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Texas Educator Certification Requirements

Texas educator certificates are issued by the Texas Education Agency. In accordance with the rules of the State Board of Education, candidates applying for a teaching certificate in the State of Texas must meet the requirements for a bachelor's degree with an academic major (other than education) or an interdisciplinary academic major. The major must be related to the public school curriculum as defined by Chapter 74 of the Texas Administrative Code. Candidates applying for a professional certificate must hold a master’s degree. Educator candidates must also complete an approved Texas educator preparation program and successfully pass the required state assessments.

At UHCL, students seeking a certification recommendation must have at least a 3.000 overall grade point average (GPA) in pedagogy course work and at least a 2.500 overall GPA in the content area for which the recommendation is sought. Grades of "C-" or better are necessary for all UHCL course requirements. Pre-Service Internship I requires a grade of "B-" or better. Graduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.000 or better in course work. Grades of “C” or better are required of all graduate level course work. Some programs require higher grades on specific courses.

All educators, educator candidates and educator preparation program faculty and staff must adhere to the Texas Educators’ Code of Ethics. See the ethics links in Forms and Information. Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 7, Chapter 249, gives the State Board for Educator Certification the authority to suspend or revoke an educator certificate or refuse to issue a certificate to a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor which directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the educator profession. For additional actions that may be taken by the board, see Chapter 249.

Things to Know Before Becoming a Teacher

UHCL has created a document to assist candidates in making a decision to pursue teaching as a career. This document is called, “7 Things to Know Before Becoming a Teacher” and should be read before applying to the UHCL Teacher Education Program.

Complaint Procedures

For Educator Preparation Program (EPP) issues or complaints, contact the College of Education Office of Academic Advising by email,, or phone, 281-283-3600. If the issue is not resolved, contact the College of Education, Interim Associate Dean, Dr. Felix Simieou, or phone, 281-283-3620.

For steps to follow in contacting the Texas Education Agency with a complaint about this EPP, see Complaint Procedures.


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