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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, 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
  • 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
of Education and Psychology (use the chart below to find your major)

  • Please Note: You must apply by the posted deadline.


    Choose This Major in Apply Texas

    If 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 degree
    Educator Certification Program
    Post-baccalaureate students in education seeking teacher certification only
    The following majors are NOT Initial Teacher Certifications
    Educational Diagnosticians
    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
    Master Reading Teacher
    Does not require a master's degree; this is a professional development program that results in the Master Reading Teacher teaching certificate
    Principal - Texas only
    Students with a master's degree seeking a Principal professional certificate.
    Superintendent - Texas only
    Students with a master's degree seeking a Superintendent professional certificate only
    Educational Administration
    Students seeking a master's degree and a Principal Certificate
    Curriculum & 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
    Special Education MEd
    Students seeking a master's degree in Special Education and an Educational Diagnostician certificate