Application Process

  • The following steps make up the application process for the Teacher Preparation & Certification Program. The steps are done in order, and an applicant may not move on to the next step until the previous step has been completed. Once all steps are complete, the application packet will be reviewed as a whole, and a final acceptance decision will be made.

    Step 1. Meet Entry Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education
    • 2.5 GPA or higher overall on a four-point scale, or 2.75 GPA minimum for the last 60 hours

    For applicants with undergraduate or graduate degrees from institutions of higher education outside the United States, see Foreign Requirements.

    Step 2. Application

    Complete the application and other materials and submit them by email to Aileen Rodriguez at or in person at 6611 Boeing Dr. El Paso, TX 79925.

    • Application Packet
      • Four references using this form (included in packet)
      • Essay (prompt found in application)
      • Copy of driver's license or other state-issued ID


    Step 3. Transcript Evaluation

    Submit official copies of transcripts from all universities and colleges attended, even if the transfer hours show up on another transcript. To be considered official, the transcripts must be sealed in a university envelope. Send transcripts by e-script to OR send mailed transcripts to the address below:


    6611 Boeing Dr

    El Paso, TX 79925

    We are evaluating all of your course work to determine what certification area you qualify for.

    *PACT exam will be required if candidates are seeking a certification not approved by their transcripts.


    Step 4. THEA  and/or PACT

    The THEA exam evaluates your English, Mathematics, and Writing skills. It is used to measure the academic readiness and English Language Proficiency of people seeking a teaching certificate. The minimum score needed to pass the Reading and Mathematics sections is 230. For the Writing Section, the minimum passing score is 220. The THEA exam may be taken at  EPCC or UTEP. When registering at UTEP, you must call the testing center to ask for dates because they are not displayed on their webpage. 

    Please review this  flyer for more information or go to the THEA website for test prep assistance. 


    You may take the PACT test for your certification area instead of THEA. 


    Step 5. Pay the Application Fees

    • Contact Aileen Rodriguez at for the link to pay the $75 fee or pay in person at School Zone located at 6611 Boeing, El Paso, TX 79925.
      • Breakdown of fees: $25 for transcript evaluation and $50.00 application processing fee 


    Step 6. Online Assessment (Haberman)/ Phone Interview

    You will take an online interview designed to measure your potential for teaching and you will also speak with a Professional Development Consultant over the telephone in regards to your interests and attitude towards teaching.  You will receive a score for each component. Anything above a 30 will be considered a passing score.


    Step 7. Final Evaluation

    After your file is complete, it will be evaluated for quality and your classroom teaching potential. Your professional recommendations will be reviewed. An acceptance decision will be rendered, and you will be notified of your status.