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Initial Teacher Certification

If you have already graduated with your bachelor's degree, you can still pursue initial teacher certification. The program, offered through the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP), produces highly qualified teachers who are certified to teach in Texas public, charter, and private Pre-K­–12 schools. You can take a teacher certification plan as stand-alone program or as part of a master's degree (master's degree + certification).

Stand-Alone Certifications

The Graduate College application requirements are listed below. Once your teacher certification application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP). If admitted, you must submit a second application to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP).

Standard teacher certifications

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

  The standard teacher certification programs have a firm deadline.

Standard Certification Contact
Office of Educator Preparation (OEP)
Education Building, Room 2016

Master's Degree + Initial Certification Programs

This teacher certification plan is offered as part of a master's degree program. As a result, applications will be reviewed by each degree program's graduate advisor. Click on the programs below to view the graduate advisor, deadline, and application requirement information. Once you are admitted, you must contact the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP) for more information regarding the certification plan application, process and requirements. 

Master's Program Certification Program
Elementary Education 4–8 English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies
Elementary Education 4–8 Science
Elementary Education 4–8 Math
Elementary Education 4–8 Generalist
Elementary Education EC–6 Generalist ESL
Elementary Education EC–6 Generalist Bilingual
Elementary Education – Teacher Recruitment Program EC–6 Generalist ESL
Physical Education EC–12 Physical Education 
Secondary Education Student-selected
Secondary Education – Teacher Recruitment Program Student-selected
Special Education EC–12 Special Education

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration for initial certification programs are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $10 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA on your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required

Documents required for standard teacher certification applicants

The Graduate College does not require any documents for the standard teacher certification programs. Contact the OEP office for any certification-specific requirements.

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload (GADU) tool to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your NetID.

TOEFL Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores with minimum individual scores of
    • 22 listening
    • 22 reading
    • 24 speaking
    • 21 writing

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.