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Teaching with initial teacher certification

Master's Degree Program

The Masterís of Education degree in Teaching (MEDT) at the University of North Texas is an innovative program that allows non-education majors to earn a masterís degree and teacher certification.

Graduate opportunities

You can earn your teacher certification and finish your masterís degree by doing the following:

  • Enrolling in online coursework
  • Completing pre-clinical experiences
  • Completing student teaching or internships at accredited public schools
  • Enrolling in four more specialized masterís online courses

The coursework in this program examines the application of theory to instructional practice, classroom organization, curriculum development, public education and successful teaching practices for regular, special education and bilingual learners.

Our certification areas are:

  • Core Subjects with Bilingual Supplemental to teach in grades EC-6
  • Core Subjects with English as a Second Language to teach in grades EC-6
  • Specific subject area to teach in grades 7-12
  • Mathematics or science to teach in grades 4-8

With experienced, highly qualified and respected faculty along with a high-quality curriculum, our programs are some of the finest for teacher preparation in the Southwest. According to SR Education Group, the University of North Texas has been named one of the 2019 Best Online Colleges for Secondary Education and Elementary Education.

Overall, the College of Education is recognized as one of the top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals in Texas. Our education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (2017 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

Admission to the certification and masterís programs may be sought concurrently and requires the following steps:

  1. Submit two applications to the Toulouse Graduate School®at ApplyTexas.org.
    • Application one: Select the post-baccalaureate certification program as your major
    • Application two: Select Masterís in Teaching as your major
    • Pay one application fee
    • Submit your official transcripts from all universities attended
    • Have a minimum 2.8 overall undergraduate GPA or a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework
  2. Apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program within the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at UNT.
    • Complete the Teacher Education Application
    • Submit an admissions interview in Foliotek

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact program coordinator Dr. Rossana Boyd at rossana.boyd@unt.edu, or our graduate advisors Maria Prada at maria.prada@unt.edu and Taylor Williams at taylor.williams@unt.edu. You also can contact us via phone at 940-565-3319 or visit us at Matthews Hall, Suite 204.

Admission requirements to the Teacher Education program

  • GPA of 2.8 overall or 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or a 3.4 on a completed masterís degree
  • Elementary education candidates must have completed undergraduate coursework in each of the following content areas: mathematics, science, social studies and English
  • Secondary education candidates must have completed 24 hours of undergraduate coursework (with 12 upper-level courses) in the content area they wish to teach
  • Passing scores on the ACT, SAT or GRE

Degree requirements

Master's of Education in Teaching (MEDT)

  • Enroll in and successfully complete 12 to 18 hours of core courses for the secondary post- baccalaureate program (varies depending on certification track) and 12 additional semester hours to complete the MEDT
  • Enroll in and successfully complete 24 hours of coursework for the elementary post- baccalaureate program and 12 additional hours to complete the MEDT

Learn more about the courses we offer.

Additional requirements

In order to meet the stateís requirements to teach reading at the secondary level, Language Arts and Reading, you need to complete an additional six credit hours of reading coursework. This allows you to teach in Texas public schools that offer reading classes through 10th grade. Only graduate reading coursework may be used to complete the masterís degree.

Financial assistance

The Department of Teacher Education and Administration, and the College of Education, offer scholarships to help you pursue your education. Other opportunities include working with professors on grants and projects and serving as an hourly graduate student assistant. Information about other financial assistance programs is available at the Financial Aid website.