Admission to the Teacher Education Program

 

All Students seeking a teacher certification through Rio Grande College’s Educator Preparation Program must make application for the admission to the Teacher Education Program and Schedule an interview with the director of Teacher Education (TAC 227.10). 

 

Application deadlines

Summer I 2020 - May 15, 2020

Summer II 2020 - June 9, 2020

Fall 2020 - August 1, 2020

Spring 2021 - December 1, 2020

Summer I 2021 - May 1, 2021

Summer II 2021 - June 1, 2021

Fall 2021 - August 1, 2021

 

Criminal Background Check Notice

A background check is not required at the point of Admittance.  However, please be aware the Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program and ultimately for issuance of a standard certificate.  Pursuant to Texas Administrative Code 249.16, you may be ineligible for issuance of a certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program due to offenses considered to relate directly to the duties and responsibilities of the education profession.  If you have a criminal history, the Department of Education at RGC recommends you

  1. review Texas Administrative Code 249.16, Eligibility of Persons with Criminal History for a Certificate for more information about specific offenses considered to relate directly to the duties and responsibilities of the education profession;
  2. pay for a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from the Texas Education Agency
  3. disclose this information to the Director of Teacher Education at RGC.

Faq Criminal History Evaluation:

https://tea.texas.gov/Texas-Educators/Investigations/preliminary-crimina...

 

Professional education courses cannot be taken until all of the following minimum requirments have been met and students are admitted into the Teacher Education Program:

 

Standards for Admission to the Teacher Education Program for grades EC-6 and 4-8

Must have applied and received an official degree plan from Education Department.

Must have met minimum Academic Admission Requirements.

Must have all General Education Requirements complete and grades must be posted.

Must have completed 12 hours in English coursework (to include ENGL 3312) with a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Must have completed ENGL 3312 with no grade lower than a “B”.

                  *ENGL 3312 serves as a requirement of the Texas Success Initiative under rules established by the THECB, Part 1, Chapter4,

                   Subchapter C  of Texas Administrative Code Rule 4.54.  A grade of A or B must be received to satisfy the requirement.

Must have a minimum cumulative (all university coursework) GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Must have a minimum Academic Support Area GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

In addition to the completion and grade requirement for ENGL 3312, a candidate must have completed a minimum of 21 hours in Academic Support Area with NO GRADE LOWER THAN A “C”.

 

Standards for Admission to the Teacher Education Program for grades 7-12

Must have met minimum Academic Admission Requirements.

Must have all General Education Requirements complete and grades must be posted.

Must have met all University and Departmental Requirements for degree.

Must have completed 12 hours in English coursework (to include ENGL 3312) with a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Must have completed ENGL 3312 with no grade lower than a “B”.

                *ENGL 3312 serves as a requirement of the Texas Success Initiative under rules established by the THECB, Part 1, Chapter4,

                   Subchapter C of Texas Administrative Code Rule 4.54.  A grade of A or B must be received to satisfy the requirement.

Must have a minimum cumulative (all university coursework) GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Must have a minimum Content Major Area GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

In addition to the completion and grade requirement for ENGL 3312, a candidate must have completed a minimum of 21 hours in Academic Support Area with NO GRADE LOWER THAN A “C”.

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.  Students who do not me this requirement during the screening process will be required to take the TOEFL and meet the minium passing scores approved by TEA.

 

Certification Requirements
To be certified to teach in the Texas public school, a student must:
• Complete an accredited Education Preparation Program.
• Meet clinical teaching experience.
• Pass appropriate Professional and Pedagogy Responsibilties and Subject Comprehensive Exam.
• Apply for certification online

 

In addition to the university student grievance procedures, RGC Educator Preparation Program candidates also have the avenue of resolving issues via the TEA complaint process:

The Texas Education Agency Complaint Process

The complaint process allows for an applicant candidate, employee or former employee of an EPP, a cooperating teacher, a mentor, or an administrator in a school district, charter school, or private school to submit a complaint about an EPP for investigation and resolution  Further information can be found at:

https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Preparation_and_Continuing_Educati...