Admission Criteria and Process

Minimum Prerequisites to Apply

  • 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 – 48 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

  • $100 Non-refundable Transcript Review Fee
  • Application for Enrollment
  • Transcripts – Submission of all official (sealed) college transcripts
    • If degree from another country – must be reviewed by Foreign Credential Evaluation Services provider
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from professional sources, i.e., employers, supervisors, teachers, professors, or school administrators
  • Resume
  • Submission of PACT scores (if applicable)

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.