Education Department Programs
The University of Dallas Department of Education offers undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate certification and degree programs in the areas of Elementary (Early Childhood - 6th grade), Middle School (grades 4 - 8), Secondary (grades 7 - 12) and All-Level (EC - 12th grade). The Department also offers a Concentration (similar to a Minor) for students who are interested in earning experience in teaching
and education. For a comprehensive reference source for the teacher certification
candidate, please see the Teacher Education Handbook.
Admissions to the Education Program
Formal admission to the Department is required for all students seeking Texas Teacher
Certification and/or a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. This formal admission
will typically occur during the student's Junior year. Those students who have baccalaureate
degrees and wish to become certified also must apply as a Non Degree Seeking Student.
General admission requirements include:
1. An overall grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a 2.75 in pedagogical
and teaching field courses.
2. Proficiency in each of the basic skills: reading, writing, math, critical thinking,
and oral communication in English. A student can demonstrate proficiency by submitting
a combination of passing scores on approved standardized tests, and successful performance
on required University-administered writing/critical thinking assessment. The writing
assessment is administered during the admission process. Approved standardized tests
and minimum passing scores are:
a) THEA: English 230, Math 230, Writing 220
b) SAT: a combined score of 1070
c) ACT: Composite score of 23 with at least 19 in English and 19 in Math
3. Completion of required general education courses*:
6 hours in English (9-12 hours for EC-4)
3 hours in math, college algebra or above
3-4 hours of laboratory science
6 hours in American history (Secondary, 3 in American and 3 in other)
3 hours in American government.
*Students who have not completed all general education requirements may apply for
4. A completed application to the Department of Education Teacher Certification Program
5. A certification plan developed by the Department Certification Officer.
6. Recommendation by the Department of Education faculty.
7. Completed application as a Non-Degree Seeking Student if Post Baccalaureate.
N. B. The Department of Education complies with the Texas state certification requirements
as set by the State Board of Educator Certification. At the time of this publication,
the requirements are accurate; however, requirements may change to reflect new state