Educator Preparation Program (EPP)
Established in August 2012, the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) was created to provide comprehensive support to HCU students pursuing Texas educator certification. Support includes management of field-based experiences, state-aligned program delivery, yearly reporting, and training for students and staff. The EPP office is housed in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and oversees undergraduate, graduate, and Alternative Certification (ACP) processes for 20 initial teacher certification programs and 6 professional-level certification programs.
Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP)
Applications for admittance into EPP are due by February 15 (Fall admission) and September 15 (Spring admission). Applications for professional-level programs are accepted year-round.
What is the process to complete initial Texas teacher certification?
HCU offers three (3) routes to initial teacher certification:
I already have teacher certification. How can I add professional certification?
HCU offers five (5) professional-level certification programs — Educational Diagnostician EC-12, Master Technology Teacher EC-12, Principal EC-12, Reading Special EC-12, School Counselor EC-12, and Superintendent EC-12. Click for an overview of program requirements.
How do I register to take the THEA exam for undergraduate EPP admittance?
The THEA exam assesses the Reading, Math, and Writing skills for undergraduate EPP applicants. Use these resources to study, then register for the exam.
Acceptable minimum scores are Reading (230), Math (230) and Writing (220). If all sections are not passed, there is a 14-day waiting period before the exam can be taken again.