Admissions Requirements

Find the right path to your undergraduate or graduate education degree.

The admission requirements and application process to programs in the Dreeben School of Education (DSE) vary by degree offering.

Students seeking admission to the Teacher Education Program or the Graduate Studies Program (for master's degree offerings and doctoral degree offerings) must first apply and gain admission to the University of the Incarnate Word.

Information about admission to a specific program in the Dreeben School of Education can be found below.

 

Teacher Education Program

Applying to the University of the Incarnate Word

Prospective students seeking entry into UIW's Teacher Education Program must first apply and be admitted to the University. More information about undergraduate admissions can be found on the website of the Office of Admissions. Once a student has made progress in their coursework through the Dreeben School of Education (DSE), they may apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. 

Applying to the Teacher Education Program

The Teacher Education faculty and the University’s Teacher Education Advisory Committee consider several factors in making the decision about an individual's admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). All students who plan to follow a program leading to initial certification must formally apply and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students may not enroll in courses designated as “professional development” without a full TEP acceptance and a signed acceptance letter. Specific application dates are posted on the UIW Teacher Education Program’s Calendar and can be obtained from the DSE Office and the Education Advisor.

Undergraduate students apply to TEP each fall semester. The professional development coursework sequence begins each spring.

Application Requirements

Admission requirements are informed by the Texas Administrative Code (§227.10. Admission Criteria) and the UIW Teacher Education Program. These criteria are reflected in the TEP application requirements. At a minimum, the application requirements include:

  • Enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • A minimum of 12 completed credit hours in the content area associated with the intended certification; a minimum of 15 credit hours for math and science candidates
  • Basic skill proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics- Demonstrated with passing scores on the THEA (minimum of 230 on each section)
  • English language proficiency
  • Program interview
  • Professional disposition assessment
  • Introductory coursework
  • Review of performance (academic and dispositional) by the Teacher Education faculty and the Teacher Education Advisory Committee

The M.A.T. Program prepares students for both a degree and certification, therefore the application is a two-step process. Application for university admission should be submitted by May 1st. Application to the Teacher Education Program will be accepted in June. The professional development coursework sequence begins each fall.

The Teacher Education faculty and the University’s Teacher Education Advisory Committee consider several factors in making the decision about an individual's admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). All students who plan to follow a program leading to initial certification must formally apply and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students may not enroll in courses designated as “professional development” without a full TEP acceptance and a signed acceptance letter. Specific application dates are posted on the UIW Teacher Education Program’s Calendar and can be obtained from the Dreeben School of Education Office and the Education Advisor. Undergraduate students apply to TEP each fall semester.

Pre-Advising Appointments

Initial appointments are encouraged to review the application process, to overview the program, and to determine an admission requirement timeline. We are here to help you through each step. Contact Dr. Elda Martinez at eemartin@uiwtx.edu or call (210) 832-3297.

Step 1: Apply for UIW Graduate Admission

Application Requirements

  • Completed bachelor's degree or must be in the last semester of undergraduate degree
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or greater
  • Current official transcripts (from each college or university attended)
  • Admissions interview with the Teacher Education Department
  • Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or GRE scores are not required, but highly recommended, for application to Graduate Studies (THEA or GRE test scores are required for admission to the Teacher Education Program).
  • Apply for UIW Graduate Admission here

Step 2: Apply to the Teacher Education Program

Application Requirements

Admission requirements are informed by the Texas Administrative Code (§227.10. Admission Criteria) and the UIW Teacher Education Program. These criteria are reflected in the TEP application requirements. At a minimum, the application requirements include:

  • Earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • A minimum of 12 completed credit hours in the content area associated with the intended certification; a minimum of 15 credit hours for math and science candidates
    • MAT applicants may satisfy this content requirement with the Pre-Admission Certification Test (PACT)
  • Basic skill proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics- Demonstrated with passing scores on the THEA or GRE
    • Passing THEA scores are a minimum of 230 on each section; reading, writing and mathematics.
    • Passing GRE scores are a minimum of 150 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections; a minimum score of 3.5 on the Analytical Writing.
  • English language proficiency
  • Program interview
  • Professional disposition assessment
  • Review of performance (academic and dispositional) by the Teacher Education faculty and the Teacher Education Advisory Committee
 

Graduate Studies Program

Applying to the University of the Incarnate Word

Prospective students seeking entry into UIW's Graduate Studies Program must first apply and be admitted to the University. More information about graduate admissions can be found on the website of Graduate and Doctoral Admissions. 

Applying to the Graduate Studies Program, M.A. or M.Ed.

Degree-seeking students should apply and provide official transcripts from the college/ university last attended indicating the achievement of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Non-degree-seeking students should apply and provide official transcripts from the college/university last attended, a letter from the college/university last attended or currently attending, indicating he or she is in good academic standing.

For more information, please contact the Graduate Studies Program at (210) 829-3138 or email gradstudies@uiwtx.edu.

Applying to the University of the Incarnate Word

Prospective students seeking entry into UIW's Graduate Studies Program must first apply and be admitted to the University. More information about graduate admissions can be found on the website of Graduate and Doctoral Admissions. 

Applying to the Graduate Studies Program, Ph.D.

Admission to doctoral study is restricted to applicants whose backgrounds show promise of scholarship in their field of study. For admission to the doctoral program, an applicant must submit:

  • Evidence of an earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university (or international equivalent) with an accumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Official transcripts of all college or university work
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a professional colleague or former professor
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores
  • Writing sample
  • Quantitative assessment
  • Assessment interview
  • Other specific criteria may be required by concentrations within the Ph.D. program.

International Applicants

  • Regardless of English proficiency documentation, all international students from non-English speaking countries will be evaluated for English proficiency upon arrival at UIW. If English proficiency is deemed lower than UIW's requirements, the student may not be allowed to take courses other than English as a Second Language until the deficiency is removed.

For more information, please contact the Graduate Studies Program at (210) 829-3138 or email gradstudies@uiwtx.edu.