The University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler   •   Longview   •   Palestine
A centerpiece for learning,
culture and natural beauty
UT Tyler School of Education

UT Tyler School of Education - Undergraduate

Secondary (Grades 7-12) Certification

Certification at the secondary level (grades 7-12) may be achieved by earning a degree in one or more teaching specializations and completing certification requirements. Students seeking to be certified to teach at the high school level should pursue this certification level. For further information regarding admission requirements and professional development coursework required of students seeking certification, please schedule an appointment with our education advisor.

Students wishing to be certified to teach in Texas secondary schools (grades 7-12) must complete the following:

  1. Completion of baccalaureate core curriculum requirements.

  2. Degree requirements, as listed in the appropriate area of the catalog, in a teaching field appropriate to the public schools of Texas (see Teaching Specializations below).

  3. 18 hours of professional development courses, including EDUC 1301, EPSY 3340, EDSP 3351, EDUC 4320, EDFB 4338, EDUC 4312/4315, and EDUT 4370.

  4. Six semester hours of Student Teaching (EDUC 4640) along with the Student Teaching Seminar (EDUC 4057).

  5. UTeach has seven semester hours of Student Teaching (EDUC 4640) along with Apprentice Teaching Seminar (EDUT 4170).

Certification Options

Teaching specializations and certification options are approved by the State Board for Educator Certification. Students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in appropriate fields may be certified to teach at the secondary level.

Secondary Specializations:

Secondary Educator Preparation Program

Phase I Phase II Phase III Phase IV
EDUC 1301 EDSP 3351 EDUC 4312/4315*, EDUT 4370 EDUC 4057/EDUT 4170
EPSY 3340 EDUC 4320 EDFB 4338 EDUC 4640

NOTE:  All required courses for this degree program are offered each fall and spring semester 


*Please note that Art, Kinesiology, and Music degree plans leading to EC-12 certification in those subjects have their own methods courses built into the degree plan and will therefore not be enrolling in the second Phase III course. Spanish majors will take the English/Language Arts (EDUC 4312) methods course.

IMPORTANT: Use either the School of Education Undergraduate Handbook or the School of Education Post-baccalaureate Handbook as a guide throughout the program.

For complaints about this certification educator preparation program, please follow the policy outlined in the Certification Program's Complaint Policy.