As a teacher, you'll be vital to a child's development, shaping his or her emotional, social and academic growth. Becoming a certified teacher can prepare you to work in urban, suburban and rural areas, and to work with a diverse population of learners to help them lead their best lives.
Founded as a Teacher Training Institute in 1890, the University of North Texas has a long and proud tradition of preparing exceptional educators to work in public and private schools throughout Texas. Many appealing positions await you, especially in high-needs areas such as bilingual education, English as a Second Language, special education, math, science and computer science education. Many first-year teachers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area earn starting salaries of $50,000 or more.
The Department of Teacher Education and Administration offers coursework face-to-face, online and in hybrid formats to best meet your needs. We provide preparation for certification in a variety of teaching fields:
The Teach North Texas Program (grades 4-8 and 7-12 science, math and computer science) offers early field opportunities beginning freshman or sophomore year in the following areas:
Contact Teach North Texas in your freshman year or earlier.
**Students who would like to complete a degree in Early Childhood through Grade 6 with ESL have the option of doing so entirely at UNT's New College at Frisco campus.
The necessary degree, education courses and overall degree requirements vary depending on your chosen certification field. In general:
Once you have at least 60 credits (junior status), you'll need to apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. A 2.75 GPA or higher is required. Your program will include courses and field experiences in EC-12 classrooms in our UNT Child Development Laboratory and/or our partner school districts. Your experience culminates with your clinical student teaching under the guidance of an experienced mentor and field supervisor.
After successfully completing all program requirements, we'll approve you to take your state certification exams. After you achieve passing scores on all required state tests, we recommend you for certification. More information about state educator certification testing is available from the TExES Advising Office