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Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification – Online

Prepare to Teach Children in Texas

The University of Texas at Tyler offers online post-baccalaureate teacher certification, known as the STEP program, to help students complete the requirements to teach in a Texas classroom. Before students can teach in Texas, they must fulfill three requirements:

  • Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.
  • Complete an accredited certification program such as STEP.
  • Pass required state of Texas certification exams.

In as little as one year, students can complete this online program to fulfill Step 2 of the requirements to teach in Texas.

  • Benefit from a program that is ranked among the top five in Texas for graduating teachers who enjoy lengthy classroom careers.
  • Build your confidence as part of a program that has an excellent reputation for graduating outstanding teachers. Graduates of the STEP program are employed as teachers in Tyler and throughout East Texas.

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Online Teacher Certification Program: Respected. Focused on Excellence.

To enroll in the STEP program, you must first complete a certification plan that clarifies what courses you’ll need and in what areas to complete your certification.

  • Choose from three certification options:

Grades 4 - 8
Grades 7 - 12
All-Level (early childhood – Grade 12), available in specific content areas.

  • Receive training that equips you to teach specific subjects:

Grades 4-8 level specializations are available in English language arts and reading, social studies, math and science.
Grades 7-12 level specializations are available in any traditional subjects such as biology, math, English, chemistry, etc.
EC-12 level specializations
include art, non-English languages, (LOTE-Spanish), music, health education, theater and physical education.

  • Complete a student teaching experience or an internship overseen by your UT Tyler supervisor and a mentor in your sponsoring school.
  • Earn 9-12 credit hours toward a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

Education Faculty: Experienced. Supportive.

  • Take classes with instructors who have been recognized with such honors as Professor of the Year; Golden Apple Educator Award for Best Practices in Staff Development and Curriculum Initiatives; and the Association of Teacher Educators’ President’s Service Award.
  • Learn from professors who are published authors on such topics as Learning Literacy Through the Arts: An Ethnographic Study; Easter Island: Ghosts of Rapa Nui; and Humanities Journey: The Conquered and the Conquerors.
  • Engage in discussions with faculty who regularly share their research findings at the Association of Teacher Educators National Conference; Hawaii International Conference on Education; and other conferences.

More about UT Tyler’s education faculty.

Teacher Certification Courses: Practical. Cutting Edge.

Assessment in Educational Settings – Explore the analysis and application of elements of pre- and post-assessment in educational settings, including learning products and processes, learning environments, and instructional decisions.

Content Literacy in the Secondary School – Undertake a study of the assessment of textbooks, content area reading-study skills, teacher/learner strategies via content reading lessons, assessment procedures, and the development of secondary reading programs.

Graduate Methods: Models of Teaching –Study methodology for secondary teaching disciplines, curriculum, materials and instructional models.

Career Outlook for Teachers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, teachers can anticipate a 13 percent increase in job opportunities through the decade. Prospects are most promising in rural and inner city schools.

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