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Initial Teacher Certification

If you have already graduated with your bachelor's degree, you can still pursue initial teacher certification. The program, offered through the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP), produces highly qualified teachers who are certified to teach in Texas public, charter, and private EC­–12 schools. You can take a teacher certification plan as a stand-alone program or as part of a master's degree (master's degree + certification).

Stand-Alone Certifications

The Graduate College application requirements are listed below. Once your teacher certification application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP). If admitted, you must submit a second application to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP).

Eligibility Requirements for Teacher Certification
According to the Texas Education Agency, there are specific requirements for becoming a classroom teacher. In addition to the application requirements for the master’s degree, you must also meet the eligibility requirements posted by the Educator Preparation Program.

Standard Teacher Certifications

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

  The standard teacher certification programs have a firm deadline.

Standard Certification Contact
Office of Educator Preparation (OEP)
Education Building, Room 2016

Master's Degree + Initial Certification Programs

This teacher certification plan is offered as part of a master's degree program. As a result, applications will be reviewed by each degree program's graduate advisor. Click on the programs below to view the graduate advisor, deadline, and application requirement information. Once you are admitted, please request a certification plan from the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP) for more information.

Master's Program Certification Program
Elementary Education 4–8 English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies
Elementary Education 4–8 Science
Elementary Education 4–8 Math
Elementary Education 4–8 Generalist
Elementary Education EC–6 Core Subjects ESL
Elementary Education EC–6 Core Subjects Bilingual
Elementary Education – Teacher Recruitment Program EC–6 Core Subjects ESL
Secondary Education Student-selected
Secondary Education – Teacher Recruitment Program Student-selected
Special Education EC–12 Special Education

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


  Review important information about the online application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $35 nonrefundable Texas Education Agency technology fee (if offered admission)
    and either
  • $20 nonrefundable application fee
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Review important information about application fees.

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA on your last 60 hours of course work toward degree content courses
  • evidence of course work in reading, written communication, critical thinking, mathematics, and oral communication

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required

Documents required for standard teacher certification applicants

The Graduate College does not require any documents for the standard teacher certification programs. Contact the OEP office for any certification-specific requirements.

TOEFL Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores with minimum individual scores of
    • 22 listening
    • 22 reading
    • 24 speaking
    • 21 writing

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review important information about official test scores.