All students who intend to become licensed or certified teachers must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program. Application to TEP should be made during the sophomore year. Transfer students who enter the University after their sophomore year must apply when they meet the eligibility criteria. All education students are required to meet the following minimal eligibility criteria to be considered for provisional or conditional admission to Teacher Education:

  1. Must be admitted to University of the Southwest and be in good standing.
  2. Must have completed at least 33 semester credit hours. Transfer students who enter the University after their sophomore year must apply when they meet the eligibility criteria.
  3. Must have passed the Basic Skills part of the New Mexico Teacher Assessment (NMTA). (Students must see their academic advisor as requirements may change.)
  4. Must have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
  5. Must have a completed and signed copy of their education degree plan or licensure plan.
  6. Must submit one letter of recommendation from any reliable source excluding family members.
  7. Must submit the completed TEP application packet.
  8. Must attend the TEP Orientation.
The TEP Orientation is held at least twice a year, once in April and once in November.  Application packets may be obtained from Julie Hillard, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the School of Education, Room 143 in the Mabee Center for Teaching and Learning (Education Building).

Candidates should carefully review the TEP Application Packet for details on admission to the Teacher Education Program. Admission to TEP is not guaranteed by satisfying the minimal admission requirements. Candidates admitted to the Teacher Education Program are subject to all University academic and general policies as well as those specified for the teaching license. Any action taken by the New Mexico Legislature or the New Mexico State Board of Education which affects teacher licensure supersedes requirements stated here. Candidates should consult the School of Education or their academic advisors about the New Mexico Content Knowledge Assessments (NMCKA). Generally, candidates should take the Content Assessment during the semester they complete the coursework in their teaching fields. Students who require alternative arrangement for the NMTA because of a disability must apply for special arrangements through the National Evaluation Systems, Inc. Information on alternative testing arrangement is in the NMTA Registration Bulletin.

Candidates for the Teacher Education Program are limited to the completion of the Pre-Professional courses in Education: EDU/SPED 1101 Field-Based Observation, EDU 2103 Foundations of Education, EDU/PSY 2213 Educational Psychology, prior to meeting the criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program. A delay in application for admission to TEP or failure to meet requirements may result in prolonging program completion. Prior to intern teaching, candidates must be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

Teacher candidates are expected to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will enable them to address the needs of all learners. They are required to master the entry-level competencies and standards identified by the University, the State Board of Education, and designated professional organizations. If a candidate seems to be inadequate in any of these professional prerequisites, at the discretion and professional judgment of the faculty, the candidate may be required to appear before an Academic Review Committee. The Committee may recommend a variety of actions, ranging from remedial procedures to withdrawal from the Teacher Education Program.