Admission to Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

Students intent on earning a teaching certificate in conjunction with a degree must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Undergraduate students who have not been admitted into the program will not be permitted to enroll in EDUC or READ coursework at or above the 3000 level. Declaration of an academic major associated with teacher education is not equivalent to admission to the program.

In order to become eligible for admission to the Teacher Education Program, the undergraduate candidate must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 45 semester hours, junior standing, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better.
  2. Completion of all Foundational Skills courses (except modern language) with a grade of C or better.
  3. Completion of 12 semester hours in the major content area.
  4. Successful completion of the St. Edward's University Computer Competency Requirements.
  5. Completion of the THEA Test with a minimum test score of 250 in reading, 230 in mathematics and 220 in writing, or documented exemption.*
  6. Submission of two recommendation forms from St. Edward's University faculty.
  7. Submission of a formal application by the appropriate deadline. The deadlines for application are Sept. 15 and Feb. 15. Application forms are available in Fleck Hall 216.

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.

The Teacher Education Advisory Committee will convene to review applications and make recommendations for admission or denial to the program. Applicants will be notified of admission status in writing. Any student denied admission may reapply later when eligibility requirements are met. There will be no conditional admissions.