Applied Learning and Development

Our bachelor of science degree in Applied Learning and Development will prepare you to teach children with different backgrounds and abilities. At our core, our programs in this major focus on preparing you to be a teacher leader, ready to take on all of the opportunities and challenges the classroom offers.

As a teacher, you will introduce children to fundamental academics and help guide them as they develop socially, emotionally, and culturally. Our teacher preparation program provides you with nearly 800 hours of hands-on experience working with children in classrooms, far exceeding the state’s 30-hour requirement. By the end of your program, you will be well prepared to take the teacher certification exams. Our program’s passing rate historically exceeds 95%.

We also offer non-certification programs that prepare you to work with children and youth in a variety of settings such as the YMCA, parks and recreation departments, day-care centers, after-school programs, government agencies, and more.

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All-Level Special Education

Become certified to teach children with disabilities including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavioral disorders, mild to moderate disabilities, and severe and/or multiple disabilities. Learn how to create inclusive classrooms that allow for the development of all kinds of learners. You will work toward becoming a certified special education (EC-12) and generalist teacher (EC-6).

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Early Childhood - 6th Grade Bilingual Core Subjects/Generalist

Learn how to provide equal educational opportunities for children with limited English proficiency. In addition to learning the fundamentals of early childhood education, you will be prepared to teach early childhood concepts to elementary students in both Spanish and English. Fluency in Spanish is required.

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Early Childhood - 6th Grade English as a Second Language (ESL) Core Subjects/Generalist

Become a certified teacher for elementary children. You will learn the fundamentals of teaching and learning while helping students’ development of social and emotional skills. You will be guided as an ESL teacher to accommodate children from diverse backgrounds and who may not be native English speakers.

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Youth and Community Studies

Youth and Community Studies (YCS) prepares you to teach people of all ages in various settings beyond the classroom. You will be prepared to extend children’s education and development into other areas of their life. This major also offers an opportunity to become a certified teacher in English language arts, social studies, or physical education.

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Physical Education

Teach children the importance of staying active and healthy throughout the day. You will learn ways that physical activity can improve all aspects of childhood development. You will be prepared to empower youth with the skills, knowledge, habits, and desire to be physically active and to make healthy choices now and for the rest of their lives.

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Urban Teachers Program

The University of Texas Urban Teachers program prepares middle and high school English language arts and social studies teachers to instruct in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms. You will be prepared to teach children from diverse backgrounds in urban settings.