5th Floor, Hammond Hall, 701 Planetarium Place
Box 19227, Arlington, TX 76019-0227
General Email: email@example.com
Certification Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer three certification options for aspiring teachers who have already earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university.
In Texas, educators are certified to teach a specific age range and (if teaching Grade 4 or above) a specific subject or content area.
From there, choose between one of our master's degree or certification only programs. Browse our programs
Applicants to the M.Ed. in Teaching with initial teacher certification or the Initial Teacher Certification only program must also contact a content advisor for a transcript evaluation and complete a content declaration form. The exception are students pursing the M.Ed. in Special Education with initial teacher certification.
Once you have determined the grade level and subject you want to obtain certification for, you must pass the Texas Pre-Admission Content Test (TX PACT) for that grade level and subject. For example, if you want to teach Elementary classes, you will register for the Core Subjects EC-6 TX PACT. Need assistance? Contact email@example.com for guidance.
Choose Graduate – Master of Education in Teaching if you wish to complete a degree as well as teacher certification.
Choose Graduate – Master of Education in Special Education if you wish to complete a degree as well as teacher certification in special education.
Choose Graduate non-degree seeking if you only wish to complete teacher certification.
Apply* for admission to the college's Department of Curriculum and Instruction:
Note: There may be additional requirements for some students.
Students pursing a Texas Teacher Certificate are required to apply to and complete an Educator Preparation Program (EPP). The EPP includes pedagogy coursework, classroom experience, and clinical teaching. Your advisor will help you determine when you have met the EPP requirements and instruct you on how to apply.
View EPP requirements here, and view the essay rubric here.
Your College of Education Advisor will be able to guide you through the process of completing both teacher certification and degree requirements. Once you've met with your advisor, you'll register for classes through your UTA MyMav account.
Your field experiences are critical steps toward your development as a future educator. The opportunity to practice what you have learned during your studies in a real school classroom under the mentorship of a Cooperating Teacher is one of the most valuable components of your Educator preparation. As part of the EPP, our Office of Educational Field Experiences has a dedicated team to help students apply for and complete required field experiences for their program.
Certification candidates must receive approval to test for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES), the state's certification exam. To receive approval to register for TExES, candidates must meet the requisites for their specific certification program and should work with their Program Coordinator to receive approval and instructions to apply for exam registration. Candidates must then pass then exam to move onto the next step.
Individuals who have passed all their certification exams (which include content, pedagogy, and supplemental) must also submit a certification and fingerprinting application to the Teas Education Agency (TEA) and pay TEA's application fee. This certification application will be recommended to the TEA for final processing by the Certification Officer at UTA once all certification requirements have been met.
UTA College of Education students seeking a master's degree must apply online to gradate during their Clinical Teaching semester, which is the final semester of coursework. The online Graduation Application is available from the 12th day of class (4th day in summer) until the mid-semester deadline. Certification only students do not apply to graduate; they will work with the program coordinator to register for the TEA certification exam (listed above in Step 10).
The college's Education Career Day (job fair) each Spring semester and job board, as well as UTA's Lockheed Martin Career Center are other great resources to assist you in beginning your career as an Educator. If needed, candidates can request a status letter online.