Undergraduate Teacher Certification



Overview Admission Checklist


Overview


Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program is designed for students interested in becoming certified to teach, have completed all their core requirements, and attained junior standing (60 semester hours) in their field of study. Students seeking initial teacher certification and a bachelor's degree must enroll in a certification degree program. The level of certification is grouped based on the desired grade level and the desired teaching specialty or concentration.



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Early Childhood to Sixth Grade Certification (EC-6)


Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade. EC-6 Bilingual and EC-6 English as a Second Language (ESL) concentrations also offered.

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Middle Grades Certification (4-8)


Enables students to teach fourth through eighth grade with certification in Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies, Mathematics/Science, or generalist. 4-8 Bilingual and 4-8 ESL concentrations also offered.

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Secondary Certification (8-12)


Enables students to teach eighth through twelfth grade in their declared major area.

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All-level Certification (EC-12 Health, PE, Music, Art / EC-12 Special Education)


Enables students to teach pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade in respective discipline. EC-12 Special Education concentration enables students to teach those with special needs.

 





Program Admission Requirements



Student must complete all core requirements and attain junior standing (60 semester credit hours) with a minimum grade point average GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work completed.

Complete 12-15 hours of content coursework. Math and Science certification tracks must have 15 hours completed.
Attain minimum passing scores on one of the following exams:   (Exam scores cannot be mixed and matched).
  • ACCUPLACER:  Reading Comp. - 78; Elementary Algebra - 63; Sentence Skills - 85; Written Essay - 6
  • THEA:  Reading - 230, Math - 230; Writing- 220
  • SAT:  Composite score of 1070 or higher
  • ACT:  Composite score of 23 or higher
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. Teacher Candidates who did not receive an associate's degree.
Teacher Candidates who did not receive an associate's degree or high school diploma from an accredited institution in the United States will be required to take the TOEFL IBT in order to demonstrate proficiency. Required score for TOEFL IBT is a 26 on the oral language section.
Read, date, and sign the Code of Ethics. (deliver completed form to MB 3.214).

EC-6 BBL and 4-8 BBL will be required to have taken the ALPS test.

 

  ** All students entering into UTSA's Teacher Certification Programs Must be in Good Standing with UTSA and Must Pass a Criminal Background Check





Program Entry Checklist



  Degree requirements and certification advising for each program differ as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog
All students should consult with Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center Advisors when enrolling and maintain contact throughout their certification process.
Make sure you meet all program admission requirements.

View the Teacher Certification Information tutorial. ** Note: Please use Internet Explorer to view videos

 

EC-6, 4-8 and Special Education EC-6 Bilingual and 4-8 Bilingual Secondary, EC-12 Heath, PE, Music and Art
IDS Tutorial
IDS Tutorial (Hearing Impaired)
BBL Tutorial
BBL Tutorial (Hearing Impaired)
SEC Tutorial
SEC Tutorial (Hearing Impaired)

 

Take a quick quiz and fill out an online application.
Read, date, and sign the Code of Ethics.

Deliver completed form to MB 3.214.

 

  ** All students entering into UTSA's Teacher Certification Programs Must be in Good Standing with UTSA and Must Pass a Criminal Background Check