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Already have a baccalaureate degree? Get the expertise you need to pass the State of Texas' initial teacher certification exams at the graduate level. Several certification grades and subjects – including mathematics, science, and English as a second language (ESL), as well as elementary, middle school, junior high, and high school level specializations – are available.

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We offer certifications in all grades. Aspiring teachers for Grade 4 or above will also specialize in a subject/content area. Candidates can also pair their certification with a master's degree.

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Have a bachelor's degree and want to teach in Texas? Re-watch this recorded info session to explore two-options for becoming a teacher in Texas through our initial teacher certification preparation program only or Master of Education in Teaching.

Priority Deadlines

Applying after the priority deadline? Admissions applications are welcome at any time. We will process your application as quickly as possible and every attempt will be made to ensure consideration for the desired semester. However, for priority consideration, apply by the priority deadline.

Fall Semester

Submit by July 1

Classes start end of August

Spring Semester

Submit by Nov. 1

Classes start in January

Summer Semester

Submit by April 1

Classes start mid-May

Semester Start
Courses Start Priority Application Deadline Courses Start Registration Period Late Registration Deadline




04/03/23 - 08/20/23





11/06/23 - 01/16/24





04/03/23 - 05/14/23


For payment deadlines, information about payment plans and more, visit Student Accounts

View the Official University Academic Calendar for more information. 

*The Hispanic Serving Leadership Preparation Graduate Certificate does not offer summer admission. 

View the UTA Official Catalog for admissions requirements and details about probationary admission, deferred admission, and more for the following programs. 


  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction graduate programs:
    • M.Ed. or Certificate in Instructional and Learning Design Technology
    • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - open option
    • M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education 
    • M.Ed. in Teaching with Teacher Certification 
    • Initial Teacher Certification Only Program 
    • Criminal History Acknowledgement for Educator Certification programs. 
  • Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies master's and certificate programs: 
    • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with Higher Education Administration Emphasis 
    • Dual Degree: Master of Social Work and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with Higher Education Administration Emphasis 
    • B.A. to Ph.D. Track in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
    • Hispanic Serving Leadership Preparation Graduate Certificate 


Content Declaration Form

Teacher certification candidates only, submit a Content Declaration form directly to the College of Education advising office at coedadvising@uta.edu.

Already enrolled in an Educator Preparation Program? 

If you were previously enrolled in another Texas Teacher Educator Preparation Program; Alternative Certification Program or University-Based Program, you must email coedcertification@uta.edu and request a TEA Transfer of Data Form. Failure to do so will result in delay of your program continuance.

IMPORTANT NOTICE for graduate students pursuing initial teacher certification. PLEASE READ.

The Texas Education Agency has issued new requirements for student teacher supervision, according to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC 228.35(f)). This includes a minimum of three 45-minute formal classroom observations followed by a 20-minute interactive conference between the student teacher and the university supervisor. This means that all UTA student teacher placements must be in our partner districts in the DFW area. There will be no out of area placements. The Office of Educational Field Experiences will place all student teachers in a partner district based on the availability of cooperating teachers in the different subject areas.

Academic Recruiter

Manuel Alonso

Academic Recruiter

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Email: manuel.alonso@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3124

Office: 104 C Trimble Hall

Graduate Advisor

Trisha Fike

Academic Advisor III

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Email: patricia.fike@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-5822

Office: 511 Carlisle Hall

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