Admission Criteria

To be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program for initial teacher certification you must:

PK-3, EC-6, or 4-8

  1. Earn and maintain a GPA ≥ 2.75 Overall or Last 60 Semester Credit Hours. This includes both transfer and SHSU courses.
  2. Meet all TSI requirements.
  3. Complete the minimum content area semester credit hours (SCH):
    • PK-3, EC-6: 3 SCH each in ENGL, MATH, SCI, & SS
    • 4-8 CORE SUBJECTS: 3 SCH each in ENGL, MATH, SCI, & SS
    • 4-8 ELAR: 12 SCH in ELAR
    • 4-8 SCIENCE: 15 SCH in SCIENCE
    • 4-8 MATH: 15 SCH in MATH
    • 4-8 SOCIAL STUDIES:12 SCH IN SOCIAL STUDIES

Secondary Grades

  1. Earn and maintain a GPA ≥ 2.75 Overall or Last 60 Semester Credit Hours. This includes both transfer and SHSU courses.
  2. Meet all TSI requirements.
  3. Complete the minimum content area semester credit hours (SCH):
    • 7-12 Mathematics: 15 SCH in MATH
    • 7-12 Life Science: 15 SCH in BIOL
    • 7-12 Composite Science: 15 SCH in SCIENCES combined
    • All other Secondary or All-Level (EC-12): 12 SCH in teaching subject

Steps for Initial Teacher Candidates to Apply for the Educator Preparation Program (EPP):

  1. Create an application to the Educator Preparation Program in TK20 (See Blackboard Teacher Preparation Program organization for more information)
    • Criminal history must be checked and passed (The EPP will conduct this as a part of the application process.)
  2. Pay the required fees within the application
    • $35 Texas Education Agency Technology Fee
    • $100 Educator Preparation Program Fee
  3. Upload unofficial transcript (or pdf from Degree Works) within the application
  4. Receive acceptance email and click "YES" to accept EPP invitation (required for program admittance)

Call or email the Educator Preparation Program Office for assistance. 936-294-3384 or edu_edprep@shsu.edu.