Admission to the Graduate Educator Preparation Program

(1) Pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator. (2) Pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching

The College of Education graduate program directors provide guidance and provides support in areas such as advising, registration, monitoring your program and to offer support in your spiritual, academic, and professional walk.

Although you have been admitted to the University, it is your responsibility to complete the criteria as outlined in the Notice of Requirements document in order to become officially accepted and admitted to the Dorothy M. Bush College of Education Educator Preparation Program (EPP). Prior to applying to the Educator Preparation Program, a degree plan must be selected by the candidate and a College of Education program director/advisor. The College of Education faculty and staff are dedicated in helping you achieve academic success and assist you in achieving your educational goals.

Graduate candidates wishing to officially enter the Educator Preparation Program should review and comply with the requirements by the end of their first semester. Considerations will be based on the following criteria:

  • Upon completion of the requirements, the Educator Preparation Program Admissions Committee will meet to determine continued eligibility and candidates will be notified of their decision.
  • The GRE or MAT may be waived if a candidate maintains an A- or better during the first 12 hours of the program. If you have already taken the GRE or MAT, please submit the official scores to the graduate office at
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average at the time of application to the program.
  • Teacher Service Record submitted if applicable.
  • Completion of the admission interview with the Graduate EPP Committee.
  • DBU admission letter signed and submitted.
  • Signed and submitted both FERPA forms.
  • Signed and submitted the Educator Code of Ethics.
  • Signed and submitted Notice of Requirements.
  • Signed and submitted TExES testing guidelines.
  • Acknowledgment of the Graduate Handbook
  • Upon receipt of a letter of admission to the Educator Preparation Program, the candidate must provide a written response acknowledging the acceptance of admittance to the program.

Other Requirements

  • The 3.0 GPA criteria must be maintained to remain in the program.
  • Candidates admitted to the Graduate Educator Preparation Program are required to upload the documents listed above.

Calendar of Program Activities

Consumer Information about the EPP at DBU

Criminal History Acknowledgement

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

  • Eligibility for Texas teacher certification in Texas requires that you pass a criminal history background check.
  • If you were convicted of an offense that is not considered appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification in Texas.
  • You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.
  • For more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation: Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation-FAQs