Field Experiences

Professional Development Sequence

The Professional Development Sequence (PDS) is a sequence of field experiences and professional development courses leading to teacher certification. Students apply during the long semester prior to entering the PDS, and the length of the program varies by certification program (see below).

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

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

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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: Fall and Spring

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

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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

Application Period: February 1 to March 1

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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, Student Teacher)

Starts: Spring only

Application Period: September 1 to October 1

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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

Application Period: March 20 to July 1

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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)

*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

Application Period: March 20 to July 15

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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

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

Application Period: March 15 to July 15

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UTeach Urban Teachers 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

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

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

Fine Arts (Visual Arts, Music, Theatre Arts, Dance)

Fine Arts (Visual Arts, Music, Theatre Arts, Dance)

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 for Visual Arts: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

Length for Music, Theatre Arts, Dance: 2 semesters (Intern, Student Teacher)

Starts: Fall only

Application Period: February 1 to March 1

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