Elementary School Teacher

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College of Education teacher certification programs prepare you with the fundamentals needed to become a great teacher. You will learn the principles of social and emotional learning, as well as be prepared to teach a diverse group of children.

To become an elementary school teacher, you will complete a major in the College of Education that includes a Professional Development Sequence (PDS). The PDS is a teacher preparation program that consists of coursework, fieldwork and observations, and student teaching. By the end of this program, you also will be well prepared to take the initial certification exam appropriate to your program. Passing rates for certification exams typically exceed 95%.

Completing a degree program, the PDS, and passing the certification exam are three of the steps to become a certified teacher in Texas.

Elementary Teacher Degree Programs

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

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

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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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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 towards becoming a certified special education (EC-12) and generalist teacher (EC-6).

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All-Level Physical Education

Teach children the importance of staying active and healthy throughout the day. You will learn the impact that physical activity can have on childhood development. You can work towards Physical Education Teacher Certification (EC-12) through the Applied Movement Science or Youth and Community Studies majors. Through the Physical Education Teacher Education program, 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.

Degree Programs in Other Colleges


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All-Level Fine Arts Teacher Certification

If you are interested in becoming a teacher in art, music, theatre, or dance for elementary children, you will major in your subject area in the College of Fine Arts. You will also complete a teacher preparation program in UTeach Art, UTeach Dance, UTeach Music, or UTeach Theatre. Arts teachers are certified to teach Early Childhood - 12th grade (EC-12).

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All-Level Foreign Language Teacher Certification

If you are interested in teaching a language such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Latin, Classics, or Spanish, you will major in that language. You will also complete a teacher preparation program through UTeach Liberal Arts. Foreign language teachers are certified to teach Early Childhood - 12th grade (EC-12).