Types of Certification

Undergraduate Levels of Certification

Each program offers one level certification, not all levels are available through all programs.

  1. Early Childhood to Sixth Grade Certification: Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade.
  2. Middle Grades Certification: Enables students to teach fourth through eighth grade.
  3. Secondary Certification: Enables students to teach eighth through twelfth grade.
  4. All-level Certification: Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Post-Baccalaureate Certification

Post-Baccalaureate Certification is for students who have already earned an undergraduate degree or higher, and wish to earn a teacher’s certificate.  Students may certify in a field of study that differs from their undergraduate degree.

Students applying to the Post-Baccalaureate programs will apply to the Office of Admissions as a transfer student, and are classified as: degree-holders, certification seekers. Each program contains different requirements and deadlines, and this results in varying times of completion.  Students should speak with an advisor regarding specific program deadlines.

Levels of Certification

Each program offers one level certification, not all levels are available through all programs.

  1. Early Childhood to Sixth Grade Certification: Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade.
  2. Middles Grades Certification: Enables students to teach fourth through eighth grade.
  3. Secondary Certification: Enables students to teach eighth through twelfth grade.
  4. All-level Certification: Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Graduate Certification Programs

Students may earn an Initial Teacher’s Certificate, while simultaneously earning a graduate degree. Students cannot apply to these degree programs unless they already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States**. In an effort to help students become successful educators, the University of Texas at Austin offers certification programs in many fields of study.

Levels of Certification

Each program offers one level certification, not all levels are available through all programs.

  • Secondary Certification: Enables students to teach eighth through twelfth grade.
  • All-level Certification: Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

** Students who have earned their bachelor's degree from a college or university in a country other than the United States will need to have their transcripts evaluated and should speak to a graduate advisor before applying.


Professional Certification

The University of Texas offers multiple Professional Certification Programs.  Professional Certificates are for educators who have already earned their undergraduate degree or higher, and their initial teacher’s certificate.  Please note that in the state of Texas some Professional Certificates require a minimum of two years teaching experience.  Please contact a department advisor to learn the specific program requirements.


Alternative and Emergency Certifications

These certification programs are NOT offered through the University of Texas at Austin. For information about alternative certifications, please call the Texas Education Agency at (512) 463-9734.