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.
Seeking a Master's degree with certification to teach elementary, secondary or English as a Second Language/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESL/TESOL)? See Master of Education Programs (MEd)>>Teacher Certification below.
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. Interview Rubric for Admission
- 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 (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. Returning for additional studies? See Readmission of Former Graduate Students
*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.
Admission to an Educator Preparation Program
For applicants, with GPA's below 2.5, seeking certifications in a class other than classroom teacher the following scores must be achieved:
GRE® scores in the following ranges:
- GRE® Verbal Reasoning - 143 or greater
- GRE® Quantitative Reasoning - 140 or greater
- GRE® Analytical Writing - 3.0 or greater
The applicant MUST also meet the UHV admissions index.
*Revised (12/27/16) General Test Score Bands for GRE® to be used for Admission to an Educator Preparation Program under the 10% Exception Rule in 19 TAC §227.10(a)(3)(D)
Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores may be substituted for the GRE® by SoEHPHD graduate students. The scores will be used with your grade point average to calculate a graduate admission index.
SoEHPHD GRE or MAT Waiver Policy
Applicants to graduate programs may request a waiver on a case by case basis, and in communication with the program area, for the GRE or MAT when applying for initial admission, or when attempting to progress from temporary graduate admission to conditional or full admission, provided the applicant falls into one of the following categories:
- The applicant has completed a graduate or professional degree (i.e., a degree beyond a four-year baccalaureate degree) from an accredited college or university; OR
- The applicant has a current GRE score (less than 5 years old) of 292 or higher (verbal and quantitative sections combined); OR
- The applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of coursework from an accredited college or university; OR
- The applicant has (a) an undergraduate GPA of 2.50-2.99 or higher in the last 60 hours of coursework from an accredited college or university AND (b) earns a grade of B or better in the first 9 hours of graduate coursework.
For applicants who do not fall into one of the above categories, GRE or MAT scores sufficient for meeting the university admission index are required to progress from temporary graduate admission.
- All MEd Programs: You must meet the general requirements for entrance to graduate study. See Admissions Graduate page.
- 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.
- Teacher Certification: MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degrees with Teacher Certification.
- Prior admittance into these programs are required. For specifics, see Accelerated
Readmission of Former Graduate Students
A former student of UH-Victoria is not required to file a new application for admission. If the student does not enroll for the term indicated on the original application they must submit a Graduate Studies Form for the new term and/or program. Form is located on the Admissions eForms webpage.
A former student must submit transcripts from all colleges attended since the last enrollment at UH-Victoria.
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.