Types of Certification

Initial Certification

Students may earn an Initial Teacher’s Certificate (also called a Provisional Certificate), while simultaneously earning an undergraduate degree. Students cannot earn a Teacher’s Certificate from the University of Texas without a bachelor’s degree . In an effort to help students become successful educators, the University of Texas at Austin offers certification programs in many fields of study.

Each program contains different requirements and deadlines, and this results in varying times of completion.  Students should speak with an advisor about the specific deadlines of each program.

Levels of Certification

Each program offers one level certification, not all levels are available through all programs.

  1. Early Childhood to Sixth Grade Certification: Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade.

  2. Middle Grades Certification: Enables students to teach fourth through eighth grade.

  3. Secondary Certification: Enables students to teach eighth through twelfth grade.

  4. All-level Certification: Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Please review the Certification Program Listing page for a complete list of available undergraduate certification programs.

Post-Baccalaureate Certification

Post-Baccalaureate Certification is for students who have already earned an undergraduate degree or higher, and wish to earn a teacher’s certificate.  Students may certify in a field of study that differs from their undergraduate degree.

Students applying to the Post-Baccalaureate programs will apply to the Office of Admissions as a transfer student.  Post-Bacc students are classified as: degree-holders, certification seekers. Each program contains different requirements and deadlines, and this results in varying times of completion.  Students should speak with an advisor regarding specific program deadlines.

Levels of Certification

Each program offers one level certification, not all levels are available through all programs.

  1. Early Childhood to Sixth Grade Certification: Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade.

  2. Middles Grades Certification: Enables students to teach fourth through eighth grade.

  3. Secondary Certification: Enables students to teach eighth through twelfth grade.

  4. All-level Certification: Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Please review the Certification Program Listing page for a complete list of available Post-Baccalaureate programs.

Initial Certification

Students may earn an Initial Teacher’s Certificate (also called a Provisional Certificate), while simultaneously earning a graduate degree. Students cannot apply to these degree programs unless they already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States**. In an effort to help students become successful educators, the University of Texas at Austin offers certification programs in many fields of study.

Levels of Certification

Each program offers one level certification, not all levels are available through all programs.

  • Secondary Certification: Enables students to teach eighth through twelfth grade.
  • All-level Certification: Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Please review the Certification Program Listing page for a complete list of available undergraduate certification programs.

** Students who have earned their bachelor degree from a college or university in a country other than the United States will need to have their transcripts evaluated and should speak to a graduate advisor before applying.

Professional Certification

The University of Texas offers multiple Professional Certification Programs.  Professional Certificates are for educators who have already earned their undergraduate degree or higher, and their initial teacher’s certificate.  Please note that in the state of Texas some Professional Certificates require a minimum of two years teaching experience.  Please contact a department advisor to learn the specific program requirements.

Please review the Certification Program Listing page for a complete list of available Professional programs.

These are certification programs NOT offered through the University of Texas at Austin.

Alternative Certification

The University of Texas does not offer an alternative certification program (ACP). ACP's allow college graduates to become teachers without graduating from a traditional teacher education program, or without completing a traditional university-based certification program. ACP's have their own State-approved teacher preparation programs. For more information about alternative certification or program locations, please call the Texas Education Agency at (512) 463-9734.

Emergency Certification

Emergency Certification allows an individual holding a bachelor's degree to begin teaching under a deficiency plan until he/she has completed all remaining certification requirements. A candidate for Emergency Certification must work with a university that can sponsor the certification program and simultaneously allow the candidate to work as a teacher. The University of Texas offers certification classes during the day, which makes it impossible to sponsor a deficiency plan for initial certification, as our classes would conflict with the time a teacher is in the classroom.

Last updated on August 20, 2013