Applying to the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development
You know what you want for your future, you’ve done the research, and you’ve got that degree path in mind. You’re all set to start your application—just don’t forget to apply to both UHV and your chosen degree program.
School of Education, Health Professions, and Human Development programs are considered professional programs. Many of them have admission requirements outside of, or in addition to, the University of Houston–Victoria’s standard admission requirements. Consequently, you’ll need to make sure you submit your UHV application as well as follow the application procedures required by your degree program.
If you’re interested in teacher education, whether elementary or secondary, the first thing you should do is contact the Educator Preparation Office (EPO). The EPO staff can answer your questions and guide you through the process of applying to a program.
All applications for teacher education should be submitted through the Educator Preparation Office the semester before you enroll in your first teacher-education course.
Postbaccalaureate students should see the postbaccalaureate certification page to learn about certification admission requirements.
To be admitted to a teacher-education program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Either complete or be exempt from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).
- Complete the Nelson-Denny Reading Assessment.
- Pass the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) as evidence of a satisfactory level of performance in the basic skills of math, reading, writing composition, and critical thinking.
- Complete 54 semester hours of coursework prior to enrolling in professional education courses.
- Lower-division courses must be completed before admission to any teacher-education program.
- Earn a GPA of 2.5 in nine semester hours of lower-division English courses, six of which must be in composition.
- Earn a GPA of 2.5 in all lower-division courses that apply to teacher certification.
- Earn a GPA of 2.5 in courses that apply to degree.
- Pass a background check.
- Complete a face-to-face interview with School of Education, Health Professions, and Human Development faculty.
- Show evidence of the characteristics, behaviors, and attitudes appropriate to the teaching profession.
- If you are applying and have a criminal felony or misdemeanor convictions, you should contact your program-appropriate certification officer immediately to seek clarification of your certification status.
- In some cases, an application for admission to a teacher-education program may denied if a student doesn’t show sufficient promise of success as a teacher. However, students may appeal the decision. For appeal procedures information contact the Educator Preparation Office.
Applying for State Certification
Graduating from the teacher-education program does not grant you state certification. It does, however, help you meet the requirements needed in order to apply to the State Board for Educator Certification to obtain teacher certification.
To apply for state certification, follow these steps:
- Meet the requirements for your teacher-education program.
- Apply to the State Board for Educator Certification and pay the necessary fee.
- After you submit your application and fee, the University of Houston–Victoria will then recommend you to the state board for the appropriate certification.
If you hold an out-of-state or out-of-country teaching certificate, call the State Board for Educator Certification support center at 1-888-863-5880, or apply to the State Board for Educator Certification at the following address:
State Board for Educator Certification
PO Box 12728
Austin, TX 78711-2728
Master of Education Programs (MEd)
Graduate programs within the School of Education, Health Professions, and Human Development focus on specialized areas of study surrounding children, families, and society. In addition to earning your master’s degree, you also have the option of earning a number of different professional-level certifications, depending on your program.
All applicants must meet the general requirements for entrance to graduate study. Other programs will require additional prerequisites and application materials.
*Note: There are no application deadlines for our master’s programs. Admission is granted on a rolling basis. Please see the UHV calendar for semester start and end dates.
- All MEd Programs: You must meet the general requirements for entrance to graduate study.
- MEd Programs with Professional Certification: You must have taken 18 hours of professional education coursework and have appropriate teaching or related experience.
- Adult & Higher Education; Educational Leadership;Curriculum & Instruction; or Special Education:
- Submit two letters of reference from practicing educators, such as from supervisors or other professional school personnel.
- Provide a statement of purpose, discussing your reason for pursuing your chosen degree and your expectations of the program.
- Counselor Education:
- Show evidence of achieving an index score as defined by the Admissions Office.
- Submit three letters of professional or academic reference that speak to your academic achievement and aptitude, ability to complete graduate-level course work, and professional characteristics.
- Submit a two-page, double-spaced writing sample describing why you want to pursue professional counseling as a career. Also include what you believe your strengths are in the area of counseling as well as other qualities that speak to your success in the counseling program.
- Complete an admissions interview and orientation, facilitated by program faculty.
The Victoria Online Initial Certification for Educators (VOICE) program is completely online and provides an accelerated route to teacher certification for all grades. To learn more and apply, visit the VOICE program page.
Ready to start your future? Begin your UHV application.