Educator Preparation Program
TCU students who plan to earn a teaching certificate must declare Education as their major and formally apply for admission to the Educator Preparation Program in the College of Education. To be eligible for admission, students must meet the following minimum requirements at the time they apply. However, meeting only the minimum criteria does not ensure admission to the program. Application deadlines are March 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission.
Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis. Eligibility to apply does not ensure admission to the Educator Preparation Program. The Admissions Committee will consider minimum criteria, as well as student performance (professional attitude, demeanor, abilities and preparation) and available space in the program.
To be eligible for admission to the Educator Preparation Program, students must:
- Complete a minimum of 54 semester hours of course work.
- Attain an overall GPA of 2.75 on a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work at TCU.
- Complete a course in speech and EDUC 200031 with a grade of C or better, and an acceptable admissions screening report.
- Complete 12 hours of content area coursework2 (15 hours required for content area math and science coursework).
- Achieve a grade of C or better in all content area and education courses taken prior to admission.
- Demonstrate English language proficiency.
- Complete record of current (within one year) group one criminal record check3.
- Sign FERPA agreement.
- Sign Ethics Statement and Certificate of Ethics Training.
- Certification candidates enrolled in the program will pay a fee of $35. The fee will appear on your TCU student account following semester upon formal admittance and is non-refundable.
1 Prior to admission to the College of Education, students may take EDUC 20003, 30113, 30143 and EDEC 30103. Students are not allowed to register for any other education courses until admitted to the College of Education.
2 Content area for middle/secondary/all-level education majors/minors includes all coursework related to the content area. Content area for EC-6 majors includes history, government, mathematics, English, lab sciences, geography, fine arts and speech.
3 A person who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a SBEC educator preparation program, or planning to take a certification exam may request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter regarding the person’s potential ineligibility for certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense (TAC §227.101c).
Clinical teachers will follow the district calendar with respect to start dates, holidays, and breaks.
Any exception to these admission standards must be approved by the program faculty and the College of Education dean and/or designee.
Pedagogy and content courses taken at this university per degree plans and prior to admission into an educator preparation program (EPP) satisfy some state certification requirements. (TAC §228.35a6)
Education Major or Double Major
Students may declare a major or double major, but to be admitted into the Educator Preparation Program, majors seeking teacher certification and must meet the following requirements:
- TCU students must have a 2.75 or better GPA.
- Transfer students from a 4 year university must bring a 2.75 or better GPA; students transferring into TCU from a 2 year community college must bring a 3.0 or better GPA to declare an education major and have a 2.75 or better GPA on 12 hours of coursework at TCU to be admitted to the College of Education.
- Entering freshman have no specific requirements to declare an education major but must have a 2.75 or better GPA to be admitted to the college.
- All students pursuing education majors that lead to teacher certification must maintain high professional standards and acceptable academic performance (a minimum 2.75 GPA overall and a “C” or better in all content areas and education coursework).
Education Major without Certification
Students who declare a major in education that does not lead to teacher certification must be admitted to the College of Education and must meet the following requirements:
- TCU students must have a 2.50 or better GPA.
- Transfer students must bring a 2.75 or better GPA to declare an education major and have a 2.50 or better GPA on 12 hours of coursework at TCU to be admitted to the College of Education.
- Entering freshman have no specific requirements to declare an education major but must have a 2.50 or better GPA on coursework taken at TCU to be admitted to the college.
- All students pursuing a degree in Youth Advocacy and Educational Studies must maintain high professional standards and acceptable academic performance (a minimum 2.50 GPA overall and a “C” or better in education coursework).
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