Initial Teaching Certificate
The College of Education offers initial teacher certification programs for students who have bachelor’s degrees in all undergraduate fields of specialization. See the list of elementary, secondary, and all-level initial certificates in the Undergraduate Studies catalog.
Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and who desire initial certification should apply for a deficiency plan. Selected courses that are required for initial certification may, with the approval of a graduate advisor, be applied toward a master’s degree program. Consult the Teacher Education and Certification Office, 112 Farish Hall, (713) 743-5000, for information and assistance in selecting the appropriate deficiency plan program. Students requiring a deficiency plan may obtain an application from the Teacher Education and Certification Office.
The initial certification requirements are similar to those listed in the Undergraduate Studies catalog. In lieu of the student teaching requirement, students may qualify for an internship program or substitute two years of full-time teaching experience in a school accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification, at the level(s) for which they seek certification, and six semester hours of approved education courses.
Students entering teacher preparation programs after May 1, 1984, are required by state of Texas regulations to have passed the Texas Academic Skills Program prior to being admitted to teacher education. All required sections of this test must be passed before being admitted to the program. Admission criteria are listed in the Undergraduate Studies catalog and are prerequisite to taking the required professional development courses. For specific information about this test, students should call University Testing Services, (713) 743-5444. Graduates of teacher education programs after May 1, 1986, are required by state of Texas regulations to take the Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas upon completion of the program.
Students who plan to pursue a teaching certification program should consult the Teacher Education and Certification Office, 112 Farish Hall, for information about admission requirements and course requirements. Full admission to the Teacher Education program is a prerequisite to enrollment in the beginning certification courses.
All teacher certification transactions, including professional certificates and endorsements, are made through the College of Education. Inquiries should be directed to the Teacher Education and Certification Office, or the appropriate department, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204- 5871.