Admission

Undergraduate Admission

Undergraduate Admission

When you apply to TWU, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores. Admission to TWU is valid for four terms, unless you have attended another higher education institution.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

Questions about the admissions process? Contact the Office of Admissions Processing.

Office of Admissions Processing
Texas Woman’s University
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649
oap@twu.edu
940-898-3076 or 1-866-809-6130 ext. 3076

Admission to the Educator Preparation Program

Teacher Certification

In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching) students must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes all courses, whether posted to TWU transcript or used on a degree plan. Excludes developmental and repeated courses);
  • Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or better;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;
  • Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel;
  • A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;
  • Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
  • Acknowledged and accepted admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Please note: 

  • All accepted students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the TWU Education Preparation Program.
  • Admission requirements are determined by Texas Education Agency policies and are subject to change without notice.
  • Students seeking Bilingual certification must meet minimum proficiency in Spanish.
  • Students seeking Deaf/Hard of Hearing certification must meet minimum proficiency in sign.

Contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS) at copeadvising@twu.edu or (940) 898-2829 with any questions.

Graduate Programs with Initial Certification

Post-Bachelor's with Initial Teacher Certification (PBITC)

Admission to the Post-baccalaureate Initial Teacher Certification Only

Program Contact

Amanda Hurlbut, Ph.D
MAT/PBITC Program Coordinator
940-898-2280
mat@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

Fall – July 15
Spring – November 1
Summer – April 1

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
    1. a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought, unless certification sought is for mathematics or science at or above Grade 7; or
    2. 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought if the certification sought is for mathematics or science at or above Grade 7; or
    3. a passing score on the appropriate TX PACT examination
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • A 2.75 cumulative GPA on all coursework on the last conferred bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework (includes all coursework taken even if it did not count for your initial degree);
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency by fulfilling one of the following requirements;
    1. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, not including US Territories;
    2. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States approved by the State for Educator Certification (SBEC); or
    3. Verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT). To have scores submitted directly to TEA use the agency code 8225. Minimum scores: Speaking-24, Listening-22, Reading-22, Writing-21.
  • Background checks will be required for early field experiences, student teaching experiences, and for certification in the state of Texas. Teacher candidates pay all fees incurred. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony must identify themselves on the criminal background application form. Applicants who fail to disclose a personal felony conviction will be removed from the educator preparation program. If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and would like to check your eligibility for teaching, you can go to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. On this page, you will find a Preliminary Criminal History Review for Educator Certification Candidates for a non-refundable fee. This service will allow those individuals who are contemplating obtaining a Texas Teacher Certificate in the future, the opportunity to have a review of an existing criminal history performed by agency staff.

Failure to provide any documentation upon request by an agency, program, or school may result in the candidate’s inability to complete field experiences and the requirements for the TWU Educator Preparation Program Education.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Complete the application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program.
  3. Submit a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee.
  4. Successfully complete a pre-admission interview with an interview panel.
  5. Sign a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics.
  6. Applicants who are offered admission must acknowledge and accept admission to the Educator Preparation Program. 
Post-Bachelor's Initial Teacher Certification Plan (Min. of 21 hours)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Admission to the M.A.T. (Interdisciplinary)

Program Contact

Amanda Hurlbut, Ph.D
MAT/PBITC Program Coordinator
940-898-2280
mat@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

Fall – July 15
Spring – November 1
Summer – April 1

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
    • a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought, unless certification sought is for mathematics or science at or above Grade 7; or
    • 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought if the certification sought is for mathematics or science at or above Grade 7; or
    • a passing score on the appropriate TX PACT examination
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • A 2.75 cumulative GPA on all coursework on the last conferred bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework (includes all coursework taken even if it did not count for your initial degree);
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency by fulfilling one of the following requirements;
    • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, not including US Territories;
    • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States approved by the State for Educator Certification (SBEC); or
    • Verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT). To have scores submitted directly to TEA use the agency code 8225. Minimum scores: Speaking-24, Listening-22, Reading-22, Writing-21.
    • Background checks will be required for early field experiences, student teaching experiences, and for certification in the state of Texas. Teacher candidates pay all fees incurred. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony must identify themselves on the criminal background application form. Applicants who fail to disclose a personal felony conviction will be removed from the educator preparation program. If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and would like to check your eligibility for teaching, you can go to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. On this page, you will find a Preliminary Criminal History Review for Educator Certification Candidates for a non-refundable fee. This service will allow those individuals who are contemplating obtaining a Texas Teacher Certificate in the future, the opportunity to have a review of an existing criminal history performed by agency staff.

Failure to provide any documentation upon request by an agency, program, or school may result in the candidate’s inability to complete field experiences and the requirements for the TWU Educator Preparation Program Education.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Complete the application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program.
  3. Submit a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee.
  4. Successfully complete a pre-admission interview with an interview panel.
  5. Sign a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics.
  6. Applicants who are offered admission must acknowledge and accept admission to the Educator Preparation Program. 
MAT Degree Plan

Graduate Programs with Professional Certification

Educational Leadership

A Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership is a great path for students interested in becoming a principal or superintendent

Admission to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Send required documents to the Department of Teacher Education by completing this application (allow a moment for application to load)

Program Contact

Peggy Malone, Ed.D.
940-898-2207
pmalone@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

Fall – August 1
Spring – December 1
Summer – May 1

Admission Requirements

  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of study

For additional information about the program, please see the Department of Teacher Education. For additional information about obtaining educator certification for candidates who already have a bachelor’s degree, please contact TWU’s Office of Educator Preparation Services and visit the Master of Arts in Teaching and Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teaching Certification websites.

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Degree Plan
Principal Certification Plan
Superintendent Certification Plan

Educational Diagnostician Certification

Admission to the Graduate School
Educational Diagnostician Certification Plan

Reading Education

A Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), or a Doctorate in (Ph.D.) in Reading Education are options to become a Reading Specialist with certifications in Biliteracy and Reading Recovery.

Admission to the M.A. or M.Ed. in Literacy & Learning

Program Contact

Patricia Watson, Ph.D.
Department Chair
940-898-2227
pwatson2@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

No deadline - Rolling admission

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • No GRE required.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to applyreading@twu.edu with the subject line (YOUR LAST NAME)-(OUR FIRST NAME)-Master's Application. Please attach all items as PDFs.Vita
    1. Resume
    2. A one-to-two-page narrative answering the following questions:
      • What does 'literacy learning' mean to you?
      • What do you think are the greatest challenges for someone holding a Reading Specialist position?
      • What do you think current and past colleagues and employers would tell us about you as an educator?
      • Provide three examples of how you led and/or participated in collaborative activities with others (e.g., colleagues, teachers, administrators, community organizations, parents, students?
      • Provide a statement of your proficiency with technology and what tools you find useful in your classroom.
M.A. in Reading Education Degree Plan
M.Ed. in Reading Education Degree Plan

Admission to the Ph.D. in Literacy & Learning

Program Contact

Patricia Watson, Ph.D.
Department Chair
940-898-2227
pwatson2@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

No Deadlines, rolling admission

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous undergraduate and graduate courses.

How to apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to applyreading@twu.edu with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME)-Ph.D. Reading Education. Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Vita/resume
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Professional writing sample (may be a paper written in a master's class)
    • A one-to-two-page narrative answering the following questions:
      • What does ‘literacy learning’ mean to you?
      • What do you think are the greatest challenges for literacy educators today?
      • What do you think current and past colleagues and employers would tell us about you as an educator?
      • Provide three examples of how you led and/or participated in collaborative activities with others (e.g., colleagues, teachers, administrators, community organizations, parents, students?
      • Provide a statement of your proficiency with technology and what tools you find useful in your classroom.
Ph.D. in Reading Education Degree Plan
Reading Specialist Certifications

School Librarian

Admission to the Certificate in School Librarianship

Program Contact

Mary Honard
Admissions Coordinator
940-898-2602
slis@twu.edu

Preferred Application Deadlines

Fall - June 1
Spring - November 1
Summer - April 1

Degree Requirements

These requirements are temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • No standard test score is required if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or above, or if you have a previous graduate degree.
  • If your cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, you are required to submit an official standardized test score as part of the application to the Graduate School.
  • Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree at a foreign institution or whose U.S. undergraduate transcript does not provide a cumulative GPA are required to submit standardized test scores. Official test scores are accepted from the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Submit the following materials via email to slis@twu.edu, or by mail to TWU SLIS, PO Box 425769, Denton, TX 76204-5769. Only complete application packets will be considered. Applicants are responsible for keeping their contact information current.
    • SLIS Application Form (fillable PDF form; Chrome browser recommended)
    • A resume
    • A 2-page statement of intent (your professional goals and career interests)
    • 3 professional reference letters sent via postal mail on official letterhead OR sent via email to slis@twu.edu directly from the reference

Additional Requirement: Apply to the TWU Educator Preparation Program. For Texas School Librarian Certification information, contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services at 940-898-2829 or email Linda Kobler at lkobler@twu.edu.

School Librarianship Certification Plan

School Counselor

Admission to the Graduate School
School Counselor Certification Plan

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