Steps to Teacher Certification

1) Enroll and register for courses in one of UNT's teacher certification programs

2) Admitted to teacher education

3) Complete all certification program requirements

4) Pass all required certification exams

5) Bachelor’s degree (officially posted to transcript) – undergraduates only

6) Apply for certification on the Texas Education Agency website
   a. Pay all applicable fees
   b. Complete fingerprinting

7) Recommended to the state by UNT

Frequently Asked Questions about Certification

When to apply for certification

Students should apply at the end of their last semester after they have completed student teaching and passed all state certification exams. Students should not apply if they have not completed all program requirements or have not passed all required exams for teacher certification. If you have not taken your TExES exams, please visit the TExES Advising Office website for more information.

How to apply: Applying for Certification/Fingerprinting Process

Go to and log into your educator account. If you have not set up your account, the system will prompt you to create one. For more information, please review the TEAL/ETS Registration Guide.

Review Steps to Applying for Certification and Fingerprinting

When completing the application on the TEA website, you will be asked to select your recommending entity from a drop down menu. You will select one of the following options:

Option 1: University of North Texas (University Based)

Who uses Option 1:

All undergraduate students; Post-baccalaureate Secondary Online; Post-Baccalaureate Elementary (EC-6); Reading Specialist; Non-CPE Health Science Technology; Non-CPE Trade and Industrial Education; Marketing Education; Technology Applications; Gifted and Talented; Principal; Superintendent; School Librarian; School Counselor; Educational Diagnostician

Option 2: University of North Texas (Alternative)

IMPACT (Post-baccalaureate Special Education EC-12), Trade and Industrial Education CPE, Health Science &Technology CPE

Option 3: University of North Texas (Master Teacher)

Master Reading Teacher, Master Technology Teacher

Please note that if you select the wrong recommending entity, your application will be removed and you will be required to submit a new application with the appropriate recommending entity selected. You may be required to pay the application fee again and complete a refund request through the Texas Education Agency for a refund of the fee from the incorrect application.

Requirements for Certification

Contact Information

College of Education Student Advising Office
(940) 565-2736

ETS (Testing Company)
(800) 205-2626

Study Materials for TExES

Texas Education Agency
(512) 936-8400

TExES Advising Office
(940) 369-8601

TExES Certification Exam Review for Teachers