th day before the first day of instruction and who is hired for a teaching assignment by a school after the 45th day before the first day of instruction or after the school's academic year has begun.


A late hire for a teaching position must complete the required 30 clock-hours of field-based experience as well as 150 clock-hours of initial training prior to the internship or within 90 days of the assignment start date as a late hire.

Under this stipulation, late hires must successfully complete the first four pre-hire courses 

within 90 days of the hire date.


Under Texas Education Agency rules, any applicant for a Texas educator certificate must "be able to communicate, listen, read, write, and comprehend the English language sufficiently to use it easily and readily in daily communication and teaching."


The Educational Testing Service offers free and low cost online TOEFL preparation courses to help candidates learn how to improve English language skills.

Applicants may demonstrate English proficiency in one of two ways as specified below:

  1. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education (IHE) in the United States or from a country in which English is the Official Language; or

  2. Provide proof of oral English language proficiency by having a score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test.

Graduates from foreign universities/colleges must submit an original Foreign Credential Review from one of the following TEA-Approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Services.


Pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator. Prior to issuing probationary or standard teaching certificates, the Texas State Board for Educator Certification conducts a national criminal history check on all applicants. 


Pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check

prior to clinical teaching.


An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of a certificate on completion of the Educator Preparation Program.


The applicant has the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter as provided in Chapter 227, Subchapter B, of the Texas Education Code.


The current State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rules are prescribed in §249.16 of this title

(relating to Eligibility of Persons with Criminal History for a Certificate under

Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53, and Texas Education Code, Chapter 21).