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Teacher Recruitment Program

Revathi Balakrishnan
Revathi Balakrishnan, 2016 Teacher of the Year, Round Rock ISD

Round Rock ISD 2016 Teacher of the Year: Revathi Balakrishnan

Sommer Elementary School Gifted and Talented specialist Revathi Balakrishnan, a graduate of the Teacher Recruitment Program at Texas State University Round Rock campus, was named the 2016 Round Rock ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year at the district’s annual banquet sponsored by the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation and A+ Federal Credit Union.  Balakrishnan has been an educator for nine years, six of which have been at Sommer as a founding staff member. Teaching is Balakrishnan’s second career and she says  "I'm doing what I love".  She earned her teacher certification through the Teacher Recruitment Program at the Round Rock campus of Texas State University.  To read more about Revathi Balakrishnan and see pictures of her classroom click here.

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We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2016.

TRP Information Session: August 6, 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Avery building, Round Rock campus, room 455.

Click here to reserve your seat for August 6, 2015.

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 seeking initial teacher certification, who already hold a baccalaureate degree.  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
  • 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.

TRP applicants preparing to become high school teachers must  apply to the Graduate College as degree seeking. 

TRP participants preparing to become elementary school teachers who wish to earn a teaching certificate and master's degree have the option to complete an additional 6 graduate classes to obtain a Masters degree in Education (MEd.) and must  apply to the Graduate College as degree seeking. . 

Elementary applicants seeking teacher certification only should apply to the Graduate College as postgraduate seeking teacher certification only  

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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)
  • Transcripts and 3 professional references sent to:  Graduate College, Texas State University - San Marcos
  • 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 (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 Graduate College Admission application

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). 

Step 2: To complete your application, send the following to:

Graduate College - Admissions

JC Kellam 280

Texas State University - San Marcos

601 University Drive

San Marcos, Texas 78666-4605

  • official transcripts from all colleges you have attended (1 from each)
  • a current resume
  • a brief essay (1 page) describing your reasons for desiring a career in teaching
  • application fee ($10 for non-degree seeking certification only; $40 for degree seeking)
  • 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.  Make three copies.  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. References should mail the form directly to the Graduate College as specified on the reference form.

Click on the TRP Professional Reference Form PDF below to download the form.

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.

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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 7-21-15 : Teacher Recruitment Program Brief Overview Presentation(PPTX, 227.2 KB)