Education Preparation and Certification

Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

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

Effective January 1, 2020, all candidates in the educator preparation program will be required to pass the content area exam for the grade level and subject area of the teaching certificate sought to qualify for admission to student teaching according to established deadlines: April 15 for fall semester student teaching and October 15 for spring semester student teaching.

Candidates must pass the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 examination during the student teaching assignment and for Standard Certificate eligibility.

Upon successful completion of the content exam, students can begin their student teaching appointment without having to pass the PPR.

EPP Mission


To develop proficient teachers and equip them with all the tools necessary to serve ALL students effectively. 


To become a national accredited educational program. 

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 Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility.

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
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale. (A 2.75 GPA must be maintained through the duration of the program).
  3. Completion of the following core courses:
Course Completion
English 1301
English 1302 with a "C" or better
History 1301
History 1302
Math 1314, 1316, or a higher math
  1. Submit TSI documentation for TSI Complete or Exemption/Waiver. Please note the list of exemptions on for the TSI
  2. Submit Official Degree Plan, signed by your advisor. Keep a copy for yourself to update and use when registering for classes each semester.
  3. Submit Current transcript with GPA listed (official or unofficial). Submit transcripts for transferred courses if applied.
  4. If transferring from another institution, apply to Texas A&M University-Kingsville at org before proceeding. *

The Nelson-Denny Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Assessment can be scheduled after completion of all the above.

  1. Take and Pass the Nelson-Denny Reading Assessment
  2. Take Diagnostic assessment in the content area and score at least a 70% OR score of at least 3 on a topic essay for admission. (Request approval in RH-117).

Items 1-9 represent all of the requirements for admission to EPP and must be completed before submitting program application below.  Program application will not be processed if items 1-9 have not been completed.

Elementary Fillable PDF Application

Secondary Fillable PDF Application

  1. Complete, Sign and date all application pages.
  2. First Page of Application:
    • *Answer the teacher aide question
    • *Answer the felony question
    • *Provide a professional current email address - you will need an active email account in order to apply for certification. NO EMAIL = NO CERTIFICATION
  3. Teacher Candidate Commitment Contract
  4. Teacher Education Program Disclosure
  5. Criminal History Background Check Consent
  6. Complete a Critical Thinking Requirement (EDED 1301 or an equivalent course)
    Equivalent Course: _______________________
  7. Read the Texas Administrative Code of Ethics and the Affirmation 
  8. FERPA

Additional Information

Contact your college advisor.