Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

If a student has not met admission requirements by the time he/she has completed 66 semester hours, he/she will be advised to select a non-teacher preparation major. If at a later time admission requirements are met, the student may apply for admission and if approved may resume taking courses in the teacher preparation program.  Education students not admitted to teacher preparation by 66 hours, will most likely delay their graduation date.  The university is not required to offer courses out of order nor it is it required to allow students to take courses out of order.

Admissions fee (non-refundable) – $55

Must meet the proficiencies of the TSI exam in Mathematics, Reading and Writing or fulfill exemptions listed below:

The minimum passing scores on the TSI are as follows:

  • 350 for Math,
  • 351 for Reading,

and one of the following combinations for Writing:

  • Multiple choice score of 350 with essay score of 5, or
  • Multiple choice score of 363 with essay score of 4, or
  • Multiple choice score below 350, ABE Diagnostic score of 4, and essay score of 5

TSI Exemption by Test Scores

Old SAT: Prior to March 2016

  • A student must achieve a minimum SATcritical reading and math composite score of 1070 with at least a 500 on the math section for TSI Math exemption
  • A student must achieve a minimum SATcritical reading and math composite score of 1070 with at least a 500 on the critical reading section for TSI Reading and Writing exemptions

New SAT: On or after March 2016

  • Mathematics test: 530 or higher for TSI Math exemption
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW): 480

Note: There is no combined minimum score for the new SAT

ACT

  • Minimum composite score of 23 with at least a 19 on the math section for TSI Math exemption
  • Minimum composite score of 23 with at least a 19 on the English section for TSI Reading and Writing exemptions

TAKS

  • Exit-level TAKSmath score of at least 2200 for TSI Math Exemption
  • Exit-level TAKSEnglish Language Arts score of at least 2200 and an essay score of at least 3 for TSI Reading and Writing Exemption

STAAR End-of-Course

  • A score of at least Level 2 on the STAARAlgebra II end-of-course (EOC) for TSI Math exemption
  • A student with a score of at least Level 2 on the STAAREnglish III end-of-course (EOC) for TSI Reading and Writing exemptions

*Note: SAT, ACT, TAKS, and STAAR scores used to support an exemption must be fewer than five years old. The writing section of the SAT test is not considered.

*Note: Mixing/combining scores from the SAT administered prior to Match 2016 and the SAT administered on or after Math 5, 2016 is not permissible.

Exemption by Course Credit

Earning an A or B in the following courses will allow for the indicated TSI exemptions.  The courses may be taken at HSU or transferred from another accredited institution. 

TSI Math Exemptions:

  • A or B in MATH 1301, MATH 1310 or higher MATH course

TSI Reading Exemptions:

  • A or B in ENGL 230X (World, English or American Literature)

TSI Writing Exemptions:

  • A or B in ENGL 1301 or 1302

Additional TSI Exemptions

  • The student has graduated with an associate of baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  • The student is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
  • The student was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States on or after August 1, 1990.
  • The student is a non-degree-seeking or a non-certificate-seeking student.
  • The student has attended another institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.
  • The student has transferred coursework determined by the university to be appropriate from a private or independent institution of higher education, an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education, or an international institution of higher education and has completed college-level coursework

Overall GPA
Minimum 2.8 (must be maintained throughout the program)

Oral Proficiency
A or B in COMM 1301 or 1302

Content Field 12-15 hours
Students must complete 12 hours in their content field.  Math and Science majors must complete 15 hours in their content field.

English Language Proficiency
Required interview with certification officer. Complete interview successfully or earn passing score (26) on the TOEFL exam.

Majority Vote
Admission requires a majority vote of the HSU Teacher Education Council.

Educators’ Code of Ethics
Adhere to SBEC Code of Ethics and sign agreement form.

Revised 04/18