Center for the Preparation of Professional Educators (CPPE)


Olivia Elmore, Ph.D.
Center for the Preparation of Professional Educators (CPPE)
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Road
Houston TX 77074-3298

The Center for Preparation of Professional Educators (CPPE) is an integral part of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.  CPPE provides numerous services for students in the Educator Preparation Program (EP) and provides information to individuals who are interested in becoming educators. 

CPPE is responsible for:

  • Reviewing  students' qualifications for admittance into HBU's Educator Preparation Program
  • Coordinating Field and Clinical Teaching Experiences
  • Organizing TExES review and practice exam sessions            
  • Conducting annual surveys of employers and graduates to evaluate level of preparedness of graduates
  • Facilitating approvals for students to take state exams and apply for certifications

Applying for Acceptance into the Education Preparation Program (EPP)

Applications for acceptance into EPP are due February 16, 2015 for Fall 2015 acceptance and September 16, 2015 for Spring 2016 acceptance. 

Applying for Placement into Clinical Teaching (formerly Student Teaching)

Applications for Clinical Teaching are due two semesters prior to the semester of clinical teaching. Applications are due on February 16, 2015 for clinical teaching placements in Spring 2016 and September 16, 2015 for clinical teaching placements in Fall 2016.

Clinical Teaching Applications

Clinical Teaching Resources

Clinical Teaching Handbook and Supplement Forms


Clinical Teacher Mentor Training

Applying for Practicum in Early Childhood and Special Education


Preparing for Educator Exams for Certification in Texas

Practice Exams are administered through the HBU Testing Services. To register for a Practice Exam, take a completed Practice Test Approval Form to your School of Education Adviser for approval at least 48 hours prior the testing date and time.  The cost of each practice exam session is $15.00, payable the day of the test by check or cash.  Reviews of Practice Exams are scheduled throughout the year and are open to all eligible HBU students. 

TExES Preparation Materials

Fall 2014 Practice Exam Schedule
Thurs. Sept. 11, 2014 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Wed. Oct. 8, 2014 3;30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat. Nov. 8, 2014 8:00 am  - 11:00 am
Tues. Nov. 18, 2014 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 8:00 am  - 11:00 am
Sat. Dec. 6, 2014 8:00 am - 11:00 am





Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Testing Available

Educators who will be taking the BTLPT are encouraged to practice using the Alternate Character Toolbar by accessing the tutorial.
EC-6 Bilingual Program candidates will take the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT).  This exam evaluates reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills, and requires the use of a special tool bar (   Registration details found here:  The following is a link to the practice manual: 
BTLPT Spanish Prerecorded Webinar NEW!


Applying for Texas Educator Certification

Process for applying for certification as a teacher, principal, school counselor, educational diagnostician, master technology teacher should be completed after successful completion of the EP.


Comments from Employers of Graduates of HBU's Educator Preparation Program

Based on the 2011-2012 employer survey, (sample survey:, it was clearly evident that employees feel that graduates of the HBU School of Education are well prepared for employment and continue to demonstrate such levels of classroom performance after 1-5 years.
Comments from employers indicated that HBU graduates are:

"well prepared for the curriculum and diverse student populations"

"dedicated to their job and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed"
When comparing HBU graduates to graduates of other universities, employers described our graduates as:
"above others," "higher level," "very prepared," and "top 10%"
HBU graduates were also described as having:

"a great work ethic and a clear Christian testimony."

Additionally, HBU alumni provided feedback regarding their job preparation and employment status (sample survey: Alumni results indicate feedback from recent graduates (1-2 years) and all education alumni.