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UT Tyler School of Education - Undergraduate

Secondary (Grades 7-12) Certification

Certification at the secondary level (grades 7-12) may be achieved by earning a degree in one or more teaching specializations and completing certification requirements. Students seeking to be certified to teach at the high school level should pursue this certification level. For further information regarding admission requirements and professional development coursework required of students seeking certification, please schedule an appointment with our education advisor.  Students seeking certification in chemistry (7-12), Life Sciences (7-12), Physical Science (7-12) and Mathematics (7-12) are part of the UTeach program.

Students wishing to be certified to teach in Texas secondary schools (grades 7-12) must complete the following:

  1. Completion of baccalaureate core curriculum requirements.

  2. Degree requirements, as listed in the appropriate area of the catalog, in a teaching field appropriate to the public schools of Texas (see Teaching Specializations below).

  3. 18 hours of professional development courses.

  4. Six semester hours of Student Teaching (EDUC 4640) along with the Student Teaching Seminar (EDUC 4057) OR UTeach has seven semester hours of Student Teaching (EDUC 4640) along with Apprentice Teaching Seminar (EDUT 4170).

Certification Options

Teaching specializations and certification options are approved by the State Board for Educator Certification. Students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in appropriate fields may be certified to teach at the secondary level.

Secondary Specializations:

Secondary Educator Preparation Program

For UTeach Areas:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
EDUT 1170 EDUT 3371 EDUT 4370 EDUC 4640
EDUT 2170 BIOL 3260 (fall Only) OR CHEM 3370 (spring only) OR EDUT 4170
EDUT 3370 CHEM 3360 OR HIST 3360 (spring only) OR  
  PHYS 3360 PHYS 3360 (spring only)  


For All Other Certification Areas:

Phase I Phase II Phase III Phase IV
EDUC 1301 EDSP 3351 EDFB 4338 EDUC 4640
EPSY 3340 EDUC 4320 EDUC 4312 OR EDUC 4057
    EDUC 4315 OR  
    EDUC 4335  

NOTE:  All required courses for this degree program are offered each fall and spring semester 


*Please note that Art, Kinesiology, and Music degree plans leading to EC-12 certification in those subjects have their own methods courses built into the degree plan and will therefore not be enrolling in the second Phase III course.

IMPORTANT: Please make an appointment with the education advisor.  Students may also use use either the School of Education Undergraduate Handbook or the School of Education Post-baccalaureate Handbook as a guide throughout the program.

For complaints about this certification educator preparation program, please follow the policy outlined in the Certification Program's Complaint Policy.