How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in joining the College of Education! You may be surprised by the wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs we offer that go beyond preparing the next generation of teachers, many of which are ranked in the top 10 of education and health/sport programs. Our advisors and graduate coordinators can help you choose the right major and program that best fit your career goals. We encourage you to attend one of our information sessions and to reach out with any questions you may have. Keep reading to learn more about how to join us. We look forward to seeing you on campus!
The university’s Office of Admissions provides information about the steps you need to follow and the information you will need to have available in order to apply as a first-time college student.
You are encouraged to attend one of our prospective student information sessions below.
The information below provides details for undergraduate students interested in transferring within or into The University of Texas at Austin.
If you are currently attending another college or university, follow the transfer admission procedures provided by the Office of Admissions.
If you are transferring from another institution in Texas, you can learn how your credits will transfer using the automated transfer equivalency system. If you are transferring from an out-of-state or an international institution, we will review your credits upon admission to the university.
You are encouraged to attend one of our Prospective Student Information Sessions.
If you are already an undergraduate student in another college at UT Austin who would like to transfer into the College of Education, you must attend an Internal Transfer Session where you will learn more about our programs, GPA requirements and how to apply.
Internal Transfer Information Sessions
You also will need to fill out the Internal Transfer Application supported by the Office of Admissions. The application will open for Spring entry from mid-September to December 1 and for Fall entry from mid-January to May 1.
Transfer forms will be processed after grades are verified at the end of each semester.
Students interested in becoming an elementary or special education teacher are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the last 60 college credit hours to enter the Professional Development Sequence, our teacher preparation program.
Kinesiology and Health Education
Exercise Science and Health Promotion and Behavioral Science majors are required to have an overall minimum GPA of 2.5. Once admitted, you are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA in your Kinesiology and Health Education courses to remain in your program.
Students interested in Sport Management should transfer to Physical Culture and Sports to have easier access to the four prerequisites required to apply to the Sport Management program. You will apply to Sport Management once you are enrolled in the final prerequisite. Please note: having the minimum required 2.5 GPA needed to apply does not guarantee admission to the major as enrollment is limited.
Future graduate students must first apply to the Graduate School at UT Austin to be considered as an applicant to a College of Education graduate program. Many of the College of Education’s graduate programs also have additional admission requirements and pre-requisites, and we encourage all prospective students to refer to their respective program for a complete list of application checklist materials.
General Requirements for COE Graduate Programs
- Completed ApplyTexas online application.
- Admission to UT’s Graduate School.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
- A minimum required GPA (3.0), particularly during the last two years of college and in any graduate study previously undertaken.
Many graduate programs have additional application requirements. Prospective students are encouraged to visit their program(s) of interest webpage and/or contact the respective Graduate Program Coordinator for specific admission-related information.
The Online Application Process
- Go to ApplyTexas.
- Complete all of the necessary information and answer all of the required questions.
- Supply names and email addresses for three letters of recommendation.
- Be sure to press the Submit button and pay the application fee. Only then will you be moved to the next stage.
- You will receive an email from the Graduate School within 48 hours directing you to the MyStatus website where you will be asked to upload important additional application materials.
- Important additional application materials include resume/CV, statement of purpose, transcripts and letters of recommendation.
Questions about the ApplyTexas application can be directed to the Graduate School.
The GRE is no longer required for those applying for admission to the following programs:
- Education Policy and Planning M.Ed. and Ph.D.
- Program in Higher Education Leadership and Policy M.Ed. and Ph.D.
- Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership
- All Educational Psychology programs with the exception of the Quantitative Methods Master’s and Ph.D. programs
- All Special Education programs
The GRE requirement has been waived for Summer/Fall 2024 applicants to STEM Education, any Department of Curriculum and Instruction program and any Department in Kinesiology and Health Education.
If applicants choose to submit GRE scores, they will not be reviewed or considered by the admissions committee.
GRE scores are still required for other programs. Please check your program’s admission requirements before starting your application. GRE scores should be submitted directly through ETS. On test day, you will be able to designate which universities you would like your scores to be sent to. If you need additional scores sent, you should do so through the ETS website.
Requirements for International Students
Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores
Some students applying from other countries are required to submit either their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. See the Graduate School website for more information on international test requirements.
Students applying to a teaching certification program have specific TOEFL requirements as determined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Please visit the TEA website for more information.