Applicants who have never been admitted into a Texas approved Educator Preparation Program (EPP) must meet the following requirements to be considered for acceptance into the ACP:
- Conferred baccalaureate degree from an institution that is recognized by one of the regional accrediting agencies
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher or a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 semester credit hours (SCH)
- Pass the Pre-admission Content Test (PACT) for the desired certification area. More information can be found about PACT registration can be found here.
- International students are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): http://testing.utep.edu/Testing/TOEFL
- Attend a scheduled interview with College of Education Faculty/Leadership
Prospective candidates must submit 2 application forms:
- Submit application with the Graduate School
- Please see Graduate School Admission Process and Document Requirements: https://www.utep.edu/graduate/admissions-and-academics/admissions.html
- Submit the UTEP Miner Teacher Residence Alternative Certification Program Application
- For this application please attach PACT score report (if available)
- Attach your essay. For essay prompts, please refer to Prompts for ACP Application Essay
For more information about the application process, please contact us here.
As part of the EPP, candidates are required to pass background checks to be eligible for field-based experiences (observation hours), clinical teaching, and applying for their standard teaching certificate.
Pursuant to the Texas Education Code TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to student teaching; and pursuant to the TEC, §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator. A candidate may be ineligible for issuance of a certificate on completion of the EPP if an individual has been convicted of an offense.
A person who is enrolled or planning to enroll in an educator preparation program or planning to take a certification examination may request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter regarding the person's potential ineligibility for certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense.