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  • Applications Checklist

    Pass the TExES exam  - Requirement changing 1/26/20

    Submit online application

    Submit all transcripts for review -  From every community college and university attended including dual credit coursework earned while in high school.

    Haberman online teacher pre-screener interview

    Acceptance letter


    If you have reason to believe that you may be ineligible for educator certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense, it is advised that you request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation. For more information or to request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation, visit the Texas Education Agency Website.

  • Admission Criteria

    • Bachelor’s degree conferred or in the last semester of college
    • 2.5 GPA cumulative in undergraduate coursework or within the last 60 hours
    • Passing score on a TExES exam – PACT (Pre-Admission Content Area Test) - Requirement changing 1/1/20
    • Submission of sealed transcripts
    • Passing score on program screening instrument
    • Signed acknowledgment of formal acceptance letter
  • For degrees conferred outside of the U.S.:

    You are required to have a complete transcript review by an approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Service.



    If English is not your first language:

    You must also take and pass the TOEFL iBT test, which measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level.


    Submit transcripts, transcript evaluation, and passing TOEFL scores to

    Required TOEFL scores

    • Speaking 24
    • Listening 22
    • Reading 22
    • Writing 21
  • Earn your teacher certification or earn dual credit toward your administrative certification while working on your teacher certification.

    Admission Criteria

    • 2.5 GPA in Bachelor’s degree for teacher certification
    • 3.0 GPA in Master’s degree for administrative certification


    • $1,600 for teacher certification program
    • $6,500 for administrative certification program

Statewide changes begin January 26, 2020

Q: Who does this change affect?
A: If you are seeking admission into a Texas Educator Preparation Program that requires the PACT exam in January 2020, then the new change will affect you.
Q: Who does the change NOT affect?
A1: If you have already taken and passed your TEXES exam
A2: If you are currently admitted into a Texas Education Prep Program
A3: If you are already a certified teacher in the state of Texas

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