Educator Certification

Special Education

Shannon Hewgley

Certification Officer
Shannon Hewgley


Educator Certification Programs

In order to become a certified teacher in the state of Texas, educators must receive certification along with their bachelor's degree. The University of Texas at Austin offers state-approved programs to get university students certified and ready for the classroom. We offer several certification levels to students across the UT Austin campus. While our College of Education graduate and undergraduate scholars work hard to become early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school teachers, we also help students from other majors get inside the classroom. We offer programs in the fields of:

  • Applied Learning and Development
  • Kinesiology and Health Education
  • Urban Teaching
  • Natural Sciences
  • Fine Arts
  • Liberal Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Educational Administration

Becoming Certified

Our certification programs are available for potential teachers at all stages of their professional career, including undergrads, post-baccalaureates, graduate students and working professionals. Along with the certification, educators will also have to pass certification exams and fulfill other requirements set by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).


Dr. Sharon Evans, Director, Education Services

Dr. Evans oversees Field Experiences, Career Services, and Certification. She serves as a lead liaison with the University, school districts, and education-related entities working with our preservice teachers. She ensures that state-of-the-art career services are available to all College of Education undergraduate students.
Office: SZB 244
Phone: (512) 471-1511

Shannon Hewgley, Certification Officer

Shannon serves as a certification officer for all certification programs at the university. She manages test approvals for certification exams, recommends students for certification, and handles appeals. She also gathers data and prepares reports for outside entities.
Office: SZB 244
Phone: (512) 471-3485