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

  • Undergraduate Admission Criteria

    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, 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 Council consider several factors in making the decision about an individual's admission to the Teacher Education Program. All students who plan to follow a program leading to initial certification must formally apply and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Applications are accepted each fall and spring. Specific dates are announced and can be obtained from the DSE Office and program advisors. Students may not enroll in courses designated as “professional development” without a full TEP acceptance and a signed acceptance letter denoting consent to be designated a certification candidate of the UIW Teacher Education Program.

    Application Requirements

    • Minimum of 60 semester hours of coursework successfully completed with a grade of “C” or higher in every course taken for Interdisciplinary Studies majors / in major and education coursework for secondary/all-level candidates
    • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or greater
    • A minimum score of 230 on the reading, writing and mathematics sections of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA)
    • EDUC 2305: Foundation of Education (completed or in progress)
    • Two written faculty recommendations
    • Current official transcripts (from each college or university attended)
    • Group interview
    • Writing sample
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Admission Criteria

    The M.A.T. Program prepares students for both a degree and certification, therefore the application is a two-step process.

    Prospective students first apply for admission to UIW graduate studies. Applicants meeting the University admissions requirements for graduate study are accepted conditionally to the M.A.T. Program. Enrollment is limited to coursework not aligned with educator standards until admission to the Teacher Education Program is attained. The M.A.T. Program follows a cohort model beginning each fall. Applications are due May 1st for the incoming cohort.

    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 to UIW Graduate Studies

    • 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

    Step 2: Apply to the Teacher Education Program

    • Application Requirements:
      • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or greater
      • 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
      • Two written faculty recommendations
      • Current official transcripts (from each college or university attended)
      • Group interview
      • Writing sample
      • TExES (PACT) content exam scores are required for admission to the Teacher Education Program
    • TEP application periods are open each semester. Contact the Teacher Education Program for dates at (210) 829-3937 or email education@uiwtx.edu.

Graduate Studies Program

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Education (M.Ed.) Admission Criteria

    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 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.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Admission Criteria

    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 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.