Introduction Overview
Program Changes
Title II
Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Transfer Student Admission
Criminal Record Search
Liability Insurance
Retention in the Teacher Education Program
Admission to Student Teaching
Starpoint and KinderFrogs 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 grades), Middle School Education (4th-8th grades), and Secondary Education (8th-12th grades). In addition, students can earn certification in Special Education supplemental. Courses are also offered for those students wishing to prepare for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

Program Changes

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 standards adopted by SBEC.

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 U.S. Congress through amendments to the Higher Education Act in October 1998 enacted these new teacher preparation accountability measures. The most recent, complete Institutional Report for TITLE II is available on the School of Education web site.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

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 of the university. To be eligible for admission, students must meet, or will meet during the semester in which they apply, the following minimum criteria; meeting only the minimum criteria, however, does not ensure admission to the Teacher Education Program.

  1. Complete a minimum of 54 semester hours of course work.
  2. Attain a minimum of overall GPA of 2.5 on a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work at TCU.
  3. Complete a course in each of the following areas of study, Speech Communication (OC), and Education 20003 (CI) with a grade of C or better.
  4. Grant permission for a school district to complete a criminal record check.
  5. Submit proof of educational liability insurance for protection when assigned to work in schools with students.
  6. Attain required scores on one of the following tests of basic skills: THEA (TASP), ACT, or SAT.
  7. The following score levels must be met on one of the tests of basic skills to qualify for admission to the Teacher Education Program

Reading - 260Composite - 1070Composite - 23
Math - 230Math - 500Math - 19
Writing - 220Verbal - 500English - 19

Students who wish to apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program should do so by March 1 for Fall admission and by October 1 for Spring admission. Eligibility to apply does not ensure admission to the Teacher Education Program. All recommendations for admission will be contingent upon fulfillment of the established criteria and available space in the program. 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 THEA 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, in addition to meeting the minimum criteria, 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.

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 State Board of Educator Certification and TCU (at the request of SBEC) 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

Students must maintain high standards of academic performance(a minimum 2.5 GPA), professional behavior, and other criteria in order to advance in the program and to student teaching. The School of Education is dedicated to identifying and intervening to assist students who demonstrate difficulties maintaining those standards.

Any faculty member who has a concern with a student's potential for success may initiate the process using the School of Education form, "Benchmark of Academic Performance and Professionalism." The concern may be academic or relate to a student's professional attitudes, demeanor, abilities, or preparation. The process operates as follows:

1. The faculty member fills out and signs the "Benchmark" form (available from the Director of Teacher Certification) describing the situation or concern in as much detail as possible, indicating what steps have been taken with the student to resolve the problem, and detailing recommendations for resolution.

2. A conference between the student and the faculty member is required at the time the form is completed.

3. The completed form is submitted to the Associate Dean, the student, and the faculty of the program in which the student is enrolled.

4. The Associate Dean and a faculty member from the student's program (other than the faculty who signed the form) then meet with the student to discuss the student's understanding of the circumstances, generate lists of potential solutions, and encourage the student to select a strategy or solution s/he thinks will work. A contract is drawn up specifying the desired action.

5. Any student receiving three or more notices through this process may be considered for dismissal from the program.

6. Except in an unusually severe or critical situation, no one notice will result in a student being dismissed from the program.

7. These notices do not become part of a student's permanent record.

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 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 and attain 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 teaching field.

  4. Completion of Senior Seminar EDEC/EDMS/EDSE 30001: Professional Practice Seminar.

  5. 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 approved by the Dean, School of Education, and/or designee.

Pass/No Credit Option. No education course may be taken pass/no credit by anyone who intends to apply the course toward teacher certification. Student teaching and the professional practice seminar will be taken pass/no credit. This policy does not affect pass/no credit options related to other courses outside the School of Education.

Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA). Students must attain required scores on 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. Copies of the test registration bulletin may be obtained in the School of Education.

Exceptions to the THEA 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.

Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES). All Teacher Education Program candidates applying for Texas certification after graduation must pass proficiency tests (TExES) in their respective field of certification or supplemental area and must pass a professional development test at the appropriate level-EC-4, middle school, secondary school, or EC-12. Students who fail to take the appropriate TExES within three years of program completion must present documentation of completion of TExES review prior to receiving a barcode.

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 TExES exams required. Candidates who attain the TOPT's passing standard of advanced oral proficiency or higher will be recommended for certification.

Starpoint and KinderFrogs Schools

Starpoint and KinderFrogs Schools, located on the Texas Christian University campus, are laboratory schools for students with learning differences and preschoolers with developmental delays. Starpoint provides a quality educational program for a small number of students with learning differences in grades 1-6 and the KinderFrog School serves young children with Down syndrome ages 18 months to six years.

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 KinderFrogs provide a variety of convenient volunteer, practicum and internship/student teaching opportunities to TCU students. The Starpoint School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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 of the Associate Dean.

School 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. 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. An international honor society in education, 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


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

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

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


  1. 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 take an additional 3 semester hours of nonlab science.

  2. Social Sciences - Political Science 10133, and three semester hours of social sciences as approved for the UCR.

  3. 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 (EDUC 20003); three semester hours in Fine Arts in courses as approved by the UCR.

  4. Language and Literature - A minimum of nine semester hours to be distributed as follows: SPCO 10123, 20103 or 20133 and six hours of English literature in courses designated UCR.

Physical Education

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

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