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.

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

You may use a Mac or Windows laptop as long as it meets the following specifications.

Minimum Specifications

  • 8 GB memory
  • 256 GB hard drive space
  • Apple: macOS Big Sur
  • Windows: Windows 10

Please note: Chromebooks do not 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.

You may purchase a laptop from the vendor of your choice. The Campus Computer Store and manufacturers such as Apple and Dell offer discounts for students.

The Office of Instructional Innovation (OI2) works with instructors to plan learning activities and curate support resources.

Visit the Digital Literacy Repository for an overview of these activities and resources.

Hardware troubleshooting or equipment checkout: contact the ITO Help Desk at

Canvas, Zoom, or email help: contact ITS at 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.