Certification FAQs

What is the GPA Requirement?

All of the certification programs listed under the College of Education require a minimum 2.5 GPA. The requirements outside of the College of Education vary by degree and certification program. Please check the requirements within the individual colleges.

Do I need to redo my fingerprints if I was fingerprinted as a substitute teacher?

No. If you completed Substitute Teacher Fingerprints during your Professional Development Sequence, then you have fulfilled the Fingerprinting Requirement. However you may need to contact TEA to link your fingerprints to your TEA Certification Application.

Do you offer any teacher certification courses or programs online?

No, the University of Texas at Austin only offers traditional, daytime courses for Initial and Post-Bacc Certification programs. Professional certificates are not online, but classes may be available in late afternoon and evening to accommodate working professionals.

Can I take the Certification Exams online?

No, students must take the exam at a Testing Center. Dates of availability are at www.texes.ets.org.

How do I renew my certificate?

Please follow the instructions outlined on the TEA website.

I am moving to Texas and I am currently certified to teach in another state, how do I become certified to teach in Texas?

Please follow the instructions outlined on the TEA website. A complete review of credentials is necessary for out-of-state teachers. Teachers with certificates from other countries will be required to complete an accredited certification program in the U.S.

Can I become certified in a Post-Bacc program if my undergraduate degree is in a different field?

Yes, the Post-Bacc does allow students to certify in a field outside of their undergraduate degree. However students may need to take additional foundation courses before they enter the Professional Development Sequence. This is looked at on a case-by-case basis.

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How long does the Post-Bacc program take?

Post-Bacc certification programs last approximately 2 years, because every student will need to complete a Professional Development Sequence (PDS) that lasts 3-4 semesters, depending on the program. Students may also be required to take a semester of foundational courses. Exemption from these courses is on a case-by-case basis. Please contact an advisor regarding course questions.

Is the Post-Bacc program also a Master degree program?

No, the Post-Bacc is not a degree program. Students are classified as degree-holders, certification seekers. The program allows students who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree to complete the required courses and student teaching necessary to hold a teacher’s certificate.

The following Master's plus Teacher Certification programs are available: 

UTeach Urban Teachers Masters Plus Certification

Master of Education Plus English Certification Secondary: 7th - 12th
Master of Education Plus Social Studies Certification Secondary: 7th - 12th

Special Education

Master of Education Plus Special Education Certification All Level: EC - 12th

Curriculum & Instruction

PETE Master of Education Plus Physical Education Teacher Certification All Level: EC - 12th