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Information for Prospective Degree Holders


Apply to the UTeach Natural Sciences program today! 


To be certified to teach in Texas public schools, you need to:

  • hold an undergraduate degree (in any field)
  • complete an approved program
  • pass 2 TExES exams required by the State of Texas

UTeach Natural Sciences is an approved Educator Preparation Program. To be a part of UTeach, you need to apply to the University of Texas at Austin and to the UTeach program. Find more information about applying below.


If you are graduating this semester, you need to submit an application to the UTeach program in order to start the program in the next semester. This is a requirement by the Texas Education Agency. 

As long as you stay enrolled on a continuous basis -- fall/spring/fall/spring -- you do not need to apply for (re)admission to UT Austin. 

Let us know if you have questions:


1. All applicants should understand that they are required to submit personal information for a criminal history check (CHC). If you have questions or concerns about the CHC, you may be eligible to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Find further details on this preliminary background check on the TEA website.

2. All educators must agree to abide by the Texas Educators' Code of Ethics.

3. To be admitted, applicants must have at least 15 credit hours in the certification area (e.g. math, chemistry, etc.) and a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. In addition, if your coursework was taken more than 10 years ago, faculty will review your transcript for currency and may require you to take the PACT (see below for details).

4. NEW -- Applicants whose undergraduate or graduate degrees were earned at institutions outside of the U.S. (including territories) may be required to take the TOEFL iBT in order to be admitted. The following scores are required:

  • Speaking = 24
  • Listening = 22
  • Reading = 22
  • Writing = 21

Find out more about how long will certification take. Check out the Degree-holder FAQs for information about which courses you'll need to take (#3) and more.

Subject matter requirements:

If you do not have at least 15 hours in the certification area, you are encouraged to take courses at your local community college or UT Austin (if you've been admitted). Alternatively, you may take the Pre-Admission Content Test. Taking this test counts as 1 of 5 allowed attempts on the TExES content exam. All students must take all required content courses, regardless of whether they take the PACT or not. Meeting admission requirements through coursework is the recommended route as you will also have the pre-requisites for required upper-division classes.

Students intending to certify in math may need to (re)take calculus. If you haven't had calculus in over 3 years, it is strongly recommended that you take a calculus course either at UT Austin or your local community college. The Automated Transfer Equivalency page can help you decide which courses to take. 

How to Apply

If you hold a degree, you must apply to BOTH the University of Texas at Austin and the UTeach program.

Do not send UTeach material, like the essays and letters of recommendation, to the University of Texas Office of Admissions. UTeach has no way to know that the material was sent, and your application to our program will not be circulated.

Apply to UT Austin

Apply to the University of Texas at Austin as a degree-holder/non-degree seeker in the College of Education. For major, select Degree-Holder/Secondary Certificate Seeker.

Application information for former UT Austin students.

Application information for students who never attended UT Austin.

Check the status of your application to the university here.

Please contact the Office of Admissions directly for questions about applying to the University.

Apply to UTeach

Apply to the UTeach Natural Sciences program


Prospective students must apply to the University of Texas as well as to the UTeach program. The University of Texas has two different deadlines: one for former UT students and one for those who have never attended UT. The UTeach Natural Sciences program has the same deadlines. 

UT Application Deadlines

Former UT Austin students:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 1

Never attended UT Austin:

  • Fall and Summer: March 1
  • Spring: October 1

UTeach Application Deadlines

UTeach follows UT’s deadlines.


Tuition is a flat rate for undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences or the College of Education. See UT Austin's tuition schedule.


After the initial review of documents, applicants may receive an email asking them to set up an interview time with a UTeach faculty member. This can be done in person or over a video conferencing system such as Skype. Applicants are informed of the decision by U.S. mail, so please make sure the street address on your application is current and complete.  Because admission to UTeach is contingent upon admission to the University, students will be notified of the results of their UTeach application only after decisions have been made by UT Austin.


The Austin Independent School District funds the Future Teacher scholarship. Eligible degree-holders receive $1,500/semester for their last 4 semesters. For administrative reasons, AISD funding may not be available to degree-holders in their first semester. Degree-holders must be registered for a minimum of 6 hours and must maintain a GPA of 2.75.

Take a look at the UTeach Scholarship page for more information.

The Office of Student Financial Services can tell you about other funding options.