Introduction Overview
Institutes, Centers and Laboratory Schools
Program Changes
Title II
Requirements for Declaring a Major or Minor in Education
Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Criminal Record Search
Liability Insurance
Retention in the Teacher Education Program
Admission to Student Teaching
Credit for Transfer Work
Pass/No Credit Option
Honors Program
College of Education Career Services Center
Student Organizations
TCU Core Curriculum


The mission of the College 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 College of Education offers studies culminating in the Bachelor of Science degree, as well as educational studies leading to teacher certification. The college 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 supplemental certification in Special Education. Courses are also offered for those students wishing to prepare for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

Institutes, Centers and Laboratory Schools

Center for Urban Education

The Center for Urban Education works to improve the quality of education for students in urban schools. Current initiatives include:

  1. Workshops and camps for school-age children that target English Language Learners in urban environments who are in the process of being mainstreamed into elementary and middle school programs and need help in acquiring academic language.
  2. Aspiring Teacher’s Program: Recruiting high school students from underrepresented groups into the teaching profession.
  3. Assistant Principal Academy: A mentoring program for Assistant Principals.

Institute of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education

The Institute for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education is a collaborative effort between the College of Education and the College of Science and Engineering. The mission is to:

  1. Provide an environment for innovation and change in the preparation and education of individuals in mathematics, science, and technology education and to further research in these areas.
  2. Involve the Fort Worth community through three major programs: Teacher Education Emphasizing Math and Science at TCU (TEEMS at TCU), Teacher Collaboration for Updating Science, Technology and Math Proficiency (TCU - STAMP), and Pupils Reviving Interest in Science & Math (PRISM).
Alice S. Neeley Special Education Institute

The Alice S. Neeley Special Education Institute works with the TCU laboratory schools, Starpoint and KinderFrogs, to create and coordinate activities, programs, and research in special education.

  1. Provide optimal learning environments for TCU students to become effective and ethical leaders in special education.
  2. Engage students and faculty in research to identify and implement best practices in special education that meet the individualized needs of preschool through school-age children with disabilities.
  3. Allow participation in community outreach to enhance the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities and their families in community-based activities.
Starpoint School and KinderFrogs Schools

The mission of the laboratory schools is to educate students and serve as sites for teacher preparation, practicum experiences, and educational research. Starpoint and KinderFrogs provide a variety of volunteer opportunities for TCU students. Both laboratory schools are members of the National Association of Laboratory Schools.

  1. Starpoint provides a high quality educational program for students with learning differences, ages 6-12 years. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

  2. KinderFrogs provides developmentally appropriate education for preschool children with Down syndrome and other developmental delays. It is licensed by the Texas Department of Family Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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 College of Education web site.

Requirements for Declaring a Major or Minor in Education

To declare a major or minor in the College of Education, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. TCU students must have a 2.5 or better GPA.
  2. Transfer students must bring a 2.5 or better GPA to TCU to declare an education major and have a 2.5 or better GPA on twelve hours of
    coursework at TCU before applying  for admission to the College of Education.
  3. Entering freshmen have no specific requirements to declare an Education major, but must have a 2.5 or better GPA to apply
    for admission to the College of Education.
  4. All education majors and minors must maintain high professional standards and acceptable academic performance (a minimum 2.5 GPA overall and a grade of C or better in all
    content area and education coursework).

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 in the College of Education. 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 does not ensure admission to the Teacher Education Program, however.

  1. Complete a minimum of 54 semester hours of coursework.
  2. Attain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 on a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework at TCU.
  3. Complete a course in each of the following areas of study, Speech Communication (OC), and Education 20003 (Critical Inquiry) with a grade of C or better.
  4. Achieve a grade of C or better in all content area* and education courses taken prior to admission.
  5. Evidence of completion of a current (within one year) criminal record check.
  6. Attain required scores on one of the following tests: THEA (TASP), ACT, or SAT. These scores must not be older than five years.

Reading - 260Critical Reading - 500Reading - 19
Math - 230Math - 500Math - 19
Writing - 220Writing -500
Composite - 1570 Composite - 23

*Content area for Middle/Secondary/All Level education majors/minors includes all coursework related to the content area. Content area for EC-4 majors includes history, government, math, English, lab sciences, geography, fine arts and speech.

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. Copies of the test registration bulletin may be obtained in the College of Education.

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

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

Prior to admission to the College of Education, students may take EDUC 20003, EDUC 30113, EDUC 30143 and EDEC 30103. Students will not be allowed to register for any other education courses until admitted to the College 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. 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. 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 College 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 acceptable academic performance (a minimum 2.5 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. The process operates as follows:

  1. The faculty member fills out the APPW form describing the concerns and indicating potential strategies and solutions to resolve the problem.
  2. A conference between the student and two faculty members is required to complete the APPW form. During the conference, the parties will discuss the student's understanding of the concerns, generate potential solutions, and agree upon a course of action. The APPW contract will be signed by the student and faculty. If the student fails to respond or attend a conference, 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 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 or critical situation, no one notice will result in dismissal.
  5. Except in an unusually severe or critical situation, no one notice will result in a student being dismissed from the program.
  6. These notices do not become part of a student's permanent academic 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 all content area and education coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and no grade lower than a C.
  2. A minimum overall TCU grade point average of 2.5.
  3. Successful completion of Senior Seminar EDEC/EDMS/EDSE 30001: Professional Practice Seminar.
  4. 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 Dean, College of Education, and/or designee.

Credit for Transfer Work

After enrolling at TCU:

  1. All education majors must receive prior written approval from their academic advisor and the associate dean if they wish to take courses at another institution and have those courses count toward a degree at TCU. Coursework taken without prior written approval may not be applied to a degree.
  2. No more than 12 total semester hours, except those earned in an approved study abroad program, may be transferred from other schools.
  3. No credit may be transferred from a community college once 54 cumulative semester hours have been earned.
  4. Transcripts of coursework taken elsewhere must reach the Registrar's office within 30 days of completion of the coursework.

Pass/No Credit Option

University Pass/No Credit policy (P/NC) states that students may take up to two courses (8 hrs 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 be counted 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 the student's teaching content area on the P/NC basis, with the exceptions of student teaching and the professional practice seminar. See P/NC policy in the TCU undergraduate catalog.


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 must also successfully complete the appropriate state certification exams for the content area and grade level they wish to teach.

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 or additional coursework prior to receiving permission to test.

To be eligible to take the TExES certification exam, students must have passed 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 N/C in the Professional Practice Seminar is not considered a program completer and will not be released to take the TExES.

Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT).All individuals seeking Texas teaching certification with a major in bilingual education, 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.

After graduation the student will be recommended to the State of Texas for teacher certification by Texas Christian University after completing the following requirements.

  1. Conferred Bachelor's degree.
  2. Successful completion of the teacher education program including the student teaching experience.
  3. Passing scores on the required state certification exams.
  4. Final GPA of 2.5 with C or better in education and content area coursework.

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.

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. Over 90 school districts conduct interviews on campus each year.

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 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.

TCU Core Curriculum

For majors in the College of Education seeking teacher certification:


Humanities(HUM) - 9 hours required

Religion (3 hours)
Choose 3 hours from:
RELI 10003 Understanding Religion: The Bible
RELI 10013 Understanding Religion: World Religions
RELI 10023 (HUM/RT) Religion: Communities
RELI 10033 (HUM/RT) Religion: Texts and Ideas
RELI 10043 (HUM/RT) Religion: Society & Culture

English Literature - (6 hours)
Choose 6 hours from:
ENGL 10103 (HUM/LT) Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 10113 (HUM/LT) Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 10123 (HUM/LT) Introduction to Drama
ENGL 20403 (HUM/LT) Major British Writers
ENGL 20433 (HUM/LT) Introduction to Shakespeare
ENGL 20503 (HUM/LT) Major American Writers
ENGL 20913 (HUM/LT) Literature & Civilizations

Social Sciences(SSC) - 9 hours required

HIST 10603 (SSC/HT) US History to 1877
HIST 10613 (SSC/HT) US History since 1877
POSC 10133 (SSC/CSV) Am & Texas Government or
POSC 20144 (SSC/CSV) Practicing Am & Texas Politics

Natural Sciences(NSC) - 6 hours required

Choose 3 hours from:
BIOL 10003 (NSC) Contemporary Issues in Biology
BIOL 10504 (NSC) Principles of Life Science
BIOL 30213 (NSC) Natural History
Choose 3 hours from:
ENSC 10143 (NSC) Principles of Environmental Science
GEOL 10113 (NSC) Understanding the Earth
PHYS 20073 (NSC) Introductory Astronomy
NTDT 10003 (NSC/GA) Contemporary Issues in Nutrition

Fine Arts(FAR) - 3 hours required

Choose 3 hours from:
ART 10043 (FAR) Introduction to Art History
ART 20073 (FAR) British Art: Medieval to Modern
ART 20113 (FAR) New World: Survey of American Art
MUSI 10053 (FAR) Survey of Music
MUSI 10063 (FAR) World Music
MUSI 10073 (FAR) From Rock to Bach


Mathematical Reasoning(MTH) - 3 hours required

Choose 3 hours from:
MATH 10033 (MTH) Topics in Mathematics
MATH 10043 (MTH) Elementary Statistics
MATH 10524 (MTH) Calculus I
MATH 20524 (MTH) Calculus II

Oral Communication(OCO) - 3 hours required

Choose 3 hours from:
COMM 10123 (OCO) Basic Speech Communication
COMM 20103 (OCO) Business & Professional Speaking
COMM 20133 (OCO) Instructional Communication

Written Communication(WCO) - 6 hours required

ENGL 10803 (WCO) Introductory Composition
ENGL 20803 (WCO) Intermediate Composition

WRITING EMPHASIS(WEM) - 6 hours required

For EC-4 majors:
EDEC 30223 and EDEC 41113 (imbedded in major)

For Middle and Secondary majors:
EDMS/EDSE 30013 and EDMS/EDSE 50023
(imbedded in education coursework)

Texas Christian University