Teacher Certification Testing Requirements

Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA)

The THEA consists of three subtests designed to provide information about basic proficiency in communications and computation skills. For admission into the teacher education program and entry into upper-level professional development courses, SEU students must earn and document the following scores on the three THEA subtests: Reading-250; Mathematics-230; Writing-220.

Students may be exempt from the THEA requirement based on results from the following assessments:

...American College Test (ACT): A composite score equal to or greater than 23 with a score greater than or equal to 19 on the English and/or mathematics tests shall be exempt from the corresponding section of the THEA. These scores are valid up to five years from the date of testing.

...Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT): A combined verbal and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the verbal and/or mathematics tests shall be exempt from the corresponding section of the THEA. These scores are valid up to five years from the date of testing.

...Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS): A minimum scale score of 2200 on the Math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section shall be exempt from the corresponding section of the THEA. These scores are valid up to three years from the date of testing.

All students must provide documentation of successful THEA Completion or Exemption to the School of Education office prior to application to the Teacher Education program or enrollment in upper-level professional development courses.

Students who initially fail to satisfy the THEA reading requirement are encouraged to successfully complete READ 0210 before retaking the THEA reading subtest. Students who fail to successfully complete the THEA mathematics requirement may opt to successfully complete (minimum grade of B) MATH 1335 or 1336 in lieu of the THEA mathematics test. Students who fail to satisfy the THEA writing requirement may opt to successfully complete (minimum grade of B) ENGW 2323 in lieu of the THEA writing test.

THEA registration materials are available in the School of Education, Fleck Hall, 216.