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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 program. Don't worry: The certification process is embedded in our program, 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 program includes 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

Updated Summer 2020: We currently offer an undergraduate program that prepares you to earn a bachelor’s degree and become a certified teacher.

  • 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 and want to be a certified teacher.

    As of fall 2020, we are redesigning our graduate-level programs related to teacher certification. Therefore, we are not currently enrolling students who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue teacher certification. Specifically, our teacher certification only program and our post-baccalaureate master’s degree + teacher certification program are not accepting students. Please continue to check this webpage for updates. Contact our Certification Office with questions: uhcert@central.uh.edu

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

Certification office
UH College of Education
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.

CURRENT UH STUDENTS: Learn more about teacher certification.