Entrance Requirements

Below you will find the entrance requirements that all applicants must meet prior to being admitted to the program. Some of these requirements are state-mandates and some may reflect the standards of the program. Please carefully review each requirement. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 713.718.2856. 

To Be Eligible:

Bachelor’s degree:

Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

Your bachelor's degree must be earned and conferred by an institution of higher education that is recognized by one of the regional accrediting agencies by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Check with your institution for accreditation status.

If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a university or college outside of the United States, your international transcripts must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service.

See international transcripts for a list of acceptable evaluation services for US equivalence for admissions into the teacher certification program.

Evaluations must include the educational degree equivalencies, overall grade point average, course-by-course analysis, and divisional course analysis (if teaching in grades 7-12). A “teacher certification” evaluation is preferred.

Grade Point Average (GPA):

Meet grade point average (GPA) requirement of an overall GPA of at least 2.50 or at least 2.50 in the last 60 semester credit hours.

If you do not meet the minimum grade point average requirement, please complete step 1 of the admissions process and submit official or unofficial transcripts from every college or university you attended to determine your GPA. A response will be sent via email with additional instructions. 

Content Mastery:

Demonstrate content mastery in the content area for the certification sought by meeting the prerequisite coursework requirements or submitting a passing score on the content examination through the PACT (Pre-Admission Content Test) TExES Program

For each certification area, the program requires a minimum number of semester hours that must be completed prior to program acceptance. Please complete step 1 of the admissions process and submit official or unofficial transcripts from every college or university you attended to determine if you have met the prerequisites in your area of certification.

Please note if you do not meet the prerequisite requirements you may demonstrate content mastery by submitting a passing score on the content examination through the PACT TExES Program.  Please see Pre-Admissions Content Test for more information. 

Résumé:

Submit current copy of résumé.

The résumé gives us a great insight to your background and skills. An interview will be scheduled, as part of our admissions process, so we ask that you submit your résumé upon submitting your application. 

Interview:

Must pass a scored interview.

Eligible applicants will receive a phone call or email to schedule an interview. Applicants must pass this structured interview. 

Basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics:

Must demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).

The TSI Assessment is a placement testing tool used by public Texas colleges and universities to make sure students are placed into the most appropriate level of courses based on college readiness.

The majority of applicants will be able to meet the TSI requirements through an exemption. After completing steps 1 and 2, you will be notified via email if you would be required to complete the TSI Assessment. Please do not attempt to complete the TSI Assessment unless you are advised to do so.

How do you know if you need to complete the TSI Assessment?

  • Not all students are required to complete the TSI Assessment. 
  • If you graduated with an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, you are not required to complete the TSI Assessment.
  • If you graduated with an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education outside of the United States and submit an official foreign credential evaluation, you are not required to complete the TSI Assessment. 
  • If you met any of the exemptions for TSI, you are not required to complete the TSI Assessment.

If it is determined that you need to take the TSI Assessment, you will be required to complete the Pre-Assessment Activity before signing up to take the test. 

Oral communication skills:

Must demonstrate oral communication skills in the English language.

As a teacher candidate, you must be able to communicate, listen, read, write, and comprehend the English language sufficiently to use it easily and readily in daily communication and teaching.

If you hold an undergraduate or graduate degree outside of the United States, you may have to take the TOEFL iBT exam.  The TOEFL exam measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. It evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. 

How do you know if you need to complete the TOEFL exam?

  • All teacher candidates must demonstrate oral communication skills in the English language.
  • If you completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States – you are exempt and not required to complete the TOEFL exam.
  • If you earned an undergraduate or graduate degree outside of the United States and the primary language of instruction was English, you must provide a letter on university letterhead stating the primary language of instruction at the university is English. If this letter is provided and the primary language of instruction is English – you are exempt and not required to complete the TOEFL exam.
  • If an undergraduate or graduate degree was earned outside of the United States and the primary language of instruction was NOT English – TOEFL scores are required. 

If not exempt from the TOEFL exam, you must submit a passing TOEFL score of 79 on the Internet-based (iBT) exam. A minimum score of 26 on the Speaking portion is required. 

For information on the TOEFL iBT test, visit ETS-TOEFL. The Destination Code (DI) for HCC is 6296.