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Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012 PDF

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Admission to the University and admission to the Teacher Education Program 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 after a four month interval for as many times as needed to pass.

Professional education 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 earned a score of 500 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 2.75.
  4. Have completed with a "C" or higher College Algebra, Speech, Freshman Composition and Research and Professional Writing or equivalent courses.
  5. Secondary Education certification candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in their major courses.
  6. Meet all other requirements implemented by the Education Department faculty.
  7. Before acceptance all students must submit to, pay for, and pass a criminal background check.

The candidate is responsible for initiating the application, which is available in the Office of Teacher Certification. All applications will be accompanied by:

  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. Preferably, these recommendations will come from Southwestern Adventist University faculty members not in the Education Department, or other work experience supervisors.
  3. A personal background check with satisfactory results.

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