Texas Tech University

Admission to TechTeach

Candidates apply for admission to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) when they have completed 60 semester credit hours. Learn more about the application process.

At the time of application to the Educator Preparation Program, all applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • Completed 60 SCH with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.
  • Completed at least 12 SCH in the major/teaching field coursework with no grade lower than a C and a GPA greater than 2.75.
  • Completed the coursework to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, mathematics, and communication.
  • To demonstrate proficiency, the candidate
    • must complete the following with a grade of C or better:
    • Reading - History 2300 and 2301, OR POLS 1301 and 2302
    • Writing - English 1301 and 1302
    • Mathematics - Mathematics 1320 or equivalent course
    • Oral Communication - Communication 2300 or 1300
  • Have met the requirements of the Basic Skills Requirements for the EPP. The TSI exam score will be the basis for admission consideration. University admission standards will be used.
  • Texas Tech University's candidates demonstrate Fitness to Teach. Candidates will be evaluated on these behaviors through the assessment of teacher dispositions. At the point of admission to the Educator Preparation Program, students are required to review and accept the unit's dispositions. Students transferring to TTU from another certification program must be in good standing.
  • All students must meet and adhere to the educator code of ethics.
  • Score a 65 or above on the Pre-Admission Content Exam. The exam will be taken at the TTU testing center M-F at 8:30 or 1:30. There is a $30 fee for the exam. Scores below 65 will be evaluated and meetings arranged with the testing coordinator and the student in order to review conditional admission.
  • All students must complete a professional interview with College of Education staff and receive an acceptable score.
  • Paid the Texas Education Agency (TEA) technology fee of $35. This fee is non-refundable.

When to Apply

Students who plan to begin in the Fall should apply in the Spring semester of their Sophomore year.

For questions about application dates, contact your advisor.

Online Application

To submit an online application, visit the College of Education online application website.

Required Criminal Background Check

Texas Administrative Code requires the completion of a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching and hiring by a school district. Failure to pass a criminal history check will prevent you from being licensed and therefore hired by a district.

Texas Administrative Code: 19 TAC §227.101(c) Allows for a person who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a State Board for Educator Certification-approved educator preparation program or planning to take a certification examination to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter regarding your potential ineligibility for certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense.

Please visit the TEA website for more information:

Appeals Process

Students who do not meet the requirements for admission to the Educator Preparation Program will not be allowed to register for upper level education classes. Students who want to appeal the admission decision may contact the Lead Advisor.

Continuing in the Program

Each program block flows in a specific progression. Courses in each block must be completed successfully before progression to the next. Failed courses must be repeated and the student will not be permitted to continue until successful completion of the course is achieved. A grade of “C” or above must be achieved in all content and block courses.

Note: Failing of courses in blocks or content can and will delay your program as well as graduation.