The School of Education

Program Changes
Title II
Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Transfer Student Admission
Criminal Record Search
Retention in the Teacher Education Program
Admission to Student Teaching
Starpoint and Rise Schools
Honors Program
Reading Improvement Services
School of Education Career Services Center
Student Organizations
Core Curriculum Requirements

The mission of the School of Education at TCU is to develop effective, ethical educators with a passion for learning. As professionals and active citizens in our community, we strive to create a humane and just society in which all individuals can develop their full potential. We are governed by an ethical code that documents our obligations to students, colleagues, and the community, which includes rationality and objectivity in our professional judgments and actions, civility and caring in our interactions with others, and encouragement of diverse views on issues of significance to society.

Consistent with the above values, our core beliefs connect a strong foundational knowledge base with professional practice. Professionals in education study and expand the knowledge base of effective practice and ground their practice in theory and research and acquire expertise through activities in diverse, field-based settings which are exemplars of practice. They also promote high student achievement and a passion for learning by mastering content knowledge and effective pedagogical skills, using multiple strategies, resources, and technologies to plan, implement, and assess instruction and to document effectiveness with students, and synthesizing knowledge from relevant, academically diverse perspectives and a variety of theoretical orientations and approaches. In addition, educational professionals provide service and leadership in diverse settings, ranging from local to global communities, seek to improve professional settings and society, and collaborate with representatives from various groups within and outside the educational community.

The School of Education offers studies culminating in the Bachelor of Science degree, as well as studies leading to teacher certification. The school offers majors in Early Childhood Education (EC-4th grade), Middle School Education (4th-8th grades), and Secondary Education (8th-12th grades). In addition, htere is a program available for students interested in pursuing certification in Special Education. Courses are also offered for those students wishing to prepare for teaching in English as a Second Language (ESL) setting.


Programs listed in this bulletin reflect current State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) standards. Minor changes may be made in these programs to meet additional certification standard adopted by SBEC.

Title II

The Title II report to the U.S. Department of Education that documents the effectiveness of the graduates of the teacher certification programs at TCU was not completed at the time this catalog was printed.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Note: Declaration of a major in Education is not synonymous with admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Students who plan to major in education or who plan to earn a teaching certificate must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program of the University. To be eligible to apply for admission students must meet, or will meet during the semester in which they apply, the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 54 semester hours of course work.
  2. Attainment of overall GPA of 2.5 on a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work at TCU.
  3. Completion of a course in each of the following areas of study, SPCO (OC), Critical Inquiry (CI), and Education 20003 with a grade of C or better.
  4. Granting of permission for a school district to complete a criminal record check.
  5. Submission of proof of educational liability insurance for protection when assigned to work in schools with students.
  6. Attainment of passing scores on one of the following tests of basic skills: TASP, ACT, or SAT.

Score levels that must be met on one of the tests of basic skills to qualify for admission to the Teacher Education Program

Reading - 245*Composite - 1070Composite - 23
Math - 230Math - 500Math - 19
Writing - 220Verbal - 500English - 19

*Students with scores between 230-245 may appeal for further consideration.

Students who wish to apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program should do so during the month of September for Fall admission and during the month of January for Spring admission. Students who fail to apply for admission at the appropriate times will be required to wait until the next application period. Eligibility to apply does not insure admission to the Teacher Education Program. All recommendations for admission will be contingent upon fulfillment of the established criteria. If a student's GPA falls below the minimum overall requirement of 2.5 or the student fails to meet other criteria, such as passing TASP scores, the student will be denied admission. Any student who is denied admission may reapply later if the criteria for admission are met.

Transfer Student Admission

To be eligible to apply for admission, students transferring from another institution must complete a minimum of 12 hours of course work at TCU with at least a 2.5 grade point average. Only 6 hours of the 12 hours may be taken in the School of Education.

Criminal Record Search

In accordance with Article 6252-13c, Texas Civil Statutes, the Commissioner of Education may suspend or revoke a teaching certificate for a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for a crime which directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession. The Texas Education Agency and TCU (at the request of TEA) have begun a regular procedure for criminal record search of all certificate applicants.

TCU requires a criminal record search prior to placing students in field experiences. This requirement applies to pre-student teaching field experiences as well as to student teaching when required by a school district.

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. For this reason, we strongly suggest TCU students be covered with liability insurance. This insurance is offered at low cost to teachers-in-training who belong to a teacher organization. Here at TCU, we have a school of education organization that covers liability insurance, costs of defending claims, and provides the cost of an attorney. The TCU chapter of The Texas Student Education Association (TSTA-NEA) offers the coverage with student membership. Other teacher organizations in the state such as ATPE, UEA, and AFT offer similar coverage.

Retention in the Teacher Education Program

Retention in the Teacher Education Program requires that a student maintain the following:

1.Overall grade point (TCU) average of at least 2.5

2.At least a 2.5 grade point average in education courses with a C or better in each course. Students must repeat any education course or course in the area of teaching responsibility in which a grade below C is earned.

3.Conduct must be consistent with the National Education Association Code of Professional Ethics as well as the Standard Practices for Texas Educators. If a student's behavior is inconsistent with these standards, a range of sanctions may be imposed. Dismissal from the Teacher Education Program can occur only by action of the Dean.

Any student unable to maintain the standards required for retention in the Teacher Education Program will receive written notification. Further enrollment in education courses may be restricted by the Dean of the School of Education or her/his designate. The student may re-apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program when standards are met.

Admission to Student Teaching

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

1.Completion of at least 90 hours of course work.

2.A minimum overall grade point average (TCU) of 2.5 and a grade point average of at least 2.5 in education courses and in each area of specialization or teaching field with no grade lower than a C. A student who makes grades lower than C in an area of teaching responsibility or in an education course during the semester immediately preceding student teaching may be permitted to enroll for student teaching if the student's overall grade point average is at least 2.5. Although the student may be recommended for graduation, she or he must repeat the courses with a grade of C or better before being recommended for certification as a teacher.

3.Completion of at least two-thirds of the course work in each area of specialization or teaching field.

4.Submit application for student teaching by mid-term of the semester preceding enrollment in student teaching.

Any exception to these admission and retention standards must be reviewed by the Advisory Committee and approved by the Dean, School of Education.

Pass/No Credit Option. All education courses to be applied toward the major in Education or required in conjunction with Teacher Certification may not be taken on the Pass/No Credit basis.

Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP). All students must pass the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) 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 TASP as early as possible, preferably during their freshman year. Copies of the test registration bulletin may be obtained in the School of Education. Passing scores on this test is a prerequisite to Admission to Teacher Education Program.

Exceptions to the TASP are a combined score of 1070 or higher with at least 500 on verbal and math on the SAT or 23 on the ACT with English and math part scores equal to or greater than 19, if taken within 5 years.

Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas (ExCET). All Teacher Education Program candidates applying for Texas Certification after graduation must pass proficiency tests (ExCET) in their fields of certification or endorsement and must pass a professional development test at the appropriate level-elementary or secondary.

Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT). All individuals seeking Texas teaching certification with a major in bilingual education or Spanish or French must take the TOPT. This test must be taken in addition to the ExCET exams required. Candidates who attain the TOPT's passing standard of advanced oral proficiency or higher will be recommended for certification. Candidates who do not meet the TOPT's passing criteria, but who have met all other course work and certification requirements, may be recommended for a general elementary certificate or a single secondary teaching field.

Starpoint and Rise Schools

Starpoint and Rise Schools are laboratory schools for learning disabled students and preschoolers with developmental delays located on the Texas Christian University campus. Starpoint provides a quality educational program for a small number of students with learning disabilities in grades 1-4 and the Rise School serves young children aged 18 months to six years with Down Syndrome.

The mission of both schools is to serve as on campus training sites for TCU students preparing to become educators as well as a setting for educational research opportunities for faculty and staff. Both laboratory schools are members of the National Association of Laboratory Schools that delineates the functions of a laboratory school as research, experimentation, clinical teaching experience, curriculum development and staff development. Both Starpoint and Rise provide a variety of convenient volunteer, practicum and internship/student teaching opportunities to TCU students.

Honors Program

Education majors who plan to pursue Departmental honors must be members of the Honors Program and should enroll in EDUC 30003 during their junior year and EDUC 40003 during the fall semester of their senior year.

Reading Improvement Services

EDUC 10113 is a freshman level course designed to assist students with fundamental study skills. It is aimed primarily at incoming freshmen or transfer students who have had difficulty in previous college classes. Criteria for enrollment in the course are as follows:

1.Incoming Freshmen who score lower than 500 on SAT Verbal (17 on ACT English) and whose high school GPA is less than 2.5 will be permitted to enroll.

2.Entering transfer students will be permitted to enroll only by permission of the instructor.

3.Students with fewer than 36 hours of TCU course work will be permitted to enroll only if they have posted an overall TCU grade point average (GPA) below 2.25 the previous semester.

4.Students with 36 hours or more of TCU course work will be permitted to enroll only by permission of the instructor.

5.All other students who do not meet the above criteria and wish to be admitted to the course may do so only with permission.

School of Education Career Services Center

The Career Services Center maintains contact with public and private schools seeking teachers, 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. Over 90 school districts conduct interviews on campus each year.

Student Organizations

Within the School of Education, student organizations have been established for the purposes of promoting professional goals and interests, as well as providing recreation and fellowship among members. Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society, invites to membership those junior, senior and graduate students or 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 provides students with the opportunity to meet and discuss professional concerns and goals with experienced teachers in the profession. The Student Council for Exceptional Children is an organization that is open to all interested in Special Education.

Core Curriculum Requirements

For Majors in the School of Education Seeking Teacher Certification

l. Foundations

A.1. English 10803, English 20803 - Six semester hours.

A.2. Writing Emphasis - Six semester hours of upper division courses designated as "writing emphasis" in University Curricu-lum Requirements (UCR).

B. Mathematics - Three semester hours from MATH 10033, 10043, 10283, 10524, 20524, 20063.

II. Explorations

A. Physical and Life Sciences - Six semester hours of laboratory sciences designated 'as approved for the UCR'. Middle School Education and Secondary School Education majors are required to tak an additinal 3 semester hours of nonlab science.

B. Social Sciences - Political Science 10133, and three semesters of social sciences as approved for the UCR.

C. Cultural Heritage - Fifteen semester hours to include: three semester hours in Religion Studies; six semester hours in U. S. History (HIST 10603, 10613); three semester hours in Critical Inquiry in courses designated by the UCR; three semester hours in Fine Arts in courses designated by the UCR.

D. Language and Literature - A minimum of nine semester hours to be distributed: SPCO 10123 or 20103 or 20133, and six hours of sophomore-level English or above in courses designated UCR.

III. Physical Education

Two semester hours designated UCR: one semester hour of health and one hour of Kinesiology activity or two semester hours of health.