Policies of the Lamar University Educator Preparation Program

I.  Admission into the Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

All students who plan to enter the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) will initiate the pre-admission process in PEDG 2310. Pre-admission requirements have been embedded in PEDG 2310, so that, with the successful completion of the course, those requirements should be fulfilled. Toward the end of the semester, students will complete the Initial Educator Preparation Program Admission Application. Students will be notified if they have been admitted pending completion of PEDG 2310. Students are required to formally accept the admission status through Tk20 survey.

If you are a transfer student, or should you need additional information or assistance, see the academic advisor in the COEHD Center for Professional Services.

A student is eligible to achieve admission status and enter Phase I (PEDG 3300) of the EPP only if the requirements listed below have been satisfied:

  • Completion of an application
  • Successful completion of 45 semester hours, including PEDG 2310.
  • Successful completion of PEDG 2310 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Successful completion of ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 or ENGL 1361 and ENGL 1362 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Successful completion of 2 math courses required by the candidates certification program with a grade of "C" or better.
  • A minimum GPA overall and in the certificate field of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) with no grade lower than "C" in the certificate field(s).
  • Successful completion of all sections of an approved basic skills test.
  • A passing score on a 300-word essay administered through the Department of Professional Pedagogy.
  • Attainment of 12th grade equivalency on Nelson-Denny reading test.
  • Approval following a criminal history review.
  • Filing a signed copy of the program's Professionalism Agreement, Code of Ethics, and Fitness to Teach Professionalism Policy
  • TB skin test; and
  • Payment of a one-time non-refundable application fee of $75.00
  • Purchase Tk20 Software

If you have a concern or question about whether or not you have met a particular requirement, or if any exceptions might be approved, request an appointment with the Coordinator of Admissions for Teacher Education (409-880-8902) or call the Academic Advisor for Educator Preparation (409-880-8434) as soon as possible. 

During PEDG 2310, you will be asked to review the curricula and select a certification for your degree plan. You should print and keep a copy of the SBEC standards and sub-standards which apply to your degree plan/certification area for your reference until you have completed the program. If you desire to change your certification area, you must visit with the COEHD’s Academic Advisor and obtain approval from the Chair of Professional Pedagogy.

A syllabus for each pedagogy course (prefixes PEDG, READ, EACH and SPED) is provided to each student at the beginning of each course, and may be available through a department or faculty information web site. Candidates are accountable for the assignments, meeting Texas Education Agency standards and sub - standards, and policies stated in the syllabus for each course.

When engaged in pedagogy courses, candidates may be directed to attach assignment artifacts (papers, lesson plans, statements, etc.) to an electronic portfolio approved by the COEHD. Education faculty may use these artifacts and the ePortfolio to assess, evaluate, or monitor individual and aggregated candidate progress in mastering the knowledge and skills of the Educator Preparation Program.

II.   EPP PHASE I and PHASE II

 As candidates complete PHASE I of the EPP (PEDG 3300 and block courses that are unique to each degree plan), all assessments for each candidate are reviewed by a Candidate Performance Review Committee (CPRC) composed of 3 or 4 faculty members. For each candidate who has an "area of concern" indicated, the committee will determine a course of action. Decisions could include a letter indicating a concern by the committee, or in the case of multiple areas of concern indicated or concerns from multiple evaluators, a more serious consequence may be recommended such as probation or removal from the program. Every effort is made to work with the candidates and to follow their progress to ensure there is improvement in that area.

Candidates who successfully complete requirements for Phase I of the EPP are approved by the CPRC to progress to PHASE II and register for courses indicated in their degree plan. As candidates continue through PHASE II, the review process (described in the paragraph above) is followed each semester until all PHASE II coursework has been completed, and the candidate is approved to proceed to PHASE III (Clinical Teaching).

Educator Preparation Program Candidates must maintain a minimum of 2.75 grade point average overall and in certificate field(s). In pedagogy courses (courses with prefixes PEDG, READ, EACH and SPED), and in the candidate's certificate field(s), candidates must earn grades of “C” or better.

Candidates are eligible to enroll in additional courses required for certification. Unsuccessful applicants will be apprised of deficiencies and steps that should be taken if the applicant should desire to reapply for admission into the program.



III.  PHASE III - Admission to Clinical Teaching 

In order to qualify for clinical teaching, the applicant must be recommended by a CPRC Committee and have met the following requirements:

  • Completion of course work specified by his/her degree/certificate plan;
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in: (a) all courses taken; (b)all courses taken in teaching fields or areas of specialization in interdisciplinary studies; and (c) all courses taken in Pedagogy, Reading, Early Childhood Education;
  • Grade of “C” or better in each pedagogy course;
  • Successful completion of all required field experience hours required in designated pedagogy courses beginning with PEDG 2310;
  • Successful completion of 15 hours of field experience during the semester prior to student teaching with the MaST teacher to whom the student has been assigned as a student teacher;
  • A passing score on the appropriate content and PPR proficiency exams;

While in required courses, computer files for artifacts such as unit and lesson plans, a classroom management plan, proposed assessment procedures, and technology strategies should be archived for a final electronic portfolio project. Assessments of knowledge, skills, and dispositions will continue in didactic and field courses, using rubrics, scores, and grades as appropriate.  Instructors in pedagogical courses will certify as to candidates who have achieved the standards and sub-standards assigned to their courses.  The Chair of each teaching field will verify that candidates completing certification requirements have met the standards and sub-standards of the specified courses.

  The CPRC will review the coursework and archived assessment artifacts to determine if a candidate will be considered for enrollment in Clinical Teaching after his/her application has been completed. Any candidates found with deficiencies will be informed of their ineligibility for clinical teaching and under what conditions re-application would be considered. To appeal any action by this Committee, the candidate may appeal to the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development.  

IV.      Review for Certification

With successful completion of clinical teaching and all required coursework, the CPRC will provide oversight to a review of each candidate’s portfolio. This portfolio will include the assessment file from student teaching.

The assessment file will include evaluations of teaching effectiveness by the principal and teacher(s) supervising the candidate’s clinical teaching. The MaST Coordinator and teacher(s) will submit an evaluation of dispositions for the candidate, along with the course grade and artifacts.  An evaluation of substantial mastery of standards and sub-standards stipulated for clinical teaching will be made by the supervising teacher(s) and the candidate.