Program Policies

Teacher Education Program

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Teacher Education Admission Criteria

In compliance with Texas Education Agency policy, students seeking certification must meet criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program. These criteria include the following:

  • Complete and submit the application for admission into the Teacher Education Program
  • Complete 45 semester hours of credit
  • Complete with a C or better 15 hours in the chosen content field
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 2.75 or higher in the chosen content field

Complete information concerning the admission criteria and other ACU Teacher Education Program policies can be found in the Teacher Candidate Handbook.

Complaint Process

The complaint process allows for an applicant, candidate, employee or former employee of an EPP, a cooperating teacher, a mentor, or an administrator in a school district, charter school, or private school to submit a complaint about an EPP for investigation and resolution.

In compliance with state policy and in consistency with our Christian commitment to excellence and accountability, we are providing the contact information for feedback or any complaints that could arise regarding our program.

Dr. Dana Kennamer
Teacher Education Program Director
Phone: 325-674-2112

Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker 
Dean of the College of Education and Human Services
ACU Box 28276
Abilene, TX 79699
Phone: 325-674-2700.

Certification Reciprocity Information

Teacher certification in the US is state specific. As such, our program approves teacher candidates for licensure in the State of Texas only. Information about reciprocity between states and/or how to apply for teacher certification in another state after completing Texas teacher certification can be found at the following sites:

National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification

Teacher Certification Degrees

In addition, it is highly recommended that if a candidate is seeking certification from another state, that they contact the education agency of that state directly to ensure that they have the most current and accurate information. The ACU Teacher Education Program frequently completes paperwork required for alumni who move out of Texas and are happy to assist with this process.

Coursework & Training: Prior Coursework Policy – Military and Non-Military

The ACU Teacher Education Program requires that all professional education coursework (EDUC, READ, SPED or EACH Prefixes) be completed at ACU. We accept content field courses from accredited institutions of higher education if they meet the university criteria for transfer credit. ACU does not have a process for granting credit for relevant experience for degree or certification program requirements.