Teacher Program Admissions Criteria

Minimum Prerequisites

  •  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution
  •  If degree is from another country
    •  TOEFL Internet Based Test (minimum scores of 24 in speaking; 22 in listening and reading; and 21 in writing)
    •  Candidates who complete an additional bachelor's degree or higher in U.S. are exempt from TOEFL requirement
  •  An overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework, and core content GPA of 2.75
  •  Coursework requirements:
    •  Core Subjects EC-6/Bilingual Core Subjects EC-6/ESL Core Subjects EC-6/Special Ed. EC-12 – 24 hours of college credit in the core content subjects of math, English, science, and social studies (psychology and sociology do not count)
    •  Secondary single subject – 24 hours of college credit in the content certification area being sought
  •  Science 7-12 composite – 36 hours of college credit in specific categories of Life Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Earth/Space
  •  TSI – applicants with a conferred Bachelor’s degree meet the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) exemption; applicants in their last semester of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree or with a degree from another country will need to show evidence of mastery of basic skills
  •  Clear criminal background check
  •  Proof of English Language Proficiency shown by:
    •  Earned college degree in the U.S., or
    •  Successfully complete interview in English

Step 1: Application – Documents to be Submitted


Step 2: Interview Phase

  •  Interview in English
    •  Bilingual certification applicants will also be interviewed in Spanish
  •   Teach a 10 minute interactive lesson
  •  Complete writing sample
  •  Complete Criminal Background Check form

Step 3: Issuance of Admissions Letter or DNQ Letter

  •  Letter of Admission will be issued electronically to applicants who meet all the admissions criteria in Step 1 and Step 2.
  •  DNQ (Does Not Qualify) Letter will be issued electronically to applicants who do not qualify due to deficiencies in either Step 1 and/or Step 2.