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  • Introduction
  • Undergraduate Degree
       and Teaching

  • Certification for
       Candidates Who Have
       Completed a
       Bachelor's Degree

  • Admission to Teacher

  • Field-Based Teacher

  • Application for
       Graduation and/or

  • Elementary and
       Middle school Teacher
       Preparation Program

  • Secondary School
       Teacher Preparation

  • All-Levels Teacher
       Preparation Programs

  • Endorsements
  • Educational
       Leadership and

  • Educational
       Psychology and
       Special Services

  • Teacher Education
    Dr. Arturo Pacheco,
    Dr. Josefina Tinajero,
    Associate Dean Education Bldg.,
    Room 414
    Phone: (915) 747-5572
    Fax: (915) 747-5755
    E-mail: educ@utep.edu

  • Secondary School Teacher Preparation Programs

    Students who wish to become secondary school teachers and receive an initial Texas teacher certificate complete a bachelor's degree outside the College of Education. These students major in the subject area they desire to teach and complete a minor in secondary education. For example, a student who wishes to teach English would seek a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Liberal Arts with a major in English and American Literature and a minor in secondary teaching or a student who wishes to teach Health completes a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a minor in secondary teaching.

    Secondary school teaching certificates in Texas allow students to teach their discipline in Middle School and High School (i.e., grades 6-12). Presently, all Texas secondary certificates attainable through UTEP programs require a minimum of 12 semester hours in a second area or support field. Therefore, all students seeking a secondary teacher certificate will have to accumulate 12 semester hours in a second area of specialization that is taught in the public schools. This may be done by counting some courses from the general requirements area and carefully arranging the selection of electives, or by taking additional courses beyond the minimum requirements of the degree. This certificate requirement is to be met by all secondary candidates regardless of their degree or major.

    Students desiring to become secondary school teachers must have a degree and certificate plan filed in their appropriate college, and a copy of the plan filed in the Student Services Office of the College of Education, Education 412. The plan identifies the courses required in the teaching minor and any additional subject courses required for certificate that may not be required for a non-teaching degree. The Student Services Office verifies that students have passed the State-mandated test of basic skills (TASP) and have completed all the requirements to be admitted to teacher education. Students will not be allowed to enroll in Reading or Professional Education courses until they have been admitted to teacher education.

    The application process for admission to teacher education may be initiated as soon as the student completes 60 hours and a copy of the student's degree and certification plan is submitted to the Student Services Office, Education 412. (See Admission to Teacher Education above.)

    List of Approved Secondary Specialization Fields

    The University is approved by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification to offer the following fields for secondary certification (students should consult an advisor in their area of specialty for the selection of fields and scheduling of courses):

      Basic Business

      English-Language Arts
      Theatre Arts


      Political Science
      Social Studies Composite


      Earth Science
      Life/Earth Science
      Physical Sciences
      Natural Sciences (science composite)


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