Laptop Requirements and Tech Support
Digital Literacy, Equity & Technology in the Professional Development Sequence (2022-23)
Digital literacy is a key theme throughout the Professional Development Sequence (PDS). You will learn about and with different technologies, tools, and literacies that will become part of your practice as a teacher. To ensure each of you has an equitable opportunity to learn in this area, we require you to have a laptop that meets the minimum requirements to take full advantage of learning opportunities.
Because the requirement is in place, the cost will be included in your financial aid package from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Visit Texas One Stop with questions or for more information.
Who needs a laptop?
Students entering the Professional Development Sequence (PDS) in the following certification areas are required to have a laptop:
- EC-6 ESL & Bilingual
- Special Education
- UTeach Fine Arts
- Urban Teachers
Which laptop do I need?
You may use a Mac or Windows laptop as long as it meets the following specifications.
- 8 GB memory
- 256 GB hard drive space
- Apple: macOS Big Sur
- Windows: Windows 10
Please note: Chromebooks do not meet the requirement.
Will a tablet meet the requirement?
Tablets do not meet the requirement because some in-class and field experience tasks require the keyboard form factor and operating system of a laptop.
Where do I buy a laptop?
What digital literacy support resources are available?
Where can I go for help?
Hardware troubleshooting or equipment checkout: contact the ITO Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canvas, Zoom, or email help: contact ITS at email@example.com or 512-475-9400.
Project or assignment help: contact your instructor for next steps first. If you need support with the digital aspects of an assignment, they may refer you to OI2.