Grades 8-12 Certification

To complete the 8-12 teaching certificate, the undergraduate candidate must complete the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree that is appropriate for the designated teaching field. These requirements are located in the appropriate academic department. Admission requirements for candidates seeking 8-12 certification are provided in School of Education section following the Certification section of this catalog.

Designated Teaching Fields:

Business Education (6-12)

Life Sciences (8-12)

Chemistry (8-12)

Mathematics (8-12)

Computer Science (8-12)

Physical Sciences (8-12)

English Language Arts and Reading (8-12)

Social Studies (8-12)

History (8-12)

Journalism (8-12)

Speech (8-12)

Technology Education (6-12)

Candidates interested in Math, Life Science, or Chemistry degrees with teacher certification should follow the UTeach UT Tyler degree plans. UTeach is nationally recognized for its success at training highly-qualified teachers and successfully placing them in schools around the country. UTeach is a unique partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Psychology. See School of Education advisor for more information.

Candidates for 8-12 UTeach Math, Life Science, or Chemistry certification must complete the following professional education courses:

Year 1



Step I--Inquiry Approaches to Teaching

EDUT 1170


Step 2--Inquiry Based Lesson Design

EDUT 2170


Year 2



Knowing and Learning in Math/Science

EDUT 3370



HIST 3360 or

PHIL 3361


Year 3



Classroom Interactions

EDUT 3371


Research Methods

BIOL 3360, CHEM 3360, or PHYS 3360


Year 4



Project-Based Instruction

EDUT 4370


Student Teaching

EDUC 4640


Apprentice Teaching Seminar

EDUT 4171





Candidates for all other 8-12 certification must complete the following professional education courses. (See the School of Education Advising Center for details)

8-12 Professional Education Courses:

EDUC 3310 School in the Social Setting

EPSY 3340 Educational Psychology

EDFB 4320 Teaching Skills

EDSP 3351 Diverse Learners

EDUC 4312 Social Studies or

EDUC 4313 Math or

EDUC 4314 Science or

EDUC 4315 Language Arts or

EDUC 4320 Teaching Skills for the Intermediate and Secondary Teacher

EDFB 4338 Literacy in the Content Areas

EDUC 4640 Student Teaching if required

EDUC 4057 Student Teaching Seminar

Take the appropriate pedagogy course, if required

*Student Teaching: Requirements for admission to student teaching are provided in the School of Education section of this catalog.

Professional education courses require related field experiences. These experiences occur in TEA-accredited schools. Individual instructors assign specific course requirements related to field experience. Refer to course descriptions in the university catalog. The School of Education in cooperation with participating school districts assigns students to school placements.

Certification Program Completion Requirements:

  1. Completion of Core Requirements for the degree with a "C" or better in each course;
  2. Admission to the School of Education (see the School of Education section);
  3. Completion of all education courses with a "C" or better, and a 2.5 cumulative GPA;
  4. Completion of appropriate content course requirements including all courses leading to the degree and the required GPA as designated by the content department;
  5. Successful completion of student teaching or internship;
  6. Successful completion of required TExES;
  7. Complete Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training;
  8. Submit to national criminal history background check.