ADMISSIONS & ENROLLMENT

WHO SHOULD ENROLL?

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

  • 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 REQUIREMENTS

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. To be considered for admission, all applicants must submit the following items:

1.) Admission Application 

2.) Letter of Reference 
 

3.) 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. Applicants must have at least 12 semester hours within the content certification area or 15 semester hours for math/science certification. Applicants with an overall GPA less than 2.50 or who lack the semester hour requirement must present a passing score on the TX PACT Examination taken through the PACT route prior to admission. Registration information can be found at:  Register for PACT Examination.
 

4.) 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. Exceptions to the GPA requirement may be granted based upon mitigating factors, e.g., full-time employment while completing degree. This exception to the minimum GPA requirement will be granted by the program director only in extraordinary circumstances and will not be used to admit more than 5% of any candidate cohort.

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5.) 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.

PROGRAM TRANSFER

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.

CONTINGENCY ADMISSION

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.

LATE HIRES

A late hire for a teaching position shall complete 30 clock-hours of field-based experience as well as 80 clock-hours of initial training within 90 school days of assignment. Under this stipulation, late hires must successfully complete three courses within 90 days of the hire date.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

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." 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.

CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECK

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. Clinical teachers must also pass a criminal history check conducted by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification. 


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

 
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