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Requirements for Admission

Students are eligible to take EDUC 3320, Professional Development I, as soon as they have 60 earned hours.  However, students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program before they are allowed to take any other professional development courses. 

The following is a summary of generic requirements and key points for admission.  Please use the links to your left to find out information about specific program requirements and applications.

Applying to the Teacher Education Program 
Generic Information

Key Points to Remember:

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on the due date, which is typically February 15, July 1, or October 15.  Sometimes this date is postponed when classes start late.  Please click on "Application Deadlines" to the left for specific dates.

Secondary/All-Level applications and requirements are different from Elementary applications and requirements.  Submit completed applications to our office located in the Math Building, Suite 101.

You will need an advisor's signature on several items in your application.  Be sure to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT well in advance of the due date.

The following is a summary of major requirements that must be completed by the end of application semester.  In addition, elementary students are asked to have the GPA requirement met before applying.  There may be additional requirements that are department specific. 

  • 4 English courses (12 hours) with a C or better   (This will change to 9 hours Fall of 2016.)
  • Speech with a B or better   (COMM 1311, 1315, or 2302)
  • PSYC 3303 or 2308 or CHFS 3300 with a C or better
  • EDUC 3320 with a C or better
  • Completion of at least 12 hours in Certification Area; 15 hours if Math or Science
  • No grade lower than C in your Certification Area or in Professional Development
  • GPA of at least 2.75 in each Certification Area Block, Professional Development, and on all coursework on Certificate Plan.  In addition, an "Admission GPA" of 2.75 is required.  The admission GPA is calculated first by using the overall GPA on the applicant’s transcript at the end of the application semester.  If the overall GPA is lower than a 2.75, it will be recalculated based on the applicant’s last 60 hours of coursework.  When calculating the Last 60 Hours GPA, full semesters must be used; therefore, the  total hours may be in excess of 60.  Either method of GPA calculation must meet the minimum 2.75 requirement for admission eligibility without exception.  Calculators and instructions can be found on the Applications and Certificate Plans page.
  • Passing score in WRITING, READING, and MATH from the Accuplacer, Asset, Compass or THEA.  To check your test scores, send an email with your name and ID number to  Please note that ACT, SAT, TAKS, TAAS, or TSI Assessment scores are not accepted.
  • All students must be screened by their departments. 
  • Each department may have additional requirements.  For example, Interdisciplinary Studies students are also required to have a passing score in MATH 1314 or higher.
  • Evidence of good moral character and the mental, emotional, and physical ability to function effectively in a classroom.

Important Contact Information:

Allison Andrews, Program Specialist, 254-968-9815, 

Dr. Holly Lamb, Certification Officer and Director of Teacher Education, 254-968-9817,

If you are denied admission into the Teacher Education Program, you will need to reapply with new paperwork by the next due date.