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Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

Admission to the Education Preparation Program

Admission to the University and admission to the Education Preparation Program (EPP) are two separate entities. Students pursuing teacher certification or Teacher's Professional Development courses will be required to take and pass the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) exam. Registration bulletins for taking the THEA are available in the Teacher Education Department. The THEA is offered six times each year. Persons who fail the test may retake it as many times as needed to pass.

EPP course work is reserved for students who have met admissions requirements, made application and have been approved by the Teacher Education Committee. The requirements for admission to teacher education at Southwestern Adventist University are as follows:

1.       Take the THEA exam and meet a minimum score of 260 in reading, 230 in math, and 220 in writing. Passing standards are subject to change, as the State Board   of Education changes minimum standards.  Note:  You are exempt from the THEA if you earn a score of 550 in both areas or better in the areas of Math and Verbal on your SAT or if your ACT score had a composite of 21 with at least a 19 in Math and Language.

2.     Have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours, or be enrolled in the semester that will complete 60 hours.

3.     Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

4.     Have completed with a "C" or higher in Applied Math, College Algebra, Freshman Composition and Research Writing.

5.     Secondary education certification candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in their major courses.

6.     Before acceptance all students must submit to, pay for, and pass a criminal background check. Students may request a preliminary criminal history  evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) regarding the potential ineligibility for certification due to a previous conviction or deferred adjudication (a formal judgment on a disputed matter) for a felony or misdemeanor offense. Failure to do this will result in you being removed from the program once this  information becomes known. You will not be able to receive Texas certification if you have a previous conviction or deferred adjudication.

The candidate is responsible for initiating the application, which is available in the Office of  Education. All applications will be accompanied with the following:

1.      A statement of purpose - a one page, typed essay describing reasons for desiring a profession in the teaching field.

2.      Two letters of recommendation from individuals other than relatives or Education/Psychology department faculty.

3.      A personal background check with satisfactory results. The application is available in the Office of Education.

4.      All potential candidates will have an interview with the Education/Psychology Department professors before being fully accepted into the Education Preparation Program.  See Technical Standards in the Pre-Service Teacher Candidate Handbook.

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