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Elementary, Middle School and Secondary Education

Your Future in Elementary, Middle school and Secondary Education

Do you enjoy working with children? Are you bilingual? Do you have strong math or science skills? Then you should become a certified teacher in elementary, middle school or secondary education.

As a teacher, you will be vital to a childís development, affecting his or her emotional, social and academic growth. Teachers work:

  • with students from diverse backgrounds, sometimes in classrooms where several languages are spoken
  • with special needs students
  • in settings where stringent accountability measures are in place

The University of North Texas supplies excellent teachers for public and private schools throughout Texas, especially in the areas of bilingual education, English as a second language (ESL), special education, mathematics and science.

What we offer

The Department of Teacher Education and Administration develops highly qualified teachers through high standards and a rigorous curriculum. District administrators report that our graduates are as prepared in their first year of teaching as secondand third-year teachers. We provide avenues for teacher certification in:

  • All-levels of art, music or kinesiology
  • Early childhood through sixth grade
  • Fourth through eighth grades (middle school)
  • Secondary education

Our programs emphasize effective instruction, curriculum development and evaluation. We also prepare teaching candidates in technology integration, ESL and special education strategies, infusion of the arts into the regular curriculum, and how to address the needs of all learners.

Our Professional Development School program prepares you for the teaching challenges of the first few years. Through cooperative efforts with area school districts, you also receive extensive field experience and apply textbook learning to real-world situations by working directly with mentor teachers and their students.

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 the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education. The college is also one of the top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals in Texas.

What to expect

You will need to be admitted to the teacher education program after obtaining junior status with a 2.75 GPA. The necessary degree requirements vary depending on your certification interest.

For elementary or middle school certification, you will fulfill the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. To achieve secondary education or all-level certification, you will fulfill bachelorís degree requirements in an academic subject area and complete required education courses.

The education courses focus on the art of teaching as well as:

  • Assessment tools
  • Collaborative skills for working with teaching teams
  • How children learn
  • Instructional strategies
  • Strategies for effective teaching and learning
  • Techniques of classroom organization and management

After completing all program requirements, we will approve you to sit for state certification examinations. We recommend you for certification after you achieve passing scores on all required state tests and have met all program requirements. More information about testing is at www.coe.unt.edu/texes.

Our Career Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at www.applytexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT. For details, visit www.unt.edu/credit.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.