All Teacher Preparation Programs

The University of Texas at Austin provides several paths to those of you who want to become teachers. All of these paths have two steps in common:

  1. choosing a major in a specific field and
  2. completing a professional development sequence specifically designed to prepare you for the classroom.

Several colleges offer programs that may lead to a recommendation for teacher certification. Regardless of the path you take and the college you choose, you will need to follow the steps to becoming a teacher in order to obtain the recommendation to sit for certification exams. 

Preparation programs are offered for undergraduates, non-degree-seeking post-baccalaureates, and graduate master’s students. Use the tables below to determine the school and major that may lead to your desired teacher certification.

Undergraduate Options

Elementary School (Early Childhood through Grade 6)

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Elementary generalist certification, specialization options in Applied Learning & Development Education

Middle School (Grades 4 - 8)

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English Language Arts & Reading Applied Learning & Development - Youth and Community Studies
(Also see UTeach Urban Teachers)
OR
Content Area, e.g., English
Education
OR
Liberal Arts
Life Sciences Biology Natural Sciences
Mathematics Math Natural Sciences
Science Composite Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology Natural Sciences
Social Studies Applied Learning & Development - Youth and Community Studies
(Also see UTeach Urban Teachers)
OR
Content Area, e.g., History
Education
OR
Liberal Arts

Secondary School (Grades 7 – 12)

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Computer Science Computer Science Natural Sciences
English Language Arts & Reading Applied Learning & Development - Youth and Community Studies
(Also see UTeach Urban Teachers)
OR
Content area, e.g., English
Education
OR
Liberal Arts
Dance (6 - 12th grade) Dance Fine Arts
Life Sciences Biology Natural Sciences
Mathematics Math Natural Sciences
Mathematics/Physics Math or Physics Natural Sciences
Physical Science Chemistry or Physics Natural Sciences
Science Composite Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology Natural Sciences
Social Studies Applied Learning & Development - Youth and Community Studies
(Also see UTeach Urban Teachers)
OR
Content Area
Education
OR
Liberal Arts

All-level (Early Childhood through Grade 12)

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Special Education Applied Learning and Development - All-level Special Education Education
Art, Music, or Theatre Art, Music, or Theatre Fine Arts
Languages Other Than English The language you wish to teach Liberal Arts
Physical Education
(Kinesiology)
Applied Learning and Development - Youth and Community Studies 
OR
Applied Movement Science
Education

Postbaccalaureate Non-Degree Options

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Elementary Core Subjects/Generalist (ESL) (EC-6th grades) EC-6th Grade English as a Second Language Core Subjects/Generalist Education
Elementary Bilingual Core Subjects/Generalist (EC-6th grades) EC-6th Grade Bilingual Core Subjects/Generalist Education
English Language Arts Urban Teacher English Language Arts or 
UTeach Liberal Arts in English
Education (7th-12th grades) or
Liberal Arts (4th-8th or 7th-12th grades)
Social Studies Urban Teacher Social Studies or
UTeach Liberal Arts in Social Studies
Education (7th-12th grades) or
Liberal Arts (4th-8th or 7th-12th grades)
Special Education (All-level) Special Education Education
Art, Music, Theatre, or Dance  Art, Music, Theatre, or Dance Fine Arts
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Math, or Computer Science (7th-12th grades) The subject you wish to teach Natural Sciences
Languages Other Than English (All-level) The language you wish to teach Liberal Arts

Learn more about postbaccalaureate options.

Graduate Options

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English Language Arts (7th-12th grades) Urban Teachers M.Ed. in Secondary English and Language Arts Education
Social Studies (7th-12th grades) Urban Teachers M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education

Learn more about graduate options.

Each program offers on-level certification, not all levels are available through all programs.

  • Early Childhood to Sixth Grade Certification: Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade.
  • Middle Grades Certification: Enables students to teach fourth through eighth grade.
  • Secondary Certification: Enables students to teach eighth through twelfth grade.
  • All-level Certification: Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade.