The College of Education offers an extensive choice of specialized graduate and undergraduate plans. Our degree plans allow you to custom-tailor your course of study. This flexibility gives you a host of options when it comes to contemplating your career as an educator.
To become a certified educator in Texas, you must have the following:
- Hold a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited college or university
- Complete an approved educator preparation program.
- Pass all state assessment tests required for certification area. For a list of the state assessments and information on which tests are required, visit the State Assessments page.
University of Houston-Clear Lake offers educator preparation programs at the initial teacher certification and advanced certification levels.
UHCL Certification Pathways
Initial Teacher Certification
To become a certified teacher in Texas, you must have the following:
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
Completed teacher training through an approved program.
Successful completion of the appropriate state assessment tests for the subject and grade level you wish to teach. For a list of the state assessments and information on which tests are required, visit the State Assessments page.
University of Houston-Clear Lake offers initial teacher certification options for both undergraduate students and those who already hold a bachelor's degree (post-baccalaureate).
Post Baccalaureate Degree Initial Teacher Certification
If you already hold at least a bachelor’s degree, then you may seek initial teacher certification through the post-baccalaureate teacher certification program.
Master's of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Initial Teacher Certification
Students seeking their initial teacher certification while they pursue a master's degree in teaching.
Alternative Initial Teacher Certification Program (ACP)
The UHCL College of Education offers the Alternative Certification Program in cooperation with local school districts. This training program allows teaching certificate candidates who have earned a bachelor's degree to work as full-time teachers while they complete their certification.
Advanced Certifications (non-teacher)
At the University of Houston-Clear Lake, students may pursue the following advance certifications beyond their initial teaching certificate that require a master's degree: Principal, Reading Specialist, School Counselor, School Librarian, or Superintendent. Advanced certification requires the following:
- A master's degree from an approved accredited institution
- Completion of the UHCL certification program
- Two years of full-time "teacher of record" teaching experience in an approved, accredited school
- A valid Texas teaching certificate
- Successful completion of the appropriate TExES state assessment
- For Superintendent certification, one must hold a valid Standard Principal certificate
UHCL offers programs that include a master's degree with one of the certifications (excluding Superintendent) and programs that include the certification only for those who already hold a master's degree. The Superintendent certificate is offered within a doctoral degree or as certification only for those who already hold a master's degree.
Refer to the degree page for instructions for each certification area.
A supplemental certificate is an area of concentration added to an existing state certificate. A supplemental certificate gives educators the ability to teach the supplemental subject at whatever grade level(s) or area(s) in which they hold certificates. No application is required. Check with an academic advisor for more information.
Initial Teacher Education Program Deadlines
- Suggested TEP Application Deadlines
April 1Fall semester start
November 1Spring semester start
- Internship I (Student Teaching I) Application Deadlines
March 1For fall Internship I (Student Teaching I)
October 1For spring Internship I (Student Teaching I)
- Internship II (Student Teaching II) TExES Exam Benchmarks
June 1All TExES exams pass for fall semester Internship II (Student Teaching II)
January 1All TExES exams pass for spring semester Internship II (Student Teaching II)
Advanced Certification Program Deadlines
- Suggested Application Deadlines
April 1Second semester fall (apply during first semester after admitted to degree program)
November 1Second semester spring (apply during first semester after admitted to degree program)
- Advanced Certification Practicum Application Deadlines
June 8Fall semester
October 1Spring semester
March 1Summer semester
- Initial and Advanced Certification Application Deadlines
TExES certification examsMust be passed prior to certification application
Direct all questions about educator certification options to the College of Education Advising Center at 281-283-3600 or email@example.com. This office also:
- Assists in processing admission into the college
- Advises candidates about educator degree and certification plans, and courses
- Prepares degree and certification plans
- Audits for student teaching, internships, practica and graduation
Direct all questions about educator certification policies and regulations to the Office of Educator Certification at 281-283-3618 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This office maintains all official certification records for the college and:
- Approves applications for admission to the Teacher Education Program
- Audits the Master's Comprehensive Examination, and graduation
- Prepares deficiency plans
- Recommends candidates for educator certificates
- Tracks and reports Title II and TEA data
For Educator Preparation Program (EPP) issues or complaints, contact the College of Education Office of Academic Advising by email email@example.com, or phone, 281-283-3600. If the issue is not resolved, contact the College of Education, Associate Dean, Dr. Terry Shepherd, or phone, 281-283-3620.
For steps to follow in contacting the Texas Education Agency with a complaint about this EPP, see the Complaint Procedures documentation.