The Professional Development Sequence for Future Teachers

The Professional Development Sequence (PDS) is a teacher preparation program that consists of coursework, field experiences and observations, and culminates with student teaching. The PDS length and requirements vary by teacher certification, and the PDS is an additional requirement to your major. Upon successful completion of the PDS, you will be recommended for certification to teach in Texas.

Apply to the PDS

You must apply during the long semester prior to entering the program. Admission to the PDS is dependent upon meeting the required GPA and successful completion of prerequisite coursework. All students entering the PDS must also have access to a laptop.

College of Education Teacher Certification Programs

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

    The EC - 6 ESL/Core Subject /Generalist program is designed for students seeking Texas certification to teach in elementary school classrooms, with a focus on learning theory, elementary school content, ESL, and teaching methods.

    Degree Plans: 2018-2020, 2016-2018, 2014-2016, 2012-2014

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

    Starts: Summer, Fall, and Spring

    PDS Application Periods: February 1 to March 1 (Summer and Fall) or September 1 to October 1 (Spring)

    PDS Admission Requirements

    • A completed application by the stated deadlines,
    • minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours taken,
    • completion of prerequisite coursework (M 316K and all major coursework on the degree plan with a minimum grade of "C" or above), and
    • selection by an Admissions Committee.

    The PDS is an intensive program that requires specific prerequisites before applying. Please view the degree plan for the sequence of courses you will take.

    If you already have completed a bachelor’s degree, you can become a certified teacher through our traditional EC-6 Core Subjects/Generalist program as a non-degree seeker.

  • Early Childhood-6th Core Subjects/Generalist, Bilingual Education

    The EC - 6th grade Core Subjects/Generalist, Bilingual Education Teacher Certificate Program is designed for students seeking Texas certification to teach in a general elementary classroom or a bilingual classroom. This program focuses on teaching Spanish speaking children, and fluency in Spanish is required.

    Degree Plans: 2018-2020, 2016-2018, 2014-2016, 2012-2014

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

    Starts: Spring only

    PDS Application Periods: September 1 to October 1

    PDS Admission Requirements

    Please note this program also requires the successful application to and completion of a foundations semester before entering the PDS.

    • minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours taken,
    • completion of prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of “C” or above (M 316K and all major coursework), and
    • selection by an Admissions Committee.

    The PDS is an intensive program that requires specific prerequisites before applying. Please view the degree plan for the sequence of courses you will take.

    If you already have completed a bachelor’s degree, you can become a certified teacher through our traditional EC-6 Core Subjects/Generalist Bilingual Education program as a non-degree seeker.

  • Special Education (Undergraduate, High Incidence Disabilities Master’s)

    Undergraduate Program

    The All-Level (Early Childhood-12th grade) Special Education Teacher Certification Program (SED) is designed to prepare prospective educators to teach in a variety of settings. Teachers learn to educate individuals with disabilities including children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities, as well those with severe and/or multiple disabilities.

    Degree Plans: 2018-2020, 2016-2018, 2014-2016, 2012-2014

    Length: 4 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Intern III, Student Teacher)

    Starts: Fall only

    PDS Application Period: February 1 to March 1

    Program Requirements

    The PDS is an intensive program that requires specific prerequisites before applying. Please view the degree plan for the sequence of courses you will take.

    Please note this program also requires the successful application to and completion of a foundations semester before entering the PDS.

    The Special Education PDS only begins in a fall semester and lasts four semesters. PDS admission requirements include:

    • minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours taken,
    • completion of prerequisite coursework (M 316K), and
    • selection by an Admissions Committee.

    If you already have completed a bachelor’s degree, you can become a certified teacher through our traditional All Level Special Education program as a non-degree seeker.

    High Incidence Disabilities Master's Degree with All-Level Special Education Teacher Certification

    A master's degree with teacher certification in Special Education is offered through the Department of Special Education.

    Length: 4 semesters; Students must first be accepted into the graduate program in the Department of Special Education.

    PDS Application Period: Apply to the PDS after first being accepted into the graduate program in Special Education

  • Physical Education

    Undergraduate Options

    While students could major in any Kinesiology and Health Education program, the Applied Movement Science program provides the best fit for preparing students for positions as physical education teachers at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels.

    Degree Plans: 2018-2020, 2016-2018

    The Youth and Community Studies major provides another route for students to become certified all-level physical education teachers.

    Degree Plans: 2018-2020, 2016-2018, 2014-2016, 2012-2014

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, and Student Teacher)

    Starts: Fall and Spring

    PDS Application Period: September 1 to October 1, February 1 to March 1

    Program Requirements

    • Current students must have a minimum UT GPA of 2.0 to enter the major, but a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours to enter the PDS,
    • Students must take KIN 352K Sport Pedagogy before applying to the PDS, and
    • selection by an Admissions Committee.

    Foreign Language Requirement

    Students majoring in Applied Movement Science are only required to complete a foreign language requirement if they do not have two or more years of foreign language in high school. Students without two years of high school foreign language coursework must earn credit for the second college-level course in a foreign language; this credit does not count towards the degree.

    Students majoring in Youth and Community Studies may choose one of three options to fulfill the foreign language requirement:

    • Complete second-semester proficiency at the college level in any language other than English,
    • Take an exam to reach second-semester proficiency in any language other than English, or
    • Complete three of the foreign language substitution courses.

    If you already have completed a bachelor’s degree, you can become a certified teacher through our traditional Youth and Community Studies or Applied Movement Science teacher certification routes for non-degree seekers.

    Master of Education plus All-Level Physical Education Teacher Certification

    You can obtain Early Childhood-12th grade physical education teaching certification as part of the master's degree (M.Ed.). This program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in areas other than physical education teacher education.

    Length: 3 semesters

    Starts: Fall and Spring

  • University of Texas Urban Teachers (Bachelor, Master Degrees in English, Social Studies)

    English Undergraduate

    Secondary English teacher certification is now offered through the University of Texas Urban Teachers (UTUT) Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. English teacher candidates will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

    Program: Required Courses

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

    Starts: Students enter the summer before their senior year

    PDS Application Period: January 15 to February 15

    Master of Education Degree Program with Secondary English Teacher Certification

    This degree is tailored for students holding a bachelor’s degree in English or other Humanities disciplines and seeking secondary English teacher certification. English teacher candidates will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

    Only one additional semester of coursework is required to complete the master's degree after completing the PDS.

    Starts: Fall only

    PDS Application Period: Apply to the PDS after first being accepted into the graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction

    Social Studies Undergraduate

    Social studies teacher candidates will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

    Program: Required Courses

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

    Starts: Students enter the summer before their senior year

    PDS Application Period: January 15 to February 15

    Master of Education Degree Program with Secondary Social Studies Teacher Certification

    This degree is tailored for students holding a bachelor’s degree in the social studies disciplines and seeking secondary Social Studies teacher certification. Social studies teacher education candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

    Starts: Fall

    PDS Application Period: Apply to the PDS after first being accepted into the graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction

    Youth and Community Studies with Teacher Certification

    You also have the option to major in Youth and Community Studies while pursuing teacher certification in either English or Social Studies. YCS majors will complete the University of Texas Urban Teachers professional development sequence.


Teacher Certification Programs in Other Colleges

The length, starting semesters, and application periods below refer to the part that is tracked by the College of Education in order to recommend students for teacher certification.  If you are interested in teacher certification in one of these areas, you should contact the advising office in the College of Natural Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, or College of Fine Arts.

You may be required to submit a separate application for the program prior to submitting a PDS application to the College of Education.

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

    The EC - 6 ESL/Core Subject /Generalist program is designed for students seeking Texas certification to teach in elementary school classrooms, with a focus on learning theory, elementary school content, ESL, and teaching methods.

    Degree Plans: 2018-2020, 2016-2018, 2014-2016, 2012-2014

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

    Starts: Summer, Fall, and Spring

    PDS Application Periods: February 1 to March 1 (Summer and Fall) or September 1 to October 1 (Spring)

    PDS Admission Requirements

    • A completed application by the stated deadlines,
    • minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours taken,
    • completion of prerequisite coursework (M 316K and all major coursework on the degree plan with a minimum grade of "C" or above), and
    • selection by an Admissions Committee.

    The PDS is an intensive program that requires specific prerequisites before applying. Please view the degree plan for the sequence of courses you will take.

    If you already have completed a bachelor’s degree, you can become a certified teacher through our traditional EC-6 Core Subjects/Generalist program as a non-degree seeker.

  • Early Childhood-6th Core Subjects/Generalist, Bilingual Education

    The EC - 6th grade Core Subjects/Generalist, Bilingual Education Teacher Certificate Program is designed for students seeking Texas certification to teach in a general elementary classroom or a bilingual classroom. This program focuses on teaching Spanish speaking children, and fluency in Spanish is required.

    Degree Plans: 2018-2020, 2016-2018, 2014-2016, 2012-2014

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

    Starts: Spring only

    PDS Application Periods: September 1 to October 1

    PDS Admission Requirements

    Please note this program also requires the successful application to and completion of a foundations semester before entering the PDS.

    • minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours taken,  
    • completion of prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of “C” or above (M 316K and all major coursework), and
    • selection by an Admissions Committee.

    The PDS is an intensive program that requires specific prerequisites before applying. Please view the degree plan for the sequence of courses you will take.

    If you already have completed a bachelor’s degree, you can become a certified teacher through our traditional EC-6 Core Subjects/Generalist Bilingual Education program as a non-degree seeker.

  • Special Education (Undergraduate, High Incidence Disabilities Master’s)

    Undergraduate Program

    The All-Level (Early Childhood-12th grade) Special Education Teacher Certification Program (SED) is designed to prepare prospective educators to teach in a variety of settings. Teachers learn to educate individuals with disabilities including children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities, as well those with severe and/or multiple disabilities.

    Degree Plans: 2018-2020, 2016-2018, 2014-2016, 2012-2014

    Length: 4 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Intern III, Student Teacher)

    Starts: Fall only

    PDS Application Period: February 1 to March 1

    Program Requirements

    The PDS is an intensive program that requires specific prerequisites before applying. Please view the degree plan for the sequence of courses you will take.

    Please note this program also requires the successful application to and completion of a foundations semester before entering the PDS.

    The Special Education PDS only begins in a fall semester and lasts four semesters. PDS admission requirements include:

    • minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours taken,
    • completion of prerequisite coursework (M 316K), and
    • selection by an Admissions Committee.

    If you already have completed a bachelor’s degree, you can become a certified teacher through our traditional All Level Special Education program as a non-degree seeker.

    High Incidence Disabilities Master's Degree with All-Level Special Education Teacher Certification

    A master's degree with teacher certification in Special Education is offered through the Department of Special Education.

    Length: 4 semesters; Students must first be accepted into the graduate program in the Department of Special Education.

    PDS Application Period: Apply to the PDS after first being accepted into the graduate program in Special Education

  • Physical Education

    Undergraduate Options

    While students could major in any Kinesiology and Health Education program, the Applied Movement Science program provides the best fit for preparing students for positions as physical education teachers at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels.

    Degree Plans: 2018-2020, 2016-2018

    The Youth and Community Studies major provides another route for students to become certified all-level physical education teachers.

    Degree Plans: 2018-2020, 2016-2018, 2014-2016, 2012-2014

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, and Student Teacher)

    Starts: Fall and Spring

    PDS Application Period: September 1 to October 1, February 1 to March 1

    Program Requirements

    • Current students must have a minimum UT GPA of 2.0 to enter the major, but a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours to enter the PDS,
    • Students must take KIN 352K Sport Pedagogy before applying to the PDS, and
    • selection by an Admissions Committee.

    Foreign Language Requirement

    Students majoring in Applied Movement Science are only required to complete a foreign language requirement if they do not have two or more years of foreign language in high school. Students without two years of high school foreign language coursework must earn credit for the second college-level course in a foreign language; this credit does not count towards the degree.

    Students majoring in Youth and Community Studies may choose one of three options to fulfill the foreign language requirement:

    • Complete second semester proficiency at the college level in any language other than English,
    • Take an exam to reach second semester proficiency in any language other than English, or
    • Complete three of the foreign language substitution courses.

    If you already have completed a bachelor’s degree, you can become a certified teacher through our traditional Youth and Community Studies or Applied Movement Science teacher certification routes for non-degree seekers.

    Master of Education plus All-Level Physical Education Teacher Certification

    You can obtain Early Childhood-12th grade physical education teaching certification as part of the master's degree (M.Ed.). This program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in areas other than physical education teacher education.

    Length: 3 semesters

    Starts: Fall and Spring

  • University of Texas Urban Teachers (Bachelor, Master Degrees in English, Social Studies)

    English Undergraduate

    Secondary English teacher certification is now offered through the University of Texas Urban Teachers (UTUT) Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. English teacher candidates will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

    Program: Required Courses

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

    Starts: Students enter the summer before their senior year

    PDS Application Period: January 15 to February 15

    Master of Education Degree Program with Secondary English Teacher Certification

    This degree is tailored for students holding a bachelor’s degree in English or other Humanities disciplines and seeking secondary English teacher certification. English teacher candidates will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

    Only one additional semester of coursework is required to complete the master's degree after completing the PDS.

    Starts: Fall only

    PDS Application Period: Apply to the PDS after first being accepted into the graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction

    Social Studies Undergraduate

    Social studies teacher candidates will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

    Program: Required Courses

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

    Starts: Students enter the summer before their senior year

    PDS Application Period: January 15 to February 15

    Master of Education Degree Program with Secondary Social Studies Teacher Certification

    This degree is tailored for students holding a bachelor’s degree in the social studies disciplines and seeking secondary Social Studies teacher certification. Social studies teacher education candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings.

    Length: 3 semesters (Intern I, Intern II, Student Teacher)

    Starts: Fall

    PDS Application Period: Apply to the PDS after first being accepted into the graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction

    Youth and Community Studies with Teacher Certification

    You also have the option to major in Youth and Community Studies while pursuing teacher certification in either English or Social Studies. YCS majors will complete the University of Texas Urban Teachers professional development sequence.