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Elementary Education (Teacher Recruitment Program)

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Cheryll Dennis
Avery Building, Room 464F

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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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.

Degree Certification Program Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.Ed. EC-6 Core Subjects ESL 36 Non-Thesis No minor

Eligibility Requirements for Teacher Certification
According to the Texas Education Agency, there are specific requirements for becoming a classroom teacher. In addition to the application requirements for the master’s degree, you must also meet the eligibility requirements posted by the Educator Preparation Program.

Certification Plan Information
If you are admitted to this program, please request a certification plan from the Office of Educator Preparation. If you are seeking teacher certification without a master's degree, please review the stand-alone teacher certification information.

Texas State Round Rock Campus
This program can be completed in Round Rock, though taking courses in both San Marcos and Round Rock will result in quicker degree completion.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard March 1 March 1
Spring* September 1 September 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

*The Spring 2021 deadline has been extended to October 1, 2020.

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be completed by the priority deadline to considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


  Review important information about the online application.

Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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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 Scores

  • GRE not required

Documents & Other Requirements

  • interview with graduate advisor
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose
  • three forms of recommendation 

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TOEFL Scores

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.

  Review important information about official test scores.