Initial Teacher Certification
Individuals desiring to teach in accredited public and private schools in Texas must be certified through the Educator Certification and Standards Division of the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The University of Texas at Tyler offers certification programs that lead to certification in:
- Early Childhood-Grade 6 (See the School of Education section of this catalog for degree requirements.)
- Grades 4-8. (See the School of Education section of this catalog for requirements.)
- Grades 8-12. (See the appropriate department section of this catalog for degree requirements. See the Secondary Certification section below for certification requirements.)
- Early Childhood-Grade 12 in Art, Health, Music, and Physical Education. (See the appropriate department section of this catalog for degree requirements. See the All-level Certification section below for certification requirements.)
- Early Childhood-Grade 12 Special Education with EC-6 Generalist. (See the School of Education section of this catalog for requirements.)
Students seeking a teaching certificate concurrently with a bachelor's degree should contact the Advising Center in the School of Education for advisement. Initial teacher certification is available for students seeking a bachelor's degree and for students who have earned a minimum of a bachelor's degree (post-baccalaureate students).
NOTE: Students who have an earned baccalaureate degree and seek teacher certification should contact the Certification Office for advisement. Information on post-baccalaureate initial teacher certification is provided in the Certificates and Supplements section in the graduate portion of the catalog within the College of Education and Psychology section.
Certification Program Completion Requirements:
- Completion of Core Requirements for the degree with a "C" or better in each course;
- Admission to the School of Education (see the School of Education section);
- Completion of all education courses with a "C" or better, and a 2.5 cumulative GPA.;
- A final cumulative GPA of at least 2.5;
- Successful completion of student teaching or internship;
- Successful completion of required TExES.
- Complete Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training.
- Submit to a national criminal history background check.
NOTE: The Division of Certification and Standards of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in conjunction with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) regulates the certification of educators to teach public school children. Working with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the FBI, the Division of Educator Certification and Standards conducts a state and national criminal history background check on all applicants for educator certification, ensuring each candidate's suitability to teach children. Each student applying for certification must be fingerprinted by an authorized agency. TEA will provide a fingerprint packet at the time of the candidate's application. Students pursuing educator preparation should know that conviction for a felony or misdemeanor may lead to denial of teacher certification