Social Studies Teacher Preparation for Undergraduates

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Want to change the world? Join the University of Texas Urban Teachers program! This 18-hour, three-semester teacher preparation sequence is designed to help equity-minded secondary Social Studies teacher candidates develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

Within the College of Education, you can major in Youth and Community Studies and work towards a recommendation for teacher certification in Social Studies.

All university students outside the College of Education are welcome to apply to minor in the Urban Teachers program.

Since coursework can vary, an advisor will review your transcript with you and discuss additional coursework as needed. 

You will start the program the summer before your senior year working directly with middle-school readers and writers through our partnership with the non-profit organization, Breakthrough Central Texas. This internship will prepare you for the next two semesters. 

In addition to your major coursework, you will take one Education class per semester. You will learn how to bring progressive literacy pedagogies to your students and will work with seasoned mentor teachers in local middle and high school classrooms. 

An optional second summer session can help you prepare for an ESL endorsement that is required by many school districts.

All students will need to complete the University of Texas Urban Teachers Professional Development Sequence (PDS).

Schedule and Course Requirements

You will begin the program in an intensive summer experience: two courses (6 credits) during summer sessions I-II, carefully planned in concert with a full-time, paid internship at Breakthrough Central Texas. Urban Teachers interns will teach small groups of students and have immediate opportunities to put course ideas into practice. 

To learn more, please email the Urban Teachers program.

Total Minimum Hours: 18

6 hours
3 hours
9 hours
Summer (optional)
6 hours
EDC 350 (Summer I)
Teaching Secondary Social Studies
ALD 327 (Summer II)
Sociocultural Influences on Learning
EDC 370S
Secondary School Advanced Methods
EDC 371S/651S
Secondary Teaching Practicum
(take two TEA certification exams: H/SS 7-12 and PPR)
English as a Second Language Graduate Courses
(take ESL endorsement exam)
Field Component
Paid summer internship at Breakthrough Central Texas
Field Component
45-hour apprenticeship in a local classroom
Field Component
Full-time student teaching in a local classroom

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.