Middle or High School Teacher

A diverse group of high school students collaborate on a project.

For the most part, 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 lead to a 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)

I Want to Teach I Need to Major in In the College of
English Language Arts & Reading Applied Learning & Development - Youth and Community Studies
(Also see University of Texas Urban Teachers)
OR
Content Area, e.g., English
Education
OR
Liberal Arts
Life Sciences Biology Natural Sciences
Mathematics Math Natural Sciences
Composite Science Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology Natural Sciences
Social Studies Applied Learning & Development - Youth and Community Studies
(Also see University of Texas Urban Teachers)
OR
Content Area, e.g., History
Education
OR
Liberal Arts

Secondary School (Grades 7 – 12 Certification)

I Want to Teach I Need to Major in In the College of
Chemistry Chemistry Natural Sciences
Computer Science Computer Science Natural Sciences
English Language Arts & Reading Applied Learning & Development - Youth and Community Studies
(Also see University of Texas Urban Teachers)
OR
Content area, e.g., English
Education
OR
Liberal Arts
Life Sciences Biology Natural Sciences
Mathematics Math Natural Sciences
Mathematics/Physics Math or Physics Natural Sciences
Physical Science Chemistry or Physics Natural Sciences
Composite Science Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology Natural Sciences
Social Studies Applied Learning & Development - Youth and Community Studies
(Also see University of Texas Urban Teachers)
OR
Content Area
Education
OR
Liberal Arts

All-level (Early Childhood through Grade 12 Certification)

I Want to Teach I Need to Major in In the College of
Special Education Applied Learning and Development - All-level Special Education Education
Art, Music, Theatre, Dance Art, Music, Theatre, or Dance Fine Arts
Languages Other Than English The language you wish to teach Liberal Arts
Physical Education
(Kinesiology)
Applied Learning and Development - Youth and Community Studies 
OR
Applied Movement Science
Education