Office of Educator Certification

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Education offers state (TEA), regional (SACS) and nationally (NCATE) accredited programs to prepare students to for Texas Standard Certification. Our programs train students to become classroom teachers in elementary, middle, all-level and high school in a variety of content area with multiple supplemental options. Advanced certification programs prepare students for classroom teaching, Principal as an Instructional Leader, or Reading Specialist.  All College of Education programs provide candidates with the basics of child and adolescent development, instructional design and classroom management with several diverse, interactive fieldwork and clinical teaching experiences.

Out-of-State Certifications

Educators from another state or country must apply for a review of their credentials through TEA.

Transferring to Another State

If an Educator plans to move to another state, it is most efficient and beneficial for them to complete the certification process in Texas then apply for a teaching license in the new state. Contact the state education office in the state you are moving to for information on their review and application process. They may request that a Verification Form be completed by the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) the Educator completed. Please send those requests to the Certification Officer.

Criminal History Acknowledgement

  • Pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator.
  • Pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching.
  • If you were convicted of an offense that is not considered appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn certification in Texas.
  • You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.

For more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation:

https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Investigations/Preliminary_Criminal_History_Evaluation-FAQs/

Policy and Guidelines for Professional Dispositions

Learn more about our Policy and Guidelines for Professional Dispositions.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Christine Pruitt

Assistant Director of Certification

Email: christine.pruitt@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3693

Office: 517 Hammond Hall