Elementary Education (Teacher Recruitment Program)
Texas State University’s specialized concentration, referred to as the teacher recruitment program (TRP), began in 2001 as an ideal entry for second-career considerations. Students on this path may receive their certification after two semesters of field-based and academic course work and complete their master’s degree while earning a teacher’s salary.
This specialized M.Ed. program for elementary education students provides an accelerated pathway for well-qualified post-baccalaureate individuals seeking initial teacher certification.
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“I was looking for a program that thoroughly, but quickly, prepared me for the rigors of a school environment. The Teacher Recruitment Program did that and more. The program continues to be outstanding in its efforts to produce the highest quality teachers.ˮ
— Revathi Balakrishnan, Fifth Grade Teacher, Round Rock ISD, 2016 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year
TRP is a full-certification program including 18 hours of graduate-level, initial teacher certification course work, completed in two semesters of full-time attendance. The first semester classes are delivered at a Round Rock ISD elementary school, where students experience theory applied directly in classrooms. The second semester involves 14 weeks of student teaching in a public school. Due to the accelerated nature of TRP, a substantial portion of the program requires a daytime commitment. Following completion of the initial 18-hour teacher certification, students are eligible to apply for state teacher certification. Once certified, they are eligible to work as teachers while they complete their degrees in the evenings, online, or summers at either campus.
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|M.Ed.||EC-6 Core Subjects ESL||36||Non-Thesis||No minor|
Eligibility Requirements for Teacher Certification
Certification Plan Information
TRP students enter the program from a variety of fields, such as IT or event management, yet transition well to classroom teachers, directors and other roles in educational leadership.
Since its foundation as a normal school in 1899, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction has been an integral part of Texas State University, serving the state’s need for trained public school teachers. Over the years, the programs have prepared knowledgeable and effective teachers who are responsive to the varying needs of society. The department has forged strong working partnerships with many Central Texas school districts, providing a diverse landscape for fieldwork and potential employment opportunities. Between the strenuous curriculum and invaluable field experience, the department has grown to become one of the largest nationwide, offering a variety of comprehensive programs.
Faculty have primarily focused their research on teacher preparation and development, teacher induction and mentoring, and learning in field-based settings. They have made national and international presentations on these topics at the Association of Teacher Educators and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education conferences. Their work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Teacher Education, Action in Teacher Education, and Ed Leadership.
The majority of the students remain in the Central Texas area, teaching in public and private schools. Graduates are also qualified to become instructional coaches, education consultants, curriculum coordinators, grade level or content team leaders, directors of a department, mentor teachers, or writers of textbooks. Students are also prepared for doctoral study at Texas State or another qualified university.
*The Spring 2022 deadline has been extended to November 1, 2021 for domestic applicants and October 1, 2021 for international applicants.
The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.
Transcripts & GPA
- baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
- a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
- minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
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- GRE not required
Applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
- official TOEFL iBT scores with minimum individual scores of
- 22 listening
- 22 reading
- 24 speaking
- 21 writing
This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
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