If you have any questions about your PACT exam or this process, reach out to a TEACH for Houston coach or educator preparation program staff for support. We’re here for you.
To prove your eligibility for an educator preparation program, you might need to meet coursework requirements.
By providing proof of this coursework, admissions staff can rest assured you have the right background to pursue a teaching certification at their program.
When applying for your program, be prepared to provide your:
Do you have a degree from an English-speaking country?
For some programs, you will have to submit test scores as part of your application. (See PACT Guide to learn more.) Others allow you to apply without PACT exam scores, if you’ve completed certain coursework.
Even if you don’t think you have the right coursework under your belt, reach out to programs staff. You may be a qualified candidate, even if you don’t think you are.
Typically, programs that do not require PACT scores in your application require:
Which courses count towards minimum humanities/STEM hours?
Program staff at educator preparation programs are incredibly skilled at assessing which courses can count toward the minimum content area coursework requirement. In many cases, they’ll be able to identify courses from your transcript that might help you satisfy the minimum requirements.
Once you’ve chosen the educator preparation program(s) you want to apply to, reach out to program staff if you have questions about the coursework eligibility requirements (even if you don’t think you’re eligible based on your past academic history). They’ll be able to help!
Which programs in Houston allow you to use coursework to start your application?
Generally speaking, undergraduate programs will review your transcript to see how many content area coursework hours you have completed.
Based on that review, your advisor will create a personalized degree plan that allows you to finish any remaining content area coursework and complete all education coursework as quickly as possible.
If you have your bachelor’s degree (nice work), you may or may not be required to have a minimum number of prior content area coursework hours to apply to an educator preparation program, based on each program’s specific eligibility requirements.
Some programs even offer multiple eligibility pathways based on your prior coursework.