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
    • a special consideration may be granted to overall/last 60 hours GPA in the 2.50 to 2.74 range with the director's approval  
  •  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 Phase

  •  $100 Non-refundable Transcript Review Fee
  •  Application for Enrollment
  •  Transcripts – Submission of all official (sealed) college transcripts
  •  Two (2) letters of recommendation from professional sources, i.e., employers, supervisors, teachers, professors, or school administrators
  •  Resume
  •  PACT Scores (if applicable) - Beginning January 27, 2020, applicants will be able to take a new series of Pre-Admission Content Testing (PACT) exams. To learn more about these new PACT exams, please click here.
    • Effective January 27, 2020 the following program admission policy is in effect:
      • Elementary certificate (EC-6) applicants with admission GPA of 2.75 or higher are required to pass a single-attempt, program-selected local assessment to determine content mastery. Those who do not pass this assessment will need to take and pass a new PACT exam
      • Elementary certificate (EC-6) applicants with admission GPA below 2.75 are required take and pass a new PACT exam
      • Secondary certificates (4-8 or 7-12) applicants with admission GPA of 2.75 or higher are required to pass a single-attempt, program-selected local assessment to determine content mastery. Those who do not pass this assessment will need to take and pass a new PACT exam
      • Secondary certificates (4-8 or 7-12) applicants with admission GPA below 2.75 are required take and pass a new PACT exam

List of PACT exams effective January 27, 2020 

NOTE: Above PACT requirements DO NOT apply to applicants who already passed an appropriate  TExES content exam prior to January 27, 2020 

Step 2: Interview Phase - virtual format during COVID-19

  •  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.