Earn a Special Education teaching degree through our 10-month certification (EC-12) program. This program is tailored to those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, and want to pursue a career teaching Special Education.
During the program, you will take courses related to classroom instruction, as well as those focused on teaching Special Education students with individual differences. In addition, the Field Component places you in a classroom for over 700 hours of hands-on teaching experience.
This 30-hour, three-semester sequence begins in the second summer session and runs through the following spring semester. An optional semester may be added after completion of other program requirements to help students prepare for ESL endorsement. The ESL endorsement required by many school districts in Texas. Completion qualifies students to take the required state certification examinations (TExES Special Education EC–12).
The certification program spans a summer session, fall semester, and spring semester. Students will take courses related to teaching and instruction, as well as complete a Professional Development Sequence which involves school placement and student teaching.
At the end of the spring semester, students will be prepared to take the required state certification exams. Students have the option of adding an additional 6-hour summer semester to qualify to take the English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement exam.
Summer (2nd session)
Optional 6 hours
Introduction to SPED
Assessment for Instruction
Schools and Society
ESL graduate courses
(take ESL endorsement exam)
School Placement (2 days/ week, 14 weeks) no credit hours
Student Teaching (5 days/week, 14 weeks)
The Value of a Special Education Certification
Certified special education teachers are in high demand by elementary and secondary schools. Our program offers training from highly-ranked faculty who share their knowledge of effective interventions and education of diverse groups of students with or without disabilities.
Our diverse alumni network demonstrates our students’ abilities to take the skills learned from courses and field experiences, and apply these to provide an equitable education for students with special needs.
Teaching Special Education prepares you with a unique skill set that benefits students with a broad spectrum of disabilities, as well as those without. In the video below, Katie Tackett discusses how designing for disabilities leads to better designs for everyone.
Prerequisites and Requirements
We will consider any applicant who holds an undergraduate degree. In addition, having experience working with children in a professional setting will benefit your application.
There is no GRE or additional testing required for admission
The cost per credit hour is $675. The program is 30 credit hours with an optional 6 more for ESL endorsement.
Please refer to the Postbaccalaureate application page for more information about application deadlines. Students who did not attend the University of Texas at Austin for their undergraduate degree will be required to apply to the university through ApplyTexas.
Due to current circumstances regarding Covid-19 and teacher placement, we will not be accepting new students to this program for 2021. We will be accepting the first cohort for late summer 2022.