Admission Requirements

University Admission Requirements 

College of Education and Human Development

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Applicant must be from a state in which Lamar University is allowed to operate for the degree program to which they are applying. See States Approval.
  • Complete online application at ApplyTexas.org. A one-time application fee of $25 will be assessed with the first course tuition.
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Applicants must have an acceptable GPA: : Applicants with a 3.0 GPA in their Bachelor’s degree or a 3.0 in the last 60 hours of their Bachelor’s degree, as long as the total Bachelor’s degree GPA is no lower than 2.5, are admitted without a GRE requirement.  (If a applicant has at least 15 post-graduate hours, these hours may be used in tandem with a Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of between 2.5 and 2.999 to establish a GPA in the last 60 hours).
  • Those applicants who do not have the minimum GPA of 3.0 in either the Bachelor’s or the last 60 hours but do have a GPA between 2.5 and 2.999 in the last 60 hours are required to take the GRE. The College of Education and Human Development agree that new applicants admitted with a GRE requirement will be able to take 9 credit hours prior to supplying the required GRE score.
  • Applicants required to take the GRE must meet the institutional GRE and GPA standard according to the formula (GPA X 50) + GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative =/or greater than 428. If the GRE was taken before 2011, the formula total must be =/or greater than 1350.
  • Applicants required to take the GRE must meet the institutional GRE and GPA standard according to the formula (GPA X 50) + GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative =/or greater than 428. If the GRE was taken before 2011, the formula total must be =/or greater than 1350.

GRE taken before August 2011:

Acceptable (see above) GPA x 200 + (verbal = quantitative GRE score) =/or greater than 1350.

GRE taken after August 2011:

Acceptable (see above) GPA x 50 + GRE Verbal + GRE quantitative =/or greater than 428.

For applicants who tested prior to August of 2011, the ETS-provided conversion scale to current score scales will be used. For more information on the GRE go to http://www.ets.org/gre.

* Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.

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Admission Appeals

Applicants whose first set of GRE scores do not calculate into the admissions score for the required 428 (or 1350 old score set) may appeal by contacting luacademic@lamar.edu for an appeal packet. If the first appeal is denied, the applicant may retake the GRE and submit the second set of scores for additional consideration along with the contents of the appeal packet. Appeals will not be processed without submitting the results of at least one GRE attempt.

Send all required documents to:

Appeals Committee

Lamar University Academic Partnerships


P.O. Box 10017


Beaumont, Texas 77710

*Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Department Admission Requirements

In addition to University admission requirements, the Department of Educational Leadership requires the following for admission to the department program. 

1) Valid teaching certificate **
2) Two years teaching experience
3) Employed on a TEA approved public or private school campus *** To determine if your school is TEA approved, please use the following links: Public School  Private School
4) Personal Essay
5) Reference from your Principal

Instructions for submitting the Department of Educational Leadership admissions requirements will be emailed to each applicant.

**Please note that out of state students may not be required to meet this criteria
*** Not applicable to out of state students unless taking the TExES Principal Exam
****Out of state students should check with their state department of education to determine if there are specific state requirements needed.

Please note that out-of-state or out-of-country candidates cannot be Texas principal certified, unless all 300 practicum hours are completed on a TEA-approved campus.