Most students who want to teach in middle and high schools will major in the subject they wish to teach. All future teachers must complete the steps to become a teacher, including professional development sequence (PDS) that involves education coursework, field experience, and student teaching.
The College of Education offers degrees for middle and high school teachers in Social Studies and English Language Arts through University of Texas Urban Teachers. All other secondary teachers will be certified through either UTeach Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts, or CS (Computer Science).
Students can take courses that may lead to a recommendation for certification for grades 4 - 8, or 7 - 12. Getting certified in 7 - 12 is more common and gives you the flexibility to teach in both middle and high schools.
Special Education teachers are certified to teach all grade levels (EC-12).
University of Texas Urban Teachers
Typically paired with our major in Youth and Community Studies; this program will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings. You will be prepared to teach middle school or high school in either English Language Arts or Social Studies.
This program includes an internship at Breakthrough Central Texas, in addition to field experiences and student teaching.
Students who choose to not major in Youth and Community Studies may choose an approved subject area in the appropriate college, and complete a professional development sequence through the University of Texas Urban Teachers program.
Middle School (Grades 4 - 8 Certification)
Secondary School (Grades 7 – 12 Certification)
All-level (Early Childhood through Grade 12 Certification)