Urban Teachers

Minor or Concentration

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Concentration for YCS Students

Students within the College of Education who major in Youth and Community Studies can work towards teacher certification in English Language Arts or Social Studies as part of the Urban Teachers concentration.

Minoring in Education

All university students outside the College of Education are welcome to apply to minor in the Urban Teachers program in order to work towards teacher certification in English Language Arts or Social Studies.

Change the world through the University of Texas Urban Teachers program!

This 18-hour, three-semester teacher preparation sequence is designed to help equity-minded teacher candidates develop knowledge, skills and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings. 

An advisor will review your transcript with you and let you know if you need to take any additional classes.

About The Program

Students start the Urban Teachers program in the spring of their junior year. In addition to major coursework, students will take one or two Education classes per semester.

Each semester includes valuable fieldwork in classrooms and with community organizations such as Breakthrough Central Texas. These experiences focus on pedagogies and curricula that are most relevant to youth and their home communities.

Schedule and Course Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 18

English Language Arts

Social Studies

University-wide requirements and the available options can be found in the university’s Undergraduate Catalog.

How to Apply

Only degree-seeking students enrolled at UT Austin are eligible to apply for the Urban Teachers undergraduate certification program.  Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in an accepted major.  If you have questions about the application process, your eligibility, choosing a subject area or how your major qualifies for the program, contact us at utut@utexas.edu.

Application Process

Certification Recommendation

Once you successfully complete all of the steps to become a teacher, including passing the relevant exams approved by the Texas Education Agency, you may be recommended for certification to the TEA by our certification officer. Be sure to reference the Certification Checklist on the Field Experiences wiki for additional information.