Department of Educator Preparation
The Huston-Tillotson University Educator Preparation Program offers teacher preparation designed to meet the needs of undergraduates in Interdisciplinary Studies or Academic Specializations. Meeting the new standards approved by the State Board for Educator Certification, September 2002, the Program offers 12 certification areas.
For prospective teachers with at least a Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS), our Alternative Teacher Certification Program is available.
The Educator Preparation Program at Huston-Tillotson University is framed within a social justice perspective that enhances educator candidate’s ability to apply research-based pedagogy in a wide range of educational settings. To fulfill this mission, the educator candidates engage in field-based experiences with diverse populations through collegial relationships, reciprocal dialogue, and authentic practices. HT educator candidates emerge as professionals with the competence and commitment to participate in and contribute to a complex and changing society. This program is committed to ethics and excellence in teaching, research, and service.
General Program Requirements
- Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
- Demonstrated competency in reading, writing, and math with COMPASS scores of at least 81 in Reading, 39 in Math, and 59 in writing (See “Application Checklist” for tests and scores other than COMPASS.)
- 60 college credit hours with 12 hours in subject-specific content with a C or better
- 3 professional recommendations
As the State of Texas mandates specific academic requirements for persons seeking teacher certification, students should plan lower-division coursework schedules carefully. In order to obtain adequate counsel from Educator Preparation faculty, students interested in attaining Texas teacher certification are encouraged to declare a major early in their University sequence. However, declaring a major is not synonymous with admittance into the Educator Preparation program. Students desiring certification through the Educator Preparation program MUST comply with the program’s three-step admission process.
In compliance with state requirements, the degree awarded for candidates completing the Educator Preparation Program is:
Every educator candidate must complete a bachelor’s degree with an academic major or education major as well as the Professional Development sequence of educator preparation courses. Candidates who fulfill degree requirements are designated Program Completers and recommended for Texas Teacher Certification.
March 15 (Fall admission)
October 15 (Spring admission)
Student Teaching Applications:
March 1 (Fall semester)
October 1 (Spring semester)
(minimum of 3 for each application)