Interdisciplinary Studies - Admission Requirements

Lamar University Educator Preparation Program

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Admission into the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Checklist

Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6, 4-8 and EC-12 SPED

  • Completion of a department admission application
  • Successful completion of 45 semester hours, including PEDG 2310
  • Successful completion of PEDG 2310 with a “C” or better
  • Successful completion of ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 or ENGL 1361 and ENGL 1362 with a “C” or better
  • Successful completion of 2 math courses required by the candidate’s certification program with a grade of “C” or better
  • A minimum GPA overall and in the certificate field of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) with no grade lower than “C” in the certificate field (s)
  • Successful completion of all sections of an approved basic skills test or meet exceptions of the TSI assessment or an acceptable alternative test
  • Approval following a criminal history review
  • Payment of a one-time non-refundable application fee of $75.00

Once admitted to the program, candidates must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA and successfully complete each Lamar Proficiency Exam (LPE) during method courses. Students will not be admitted to clinical teaching without successful completion of each LPE.

Secondary Education Programs

For students that are Secondary Education and all level programs, the following applies:

  • Completion of a department admission application
  • Successful completion of 45 semester hours, including PEDG 2310
  • Successful completion of PEDG 2310 with a grade of "C" or better
  • A minimum GPA overall and in the certificate field of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) with no grade lower than "C" in the certificate field(s)
  • Successful completion of all sections of an approved basic skills test or meet exceptions of the TSI assessment or an acceptable alternative test
  • Approval following a criminal history review
  • Payment of a one-time non-refundable application fee of $75.00

For the concentrations listed below, the following applies:

  • Chemistry (7-12): Math 1314 and English 1301 Required
  • English (7-12): Math 1332 and English 1301 Required
  • Life Science (7-12): Math 1314, 1316 or 2312 and English 1301 Required
  • Math (7-12): English 1301 Required/Algebra Not Required
  • EC-12 Art: Math 1314 or above and English 1301 Required
  • EC-12 ASL: Math 1314, English 1301 and 1302 Required
  • EC-12 Health: Math 1342 or 1314/English 1301 and English 1302 Required
  • EC-12 Music: Math 1314 or above and English 1301 Required
  • EC-12 Spanish or French: Math 1322 and English 1301 Required

Before applying to the program, a student must earn the credit hours for the subject they would like to teach.

  • 12 semester hours for the subject concentration
  • 15 semester hours for certification in mathematics or science

Once admitted to the program, candidates must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA and successfully complete each Lamar Proficiency Exam (LPE) during method courses. Students will not be admitted to clinical teaching without successful completion of each LPE.

If you are a transfer student and took PEDG 2310 at another institution other than Lamar University, you will need to have an Admissions Interview prior to being admitted into the program. Please contact educatorprep@lamar.edu for an appointment. If you have a concern or question about whether or not you have met a particular requirement, or if any exceptions might be approved, request an appointment with the Coordinator of Admissions for Teacher Education at 409-880-7972 or educatorprep@lamar.edu. 

During PEDG 2310, you will be asked to review the curricula and select a certification for your degree plan. You should print and keep a copy of the SBEC standards and sub-standards which apply to your degree plan/certification area for your reference until you have completed the program.

For more information concerning admission and progression in the Educator Preparation Program, you may contact by email educatorprep@lamar.edu.

Criminal Background Check

Candidates for Teacher Preparation undergo a criminal background check as part of admissions to the program. According to TEA,  

Educator preparation programs (EPPs) shall inform all applicants that: 

(1) pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator; and 

(2) pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching. 

If convicted of an offense, the candidate will receive an email of the potential ineligibility. Candidates have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter. The criminal background check is conducted at the time of admissions and prior to clinical teaching. Learn more information about the preliminary criminal history evaluation.