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Certification Only - Secondary (grades 7-12) and All-Level (EC-12)

The Secondary and All-Level teacher certification program is entirely online.

Secondary and All-Level Certification (15 credit hours)
EDUC 5310 Diverse Populations in Today’s Schools
EDUC 5314 Effective Classroom Instruction
EDUC 5329 Classroom Management & Discipline
LIST 5345 or Content Area Reading and Writing
LIST 5326 Teaching the Language Arts (English students; offered fall only)
EDUC 5315 Practicum (last course) "Student Teaching"
Suggested sequencing for Secondary and All-Level certification:
Fall SemesterSpring Semester
EDUC 5310 EDUC 5314
EDUC 5329 EDUC 5315
LIST 5345 or LIST 5326


To be eligible to proceed to Student Teaching, Secondary and All-Level students must have completed at least three of the following: EDUC 5310, EDUC 5314, EDUC 5329, and LIST 5326 or LIST 5345.

Transition to Master's

Students enrolled in the Secondary and All-Level certification-only program can use 12 semester credit hours from the certification coursework towards the Master of Education in Teaching degree. You must reapply to the graduate school and meet appropriate admission requirements to change to the M.Ed.T. program.

Student Teaching

The last course required for certification is titled "Practicum". This is the semester when students do their Student Teaching. Partnerships with specific school districts and schools have been established to host UTA Residents. We work closely with specific schools to build strong mentoring relationships between teachers and students, and therefore place all students in partner school settings. Students are not able to select the district or school for their placement.

Field Application Deadline

Students must apply for Student Teaching with the Office of Professional Development. Fall applications are accepted during month of February and spring applications are accepted during month of October. Orientations for Student Teaching are set for August and December. Please email the Program Director for specific dates.


Candidates must pass all appropriate state exams (limit of four retests) and apply for appropriate state certification(s) with the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency within six months of the completion of their student/clinical teaching or practicum program. If a candidate allows the six month period to go by without passing all state exams and applying for certification, additional coursework and/or state exams will be required for recommendation for certification. Additional coursework will be determined by the appropriate Program Coordinator in consultation with faculty.