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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 2.5
  • 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.

Degrees Offered

In compliance with state requirements, the degree awarded for candidates completing the Educator Preparation Program is:

  • BA in Education with concentration in EC-6, Special Education or Technology Applications
  • BA/BS in a specific academic major – English, Mathematics, Science, History, Kinesiology, or Music with an Education minor.

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.

Application Deadlines

Program Admission:

March 15 (Fall admission)

October 15 (Spring admission)

Student Teaching Applications:

March 15 (Fall semester)

October 15 (Spring semester)






Application for Admission
Application Checklist – EC-6 Core Subjects
Application Checklist – Content Majors
Professional Recommendation
 (minimum of 3 for each application)

                      Admission Requirements 

2.5 cumulative GPA in the semester prior to application

Enrollment in or completion of EDUC1301 with a ‘C’ average

Demonstrated competency in reading, writing, and math.

Unofficial HT Transcript

12 or 15 hours subject-specific content/academic major area


60 college credit hours with a grade of at least ‘C’ in the following courses:

College Algebra

English I and II

US History I or II

US or Texas Government

Interview (scheduled by EPP staff when application complete)

3 Professional Recommendations

Proof of membership in professional education organization (ATPE, TSTA, TCTA, etc.)

For Applicants with Foreign Transcripts Only:  TOEFL-iBT with a minimum score of 26 on the Speaking section
For Applicants with Foreign Transcripts Only:  THEA scores not more than 5 years old: 230 Reading, 220 Writing, 230 Math


EPP Policy Handbook 2016-2017

Student Teacher Handbook final 2016-2017

Cooperating Teacher Handbook 2016-2017