Applicants Accepted into TEACH Must Meet Five Criteria
- Hold a bachelor’s degree with an overall grade point average of 2.75 or above on a four-point scale. The state requires a 2.5 GPA. TEACH policy considers an applicant with a 2.75 or lower GPA for enrollment through the State 10% rule. Contact TEACH for additional information.
- Submit a criminal record report and fingerprints as required by districts and the State Board for Educator Certification.
- Submit two Letters of Recommendation.
- Submit a one-page Letter of Introduction or Résumé
- Complete successfully a screening process that includes completing an Entrance Interview with the program director.
TEACH Program is aligned closely to the basic requirements of a college or university in-service program. Thus, similar to most colleges/universities, we consider 24 semester hours in a discipline, a “major” and 18 semester hours, a “minor”. We strongly believe that the TEACH Program 24 hour course requirement makes an individual more marketable to an HR personnel director and/or principal. Aside from the student’s marketability, the additional hours in a discipline reduce the failure rate on the TExES content area exam. More importantly, the additional hours ensure a discipline-robust individual teaching in the classroom.
However, the Program is willing to consider (review) your application if you hold at least 18 hours in a discipline area. No matter, we continue to encourage all applicants to hold at least a “minor” or at the most a “major” in a particular discipline area. Botton line: Most, if not all school districts, require the 24 credit hours for content area certificates.
Sample of Specific State of Texas Certificate Requirements
|Level||Certificate||Specific Core Hour
|EC-6||Bilingual Generalist||A combination of 24 semester hrs in
English, History, Math, Natural Science, & Social Studies
|EC-6||ESL Generalist||A total of the required 24 hrs must be in English|
|EC-6||Core Subjects Generalist||A combination of 24 semester hrs in: English, History, Math, Natural Science, & Social Studies|
|4-8||Generalist & ESL Generalist||A combination of 24 semester hrs in
English, History, Math, Life Science, & Social Studies
plus content area courses
|4-8||Discipline Areas||A total of 24 hours in discipline
area courses (English, History, Math, Life/Natural Science, Social Studies
|All Level||Music||Total hours equal a major or minor in Music field: Band, Orchestra, Choral, or Music Foundation.|
|All Level||Physical Education||Total hours equal a major or minor in Physical Ed/sports or related field.|
|All Level||Special Education||Total equal a major in Sociology, Psychology or related field with 24 semester hrs. in: English, Math, History, Natural Science, & Social Studies with a minimum of 3 hrs. in each of the subjects. Or, hold clinical experience with special needs area.|
|All Level||French or Spanish||Total of 24 semester hrs. in French or Spanish. Simply speaking either language is insufficient.|
|6-12, EC-12||Technology Application||Total equal a major or minor in: computer applications, computer science, design/fine arts.|
|7-12||Discipline Areas||A total of 24 hours in discipline area courses: English, Chemistry, History, Mathematics, Natural/Life Science, Math & Science, Physics & Engineering, Science Composite, Social Studies…Physics/Math, Journalism|