UT Tyler Initial Teacher Certifications - Online!
Start Teacher Education Preparation (STEP)
We offer several online Initial Teacher Certifications at UT Tyler. Please be sure to contact the advisor, Ms. Ginny Fender at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone the Office of Educator Certification (903.566.7053) for guidance, support, and preparation toward the attainment of your online teacher certification. The advisor will guide you in choosing the correct major, or you can view this list of majors. The Office of Educator Certification website provides general certification information, lists the types of certifications available, requirements for certification, and how to apply for your certificate after you've completed your UT Tyler coursework and testing. Some STEP programs are now offered 100% online.
NOTE: Please visit the STEP website before your first advising appointment for a list of requirements and documents needed for the meeting.
NOTE: When applying to the program, Certificate, Internship, and Education professional development students must not select No Degree Sought (Graduate) or Post Baccalaureate Students for your major on the Apply Texas application, since selecting these will delay the processing of your certification application. The table below will show you which major to select in Apply Texas, based on your educational track.
Application instructions for Non-Degree Seeking Education Majors:
- Go to www.applytexas.org
- After creating a username/password and filling out your profile, log in and
- Select: Start a New Application
- Select: Create a new graduate school admissions application
- Target University: University of Texas at Tyler
- Application Type: Graduate US
- Semester of Entry: select appropriate semester
- Select: continue
- Select your major under the correct GRADUATE College
- Please Note: You must apply by the posted deadline.
Choose This Major in Apply TexasIf this describes your educational track
Student Teaching Students who have graduated without student teaching, but need student teaching for the completion of their teaching certificate. These hours are 'certification only'. Internship Teacher Certification Students who wish to take the 6 hr. internship EDIN courses; one is taken in the fall and one in the spring. These hours are 'certification only' and will not apply toward a degreeEducator Certification ProgramPost-baccalaureate students in education seeking teacher certification onlyThe following majors are NOT Initial Teacher CertificationsProfessional CertificationStudents seeking professional development, but not a degree. Reading Recovery students should select this majorEducational DiagnosticiansStudents with a master's degree seeking an Educational Diagnostician professional certificate onlyReading SpecialistStudents with a master's degree seeking a Reading Specialist professional certificate onlyMaster Reading TeacherDoes not require a master's degree; this is a professional development program that results in the Master Reading Teacher teaching certificatePrincipal - Texas onlyStudents with a master's degree seeking a Principal professional certificate.Superintendent - Texas onlyStudents with a master's degree seeking a Superintendent professional certificate onlyEducational AdministrationStudents seeking a master's degree and a Principal CertificateCurriculum & Instruction MEdStudents seeking a master's degree in Curriculum; usually does not result in an additional teaching certificateEarly Childhood Education MA/MEdStudents seeking a master's degree in Curriculum; usually does not result in an additional teaching certificate, with some exceptionsReading MA/MEdStudents seeking a master's degree in Reading and a Reading Specialist certificateSpecial Education MA/MEdStudents seeking a master's degree in Special Education and an Educational Diagnostician certificate