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Estimated Completion

120 credit hours (4 years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Undergraduate Studies


Locations Available

  • 1Admission to the off-campus locations such as Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online require a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.



B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies


Elementary and Middle School Certification Options

Stephenville, Fort Worth, and Waco:



Designed With You in Mind

Tarleton’s Teacher Education Program emphasizes general education as a foundation for the mastery of teaching skills and specialized knowledge in an academic discipline. The teacher preparation program prepares highly qualified teachers for jobs in the Unites States Education System.


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Field Experience

Field experiences are an integral part of the Teacher Education Preparation program. They are designed to give students guided experiences with professionals in elementary and secondary schools. View more information about field experience.

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Certification Testing

The Center for Access and Academic Testing is a student-centered department that provide service to students with disabilities, as well as testing opportunities for the Tarleton community and general public. We are located in Math 201, directly across from the elevator, and are available during our regular operation hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to provide more information about our service. (Note: We close at noon for lunch.)

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Concurrent Enrollment

Undergraduate students who wish to apply for the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction may do so while working toward their bachelor's degree. In order to apply, students must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be within 12 hours of completion of bachelor degree
  • 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours
  • Complete Provisional Enrollment Form
  • Apply for admission to graduate school (after undergraduate completion)
Career Services

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • DEI - Delta Epsilon Iota, Career Services Honor Society
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

Program Objectives

The goal of the Tarleton State University Teacher Education Program is to develop teachers who:

  • Possess appropriate knowledge and abilities in specific content areas of teaching fields,
  • Communicate effectively with students, parents, and other professionals,
  • Apply the principles of instructional planning in the development of curriculum,
  • Utilize effective teaching practices,
  • Evaluate student performances, both formally and informally, and use the results of such assessments in the instructional decision-making process,
  • Promote critical-thinking and participatory citizenship,
  • Obtain skills in the use of instructional technology,
  • Become proficient in mathematical skills,
  • Operate within legal guidelines, as well as uphold the ethics of the teaching field, and
  • Demonstrate concern for the general welfare of students, as well as commit to continued professional growth and development.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
EDUC 1301 Introduction to the Teaching Profession
EDUC 2300 Families, School, and Community
EDUC 3330 Models of Instruction
EDUC 4304 Early Childhood Environment
READ 3356 Content Area Literacy for Interdisciplinary Studies
MATH 3303 Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I
ENGL 4360 Advanced Studies in Secondary English

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

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Teaching Interns with Mentor Support

The Teaching Interns with Mentor Support (TIMS) program was founded in 1997. TIMS provide an opportunity for highly qualified Tarleton students who require student teaching for their certificate to begin working as a full-time teacher. TIMS interns will work for a school district and receive corresponding support and supervision from a teacher/mentor from the chosen school. The interns will be under the university's supervision for this experience as well.

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Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society for education. In order to become a member, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and must be eligible and/or already admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students who are interested may contact the Office of Curriculum & Instruction for more information.

Effective Schools Project

Effective Schools Project

Initiated in 1988, Tarleton State University's Effective Schools Project (ESP) has evolved into one of the nation's largest and longest-running school-improvement ventures. ESP is an education improvement network linking our faculty with other campus leadership teams from over 50 Texas institutions in an ongoing effort to enhance school effectiveness. Since its inception, ESP has partnered with 216 different public schools, campuses, and Education Service Centers to provide comprehensive professional development opportunities for educators.