UT Tyler

UT Tyler School of Education

How do I get started in "STEP"?

Note: Any Texas resident with a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university is eligible for this program. Clinical experiences in a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved school are required throughout the fall and spring semesters.

      1. Request a certification plan. The certification plan tells you what courses you need to take to earn your teacher certificate.

        To request a certification plan through the mail, complete a certification plan request form and send it to Ms. Virginia Fender along with a complete set of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. The minimum cumulative GPA for admission into the STEP program is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. After you receive your plan, it is recommended that you meet with your advisor prior to starting the program. To make an appointment with Ms. Fender for a certification plan or an advising meeting, contact her assistant, Ms. Cindy Sprayberry, csprayberry@uttyler.edu or 903.566.7053.

        Certification Plan Request Form (Word Format)
        Certification Plan Request Form (PDF Format)
      2. Apply to the university through our online application.

        Send official transcripts to:
        The Office of Graduate Admissions
        The University of Texas at Tyler
        3900 University Boulevard, ADM 35
        Tyler, Texas 75799

        The minimum cumulative GPA for admission into the STEP program is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

      3. Once you have submitted your admission materials, please contact the Coordinator of Admissions to Online Graduate Programs for a brief telephone/Skype interview.

      4. Students seeking EC-6 certification will adhere to all published deadlines for the
        undergraduate program. (The EC-6 post-baccalaureate program is not delivered online.)

      5. Students entering the STEP program must adhere to deadlines listed below.

        STEP Deadlines:
        April 15 - (or Published Summer Graduate Admission Deadline) - Admission to the university
        May 1 - First payment due
        May 15 - Deadline for creation of a certification plan
        June 1 – Begin STEP modules
        Deadline to pass content TExES by PACT: http://cms.texes-ets.org/epp/epppact/ -- Contact the Certification Office.
        Deadline for admission to the School of Education STEP program. -- Contact the Certification Office

International Applicants: If the applicant's bachelor's degree is from a non-US institution, it must be evaluated by a service on this list. Also, a total ibt TOEFL score of 79 with a speaking subsection score of 26 or higher is necessary for admission.

If you have any questions or concerns about the certification plan, please contact the Office of Teacher Certification at 903.566.7053.

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