All candidates with a Bachelor's degree must apply to the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts as well as the Department of Education Teacher Certification Program.
Formal admission to the Department is required for all students seeking Texas Teacher Certification and/or a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Those students who have baccalaureate degrees and wish to become certified also must apply to the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.
General admission requirements include:
1. An overall grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a 2.75 in pedagogical and teaching field courses.
2. Proficiency in each of the basic skills: reading, writing, math, critical thinking, and oral communication in English. A student can demonstrate proficiency by submitting a combination of passing scores on approved standardized tests, and successful performance on required University-administered writing/critical thinking assessment. The writing assessment is administered during the admission process. Approved standardized tests and minimum passing scores are:
a) THEA: English 230, Math 230, Writing 220
b) SAT: a combined score of 1070
c) ACT: Composite score of 23 with at least 19 in English and 19 in Math
3. Completion of required general education courses*:
6 hours in English (9-12 hours for EC-4)
3 hours in math, college algebra or above
3-4 hours of laboratory science
6 hours in American history (Secondary, 3 in American and 3 in other)
3 hours in American government.
*Students who have not completed all general education requirements may apply for conditional acceptance.
4. A completed application to the Department of Education Teacher Certification Program and essay.
5. A certification plan developed by the Department Certification Officer.
6. Recommendation by the Department of Education faculty.
7. Completed application to Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.
8. Pass the TExES PACT (Preliminary Admission Content Test).
Foreign Student Applicants: A foreign credential evaluator that has been recognized by the State of Texas must evaluate all foreign transcripts. In addition, all student applicants whose native language is not English must submit a score report from the TOEFL, TSE and TWE. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 600. Minimum scores on TSE and TWE are 50 and 5, respectively. All scores must not be older than two years.