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Certifications - College of Education

The College of Education offers numerous certifications both for undergraduate and graduate students and for working professionals.



Teacher certification is offered through undergraduate degree programs for ESL (EC-6), middle-level (4-8), secondary (7-12 and all-level), and Bilingual EC-6.

The Leadership Minor

The Leadership Studies Minor will prepare students to be relational, ethical, and global leaders armed with the knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution in the workplace, the communities in which they live, and the world at large. Courses are designed to help students explore the dimensions of leadership so that they may engage in leadership that is constructive, purposeful, and oriented toward improving the human condition. The Leadership Studies Minor is a joint initiative between the Department of Educational Leadership and The Leadership Center in the Division of Student Affairs. The minor is open to all degree-seeking students. If your degree plan does not offer a minor, you can opt for the 15-hour credited Leadership Studies Certificate with academic unit approval.



Teacher programs prepare graduate students to become effective classroom teachers through learning the basics of child and adolescent development, instructional design and classroom management, diversity, and a student teaching or internship experience.

Master's Degree with Teacher Certification

This post-baccalaureate teacher certification program is designed for people who already hold a bachelors degree and wish to pursue teacher certification. The program consists of four courses and a student teaching semester, and can be completed in two semesters. Coursework focuses on teaching diverse populations, effective classroom instruction, classroom management and discipline, and teaching reading and writing in the content areas. Coursework is closely linked to field experiences and student teaching in secondary classrooms.

Add-On Endorsements and Certification

For those who already hold a teaching certificate, the following add-on endorsements and certificates are available: Bilingual Certification (12 credit hours), English as a Second Language certification (12 hours), Master Reading Teacher certification (12 hours), Reading Specialist certification (27 hours), and Special Education (12 hours).

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Options

The Principal Certificate

If you have a master’s degree, you may take 18 additional face-to-face hours through our department and earn the credentials needed to become a campus principal or an assistant principal. This principal certificate program is fully aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and designed for classroom teachers who want to advance in K-12 education.

The Superintendent Certificate

The fully online Superintendent Certificate Program was collaboratively developed by UTA and area school district personnel to ensure that program participants acquire the skills and background information needed to become practicing superintendents. This non-thesis certificate program (15 hours, six courses) is fully aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council standards and designed for administrators who already have principal certification and a conferred master’s degree and want to advance in the K-12 education arena.

For more information regarding leadership certificates, please visit the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.