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Teacher Certification

Do you want to teach in Texas? The University of Houston College of Education can help you become a certified teacher through our highly regarded programs. We offer a bachelor's degree or a master's degree option, or a certification-only option.

Don't worry: The certification process is embedded in our programs, so you don’t have to navigate the steps on your own.

You must be certified to work as a public school teacher in Texas in most cases. Private schools can set their own requirements.

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WHY UH?

  • Our programs include a yearlong student-teaching internship, giving you invaluable real-world experience.
  • An overwhelming majority of our students pass the Texas teaching certification exam.
  • We’ve twice won the Distinguished Teacher Education Program Award from the Association of Teacher Educators.
  • The National Council on Teacher Quality also ranks our programs among the nation’s best.

Program Options

We offer three options if you want to become a certified teacher:

  • bachelor’s degree
  • post-baccalaureate (pursue a master's degree and certification)
  • certification only

Incoming freshmen or undergraduate transfer students will want the bachelor’s option.

  • I want a bachelor’s degree, and I want to be a certified teacher.

    You should apply to UH as an undergraduate. Most students will want to major in teaching and learning in the College of Education. Your degree will be a Bachelor of Science. The teacher certification process is embedded in the program, so don't worry.

    Students who want to teach middle school, high school, or the arts (art, dance, music or theatre) should major in the subject area they want to teach.

    See the next question for specifics.

  • What major should I choose to be a teacher?

    For students seeking a bachelor's degree, here's how to choose your major, based on what you want to teach:

    • Early childhood through sixth grade (EC-6) or fourth through eighth grade (4-8):
      • Major in teaching and learning in the College of Education. Your degree will be a Bachelor of Science in teaching and learning. This is the most popular option.
      • Some students opt to major in human development and family studies (HDFS) in the College of Education. In this case, tell your advisor you want to pursue teacher certification. Your degree will be a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in HDFS.
    • Seventh through 12th grade (7-12):
      • Major in the subject you want to teach in the appropriate UH college. Minor in education, with certification, in the College of Education.
    • Special education at any level:
      • Major in teaching and learning in the College of Education. Your degree will be a Bachelor of Science in teaching and learning.
    • Bilingual classes:
      • Major in teaching and learning in the College of Education. Your degree will be a Bachelor of Science in teaching and learning.
      • You will pursue certification in early childhood through sixth grade (EC-6) and take extra state exams for bilingual supplemental certification.
    • Art, dance, music or theatre:
      • Major in your interest area in the UH McGovern College of the Arts. In addition:
        • For art, minor in education, with certification, in the College of Education.
        • For dance, minor in education, with certification, in the College of Education.
        • For music, select the "music education" track in McGovern.
        • For theatre, select the "theatre education" track in McGovern.

    All these programs will guide you through the teaching certification process.

  • I have a bachelor’s. I want a master’s, and I want to be a certified teacher.

    You should apply to UH as a graduate student. You can pick from the following master's degree options in the College of Education and jointly pursue teaching certification:

    • M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, with a subject-area emphasis
      • These areas of emphases are available if you’re interested in pursuing teacher certification: art education; elementary education; math; reading, language arts and literacy; science; and social studies/social education.
    • M.Ed. in special populations, with an emphasis in special education
  • I have at least a bachelor’s and don’t want another degree now. But I want to be a certified teacher.

    You can pursue the College of Education's certification only program, which can be completed in as few as two years. If you're interested in pursuing this option, you must:

    • Apply to UH as an undergraduate.
      • If you graduated with a degree from UH at least 13 months ago, select "readmit, undergraduate" on the online application.
      • If you graduated with a degree from UH within the last year, email coeug@uh.edu. Include your name and PeopleSoft ID number. Put "teaching certification only" in the subject line.
      • If you graduated from a college other than UH, select the option on the undergraduate online application to apply as a transfer student.
    • Sign up to take the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) exam and get a passing score.
      • Be sure not to sign up for a Texas Education Agency (TEA) account while trying to register for the exam. This interferes with the process.
    • Note: Applying does not guarantee admissions. Applicants must meet all requirements.

CERTIFICATION AREAS

UH offers the following certification areas for students who want to be teachers:

  • Core subjects (early childhood - 6th/EC-6)
  • Bilingual supplemental (early childhood - 12th/EC-12)
  • Special education (early childhood - 12th/EC-12)
  • Art (early childhood - 12th/EC-12)
  • Dance (6th - 12th)
  • English language arts (4th - 8th)
  • English language arts (7th - 12th)
  • History (7th - 12th)
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE/Spanish, EC-12)
  • Life science (7th - 12th)
  • Math (4th - 8th)
  • Math (7th - 12th)
  • Music (EC-12)
  • Physics/mathematics (7th - 12th)
  • Science (4th - 8th)
  • Science (7th - 12th)
  • Social studies (4th - 8th)
  • Social studies (7th - 12th)
  • Theater (EC-12)

Contact Us

Feel free to reach out if you need help.

Certification questions

Lauren Topek
Certification officer
Director of accreditation and accountability
UH College of Education
713-743-2485
uhcert@central.uh.edu

Undergraduate program questions

Office of Undergraduate Studies
UH College of Education
713-743-5000
coeug@uh.edu
Ask to speak to an advisor.

Graduate program questions

Samuel Brower
Clinical associate professor
Director of M.Ed. in curriculum & instruction program
713-743-6119
srbrower@uh.edu

CURRENT UH STUDENTS: Learn more about teacher certification.