Post-Baccalaureate Initial Certification Programs

Initial teacher certification is available for candidates who have a minimum of an earned baccalaureate degree. The following certificates are available at UT Tyler through a post-baccalaureate/alternative route certification program.

Generalist EC-6

4-8 Certification

English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies 4-8

English Language Arts and Reading 4-8

Social Studies 4-8

Mathematics/Science 4-8

Mathematics 4-8

Science 4-8

7-12 Certificates in:

Business Education 12

Chemistry 7-12

Computer Science 7-12

English Language Arts and Reading 7-12

History 7-12

Journalism 7-12

Life Science 7-12

Mathematics 7-12

Physical Science 7-12

Social Studies 7-12

Speech 7-12

Technology Education 6-12

EC-12 Certificates in:

Art EC-12

Health EC-12

Languages other than English-Spanish EC-12

Music EC-12

Physical Education EC-12

Special Education EC-12

Theater EC-12

Individuals desiring to teach in accredited schools in Texas must be certified through the Educator Certification and Standards Division of the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Students who have an earned baccalaureate degree and seek teacher certification should contact the Director of Certification in the School of Education for advisement.

General Admission Requirements for Post-baccalaureate Candidates for Certification:

  1. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75;
  3. A deficiency plan. (See the School of Education);
  4. Admission to the School of Education (see this information in the undergraduate section of the College of Education and Psychology)
  5. Complete an interview with the Coordinator of Admission to Online Graduate Programs.

Program Completion Requirements for Post-baccalaureate Candidates for Certification:

  1. Complete all Professional Education courses and modules with a “C” or better;
  2. Have a final GPA of at least 3.0 in all Professional education courses and modules;
  3. Have a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for all courses on the deficiency plan;
  4. Complete appropriate content course requirements with a “C” or better in each;
  5. Complete clinical experience or internship successfully;
  6. Complete required state certification examinations (TExES) successfully;
  7. Complete Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training;
  8. Submit to a national criminal history background check.

NOTE: The Division of Certification and Standards of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in conjunction with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) regulates the certification of educators to teach public school children. Working with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the FBI, the Division of Educator Certification and Standards conducts a state and national criminal history background check on all applicants for educator certification, ensuring each candidate’s suitability to teach children. Each student applying for certification must be fingerprinted by an authorized agency. TEA will provide a fingerprint packet at the time of the candidate’s application. Students pursuing educator preparation should know that conviction for a felony or misdemeanor may lead to denial of teacher certification.