The expectations for teacher certification in the State of Texas are rigorous and demanding.  Texas guidelines ensure that the best applicants are qualified to teach the children of Texas. 

Music majors will be working through the School of Music and the School of Education to complete their certification process.

Music Education majors must complete SEVEN major steps to become a teacher in Texas:

  • Complete degree requirements as indicated
  • Apply for the Teacher Education Program
  • Complete and pass the Music TEXES Content Exam
  • Apply for Student Teaching and placement
  • Complete at least one attempt at the practice PPR Exam through the School of Education
  • Student Teach 12 weeks
  • Apply for Teacher Certification

Music Education majors will be required during MUSI 3310(Junior year) to submit an application for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.  These applications will then be submitted to the School of Education for review by the Teacher Education Committee (TEC) before students can advance and apply for Student Teaching.

The following guidelines are provided by the School of Education for admittance into the Teacher Education Program.  Requirements for admission to and retention in teacher education include:

  • Filing a completed application for admission to teacher education. (If denied admission, the student must reapply in order to be reconsidered for admission.)
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on all academic work attempted.
  • A satisfactory score on one of the following basic skills test: THEA - with a score of 260 or greater on the reading section is required and a score of 230 is required on the math and writing sections. Accuplacer - with a score of 90 or better on the reading section, a score of 80 or better on the math and sentence structure and a score of 5 or better on the writeplacer section. Exemption from the TASP or Acupplacer tests is based on ACT scores of 23 or higher on the composite with a score of 19 or higher on English and mathematics, or an SAT combined score of 1070 or higher, with verbal and mathematics scores 500 or higher.
  • Completion of English and Math core requirements with a grade of C or better in each course.
  • Evidence of freedom from any incapacitating physical or emotional defects.
Recommendation by the Teacher Education Council (the council is composed of faculty members from the various Schools offering teacher certification). It is the
  • Function of the committee to review the student's application and determine whether the student is admitted to the teacher education program.