UTeach is designed to give both undergraduate students and degree holders the opportunity to explore the profession of teaching in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) in a hands-on way. In the very first semester, students work in pairs to develop and teach a lesson in a local classroom. Learn more about early field experiences in UTeach.
For more details, follow the links in the sidebar. Call 512 232 2770 to make an appointment with a UTeach advisor.
UTeach provides flexible entry points no matter how far along you are in your degree plan.
You do not have to be enrolled in the College of Natural Sciences or major in the Teaching Option to pursue a certification through our program; there are several ways that you can work the required courses into your current degree plan in any college.
For more information, check out the Undergraduate FAQs. Or, call 512 232 2770 to make an appointment with a UTeach advisor.
UTeach students at Austin High School, under the watchful eye of PBI TA Todd Hutner, on a field trip during a PBI lesson.
Transfer students interested in teacher certification in STEM fields at the middle school or high school level should select the College of Natural Sciences when applying. For more information, set up an appointment with a UTeach advisor by calling 512-232-2770. We're happy to talk to prospective students.
UTeach offers anyone with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to complete requirements for certification in middle school or high school STEM fields. Even though your undergraduate degree doesn’t have to be in a STEM field, you do need 15 credit hours in math or science for UTeach to be able to admit you. If your degree is in a STEM field, you may be able to earn certification in as few as three semesters. Visit the Degree Holders page for more information or set up an appointment with a UTeach advisor by calling 512-232-2770.
UTeach does not follow a traditional "cohort" model of educator preparation, where students are admitted as a group and move through the program as a group. Instead, current UT Austin undergraduates are welcome to sign up for UTS 101 (Step 1) and try out teaching. If you decide to continue with the program, you keep taking the required courses at the pace that works for you. Meet with an advisor to plan out your next steps. Call 512 232 2770 to make an appointment.
Although degree-holders apply to UTeach before starting the program, they move through the program in the same way -- at their own pace. UTeach accepts applications for both the fall and spring semesters. Details about applying are available on our degree-holder page.
All students complete all of the required courses -- UTeach classes and content classes (math, chemistry, biology, etc.) -- before Apprentice Teaching. That way, you're ready to focus on that all-important student teaching semester and you're prepared to take the required TExES exams. UTeach faculty, advisors, and staff are there to help you all along the way to certification.
Criminal History Check
All students must undergo a criminal history background check. This is required for all field experiences and before a district can employ you as an educator. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn certification in the state of Texas.
Details about potential eligibility of persons with a criminal history can be found in the Texas Administrative Code, §249.16: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/sbecrules/tac/chapter249/ch249b.pdf
You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a fee for this criminal history Evaluation. More information on the Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation may be found at: https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Investigations/Preliminary_Criminal_History_Evaluation-FAQs/