2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Education Major, Double Major, or Minor Declaration

Students may declare a major, double major or minor in education, but to be admitted into the Teacher Education Program, all majors and minors must meet the following criteria:

  • TCU students must have a 2.75 or better GPA.
  • Transfer students must bring a 3.0 or better GPA to declare an education major and have a 2.75 or better GPA on 12 hours of coursework at TCU to be admitted to the College of Education.
  • Entering freshmen have no specific requirements to declare an education major but must have a 2.75 or better GPA to be admitted to the college.
  • All education majors and minors must maintain high professional standards and acceptable academic performance (a minimum 2.75 GPA overall and a “C” or better in all content areas and education coursework).

Pass/No-Credit Policy

The University Pass/No-Credit Policy states that students may take up to two courses (8 hours maximum) on a P/NC basis. No course applied to the student's major, minor or associated requirements may be taken on the p/nc basis. Courses offered with only the p/nc option will not count toward this limit on the number of p/nc hours. Students in the College of Education may not take any education course required for teacher certification or in their teaching content area on the p/nc basis, with the exceptions of student teaching and the Professional Practice Seminar.

Teacher Education Program Admission

Students who plan to declare a major or minor in education or who plan to earn a teaching certificate must formally apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. They must meet, or will meet during the semester in which they apply, the minimum criteria. However, doing only the minimum does not ensure admission to the program. According to the criteria, students must:

  • Complete at least 54 semester hours of coursework.
  • Attain a minimum overall 2.75 GPA on a minimum of 12 semester hours at TCU.
  • Complete the ethics training module required by the Texas Education Agency.
  • Complete with a "C" or better EDUC 20003 Critical Investigation: Teaching and Learning and speech communication (OC).
  • Complete 12 hours of content area coursework or 15 hours if the certification sought is math or science at or above grade seven.
  • Achieve a “C” or better in all content areas* and education courses taken prior to admission.
  • Meet expectations for professionalism according to the admissions rubric in EDUC 20003 Critical Investigation: Teaching and Learning.
  • Demonstrate high professional, ethical, and relational standards of behavior, appropriate emotional control, and communication (oral, written, technological) with adults, children and fellow students.
  • Attach a current (within one year) criminal record check.
  • Attach FERPA Agreement.
  • Pay the $55 Texas Education Accountability System for Educator Preparation Program Fee, as required by 19 TAC 229.9(7). For the 2018-2019 academic year and beyond, certification candidates enrolled in the program will pay a fee of $35 per year. The fee will appear on your TCU student account.
  • Attain a required score on the following: TSI, SAT or ACT. These scores must not be older than five years, and cannot be combined.
Reading – 260 Critical Reading – 500 Reading – 19
Mathematics – 230 Mathematics – 500 Mathematics – 19
Writing – 220 Writing – 500

Composite – 1570 Composite – 23

*content area for EC-6 certification includes history, government, mathematics, English, lab sciences, geography, fine arts and speech.

Students applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program should do so by March 1 for fall admission and Oct. 1 for the spring. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis. Eligibility to apply does not ensure admission to the program. The Admissions Committee will consider minimum criteria, as well as student performance (professional attitude, demeanor, abilities and preparation) and space in the program.

Any exception to these admission standards must be approved by the program faculty and the College of Education dean and/or designee.

Prior to admission to the College of Education, students may take EDUC 20003 Critical Investigation: Teaching and Learning; EDUC/MS/SE 30113 Digital Literacy, Learning and Citizenship in Education; EDUC 30143 Child and Adolescent Development; EDEC 30103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education; and EDUC 30013 Professional Roles and Responsibilities. Students may not register for any other education courses until admitted to the College of Education.

Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA)

Students who do not have the required scores on the ACT or SAT must take the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) examination prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program. The test consists of three sections: reading, writing and mathematics, which may be taken together or at separate test administrations. Students are encouraged to take the THEA as early as possible, preferably during their freshman year. Information about the THEA may be obtained in the College of Education or at www.thea.nesinc.com.

Criminal Record Search

In accordance with Texas Senate Bill 9 and at the request of the State Board of Educator Certification, the College of Education has established procedures for annual criminal background checks for all education majors and minors. The College of Education requires a criminal background check prior to admission, field experiences and student teaching.

Liability Insurance

As students enter public and private schools for observations, tutoring, after-school programs and student teaching, it is important to be covered by liability insurance. Under Texas law, both the student intern and teacher can be held responsible for a child’s injury. Liability insurance is offered at low cost to teachers-in-training who belong to a teacher organization such as the TCU chapter of the Texas Student Education Association (TSTA-NEA), which covers liability insurance, costs of defending claims and some attorney fees. Other teacher organizations in the state — ATPE, UEA, AFT — offer similar coverage.

Teacher Education Program Retention

Students must maintain acceptable academic performance (a minimum 2.75 GPA overall and a grade of “C” or better in content area and education courses), as well as high professional standards in order to advance in the program and to student teaching. The College of Education is dedicated to identifying and intervening to assist students who demonstrate difficulties maintaining these standards.

Any faculty member who has a concern with a student's performance and/or professionalism may initiate the Academic Performance and Professionalism Warning (APPW) process.

  1. First, the faculty member fills out the APPW form describing the concerns and indicating potential solutions.
  2. A conference between the student and two faculty members is required. The parties discuss the student's understanding of the problem and agree on a course of action. The APPW contract is signed by the student and faculty members. If the student fails to respond or attend a conference, the faculty will complete the form and notify the student via certified mail.
  3. The completed form is submitted to the associate dean, the student and the Office of Campus Life.
  4. Any student receiving three notices through this process may be considered for dismissal from the College of Education. Except in an unusually severe situation, just one notice will not result in dismissal. These notices do not become part of a student's permanent academic record.

Student Teaching Admission

Any student who wishes to be considered for admission to student teaching must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of all content area and education coursework with a minimum 2.75 GPA and no grade lower than a “C”;
  • A minimum overall TCU GPA of 2.75;
  • Completion of the modules required by the Texas Education Agency regarding recognizing/intervening/referral services for emotional-behavioral concerns of students;
  • Successful completion of Senior Seminar EDEC/EDMS/EDSE 30001: Professional Practice Seminar.
  • Demonstration of high professional, ethical and relational standards of behavior, appropriate emotional control, and communication (oral, written and technological) with adults, children and fellow students.

Applications for student teaching are due by May 1 for fall student teaching and October 1 for spring student teaching. The Admissions Committee will consider minimum criteria, as well as student performance (professional attitude, demeanor, abilities and preparation). Any exception to these student teaching standards must be approved by the program faculty and the College of Education dean and/or designee.

Accelerated Master's Option

The Accelerated Option(AO) is for high-achieving undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Education. This option is available only to TCU undergraduates obtaining a baccalaureate degree and teacher certification in early childhood (EC-6), middle school or secondary education. The Accelerated Option allows outstanding students to complete a bachelor’s degree with the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in five years. Students are eligible to apply for admission to the graduate program during the semester they complete 90 hours of undergraduate coursework. To be considered for admission to the Accelerated Option, students must submit a graduate program application packet. Only candidates demonstrating superior undergraduate academic performance and having strong recommendations are considered for admission.

Students intending to pursue the Accelerated Option should contact, as early as possible, their adviser in the College of Education. Students admitted to the Accelerated Option complete up to 12 hours of the MEd program during the fourth year of undergraduate study. Candidates must work with their advisers to determine how the courses they take will apply to the undergraduate degree 

International Student Teaching Opportunities

Students in the College of Education can participate in the many study abroad programs at TCU as well as experience student teaching in places like Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands.


To obtain Texas teacher certification at TCU, students must complete the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education and achieve a bachelor's degree. Students who seek certification must take the state TExES proficiency exam at least once by midterm of the semester in which they plan to graduate. Students must also successfully complete the appropriate state certification exams for the content area and grade level they wish to teach.

After graduation TCU will recommend the student to the state of Texas for teacher certification upon completion of the following requirements:

  • Conferred bachelor's degree
  • Successful completion of the Teacher Education Program, including the student teaching experience
  • Passing scores on the required state certification exams
  • Final GPA of 2.75 with a “C “or better in education and content area coursework

Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES)

All Teacher Education Program graduates applying for Texas certification must pass a proficiency test (TExES) in their field of certification or supplemental area and a professional development test. A single certification exam may be attempted five times. Anyone who has attempted a test (regardless of how many times before Aug. 31, 2015) may test up to four more times after Sept. 1, 2015. Additional attempts require State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) permission. Students who fail to take the appropriate TExES within three years of program completion must present documentation of completion of TExES review or additional coursework prior to receiving permission to test.

To be eligible to take the TExES certification exam, students must pass the practice representative exams, which are offered during the Professional Practice Seminar. Students who do not pass the practice exams must present evidence of test preparation before the exam will be re-administered. A student who receives no credit in the Professional Practice Seminar is not considered a program completer and will not be released to take the TExES.

Title II

Teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher learning are required to report the pass rates of their program graduates on the exams that qualify them for certification in their state. The most recent, complete Institutional Report for TITLE II is available on the College of Education website.

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

All individuals seeking Texas teaching certification with a major in Spanish, French, or German must take the Languages other than English (LOTE) state exam along with the EC-12PPR.

Education Major Transfer Work Credit

After enrolling at TCU:

  • All education majors must receive prior written approval from their academic adviser and the associate dean before taking courses at another institution. Coursework taken without prior written approval may not be applied to a degree.
  • No more than 12 total semester hours, except those earned in an approved study abroad program, may be transferred from other schools.
  • No credit may be transferred from a community college once 54 cumulative semester hours have been earned.
  • Transcripts of coursework taken elsewhere must reach the Office of the Registrar within 30 days of completion of the coursework.

College of Education Career Services Center

The Career Services Center maintains contact with public and private schools seeking teachers, school counselors, administrators and other types of educational personnel. Registration with the center entitles students to file a summary of their academic records together with requested recommendations from teachers and others acquainted with their qualifications. Former students may use the center in seeking positions. The center provides on-campus interviews with school districts in Texas, as well as outside the state. More than 75 school districts conduct interviews on campus each year.

Education Student Organizations

The College of Education sponsors student organizations for the purpose of promoting professional goals and interests, as well as providing recreation and fellowship among members. An international honor society in education, Kappa Delta Pi, invites to membership juniors, seniors, graduate students and classroom teachers who possess high scholarship ability. TCU's chapter of the Texas Student Education Association provides students with associate membership in the National Education Association and the Texas State Teachers Association (TSEA). TSEA provides students with the opportunity to meet and discuss professional concerns and goals with experienced teachers in the profession. The Council for Exceptional Children pre-professional organization is open to all students interested in special education.