Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

Created as a state normal college, the primary purpose of Sul Ross State University originally was preparing teachers for the public schools of West Texas.  While the university now serves a wider purpose, the Department of Education actively seeks to prepare students for service in the educational world of the 21st century.

The continuing mission of the Department of Education is to prepare students to be

  1. Successful educational leaders,
  2. Practicing scholars, and
  3. Lifelong learners.

Students interested in becoming a certified teacher in Texas public schools should contact the Department of Education early in their SRSU career.  While you will take most of your coursework in a number of various departments of the University, it is crucial that the appropriate courses be chosen, sequenced, and taken so that transition to the Teacher Education Program can be completed with minimal disruption.  Each teaching area has requirements for certification that must be met.

Students must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program.  Applications should be made in the middle of the junior year (once you have 75 or more semester credit hours of approved college coursework.)

Admission Requirements: (Click Here for the Application to Teacher Education)

  1. Minimum of 75sch of coursework completed
  2. Cumulative (GPA) of 2.75 or higher.
  3. Completion of 6 of the 9 hours required English courses with a “C” or higher in each class.
  4. Completion of COMM 1311 or THEA 2304 with a “C” or higher.
  5. No incomplete grades or grades lower than a “C” in  teaching field or education courses required for certification.
  6. TSI Readiness (We use Exam scores OR course grades):

Test Requirements (one of the following):






Grade Requirements in lieu of testing (a grade of “B” or better in the following):

  • Reading:  Any 2000 level or upper-level literature course
  • Writing:  English 1301 or 1302
  • Math:  Math 1314, 1316, 1332, 1342, or 2413

Undergraduate Teaching Tracks

Elementary School (EC-6): Degree in Inter-disciplinary Studies emphasizing preparation for the early childhood and elementary grades.

  • Early Childhood-Grade 6: Core Subjects (Click Here to See the Degree Plan)

Middle School (4-8): Degrees in Inter-disciplinary Studies specializing in one of the core academic areas

  • Grades 4-8: English/ Language Arts/ Reading
  • Grades 4-8: Mathematics
  • Grades 4-8: Science
  • Grades 4-8: Social Studies

Secondary Grades (6/7-12): Degrees in a specific content field.  Consult an advisor in the subject area chosen for study.

  • Grades 6-12: Agriculture, Food & Nat. Resources
  • Grades 7-12: English/Language Arts/Reading
  • Grades 7-12: History
  • Grades 7-12: Mathematics
  • Grades 7-12: Life Science
  • Grades 6-12: Physical Science
  • Grades 7-12: Science Composite
  • Grades 7-12: Social Studies
  • Grades 7-12: Speech

All Level (EC-12): Degrees in Content Fields.  Consult an advisor in the subject  area chosen for study.

  • Art
  • Language Other Than English: Spanish
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Theatre

The SRSU Teacher Education Program handbook is full of information needed to answer questions you may have regarding the program.  Please review the handbook for detailed information regarding specific program requirements.

Contact Information:
Sul Ross State University
Department of Education
Box C-115, Alpine, TX 79832

Matthew G. Marsh | Asst. Director & Undergraduate Academic Advisor