Field Experiences

The Field Experiences Office oversees the Professional Development Sequence (PDS) that encompasses all the professional development courses and on-site training that lead to teacher certificationThese courses are restricted.

Students apply during the long semester prior to entering the program, the length of which varies by certification program. Admission to the PDS is dependent upon meeting required GPA and successful completion of prerequisite coursework.

The PDS application runs February 1 to March 1 for summer and fall entry and September 1 to October 1 for spring entry.

Certification Programs

EC-6 ESL Generalist

The Early Childhood - 6th Grade Generalist ESL Certificate Program is designed for students seeking Texas certification to teach in elementary school classrooms. This interdisciplinary major allows students to explore developmental issues of children, learning theory, elementary school content, ESL, and teaching methods; all with a strong component of field experiences in the public schools.

Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

Starts: Summer, Fall, and Spring

PDS Application Periods: February 1 to March 1 (Summer and Fall) or September 1 to October 1 (Spring)

For more information about EC-6 ESL certification, please visit:

EC-6 Bilingual

The Early Childhood - 6th grade Bilingual Generalist Certificate Program is designed for students seeking Texas certification to teach in a general elementary classroom or a bilingual classroom. Bilingual education is a dual-language program designed to provide equal educational opportunities to elementary students of limited English proficiency. Teachers in a bilingual classroom learn to teach students in their home language, and, subsequently, in English. The program at UT is specifically focused on educational issues that relate to students whose first language is Spanish.

Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

Starts: Spring only

PDS Application Periods: September 1 to October 1

For more information about EC-6 Bilingual certification, please visit:

Special Education

The All-Level (Early Childhood-12th grade) Special Education Certification Program (SED) is designed to prepare prospective educators to teach in a variety of settings with individuals with disabilities including children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities, as well those with severe and/or multiple disabilities. The program also focuses on preparing lesson plans, developing skills for consulting with classroom teachers and parents, and participating in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Teacher certification candidates spend over 1300 hours in field-based placements having the opportunity to work with students of varying ages and with a variety of disabling conditions in a range of settings.

Length: 4 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Intern III, Student Teacher)

Starts: Fall only

PDS Application Period: February 1 to March 1

For more information about Special Education certification, please visit:

Physical Education

The Applied Movement Science major is designed to prepare students for positions as physical education teachers at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels. This all-level teacher certification program consists of 127 hours of course-work and fieldwork. It allows students to explore developmental issues of children and adolescents, learning theory, teaching methods, and incorporates a substantial component of field experience in the public schools. To increase marketability, many graduates of this program will also pursue coaching opportunities as well as certifications in other teaching fields.

Length: 2 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, and Student Teacher)

Starts: Fall and Spring

PDS Application Period: September 1 to October 1

For more information about Physical Education EC-12 certification, please visit:

UTeach Urban Teachers (Bachelor, Master Degrees in English, Social Studies)

English Undergraduate

Secondary English teacher certification is now offered through the UTeach Urban Teachers (UTUT) Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This 18 hour, three-semester sequence begins in the summer before the senior year and is tailored for undergraduate students at UT Austin working toward a bachelor’s degree in English or other Humanities disciplines. The program is designed to help English teacher candidates develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

Starts: Summer only

PDS Application Period: March 20 to July 1

For more information about this certification, please visit:

UTeach Urban Teachers Program

Master of Education Degree Program with Secondary English Teacher Certification

A Masters of Education degree with secondary English teacher certification is now offered through the UTeach Urban Teachers (UTUT) Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This degree is tailored for students holding a bachelor’s degree in English or other Humanities disciplines and seeking secondary English teacher certification. The program is designed to help English teacher candidates develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

*One additional semester of coursework only is required to complete the master's degree.

Starts: Fall only

PDS Application Period: March 20 to July 15

For more information about this certification, please visit:

UTeach Urban Teachers Program

Social Studies Undergraduate

Secondary social studies teacher certification is now offered through the UTeach Urban Teachers (UTUT) Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This 18 hour, three-semester sequence begins in the summer before the senior year and is tailored for undergraduate students at UT Austin working toward a bachelor’s degree in one of the social studies disciplines. The program is designed to help social studies teacher candidates develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

Starts: Summer only

PDS Application Period: March 1 to July 1

For more information about this certification, please visit:

UTeach Urban Teachers Program

Master of Education Degree Program with Secondary Social Studies Teacher Certification

A Masters of Education degree with secondary Social Studies teacher certification is now offered through the UTeach Urban Teachers (UTUT) Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This degree is tailored for students holding a bachelor’s degree in the social studies disciplines and seeking secondary Social Studies teacher certification. The program is designed to help social studies teacher education candidates develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

*Candidates are recommended for certification after successfully completing these three semesters, but one additional semester of coursework only is required to complete the master's degree.

Starts: Fall

PDS Application Period: March 15 to July 15

For more information about this certification, please visit:

UTeach Urban Teachers Program

High Incidence Disabilities Master's Degree with All-Level Special Education Teacher Certification

A master's degree as well as a teacher certification in Special Education is offered through the Department of Special Education. Students who are already certified teachers can earn either an M.Ed. or M.A. in High Incidence Disabilities without going through the certification process. This master's degree provides students with evidence-based knowledge, skills, and hands-on experiences through student teaching in academic areas such as reading, writing, and mathematics. Future teachers learn socio-emotional and behavioral supports with an emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity.

Length: 4 semesters; Students must first be accepted into the graduate program in the Department of Special Education.

For more information about this certification, please visit: M.Ed. Plus Special Education Certification Program

Master of Education Degree Program plus All-Level Physical Education Teacher Certification

In the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program, a graduate student can obtain EC-12 physical education teaching certification as part of their master's degree (MEd). Customized coursework, based on the student's educational and work experiences, can simultaneously be completed in the post-baccalaureate program (teaching certification) and graduate program. In most cases, the degree can still be obtained within a two-year period. The program is designed for students with a bachelors degree in areas other than physical education teacher education.

Length: 3 semesters
Starts: Fall and Spring

For more information about this certification, please visit the M.Ed. Plus EC-12 Physical Education Teacher Certification Program

UTeach Natural Sciences (Science and Math)

Additional all-level and secondary certifications are available through other colleges.  The length, starting semesters, and application periods below refer to the part that is tracked by the College of Education in order to recommend students for certification.  If you are interested in certification in one of these areas, you should contact the Advising Office in the corresponding college regarding the requirements.  You may be required to submit a separate application for the program prior to submitting a PDS application to the College of Education.

Length: 1 semester (Student Teacher)

Starts: Fall and Spring

PDS Application Periods: February 1 to March 1 (Fall) or September 1 to October 1 (Spring)

For more information about UTeach Natural Sciences certifications, please visit: UTeach Natural Sciences

UTeach Liberal Arts (English, Social Studies, and Languages Other Than English)

Additional all-level and secondary certifications are available through other colleges.  The length, starting semesters, and application periods below refer to the part that is tracked by the College of Education in order to recommend students for certification.  If you are interested in certification in one of these areas, you should contact the Advising Office in the corresponding college regarding the requirements.  You may be required to submit a separate application for the program prior to submitting a PDS application to the College of Education.

Length: 2 semesters (Intern, Student Teacher)

Starts: Fall and Spring

PDS Application Periods: February 1 to March 1 (Fall) and September 1 to October 1 (Spring)

For more information about UTeach - Liberal Arts certifications, please visit: UTeach - Liberal Arts

UTeach Fine Arts (Art, Dance, Music, Theatre)

UTeach Fine Arts (Art, Dance, Music, Theatre)

UTeach Fine Arts in the College of Fine Arts trains students to teach in the following subject areas. The length, starting semesters, and application periods below refer to the part that is tracked by the College of Education in order to recommend students for certification.  If you are interested in certification in one of these areas, you should contact the Advising Office in the corresponding college regarding the requirements.  You may be required to submit a separate application for the program prior to submitting a PDS application to the College of Education.

For more information about UTeach Fine Arts certifications, please visit: UTeach Fine Arts in the College of Fine Arts

UTeach Visual Arts
Length
: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)
Starts: Spring
PDS Application Period: September 1 to October 1

UTeach Dance
Length
: 2 semesters (Intern, Student Teacher)
Starts: Fall
PDS Application Period: February 1 to March 1

UTeach Music
Length
: 2 semesters (Intern, Student Teacher)
Starts: Fall
PDS Application Period: February 1 to March 1

UTeach Theatre
Length
: 2 semesters (Intern, Student Teacher)
Starts: Fall
PDS Application Period: February 1 to March 1

Our Mission

Field Experiences at The University of Texas at Austin are an integral component of our teacher preparation programs, built on strong collaboration between school districts and colleges of the University.  Our future teachers engage in purposefully crafted field experiences that cultivate depth of knowledge, research-based practices, and professional ethics.  These experiences are designed to be sequential, cumulative, and performance-based, while preparing our graduates to implement and evaluate effective practices with diverse student populations in varied settings.  As a result, teachers prepared at the University will master subject knowledge and pedagogical skills, work collaboratively with all stakeholders, develop dispositions to be active citizens, and offer their students the opportunity to develop these characteristics themselves.