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Department of Curriculum and Instruction


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

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

For more information regarding certification, please visit our undergraduate and graduate advising pages.

Criminal History Acknowledgement:

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.

  1. In order to receive a teacher certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
  2. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
  3. You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.

For more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation: