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).
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
|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.
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 – Teacher Recruitment Program||Student-selected|
|Special Education||EC–12 Special Education|
The items required for admission consideration for initial certification programs are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.
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 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.
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.