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Academics

Certifications

The College of Education and Health Professions offers numberous certifications both for undergraduate and graduate students and for working professionals.

Undergraduate

Certifications

Teacher certification is offered through undergraduate degree programs for elementary (EC-6), elementary bilingual and ESL (EC-6), middle-level (4-8), secondary (8-12 and all-level), and kinesiology (all-level).

The Leadership Minor

The Leadership Studies Minor will prepare students to be relational, ethical, and global leaders armed with the knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution in the workplace, the communities in which they live, and the world at large. Courses are designed to help students explore the dimensions of leadership so that they may engage in leadership that is constructive, purposeful, and oriented toward improving the human condition. The Leadership Studies Minor is a joint initiative between the Department of Educational Leadership and The Leadership Center in the Division of Student Affairs. The minor is open to all degree-seeking students. If your degree plan does not offer a minor, you can opt for the 15-hour credited Leadership Studies Certificate with academic unit approval.

Graduate

Certifications

Teacher and school counselor certification-only programs prepare graduate students to become effective classroom teachers and school counselors through learning the basics of child and adolescent development, instructional design and classroom management, diversity, and a student teaching or internship experience.

Teacher Certification Only

This post-baccalaureate teacher certification program is designed for people who already hold a bachelors degree and wish to pursue teacher certification. The program consists of four courses and a student teaching semester, and can be completed in two semesters. Coursework focuses on teaching diverse populations, effective classroom instruction, classroom management and discipline, and teaching reading and writing in the content areas. Coursework is closely linked to field experiences and student teaching in secondary classrooms.

Add-On Endorsements and Certification

For those who already hold a teaching certificate, the following add-on endorsements and certificates are available: Bilingual Certification (12 credit hours), English as a Second Language certification (12 hours), Master Reading Teacher certification (12 hours), and Reading Specialist certification (27 hours).

School Counseling Certificate

Students that hold a master's degree or doctoral degree in an education-related field and have a minimum of 2 years of successful full-time teaching experience may apply for the School Counseling Certificate Program.  The program involves 15 graduate academic hours over four long semesters. Additional requirements include: personal interview, written statement of intent, criminal background check, letters of recommendation from professional school personnel, successful application to UT Arlington’s graduate school, and proficiency in both spoken and written English.

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Options

The Principal Certificate

If you have a master’s degree, you may take 21 additional face-to-face hours through our department and earn the credentials needed to become a campus principal or an assistant principal. This principal certificate program is fully aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and designed for classroom teachers who want to advance in K-12 education.

The Superintendent Certificate

The fully online Superintendent Academic Partnership Certificate Program was collaboratively developed by UT Arlington and area school district personnel to ensure that program participants acquire the skills and background information needed to become practicing superintendents. This non-thesis certificate program (15 hours, six courses) is fully aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council standards and designed for administrators who already have principal certification and a conferred master’s degree and want to advance in the K-12 education arena.

For more information regarding leadership certificates, please visit the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.