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Admission to Baylor and declaring a major or minor in education does not enroll a student in a School of Education program leading to initial certification as a classroom teacher in the State of Texas. Students who plan to earn a teaching certificate must meet minimum Texas and Baylor standards and apply separately for admission to candidacy in the appropriate Baylor School of Education program. Once accepted, candidates must continue to meet minimum standards to continue in the program. (See the Baylor Undergraduate Catalogue and the Professional Development School Teacher Education Handbook.)

How and when to Apply

Required forms may be downloaded from this site. These should be filled out and brought to the advising appointment the semester prior to entering the junior level Teaching Associate (TA) experience. Acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the semester prior to the anticipated TA year and meeting all requirements for entry into the program. Applications will be reviewed at semester's end and candidates will receive notification of action by email or mail. If not accepted, a candidate may appeal.

Detailed Requirements

Minimum requirements for eligibility in a Baylor undergraduate program leading to initial teacher certification in the state of Texas:

  1. The state of Texas defines these requirements for approval to teach in Texas:
    • Be at least 18 years of age;
    • Be of good moral character;
    • Be willing to support and defend the constitutions of the United States and Texas;
    • Be able to easily converse and teach in the English language.
  2. The applicant must be currently enrolled or have been accepted for admission at Baylor University.
  3. The applicant may not have completed another educator preparation program in the same certification field sought or may not have been employed for three years in a public school under a permit or probationary certificate.
  4. The applicant must have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours of University course work.
  5. The applicant must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.6 for the last 60 credit hours of accepted coursework
  6. The applicant must have a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area(s) for the planned certification with a minimum GPA of 2.6 for those courses.
  7. The applicant must demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by passing the Texas Higher Education Assessment' (THEA') with a minimum score of 230 in reading, 230 in mathematics, and 220 in writing. If the THEA must be taken, advising will notify the candiate regarding opportunities available. Students must fulfill this requirement prior to beginning the initial Teaching Associate semester. Exemption from the THEA test may be given based on:
    • Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS): For tests taken prior to spring 1994 scale scores of 1780 or higher in all three applicable areas (reading, writing, and mathematics) are required. For tests taken spring 1994 or later a Texas Learning Index of 89 on the reading part and 86 on the mathematics part with a minimum score of 1770 on the writing part is required. These scores may be no more than three years old.
    • Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT): For tests taken prior to April 1995, a combined score of 970 with minimums of 500 on the verbal and mathematics test. For tests taken April 1995 and later, a combined score of 1070 with 500 minimums on both the verbal and mathematics tests. These scores may be used up to five years. SAT requirements are different depending on the date the test was taken because the Educational Testing Service "recentered" the scoring scale on the SAT for tests taken April 1995 or later.
    • American College Test (ACT): Composite score equal to or greater than 23, with the score equal to or greater than 19 on both the English and mathematics parts. These scores may be used up to five years.
    • Coursework performance: Students who are undergraduates may be exempted from part or all of the THEA Test by earning a grade of "B" or better in a related freshman-level course.
  8. The applicant must submit all required paperwork prior to acceptance in a program.
  9. The applicant must provide a state-issued driver's license or picture ID to be copied as part of the application process.
  10. Retention in the Teacher Education Program requires:
    • Maintaining a 2.6 overall GPA.
    • Completion of Teaching Associate and Intern practicums with no practicum course grade lower than a "B."
    • Successful completion of the Diagnostic TExES in candidate certification areas prior to the internship year. Candidate must score 80% overall with no domain lower than 75%.
    • Eligibility for certification requires successful completion of the official TExES.
    • Summative electronic efolio reviews mean rating equal to or greater than 4.
    • Any other program-specific requirements
  11. Information regarding criminal history:
    • If a candidate has reason to believe they are or may be ineligible for educator certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense, they can request a preliminary criminal history evaluation through the Texas Education Agency at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147486679.
    • Candidates in field experience courses must pass an annual criminal background check administered by the school districts.
    • The Texas Education Agency will require applicants for an initial credential, including a standard certificate, probationary certificate, educational aide, one-year certificate, temporary teaching certificate or permit, to undergo a national criminal background check by submitting fingerprints for review. http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5535
    • The School of Education reserves the right to deny or revoke admission to any School of Education program for any individual who has been convicted, received probation, or received deferred adjudication of crimes that involve violence or crimes against children.
  12. Candidate right of appeal if not approved for or retained in a Baylor program leading to initial certification in Texas::
    • After the formal application is submitted the semester prior to beginning the initial junior level Teaching Associate program, the advising office will notify candidates within a month after the semester's end if they do not qualify to be accepted as a Teaching Associate.
    • After acceptance, in order to be retained in the program, a candidate must continue to meet minimum requirements as outlined in the Professional Development School Teacher Education Handbook. Failure to do so will result in a notification from advising.
    • Candidates have right of appeal
      • Appeal must be submitted within 15 days of notification by emailing a written petition to the School of Education Director of Academic Advisement & Enrollment Management. See http://www.baylor.edu/soe/index.php?id=65703 for contact information. The candidate should make a follow up phone call and send a second email if a confirmation of receipt of the appeal is not communicated within a reasonable period of time.
      • After the appeal is received, three teacher education faculty members (one faculty member must be in the certification area of the candidate) will be appointed by the moderator of the teacher education faculty to conduct a hearing.
      • A hearing panel representative will notify the candidate of the panel decision at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the upcoming semester.