Policies of the Lamar University Educator Preparation Program

1. Admission into the Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

All students who plan to enter the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) will initiate the pre-admission process in PEDG 2310. Pre-admission requirements have been embedded in PEDG 2310, so that, with the successful completion of the course, those requirements should be fulfilled. Toward the end of the semester, students will complete the Initial Educator Preparation Program Admission Application. Students will be notified via a formal acceptance email if they have been admitted to the EPP, pending completion of PEDG 2310. Students are required to formally accept the admission status through the link in the official letter of acceptance email.  Transfer students who 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 (409-880-7972) or call the Academic Advisor for Educator Preparation (409-880-8434) as soon as possible.

A student is eligible to achieve admission status and enter Phase I (PEDG 3300) of the EPP only if the requirements listed below have been satisfied:

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

For students that are Interdisciplinary Studies, EC-6, 4-8 and EC-12 SPED Programs the following applies:

  • Completion of an admission application
  • Successful completion of 45 semester hours, including PEDG 2310
  • Successful completion of PEDG 2310 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Successful completion of ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 or ENGL 1361 and ENGL 1362 with a grade of "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
  • Filing a signed copy of the program's Professionalism Agreement
  • Filing a signed copy of the program’s Code of Ethics and Fitness to Teach Professionalism Policy
  • Payment of a one-time non-refundable application fee of $75.00 

Secondary Education Programs

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

  • Completion of an 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
  • Filing a signed copy of the program's Professionalism Agreement
  • Filing a signed copy of the Code of Ethics and Fitness to Teach Professionalism Policy
  • Payment of a one-time non-refundable application fee of $75.00

For the concentrations listed below, the following applies:

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

Transfer students should contact educatorprep@lamar.edu for an appointment to determine admission needs.  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 (409-880-7972) or call the Academic Advisor for Educator Preparation (409-880-8434) as soon as possible.

During PEDG 2310, students are asked to review the curricula and select a certification for your degree plan. Students should make a copy of their individual degree plan for their records. It is also important to 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. If you desire to change your certification area, you must visit with the COEHD’s Academic Advisor and obtain approval from the Chair of Teacher Education. After successfully completing PEDG 2310 and acceptance into the program, students will be given a field assignment based on the course in which they are enrolled.

A syllabus for each pedagogy course (prefixes PEDG, READ, EACH and SPED) is provided to each student at the beginning of each course, and may be available through a department or faculty information web site. Candidates are accountable for the assignments, meeting Texas Education Agency standards and sub - standards, and policies stated in the syllabus for each course.

When engaged in pedagogy courses, candidates may be directed to attach assignment artifacts (papers, lesson plans, statements, etc.) to an electronic portfolio approved by the COEHD. Education faculty may use these artifacts and the ePortfolio to assess, evaluate, or monitor individual and aggregated candidate progress in mastering the knowledge and skills of the EPP.

II.  EPP PHASE I and PHASE II

As candidates complete PHASE I of the EPP (PEDG 3300 and block courses that are unique to each degree plan), all assessments for each candidate are reviewed by a Candidate Performance Review Committee (CPRC) composed of 3 or 4 faculty members. For each candidate who has an "area of concern" indicated, the committee will determine a course of action. Decisions could include a letter indicating a concern by the committee, or in the case of multiple areas of concern indicated or concerns from multiple evaluators, a more serious consequence may be recommended such as probation or removal from the program. Every effort is made to work with the candidates and to follow their progress to ensure there is improvement in that area.

Candidates who successfully complete requirements for Phase I of the EPP are approved by the CPRC to progress to PHASE II and register for courses indicated in their degree plan. As candidates continue through PHASE II, the review process (described in the paragraph above) is followed each semester until all PHASE II coursework has been completed, and the candidate is approved to proceed to PHASE III (Clinical Teaching).

Educator Preparation Program Candidates must maintain a minimum of 2.75 grade point average overall and in certificate field(s). In pedagogy courses (courses with prefixes PEDG, READ, EACH and SPED), and in the candidate's certificate field(s), candidates must earn grades of “C” or better.

Once admitted to the program, candidates must successfully complete each Lamar Proficiency Exam (LPE) during method courses. Students will not be admitted to Clinical Teaching without successful completion of each Lamar Proficiency Examination. 

Candidates are eligible to enroll in additional courses required for certification. Unsuccessful applicants will be apprised of deficiencies and steps that should be taken if the applicant should desire to reapply for admission into the program.  Prior to Clinical Teaching, a Clinical Teaching candidate must complete a “Request for Placement Form’ and attend the mandatory first Clinical Teaching meeting.

III. PHASE III - Admission to Clinical Teaching 

In order to qualify for clinical teaching, the applicant must be recommended by the CPRC Committee and have met the following requirements
  • Completion of course work specified by his/her degree/certificate plan;
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in: (a) all courses taken; (b)all courses taken in teaching fields or areas of specialization in interdisciplinary studies; and (c) all courses taken in Pedagogy, Reading, Early Childhood Education;
  • Grade of “C” or better in each pedagogy course;
  • Successful completion of all required field experience hours required in designated pedagogy courses beginning with PEDG 2310;
  • Successful completion of 15 hours of field experience during the semester prior to student teaching with the Cooperating teachers to whom the student has been assigned as a student teacher;
  • A passing score on the appropriate content and Lamar Proficiency Examinations.  

While in required courses, computer files for artifacts such as unit and lesson plans, a classroom management plan, proposed assessment procedures, and technology strategies should be archived for a final electronic portfolio project. Assessments of knowledge, skills, and dispositions will continue in didactic and field courses, using rubrics, scores, and grades as appropriate.  Instructors in pedagogical courses will certify as to candidates who have achieved the standards and sub-standards assigned to their courses. The Chair of each teaching field will verify that candidates completing certification requirements have met the standards and sub-standards of the specified courses.

IV. Review for Certification

With successful completion of clinical teaching and all required coursework, the CPRC will provide oversight to a review of each candidate’s portfolio. This portfolio will include the assessment file from Clinical teaching. The assessment file will include evaluations of teaching effectiveness by the principal and teacher(s) supervising the candidate’s clinical teaching. The Clinical teacher supervisor and Cooperating Teacher will submit an evaluation of dispositions for the candidate, along with the course grade and artifacts. An evaluation of substantial mastery of standards and sub-standards stipulated for clinical teaching will be made by the Cooperating and the instructor/field supervisor.

Criminal Background Check

Candidates for Teacher Preparation undergo a criminal background check as part of admissions to the program. If convicted of an offense, the candidate will receive an email of the potential ineligibility for certification. According to §249.16 and §227.1(TAC), candidates have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter.

General Requirements for Certification (per TAC §230.11)

An applicant for a Texas educator certificate must:
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • submit to the criminal history review required by the Texas Education Code (TEC) §22.0831, not be disqualified by the TEC, §21.058, §21.060, or other Texas statute, and not be subject to administrative denial pursuant to §249.12 of this title (relating to Administrative Denial; Appeal) or a pending proceeding under Chapter 249 of this title (relating to Disciplinary Proceedings, Sanctions, and Contested Cases)
  • not be disqualified by federal law
  • be willing to support and defend the constitutions of the United States and Texas
  • meet the language requirements listed under International Students of this document
It is a requirement that candidates can complete field hours on a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved public or private school campus. Determine if your school is TEA approved by following this link.

Upon admissions, candidates will be required to sign a formal acceptance to the program at the start of the first course.

Prior Experience

According to TEA: each EPP must develop and implement specific criteria and procedures that allow:

  • military service member or military veteran candidates to credit verified military service, training, or education toward the training, education, work experience, or related requirements (other than certification examinations) for educator certification requirements, provided that the military service, training, or education is directly related to the certificate being sought; and
  • candidates who are not military service members or military veterans to substitute prior or ongoing service, training, or education, provided that the experience, education, or training is not also counted as a part of the internship, clinical teaching, or practicum requirements, was provided by an approved EPP or an accredited institution of higher education within the past five years and is directly related to the certificate being sought.
As such, each candidate who qualifies will have their experience aligned with curriculum/coursework to identify appropriate credit toward their degree and certification.

Note: For candidates who are out-of-country and/or have transcripts that are from institutions outside of the U.S., the candidate is responsible to work with university admissions to secure an evaluation of the transcript and credit hours.

International Students

Undergraduate and graduate-level candidates should contact International Student Admissions for the necessary documents and language requirements for admission.

International candidates must be able to communicate, listen, read, write, and comprehend the English language sufficiently to use it easily and readily in daily communication and teaching. English language proficiency shall be evidenced by one of the following:
  • completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States; or
  • verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing; or
  • If an undergraduate or graduate degree was earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C)