Initial Teacher Certification
Individuals desiring to teach in accredited public and private schools in Texas must be certified through the Educator Certification and Standards Division of the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Students seeking a teaching certificate concurrently with a bachelor's degree should contact the Advising Center in the School of Education for advisement. In order to be eligible for a recommendation for teacher certification, candidates must pass required TExES examinations, complete the requirements for the BSIS degree or the approved degree plan for an 8-12 or Early Childhood-Grade 12 content specialization with an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 with no grade lower than a C.
NOTE: The Division of Certification and Standards of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in conjunction with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) regulates the certification of educators to teach public school children. Working with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the FBI, the Division of Educator Certification and Standards conducts a state and national criminal history background check on all applicants for educator certification, ensuring each candidate's suitability to teach children. Each student applying for certification must be fingerprinted by an authorized agency. TEA will provide fingerprint information at the time of the candidate's application. Students pursuing educator preparation should know that conviction for a felony or misdemeanor may lead to denial of teacher certification.
The University of Texas at Tyler offers certification programs that lead to certification in:
- Early Childhood-Grade 6 (See the School of Education section of this catalog for degree requirements.)
- Grades 4-8. (See the School of Education section of this catalog for requirements.)
- Grades 8-12. (See the appropriate department section of this catalog for degree requirements. See the Secondary Certification section below for certification requirements.)
- Early Childhood-Grade 12 in Art, Health, Languages other than English-Spanish, Music, and Physical Education. (See the appropriate department section of this catalog for degree requirements. See the All-level Certification section below for certification requirements.)