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UH Certification Program

Undergraduates Pursuing Teacher Certification

Undergraduates pursuing initial certification on the Elementary and Middle school level must meet Bachelor of Science degree requirements for the Teaching and Learning or the Human Development and Family Studies (with certification) major and the teacher education program requirements. The Teaching and Learning major includes the following certification areas:

  • EC-6 Generalist
  • EC-6 Bilingual
  • EC-6 Generalist /Special Education
  • 4-8 ELAR, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies.
  • The HDFS major includes EC-6 Generalist certification only.

Undergraduates pursuing Secondary and All-level certification must declare a major in the specific teaching area and declare a minor in Education with certification. A general education minor without certification is offered for undergraduates, who do not want to be a certified teacher. Minoring in education requires that students meet all teacher education program requirements. Please see a Teacher Education advisor for a list of certification areas.

General Guidelines for undergraduates entering the Teacher Education Program

  1. Declare a major in Teaching & Learning or a major in the specific area of interest
  2. Have overall gpa of 2.5 to enter the program, maintain that 2.5 gpa throughout the program and complete all education courses with a C- or better.
  3. Apply for each phase within the teacher education program and meet eligibility requirements. See Teacher Education Handbook
  4. Complete field –based requirements
  5. Pass all benchmarks
  6. Complete all coursework and  Student Teaching
  7. Complete all state exams. Prior approval from the certification officer is required.
  8. Apply for graduation and certification.

Post Baccalaureate Pursuing Teacher Certification

Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Students who wish to pursue initial educator certification only

  1. Must complete a short certification survey in order to apply for a certification plan. PB students must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least a gpa of 2.5 in the last 60 hours of complete coursework to apply.
  2. Non-UH students must apply through UH Admissions office. Current and former students that have interrupted their enrollment in the last 13 months must re-apply as a former student to the university before enrollment is allowed.
  3. After submission of the certification plan application you will receive a copy of your plan in approximately two weeks outlining all required coursework for the teaching area and level chosen.
  4. See a Teacher education advisor for an explanation of the plan and course enrollment.
  5. After receiving your plan you may petition course substitutions by submitting a certification plan petition if necessary. 
  6. Apply for each phase within the teacher education program and meet eligibility requirements See Teacher Education Handbook.
  7. Complete field –based requirements.
  8. Pass all benchmarks.
  9. Complete all coursework and Student Teaching or other options as designated on certification plan.
  10. Complete all state exams. Prior approval by the certification officer is required.
  11. Apply for certification.

Graduate Students Pursuing Teacher Certification

Graduate students admitted to a graduate professional program pursuing initial educator certification with a Master’s degree or a professional educator certification must:

  1. Must be accepted into a College of Education graduate degree program.
  2. Must complete a short certification survey in order to apply for a certification plan. PB students must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least a gpa of 2.5 in the last 60 hours of complete coursework to apply.
  3. After submission of the certification plan application you will receive a copy of your plan in approximately two weeks outlining all required coursework.
  4. See your Academic Advisor if you have questions about your Masters courses.
  5. After receiving your plan you may petition course substitutions by submitting a Certification Plan Petition, if necessary.
  6. Complete all coursework.
  7. Complete state exams. Prior approval by the certification officer is required.
  8. Apply for certification.