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 lessons in a local classroom. Learn more about early field experiences in UTeach.
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Schedule a phone or Zoom appointment with a UTeach advisor here. You are also invited to attend one of the following information sessions:
In accord with Section 668.43 of the Federal Register, UTeach has not determined whether preparation by the UTeach program will prepare you for certification in any state but Texas. However Texas has reciprocity agreements with many states that facilitate acquiring teacher certification elsewhere once you have it in Texas.
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. The UTeach program takes a minimum of 4 semesters (fall and spring).
For more information, check out the Undergraduate FAQs.
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. The UTeach program takes a minimum of 4 semesters (fall and spring).
If you hold an undergraduate degree in a STEM field, you may be eligible for the UTeach Accelerate program. This program has a Fall start only and requires 2 semesters of coursework, followed by either a 1- or 2-semester student teaching experience. See the Accelerate page for more details.
UTeach offers anyone with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to complete requirements for certification in middle school or high school STEM fields. UTeach, which takes a minimum of 4 semesters (fall and spring), has both a fall and a spring semester start. All students must be admitted to the University of Texas at Austin.
Visit the Degree Holders page for more information.
To complete the program, all students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and at least 15 hours in a STEM field. That's the minimum threshold set by the State of Texas. UTeach students have more STEM coursework than the minimum, however. See the Certifications page for complete details.
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.
Degree-holders progress through the program the same way as undergraduates -- at their own pace.
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. The UTeach program takes a minimum of 4 semesters (fall and spring).
UTeach Accelerate is a new iteration of the UTeach Natural Sciences program launched in the Fall of 2019. This pathway has a fall start only. All admitted students take 2 semesters of coursework with an intensive field component, followed by 1 or 2 semesters of student teaching. See the Accelerate page for more details and how to apply.
All students submit an application for formal admission through the College of Education. This process allows the College of Education to maintain their own documentation that all requirements are met (GPA, STEM hours, etc.). In addition, the College of Education authorizes the appropriate TExES exams. Students in UTeach submit this application the semester before they take Apprentice Teaching. Students in UTeach Accelerate submit the application for formal admission in their first semester.
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/