Requirements for Certification

The following information is intended to give current UNT Teacher, Student Services, and Administrator Certification seeking students an overview of the requirements that must be completed before they are eligible for recommendation for certification by UNT. If you have specific questions regarding your academic program, you must contact your academic/program advisor or you can call the College of Education Educator Preparation Office at 940-565-4226 to be directed to the appropriate individual(s).

Requirements for certification are determined by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and are subject to change. A list of current certification requirements can be found on the Texas Education Agency website. Students must hold the appropriate degrees, GPA’s, teaching experience, and credentials to be eligible for educator certification. Students should verify with their program to ensure they are eligible for educator certification.

For Career and Technical Education (CTE) Certification at UNT, please visit the Career and Technical Education Certification website.

Initial Certificates (Classroom Teacher)

Undergraduates

• Complete all coursework, including Student Teaching
• Bachelor's degree (posted to official transcripts)
• Pass all required state certification exams
• Apply for certification and complete fingerprinting
• Pay all applicable fees

Post-Baccalaureates - certificate-only (no degree)

• Complete all coursework, including Student Teaching or Practicum (grades posted to official transcripts)
• Pass all required state certification exams
• Apply for certification and complete fingerprinting
• Pay all applicable fees

Additional Certificates (Student Services and Administration)

Educational Diagnostician (program information)

• Complete all coursework, including Practicum
• Hold a Master's degree
• Successfully complete state certification exam
• Three creditable years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher is required.
   * Documented by submitting a copy of your Teacher Service Record.
• Must hold a valid classroom teaching certificate

Principal (program information)

• Complete all coursework, including Internship
• Hold a Master's degree
• Successfully complete state certification exam
• Two creditable years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher is required.
   * Documented by submitting a copy of your Teacher Service Record.
• Must hold a valid classroom teaching certificate

School Counselor (program information)

• Complete all coursework, including Internship
• Hold a 48-hour Master's degree in counseling
• Successfully complete state certification exam
• Two creditable years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher is required.
   * Documented by submitting a copy of your Teacher Service Record.

School Librarian (program information)

• Complete all coursework, including Practicum
• Hold a Master's degree
• Successfully complete state certification exam
• Two creditable years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher is required.
   * Documented by submitting a copy of your Teacher Service Record.

Superintendent (program information)

• Complete all coursework, including Practicum
• Hold a Master's degree
• Successfully complete state certification exam
• Hold a Principal certificate (or the equivalent) or completed the superintendent certificate application and been approved by the TEA to substitute managerial experience in lieu of a Principal certificate.

 

*All students must submit a copy of their Teacher Service Record to the College of Education Educator Preparation Office to prove they have the classroom teaching experience required by the state of Texas in order to hold a professional level (Student Services or Administration) certificate. A Teacher Service Record should be submitted prior to the completion of your program in order to prevent a delay in processing your online state application for certification. The Teacher Service Record document is obtained from your school district’s HR Department/Personnel Office. Teacher Service Records must be completed in full, including signature and title of authorized personnel who is verifying the teaching experience earned. Incomplete or illegible records are not accepted. A copy of your Teacher Service Record can be faxed to the College of Education Educator Preparation Office at 940-565-2921. Students must provide their 8-digit UNT ID number in all communication, including faxed service records. Service records submitted without an ID number will not be processed.