Texas Teacher Certification Program Requirements and Information

Jul 31, 2019

The Texas area has roughly 115 schools that offer teaching programs. Get some information about the programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Essential Information

Individuals interested in becoming teachers in the state of Texas must complete a certification preparation program. Although the schools themselves don't confer certification, the programs offered prepare individuals to sit for the state's requisite exams.

Bachelor's degree, master's degree and post-baccalaureate programs are widely available that focus on an age group of students, such as pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade or fourth through eighth grade. Some programs also require the choice of a teaching subject area. Most teacher certification programs also require that students gain practical experience in a classroom at an area school.

University of Houston

Established in 1927, the University of Houston offers several teacher certification programs. One option is the Quality Urban Education for Students and Teachers (QUEST) Teacher Certification program for post-baccalaureate or graduate students, which includes three phases and culminates in student teaching. There are other programs that work in accordance with the QUEST teacher preparation program, including those preparing graduates to teach early childhood through sixth grade, fourth through eighth grade or eighth through twelfth grade. The latter two programs require the choice of an academic teaching field, such as mathematics, social studies, science or English.

Finally, there's a teacher certification program that prepares graduates to teach all levels from pre-kindergarten through secondary school. Students in this program can tailor the curriculum toward an interest, such as special education, music or interdisciplinary studies.

The University of Texas at Austin

Established in 1883, the University of Texas at Austin offers several teacher certification programs through its College of Education. Culminating in a bachelor's degree or post-baccalaureate certificate for those who already hold a bachelor's degree, one of these programs leads to early childhood to sixth grade generalist certification with or without a bilingual education endorsement. Those in the middle grades and secondary certification programs offered must hold degrees from the university's colleges that offer the major in their selected teaching field, such as mathematics, computer science or language arts.

The school also offers post-baccalaureate programs that prepare graduates to teach all grade levels from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. One program requires a degree in art, music or theatre arts and prepares graduates to teach the same subject. The other program is for those interested in teaching students with special needs.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
University of Houston 4-year, public; large city Quality Urban Education for Students and Teachers (QUEST) Teacher Certification
Early Childhood to Sixth Grade Certification
Fourth to Eighth Grade Teacher Certification
Eighth to Twelfth Grade Teacher Certification
All-Level Teacher Certification
$8,913 (in-state), $21,273 (out-of-state)*
The University of Texas at Austin 4-year, public; large city Early Childhood to Sixth Grade Generalist Certification
Middle Grades Certification
Secondary Certification
Post-Baccalaureate All-Level Art, Music or Theatre Arts
Post-Baccalaureate All-Level Generic Special Education Certification
$10,610 (in-state), $37,580 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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