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Bachelor of Science in Education

Gain Breadth and Depth for Your Teaching Career

You’re ready to pursue your vocation. Draw on knowledge from multiple fields and build expertise in the craft of teaching with a Bachelor of Science in education from The University of Texas at Tyler.

Choose from multiple levels of certification preparation (early childhood through grade 6, grades 4–8 or 7-12 in mathematics, science, social studies or English language arts) in our flexible program, and focus your studies to match your career goals. Learn from expert educators with extensive professional experience, honing your skills through multiple field opportunities. Fulfill requirements for the TExES teacher certification examinations, and look ahead to enriching the classrooms of East Texas as a confident professional educator.

Why Earn a Bachelor’s in Education at UT Tyler?

Few places are as challenging and rewarding as a K–12 classroom. Today’s teachers not only educate and shape the next generation but also create an education system that effectively meets the needs of all students.

That’s why your preparation is so important. UT Tyler’s BS in education equips you for what’s next through:

  • Expert Faculty: Learn the craft from recognized authorities and active scholars in the field of education. Our faculty contribute to the field’s growing body of work through publications including “Promoting Successful Transitions: What We Learn from RTI to Enhance Outcomes for All Students,” “Reading Grade Levels and Mathematics Assessment: An Analysis of Texas Mathematics Assessment Items and Their Reading Difficulty,” and “Pre-Service ELL Science Teacher Preparation in the Southwest United States.”
  • Certification Preparation: Complete coursework and training that fulfill State Board for Educator Certification in Texas standards, and get thorough, hands-on preparation for your exams and the classroom.
  • In-Depth Field Experience: Progress from classroom observation to a full semester of student teaching, and build your confidence as an educator with supervision and input from experienced mentors. 
  • Flexibility: With the education major, you can select early childhood through grade 6 (EC-6), mathematics, science, social studies or language arts in grades 4 through 8 or grades 7-12 as your certification area. Each track further equips you for the English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplement and Special Education (K-12) certification exams.
  • Successful Placement: More than 90% of education program graduates find teaching positions in the East Texas area and statewide.
  • Affordability: Prepare for the classroom without building a burden of debt. UT Tyler’s competitive tuition rates help you earn your degree for less.


The bachelor’s in education is a four-year program that prepares you for a career as a licensed teacher in Texas. The curriculum combines in-depth instruction in the theories and methodologies of effective pedagogy with a broad base of subject-area courses. Structure varies based on the certification area and subject selected.

Whichever focus you choose, in-depth field experiences allow you to practice what you learn and develop your own classroom style under the guidance of both program faculty and seasoned teachers.

Graduate ready to launch your teaching career with:

  • An understanding of developmental psychology and theories of learning.
  • In-depth subject knowledge related to your certification area.
  • Effective strategies for classroom management, lesson preparation and instruction.
  • Broad knowledge in many disciplines that enhances your creativity and perspective.
  • Confidence developed through robust classroom experience.

Review the Curriculum for the BS in Education

What Can You Do With a Bachelor’s in Education?

Step into the classroom confidently with broad-based subject knowledge and mentored, hands-on experience. Join program alumni as a teacher in local school districts, including Tyler, Whitehouse, Chapel Hill and many others. Or, use your skills in private school settings, tutoring and other education-related jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts steady demand for both kindergarten and elementary school and middle school teachers through 2031.

Outside the classroom, leverage your people skills and creativity for a position in the business world, including jobs like:

How to Apply

The University of Texas at Tyler offers a streamlined admissions process for all undergraduate students. Have questions or concerns? Our admissions team can guide you through all requirements and answer any questions you may have. Reflecting our reputation as one of the most affordable colleges in the state, our financial aid team helps you explore all scholarships, grants and other forms of assistance.

For admissions decisions in general:

Start Your Application

The School of Education designed the Bachelor of Science in education degree for students interested in teaching early childhood through grade 6 (EC-6) or mathematics, science, social studies or language arts in grades 4 through grade 8 or grades 7 through 12. Completing program requirements simultaneously prepares teacher candidates for the English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplement and Special Education (K-12) certification exams. For a suggested course of study, please see a School of Education advisor.

Application requirements include:

  • Achieve a sophomore or above status along with successfully completing 15 credit hours in a mathematics, science, social studies or language arts major or 12 credit hours for any other academic major with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.
  • Attend a School of Education Admission orientation session.
  • Schedule an appointment with Ms. Lana Kinney before submitting your School of Education application to make sure you meet all admission requirements.
  • Schedule and complete a successful pre-screen admission interview prior to applying to the School of Education.
  • Pay a $125 admission fee to the School of Education, payable in the Cashier's Office (Enrollment Services Center, ADM 230). At the end of the application form, please upload a copy of your receipt for the SOE Admission Fee. This fee pays for a small part of your field supervision requirement throughout the program.
  • Provide evidence of satisfactory scores on one of these acceptable basic skills tests. Test scores need to be from within the last five years. Please upload scores to the Online School of Education Admission Application.
    • TSI Scores:
      • Reading and Writing: A College Readiness Score (CRC) of 945 with an essay of at least 5 OR a CRC score below 945 and a diagnostic level of 5 or 6 with an essay of at least 5.
      • Mathematics: A College Reading Score (CRC) of 950 OR CRC score below 950 with a diagnostic level of 6.
    • ACT:
      • Composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the Verbal (reading) or Math score.
    • SAT:
      • Math Score: 530
      • Reading and Writing: 480
  • Go to the TEA Website and set up your TEAL (Texas Education Agency Login). You need your TEAL number to apply to the School of Education.
  • Complete the Online School of Education Admission Application once the application window has opened.

If you need further information about the School of Education, feel free to schedule an appointment with Ms. Kinney through our online appointment locator or send her an email. You should meet with her before submitting this application.

See All Admission and Degree Requirements

UT Tyler has established partnerships with community colleges across Texas, allowing for a seamless transfer of your credits. Our relationships let you stick with your degree plan and graduate on time, right on your schedule.

UT Tyler has partnerships with Panola College, Kilgore College and Trinity Valley Community College for students pursuing a BS in education.

Learn More About Transfer Pathways

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

July 1

ApplyTexas application opens for incoming first-year students.

July 15

Deadline for fall Talent Scholarship application.

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens for the upcoming academic year.

December 1

Application deadline to be eligible for scholarships. Deadline for spring Talent Scholarship application.

April 15

Deadline for summer Talent Scholarship application.

May 1

Deadline for Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Transfer Presidential scholarships.

August 1

Deadline for Patriot Promise Scholarship.


Commencement for students in the College of Education and Psychology at The University of Texas at Tyler
Being in the classroom from phase one all the way through phase four has given me the opportunity to see and experience so much. I am so proud to be a student in the education program at UT Tyler.

Samantha Campbell

Next Steps

Your future starts here. Prepare for a teaching career in Texas with a BS in education from UT Tyler.