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Center for Educator Preparation Services

Education Preparation Program (EPP)

The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) is a traditional teaching certification program involving an undergraduate degree coupled with certification.

Effective Fall 2015:

All candidates accepted into the undergraduate traditional educator preparation program will be required to pass the following PRIOR TO student teaching:

  • The required content area certification examination for the certificate field sought
  • the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 examination
Candidates who do not pass these required examinations prior to student teaching may:
1.  Re-test until passing scores are achieved, delaying student teaching until eligibility is met, or

2.  Forfeit eligibility for teacher certification and graduate with a non-certificate based degree plan.  Candidates choosing this option may pursue teacher certification through a post-baccalaureate program or an alternative certification program.

EPP Mission

The Educator Preparation Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville prides itself as a field-based program providing students with extensive opportunities for hands-on learning and application at area public and private schools. Students benefit from a faculty and staff who share a mission to prepare qualified, confident, and inspiring educators to maximize learning for children.

Through coursework designed in compliance with the Texas Education Agency - State Board for Educator Certification and Standards, students gain valuable knowledge for a successful teaching profession. Aspiring educators in our Educator Preparation Program (EPP) are prepared for classroom roles in schools with diverse populations in a changing cultural and educational environment.

In addition to field-based experiences, our faculty utilize technology, research-based teaching methods, and outcome-based performance assessments.

Admission Procedures

Per HB 1508 effective September 1, 2017, all applicants to teacher preparation should be aware of the following:

An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of an educational program. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by the licensing authority.

To request a preliminary evaluation of teacher certificate eligibility, please review additional information and application instructions here.

Below is a checklist for application to the EPP (the link will take you to a PDF version of this EPP Application checklist).

  1. Completion of 60 semester hours
    1. Complete Application for Admission and Teacher Candidate Commitment Contract (in admission packet).  All pages MUST BE SIGNED AND DATED.
    • Answered the teacher aide question on application
    • Answered the felony question on application
    • Professional current email address - you will need an active email account in order to apply for certification. NO EMAIL = NO CERTIFICATION
    • Teacher Education Program Disclosure Form included
    • Criminal History Background Check Consent Form included
    • Complete a Critical Thinking Requirement (EDED 1301 or an equivalent course)   Equivalent Course: _______________________
    • Read the Texas Administrative Code of Ethics and the Affirmation form must be signed and dated.
    • FERPA
  2. Completion of the following core courses:

    Course Grade
    English 1301  
    English 1302 with a "C" or better  
    History 1301  
    History 1302  
    Math 1314, 1316, or a higher math  
  3. Submit TSI documentation for TSI Complete or Exemption/Waiver
                                 List of exemptions on the TSI site:
           5. Take and pass the Nelson Denny Reading Test with a Stanine score of 4 or better. Contact the Center for Educator Preparation Services -              
               361-593-4051 - to schedule this test.
           6. Official Degree Plan on file.  Keep a copy for yourself to update and use when registering for classes each semester.
           7. Current transcript with GPA listed (either an official or unofficial will be accepted) **Copies of transcripts for transferred courses needed**
           8. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale. (A 2.75 grade point average must be maintained to stay in teacher
                    preparation program. In addition the student must have a GPA of 2.75 in teaching field content area in order to student teach).
           9. Score at least 50% on diagnostic assessment in content area OR score of at least 3 on a personal essay for admission.
               (Schedule in RH-Room 112).

The above represents all of the requirements for admission to EPP

Additional Information

Contact your college advisor.