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Teacher Recruitment Program

Considering a career change?  The Teacher Recruitment Program (TRP) provides an accelerated pathway for  individuals, who already hold a baccalaureate degree, who are seeking initial teacher certification.

Revathi Balakrishnan
Revathi Balakrishnan, 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year

2016 Texas Teacher of the Year: Revathi Balakrishnan

Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), which facilitates the Texas Teacher of the Year program has named Revathi Balakrishna, a talented and gifted specialist in Round Rock ISD, as the 2016 Elementary Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Balakrishnan was chosen to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

“Creating a workforce that can adapt itself to ever-changing workplace conditions calls for innovative approaches, and teachers, administrators and government officials who are visionaries,” said Revathi Balakrishnan, the 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year and a talented and gifted (TAG) specialist at Patsy Sommer Elementary School in Round Rock ISD. “Every child is a unique individual, depending on all of us to provide them with a comprehensive education that will make them competitive in the global workplace. And we owe them nothing less.”

Balakrishnan, who has taught for 10 years, is a second-career educator, having first spent 12 years as a systems analyst. She said she hopes the recognition she has received as a campus, district, region, and now Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, will inspire others to join the teaching profession, which she has described as complex but satisfying.

“I hope that my rewarding experiences will convince people of underrepresented ethnicities to follow in my footsteps and enter this noble profession,” said Balakrishnan, who emigrated from India 30 years ago. “My own daughter did, saying, ‘I see you come home from work every day, excited for the new day to begin. I want the same for myself.’”

Balakrishnan is the founder of the Shakespeare Support Group for TAG teachers and the Round Rock ISD Shakespeare Festival, and she is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT). In 2011, she was chosen the Region 13 TAGT Teacher of the Year.

Balakrishnan earned her teacher certification through the Teacher Recruitment Program at the Round Rock campus of Texas State University. 

Hear Rivathi Balakrishnan: https://roundrockisd.org/revathi-balakrishnan-named-2016-texas-elementary-teacher-of-the-year/

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We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2016.

TRP Information Session: November 5, 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Avery building, Round Rock campus, room 453.

Click here to reserve your seat for December 3, 2015 at 5:00.

Click for Map and Directions to the Round Rock Campus.


TRP Pre-admission & General Information:  Dr. Cheryll Dennis, cd22@txstate.edu

Advising for admitted TRP Elementary Education majors:  Dr. Virginia Resta, vr03@txstate.edu

Advising for admitted TRP Secondary Education majors:  Dr. Leslie Huling, la03@txstate.edu

TRP Overview

The Teacher Recruitment Program (TRP) provides an accelerated pathway for  individuals, who hold a baccalaureate, who are seeking initial teacher certification.  Two initial teacher certification pathways are available through TRP:

TRP is a full-certification program including 18 hours of graduate initial teacher certifcation course work and 14 weeks of student teaching, typically completed in two semesters of full-time attendance.  The coursework may begin in either the Fall or Spring semesters.  The first semester classes are delivered at the Round Rock campus. Field experiences are delivered on-site in local area public schools.  Due to the accelerated nature of the Teacher Recruitment Program a  substantial portion of the program requires a daytime commitment in public schools.

Semester I

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm in local Round Rock schools.  Approximately half of the day is spent in field work in assigned public school classrooms and approximately half of the day is spent in  three  college  classes  taught  on the assigned public school campus.
  • Wednesdays, two classes at the Texas State Round Rock campus (2:00 pm-5:00pm and 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm).

Semester II

  • Student teaching: M-F all day, 14 weeks, non-paid, in an assigned public school
  • One evening class, 6:30 pm -9:15pm at Texas State Round Rock campus

Once a TRP participant has successfully completed  the front-loaded 18 credit hours of graduate initial teacher certification coursework, student teaching, and has passed the required TExES licensing exams, he/she is then eligible to apply for full-time teaching positions in Texas. 

The remaining 18 credit hours of coursework for the MEd. may be completed within 5 years.

  • A comprehensive exam is required for those seeking an MEd. in Elementary Education. 
  • A capstone course CI 5306 is required for those seeking an MEd. in Secondary Education.

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  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university
  • A cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or better on the last 60 undergraduate hours
  • Admission through the Texas State Graduate College  ($40 fee for degree-seeking to be paid online via ApplyTexas)
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  •  3 professional reference forms
  • A face-to-face interview (to be scheduled by the TRP office after the deadline date) 
  • Criminal History Background Check (this will be required by the participating school district)
  • An online survey to be completed at the time of interview (fee required)
  • A certification plan ($75 fee required) developed by the Certification Officer, Office of Educator Preparation, for candidates who are selected for TRP after successful completion of the interview process.  Click to: Apply for Certification Plan
  • Applicants under the age of 22 must provide proof of a meningitis vaccination.  Students 22 years of age or older by the first day of the start of the semester are exempt from the meningitis requirement. Click for more information.

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Step 1:Complete the online application   ApplyTexas

Important Note: Please indicate on your Graduate College Application that you are applying for the either Elementary Education (MEd TRP ESL) or Secondary Education (MEd Teacher Recruitment Project)Failure to make these notations will delay the approval process.  International students and U.S. citizens who earned a degree from outside the United States must contact the Graduate College for information regarding admissions (512-245-2581). 

  • TRP applicants preparing to become high school teachers must  apply to the Graduate College as degree seeking. 
  • TRP applicants preparing to become elementary teachers have two options:
    • Apply as degree seeking if you wish to earn a master's degree in addition to teacher certification ($40 fee)
    • Apply as non-degree seeking if you wish to only earn teacher certification hours but not a master's degree. ($10 fee)
  • Submit your application fee while you are in Apply Texas.

Step 2: To complete your application, submit the following:

  • a current resume -- send to GADU
  • a brief essay (1 page) describing your reasons for desiring a career in teaching  -- send to GADU
  • For sending official transcripts to the Graduate College, please follow the instructions below:

Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each college or university from which credit was received.  For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to gradcollege@txstate.edu. If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):

Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

  • Important Note for Non-native Speakers of English:
    • You must have an official TOEFL score on file in The Graduate College before your application can be evaluated.
    • Scores must be sent directly to the office of the Graduate College from the Educational Testing Center.
    • In order to be eligible for admission into teacher certification programs, you must achieve at least the following scores:  iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) - 4 out of 4 minimum section scores: 19/reading; 19/listening; 26/speaking; 18/writing
  • ‚ÄčInternational students must comply with Graduate College requirements. Click for international student information.

Step 3: Download the TRP Professional Reference Form

  1. Click on the TRP Professional Reference Form PDF below to download the form.
  2. Make three copies of the reference form. 
  3. Distribute reference forms to individuals who have first-hand knowledge of your work (supervisors, co-workers, professors, etc.) Do not include family members as references.
  4. References should submit their recommendation forms to gradrqmt@txstate.edu or they may be mailed in a sealed envelope to The Graduate College at Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666.

IMPORTANT!!  Let our office know that you are submitting an application to the Graduate College!!  

Complete and submit the TRP information form in order to alert our coordinators of your intention to apply to the Teacher Recruitment Program. 

Click here to access the online information form.

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  • September 1 for Spring program beginning in mid-January
  • March 1 for Fall program beginning in late August

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  • Applicants who meet the application standards will be contacted for a selection appointment.
  • Applicants must complete an online survey during the selection appointment (fee required).
  • Successful applicants will be notified to attend a mandatory TRP orientation session prior to registration.

Click here for a brief description of the process.

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Background Check

Please be aware that all university students who assist in K-12 classrooms as part of their university requirements must submit to a criminal history background check that is required by participating school districts.

Click HERE to access the background check application

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This information is to be completed by students who have been notified by the TRP Coordinator that they have been officially accepted into the Teacher Recruitment Program. 

Complete the following online forms immediately following official notification of your acceptance into TRP.

  1. Complete the ADMITTANCE TO TEACHER PREPARATION available at: http://eportfolio.txstate.edu
  2. Complete the online Certification Plan available at:  http://www.education.txstate.edu/oep/Applications/cert-plan-application-form.html


Masters in Elementary Education (MEd): Early Childhood - 6th Grade with ESL

Semester I:

  • CI 5326 Elementary School Curriculum
  • RDG 5322 Teaching Reading in Elementary School
  • RDG 5340 Connecting Reading & Writing in the Classroom
  • CI 5313 Human Growth & Development
  • CI 5336  Methods and Materials ESL

Semester II:

  • EDST 4680 Student Teaching
  • CI 5304 Teaching Math & Science in the Elementary Classroom

Additional Graduate Courses required for MEd in Elementary Education (to be completed within 5 years from the start of the program):

  • SPED 5326 Educational Strategies for Mildly Disabled Students
  • CI 5390 Research Seminar
  • CI 5387 Current Trends in Bilingual/ESL
  • CI 5337  Language Acquisition & Development
  • Select 2 of the following:
    • CI 5328  Social Studies in the Elementary School
    • CI 5329 Elementary Science
    • CI 5303 Elementary Math

Apply to take the Masters Comprehensive Exam during the semester you will complete your last class.

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Master of Education (MED) in Secondary Education

Semester I:

  • CI 5333 Secondary Curriculum
  • CI 5363 Strategies for Improving Secondary Teaching
  • RDG 5324 Content Literacy
  • CI 5314 Human Growth and Development
  • CI 5370 Classroom Management, Discipline, and Legal Issues 

Semester II:

  • EDST 4681 Student Teaching
  • SPED 5326 Educating Students w/Mild Disabilities

Additional Graduate Classes required for MEd in Secondary Education (to be completed within 5 years from start of program):

  • CI 5390 Research Seminar (Pre-req for CI 5306)
  • EDTC 5310 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • CI 5306 Evaluative Techniques
  • 9 graduate hours in teaching field or approved electives

Required Capstone Experience:

  • Students who entered TRP prior to Fall 2014 should apply to take the Masters Comprehensive Exam during the final semester of coursework.
  • Students who entered TRP in Fall 2014 or later will complete their comprehensive requirement in their capstone course, CI 5306.

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Semester I:

  • CI 5326 Elementary School Curriculum
  • RDG 5322 Teaching Reading in Elementary School
  • RDG 5340 Connecting Reading & Writing in the Classroom
  • CI 5313 Human Growth & Development
  • CI 5336  Methods and Materials ESL

Semester II:

  • EDST 4680 Student Teaching
  • CI 5304 Teaching Math & Science in the Elementary Classroom

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Tuition and Fees Schedule

Download Teacher Recruitment Program Information Packets from the links posted below.

pptx iconTRP Brief REVISED 10-19-15 : Brief PowerPoint Overview of the Teacher Recruitment Program(PPTX, 301.4 KB)