Educator & Professional Certification Program
UTSA is approved by the State Board for Educator Certification to recommend students for teaching certificates in various baccalaureate degree areas. Students seeking a standard teaching certificate or seeking certification endorsements should apply for admission to the certification program through the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) Advising and Certification Center. Applicants may be either degree-seeking or special students.
Undergraduates seeking elementary teacher certification must complete the Interdisciplinary Studies degree as outlined in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog. Individuals seeking secondary certification should complete the bachelor's degree requirements in their academic specialization while coordinating with the COEHD Advising and Certification Center to fulfill certification requirements.
Texas Educator Certifications
Early Childhood - 6th Grade Certification:
Grades 4 - 8 Certification:
- Bilingual + Core Subjects
- English as a Second Language + Core Subjects
- Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies
Secondary Certification (7th - 12th Grade):
- Computer Science & Technology (pending)
- English Language Arts and Reading
- Social Studies
- Life Science
- Physical Science
All level Certification (Early Childhood - 12th Grade):
Students must be in good standing with the UTSA
Students seeking admission to the Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program (Program) who have ever been referred to UTSA's Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS) may have those referrals and the outcomes of those referrals considered by the Associate Dean for Teacher Education (Associate Dean) in determining whether to grant admission to the Program. Admission is at the discretion of the Associate Dean.
Students requesting admission to the Program who have cases pending with the SCCS will not be admitted until the SCCS case has been fully adjudicated.
Clear criminal history
The teacher preparation program at UTSA requires field work in the public schools. This requires that a student be able to pass a criminal background check conducted by the school districts. It is the responsibility of the student to determine if their criminal history background will present a problem before applying for admission to the teacher preparation program.
Note that students with a problematic criminal history will encounter difficulty in completing any field work requirements and therefore, may not be able to complete the program. Questions about criminal history background checks can be referred to the Office of Teacher Education services.
Effective Sept. 1, 2017, a $55 TEA fee will be charged to the teacher candidate's account. This fee is absorbed by the Texas Education Agency and is not used by the University of Texas at San Antonio. It is a one-time, non-refundable fee that will be charged at the time of admission.
- Attain junior standing (60 semester credit hours)
- Complete all core requirements
- Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work completed
- Have completed 12-15 hours of content coursework. Math and Science certification tracks must have 15 hours completed
- TSI MET or Passing scores on the SAT or ACT*
- SAT: Composite score of 1070 or higher
- ACT: Composite score of 23 or higher
* Exam scores cannot be mixed and matched
- Earn a "C-" or better in WRC 1023.
- Demonstrate English Language Proficiency. Earn a "C-" or better in a public speaking course (WRC 1013, COM 1043, COM 1053, COM 2123, COM 2113. Credit for WRC 1013 through AP or CLEP will not be accepted.
- Read and Sign the Code of Ethics. Students will need to turn in the last page of the Code of Ethics signed and dated to MB 3.214.
- Read and Sign the Criminal History Policy
- Pass the Teacher Candidate Admission Quiz with a 72 or higher. Students will need to turn in the Score Report to MB 3.214.
- EC-6 BBL and 4-8 BBL will be required to have taken the ALPS test.