5th Floor, Hammond Hall, 701 Planetarium Place
Box 19227, Arlington, TX 76019-0227
General Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Certification Office: email@example.com
We offer three undergraduate options for aspiring teachers who have need to earn a bachelor’s degree and their initial teacher certification in Texas. Candidates who already have a bachelor’s degree should look at our graduate certification options.
Choose the grade level you wish to teach. If you want to teach Grades 4-8, 7-12, or all levels, you will also choose a subject/content area. This helps our team determine which college and major you should declare. UTA is dedicated to making you as marketable as possible upon graduation, so we offer a variety of certifications in grade level and subjects.
UTA offers many resources to help you pay for school! These include TEACH grants of up to $3,772/year and the Blaze Forward Program, which covers 100% of tuition and course fees for eligible students. Please remember that the deadline may be several months before you start school.
To pursue a Texas Teacher Certificate, you are required to apply to and complete an Educator Preparation Program (EPP). The EPP includes pedagogy coursework, classroom experience, and student/clinical teaching. Your advisor will instruct you on when and how to apply. For some students, this may be before you start class at UTA. View EPP requirements here, and view the essay requirements here.
Your advisor will be able to guide you through the process of completing both teacher certification and degree requirements. Most students will get advised during orientation. Once you've been advised, 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. You will also get trained in the state’s code of ethics. For more information, visit Office of Educational Field Experiences.
To be certified, you 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 students 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.
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 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.