Admission to Teacher Education Program

Criteria for Admission

  1. Declared major in an approved teaching field with a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework in the field (15 hours in science or math), and a declared minor in Curriculum and Instruction.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher, which will include transfer courses and courses completed at McMurry. The overall grade point average will be calculated by the Registrar’s Office for students who transferred to McMurry. (Students who have been out of college 5 years or more can be considered under the “interrupted studies” criteria.)
  3. Demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics.
  4. Evidence of freedom from serious mental and personality defects or physical handicaps which would seriously impede effectiveness in the classroom or employment as a classroom teacher. The Education Advisory Council may require that the student, at his or her own expense, take a physical examination and/or submit to a psychological evaluation which may include tests or inventories. Such evaluation must be completed and a report submitted to the Council by a licensed mental health professional who is acceptable to the University and who is aware of the Councils concerns with regard to the candidate’s admission to the Teacher Education Program. Students will not be admitted to Teacher Education Program or clinical teaching and teaching internship until the evaluation results are submitted to and reviewed by the Council and a final decision is made by the Education Advisory Council. Failure to comply with this process may result in nonadmission to or dismissal from the Teacher Education Program.
  5. No pattern of serious, documented behavioral problems.
  6. Ability to meet the general requirements for the Provisional teaching certificate, as stated in the “Requirements of the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) for Provisional Certificate” section of this catalog.
  7. Successful completion of ENGL 1310, 1320, COMM 1310 and MATH 1311 or higher
  8. Successful completion of Introduction to Education, CURR 2110, with a grade of “C” or better.
  9. A minimum of one interview for each applicant will be conducted by the faculty in the school of education.

Note: Requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program which are in effect at the time the teacher candidate is admitted to the program shall be followed unless specifically relieved in individual cases by threefourths’ majority of the Education Advisory Council at the time admission to the program is considered.

Admission Procedure

Students should apply for admission to the Teacher Education program while they are enrolled in CURR 2110, Introduction to Education. The application is made in writing and submitted to the CURR department office. Transfer students should delay such application until they have completed 12 hours in the teaching field, (15 hours in science or math), and one semester of CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION 88 Curriculum and Instruction work in residence at McMurry. All sections of the required tests listed on the Checklist for Qualifying for a Teaching Certificate must be passed, or proof of exemption provided, before any CURR courses above 2110 are taken. The Education Advisory Council will not consider an application until all requirements are met.

  • Students who do not meet the requirements for the program are precluded from enrolling in Curriculum and Instruction courses. Upon request, a student who has been denied admission to the program may be permitted to appear before the Education Advisory Council to appeal the denial.
  • Failure to be admitted to the Teacher Education program or, if admitted, to complete the required course sequence in a timely manner will require the student to choose a different minor and a non-teaching field major. After two attempts at completing requirements , a student must choose a different non-teaching major and minor
  • The applicant should understand that admission to the Teacher Education program does not constitute assurance of certification.

Checklist for Qualifying for a Teaching Certificate

In addition to all certification requirements established by the State of Texas, McMurry University has established requirements for certification which are above and beyond normal graduation requirements. To secure a recommendation for certification from McMurry, one must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of an approved degree program leading toward certification and the CURR professional development minor
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.75 and will include transfer courses and courses completed at McMurry, as calculated by the Registrar.
  3. Grade point average of 2.75 with no grade lower than a “C” in each of the following areas:
  • a. for EC-6 certification:
    • Professional development courses in the Curriculum and Instruction minor; and
    • All required courses for the Early Childhood Education degree
  • b. for 4-8 certification:
    • Professional development courses in the Curriculum and Instruction minor; and
    • All required courses for the 4-8 teaching field
  • c. for 7-12 certification:
    • Professional development courses in the Curriculum and Instruction minor; and
    • All required courses for the 7-12 teaching field

Successful completion and passing of all certification tests in your area as required by the State of Texas.  If a student does not pass on the first attempt, the student must wait 30 days before taking the test again.  The State allows 5 attempts per certification test. 

Fingerprinting and background checks are required.

Application for certification must be completed before a student can be recommended for a standard certificate

Field Experiences and Criminal History Checks

The Department wants each McMurry student to have as much classroom experience as possible. In many classes, there will be a field experience component that is embedded. This will include hand-on learning experiences in local schools. The number of hours of field experiences vary by courses.

Prior to clinical teaching and all field-based experiences, students will undergo school district criminal history checks. The state of Texas also requires a criminal background check before an individual can receive a Texas teacher certification. Information regarding requirements for certification may be found on the TEA website.

Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 227.101c) states that a person who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a State Board of Educator Certification-approved educator preparation program or planning to take a certification examination may request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter regarding the person’s potential ineligibility for certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense.

For more information about the Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation, click below.