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UT Tyler School of Education

Admission Requirements

Students should apply for admission to the School of Education (SOE) during the semester in which they will complete all the professional education coursework in Phase I or Block 1.

NOTE: Online School of Education Admission Application is ONLY accepted during the fall and spring. If you will be eligible for admission in the summer, you should submit your Admission Packet during the spring term.

Admission Process

  1. Attend School of Education Admission orientation session. (Phase I and Block 1 instructors will inform students when this will be held. This typically occurs during the first six weeks of the fall and spring semester.)\
  2. Schedule an appointment with Ms. Dempsey prior to submitting your School of Education application to make sure you meet the admission requirements.
  3. Schedule and complete a successful pre-screen admission interview prior to application to the School of Education.
  4. For Secondary and All-Level candidates only:  You are required to submit a copy of your signed degree plan from your academic advisor in your major.  If you do not have this yet, get it before completing the admission application.
  5. Pay $125 for admission to the School of Education.  This fee is paid in the Cashier's Office (Enrollment Services Center, ADM 230).  At the end of the application form, you will be required to upload a copy of your receipt for the SOE Admission Fee.  This fee pays for a small part of your supervision in field throughout your education program.
  6. Provide evidence of satisfactory scores on one of these acceptable basic skills tests.  Test scores need to be uploaded to the Online School of Education Admission Application.
    • TSI Scores – reading 351 or above, mathematics 350 or above, writing – a placement score of at least 340, and an essay score of at least a 4; or a placement score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least a 4, and an essay score of at least a 5.  For TSI information, contact the UT Testing Center at 903.565.5693 in UC 3160.

    • ACT Composite score of 24 with minimum of 22 on the reading, mathematics, and writing tests

    • SAT Minimum of 550 on the critical reading (verbal), mathematics, and writing test.  New SAT scores after March 2016:  Minimum of 570 on mathematics, 330 on EBRW (Evidence Based Reading and Writing) and 5 on the essay.

  1. Complete the Online School of Admission Application.  You should meet with with Ms. Dempsey prior to submitting this application.  If you have any questions about the admissions process, you may schedule an appointment or send an email to Ms. Dempsey.
  2. Once you have been admitted, drop by Ms. Dempsey's office in BEP 247J to have your picture taken for our School of Education bulletin board.

Do you meet admission criteria?

  • Achieve a sophomore or above status along with successfully completing 15 hours in your major for mathematics and science or 12 hours for all other academic majors with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.

  • If you are eligible (completed all of Phase I) to participate in Phase II/BLOCK 2 clinical experiences next semester, be sure to submit your completed Phase II/BLOCK 2 application to the Office of Clinical Experiences to either BEP 247G or BEP 212E.  The forms are located in the CANVAS Organization- Education – Clinical Experiences in the Phase II/BLOCK 2 (UTeach) tab.

Criminal History Acknowledgement:

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.

      1. In order to receive a teacher certification, you must pass a criminal history background check.
      2. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for a teacher, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
      3. You have a right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency.  The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.

For more information, see Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation.

Transfer of Credit/Experience:

In compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and The University of Texas at Tyler undergraduate policies, credit earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities may be transferred by students presenting official transcripts describing such credit. Courses are acceptable for transfer at the level at which these courses were classified by the institution granting the credit. Only courses in which a student has earned a grade equivalent of “C” or better will be acceptable for transfer. The course content must be equivalent to the course where transfer is being sought. Students should work with the education advisor to gain information about transfer of credit. Students seeking credit for other experiences should meet with the School Director for requirements.

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