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Teaching with initial teacher certification

Master’s Degree Program


Graduate opportunities

The Master of Education degree in Teaching at the University of North Texas is an innovative program that allows you to earn a master’s degree and teacher certification simultaneously.

You start working toward your degree with teacher certification program course work before eventually enrolling in more specialized master’s classes. Most students complete their program taking courses entirely online. However, certain certification areas and specializations may require courses offered only in a traditional classroom setting. Your course work in this program examines:

  • Application of theory to instructional practice
  • Classroom organization
  • Curriculum development
  • Public education
  • Successful teaching practices

With experienced and respected instructors and a high-quality curriculum, we offer one of the finest teacher preparation programs in the Southwest. Overall, the College of Education is recognized as one of the top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals in Texas.

The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-466- 7496). This distinction means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in educator preparation.

Attending UNT

Application procedures

This program requires joint enrollment in and completion of our post-baccalaureate certification program. Admission to the certification and master’s programs may be sought concurrently and requires the following steps:

1. Apply for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School®. Select the post-baccalaureate certification program as your major. This requires:

  • Completed online application at ApplyTexas.org
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum 2.8 overall GPA on the undergraduate degree or at least 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree

2. Apply to the Online Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program. This requires:

3. Apply to the Teacher Education and Administration department. This requires:

4. Complete a second application at ApplyTexas.org, selecting Master’s in Teaching as your major (No additional application fee is required.)

Please contact a program advisor at 940-565-3319 if you have any questions or seek admission with a Post-baccalaureate Bilingual and English as a Second Language Teacher Certification.

Admission requirements

  • GPA of 2.8 overall or 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work or 3.4 on a completed master’s degree
  • 12 semester hours of undergraduate course work in four content areas or 24 semester hours of undergraduate course work (with 12 being upper-level) in the content area you want to teach
  • Passing scores on the THEA, ACT, SAT, GRE or appropriate substitute exam

Degree requirements

Master of Education

  • 12 semester hours of core courses
  • 24 semester hours of required course work (varies depending on desired certification)

Additional requirements

In order to meet the state’s requirements to teach reading at the secondary level, Language Arts and Reading candidates need to complete an additional 6 credit hours of reading course work. Texas public schools offer reading classes through 10th grade.

Financial assistance

Our department offers several teaching fellowships and assistantships to help you pursue your education. These opportunities include working with professors on research grants and projects, serving as a teaching assistant, working with undergraduate students in advising and degree plans, teaching undergraduate classes, or supervising student teaching.

You may apply for these positions by submitting a letter of application and a current résumé to the department chair. The letter should address your strengths and interests. Information about other financial assistance programs is available on the Financial Aid website.