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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
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.
Minimum requirements for eligibility in a Baylor undergraduate program leading to initial teacher certification in the state of Texas:
- The applicant must be currently enrolled or have been accepted for admission at Baylor University.
- 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.
- The applicant must have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours of University course work.
- The applicant must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 for the last 60 credit hours of accepted coursework
- 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 2.75 for those courses.
- 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 Knowledge and Skills (TAKS): For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the Eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, shall be exempt from the assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections.
- State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) End-of-course (EOC): For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the mathematics section.
- Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT): For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and scores a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the verbal test and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt for those corresponding sections.
- American College Test (ACT): For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and scores a composite score of 23, with a minimum of 19 on the English test and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt for those corresponding sections.
- NOTE: To approve the exemption, Baylor University needs appropriate documentation:
- For SAT or ACT, Baylor University must receive official scores sent directly from the testing company. The correct college code must be entered on the test at the time of the test registeration.
- For TAKS, scores are printed on a label affixed to official high school transcripts. Transcripts must be sent to Baylor University.
- The applicant must submit all required paperwork prior to acceptance in a program.
- Retention in the Teacher Education Program requires:
- Completion of TED 1312 by all candidates is required.
- Grade point averages (calculation of grade point average is based on work attempted at Baylor University only) required to remain in all certification programs are as follows:
- 2.75 Overall
- 2.75 Academic Major
- 2.75 TED courses
- Grade point averages for retention in the School of Education and admission to Intership will include calculations of incomplete courses in appropriate areas. An incomplete will count as the equivalent of a failing course in grade point calculations until final grade is available.
- Candidates must maintain satisfactory progress (rating equal to or greater than 4 on a 9 point-scale) in development of an electronic portfolio.
- In order to enroll in the Teaching Associate field experience courses, a candidate must attain junior status (60 hours) and complete 12 semester hours in the candidate's teaching field.
- In order to enroll in the Intern field experience courses, a candidate must sucessfully complete the Teaching Associate year and complete 18 semester hours in the candidate's teaching field. In addition, a candidate must earn a 3.0 each semester in each Teaching Associate and/or Practicum courses.
- Candidates who do not sucessfully comlete the coursework and/or field experiences required for educator certification may be advised to substitute other coursework to complete a degree. In such cases the candidates will sign a form relinquishing the rights to seek certification through Baylor University.
General requirements for Texas teaching credentials as well as requirements for certificate renewal may be accessed through the website: http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Certification/