Teacher Certifications

Educator Certification Preparation Program

Teacher Certification Programs

The following certifications are available through the baccalaureate degrees offered at the university. Note: The state of Texas requires passing the appropriate Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) for certification as a Texas educator.

Early Childhood-6th Grade (EC-6)

Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade (4-8)

Seventh-Twelfth Grade (7-12)

Out of Country Applicants

Out of country applicants to the teacher preparation program must meet ONE of the following:

  • Verification of satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language- Internet Based Test (TOEFL-IBT).  All four portions (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are used to calculate the score.  Only a passing score on the Speaking portion is required at this time.  The acceptable passing score on the Speaking portion is 26.
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree in the U.S.
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree outside of the U.S. where English was the primary language of instruction
  • Verification of three creditable years of teaching experience in an educational setting in the U.S.

 Alternative Certification Program

This program is a route to initial certification for individuals who already hold a baccalaureate degree or above.  Individuals must apply to the Alternative Certification Program through Tk20 to be eligible for this certification route. Note: The University does not tie initial certification to a degree program, but some coursework may apply toward certain master's degrees.

Professional Certification Programs

Individuals must apply to the Professional Certification Program or the Superintendent Program through Tk20.

  • School Counselor.  Professional Certification is available through the Master of Science in School Counseling. For more information on this certification, please contact the Certification Officer. Students may complete this certification within the structure of the Master of Science in School Counseling (see degree worksheet). 
  • Principal Certification.  Students may apply for a Texas certification as an EC-12 School Principal by completing the coursework as part of the Master of Education in Education Administration. Students may complete this certification within the structure of the Master of Education in Education Administration (see degree worksheet). 
  • Superintendent  Certification.  Students may apply for a Texas certification as an EC-12 School Superintendent through satisfactory completion of specified coursework. Note: The university does not tie Superintendent Certification to a degree program but coursework may apply toward the Ed.D. in Education Administration. 
  • Educational Diagnostician.  Students may complete this certification within the structure of the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (see degree worksheet).
  • Reading Specialist.  Students may complete this certification within the structure of the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (see degree worksheet).
  • Master Mathematics Teacher.  Students may complete this certification within the structure of the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (see degree worksheet).
  • Master Technology Teacher.  Students may complete this certification within the structure of the Master of Science in Instructional Technology (see degree worksheet).