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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 step@uttyler.edu, 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, and all are eligible for financial aid.

NOTE: Please visit the STEP website before your first advising appointment for a list of requirements and documents needed for the meeting.

NOTE: Certificate, Internship, and Education professional development students must not select Graduate Non-Degree Seeking or Post Baccalaureate Non-Degree Seeking for your major on the ApplyYourself application, since selecting these will delay the processing of your certification application. The table below will show you which major to select based on your educational track.

Application instructions for Non-Degree Seeking Education Majors:

  • Go to The Graduate School home page
  • Click on the Apply Now button
  • Click the Create Account button
  • After filling out your profile and creating a username/password, log in
  • Click: Start Application
  • Choose “U.S. Graduate”
  • Select your major under COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND PSYCHOLOGY (use the chart below to find your major)
  • Select the applicable term of entry

Please Note: You must apply by the posted deadline.


Choose This Major in ApplyYourself

If this describes your educational track

Student Teaching Non-Degree Seeking

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 degree

Teacher Certification (STEP)

Post-baccalaureate students in education seeking teacher certification only

The following majors are NOT Initial Teacher Certifications

Educational Diagnosticians - Certification Only

Students with a master's degree seeking an Educational Diagnostician professional certificate only

Reading Specialist

Students with a master's degree seeking a Reading Specialist professional certificate only

Reading - Master Reading Teacher Certificate

Does not require a master's degree; this is a professional development program that results in the Master Reading Teacher teaching certificate

Principal Certification - Texas only

Students with a master's degree seeking a Principal professional certificate.

Superintendent Certification - Texas only

Students with a master's degree seeking a Superintendent professional certificate only

Educational Administration MEd

Students seeking a master's degree and a Principal Certificate

Curriculum And Instruction MEd

Students seeking a master's degree in Curriculum; usually does not result in an additional teaching certificate

Reading MEd

Students seeking a master's degree in Reading and a Reading Specialist certificate

Educational Diagnostician/Special Education MEd & Certification

Students seeking a master's degree in Special Education and an Educational Diagnostician certificate

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