The University of Texas at Austin offers state and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved teacher preparation programs. The College of Education works with students across campus so that they can become certified teachers in early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. We also have programs that prepare students for administrative and other support roles in schools.
Our teacher preparation programs, rated as “Accredited” by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for the last 10 years, are available to everyone regardless of where you are in your academic career. We offer paths to certification for undergraduates, postbaccalaureates, graduate students, and working professionals.
Professional Development Sequence for Teaching Certification
In addition to completing your coursework, you must apply to and complete the Professional Development Sequence (PDS). Please note that all students entering the PDS must have access to a laptop.
The PDS provides you with plenty of classroom experience through fieldwork, observation, and student teaching. You will work closely with mentors who will guide you as you develop your teaching skills.
By the time you are finished, you will be well prepared to take the exams required for teacher certification in Texas. The passing rate for our graduates typically exceeds 95%.
Please note that TEA charges students in the teacher preparation program fees that must be paid in order to be officially certified. More information about the certification fees is available on our wiki.
Once you successfully complete all of the steps to become a teacher and the certification requirements, you may be recommended for certification to the TEA by our certification officer. Be sure to reference the Certification Checklist on our wiki for additional information.