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    University of North Texas
    Feb 23, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Teacher Education and Administration

Main Office
Matthews Hall, Room 206

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #310740
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Fax: 940-565-4952

Web site:

Curriculum and Instruction
Matthews Hall, Room 206

Early Childhood Education
Matthews Hall, Room 206

Educational Leadership
Matthews Hall, Room 206

Post Baccalaureate Certification Programs
Matthews Hall, Room 119

Language and Literacy Studies
Matthews Hall, Room 206

Bilingual/ESL Certification Programs
Matthews Hall, Room 206

Field Experience (PDS, Clinical Teaching)
Matthews Hall, Room 119

Undergraduate Advising Office
Matthews Hall, Room 105

Misty Sailors, Chair



The Department of Teacher Education and Administration seeks to improve educational practice through the generation of knowledge and to prepare education professionals who serve all students in an effective, inclusive, and equitable manner. Its focus is on the preparation of highly competent educators, researchers and administrators who employ current theory and research as they fill these important roles. The department also provides service to educational institutions, governmental agencies, and practitioners at all levels.

Programs in Teacher Education are approved by the Texas Education Agency (1701 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701 []) and are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (CAEP) 1140 19th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 223-0077 []

The department offers teacher certification programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates seeking teacher certification in early childhood through grade six (EC–6) should enroll in the Bachelor of Science program with a major in education. Undergraduates seeking certification in all-level or secondary education receive a degree though the major department and add the required courses for teacher certification.

Students who have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited university may have their undergraduate transcript evaluated to develop a post-baccalaureate certification plan. Post-baccalaureate students must apply for admission and be admitted to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies prior to enrolling in any classes (see the Graduate Catalog for admission requirements).

Degree/certification plan

The degree/certification plan is the official document outlining the student’s course of study. The student is responsible for initiating the degree/certification plan process and should do so as soon as possible after being formally enrolled at the university and prior to the first term/semester in teacher education.

Advising should be sought in the Student Advising Office. The student, with advisement, makes decisions relating to the program of study. The degree/certification plan is subsequently prepared in the College of Education Student Advising Office in Matthews Hall, Room 105. Degree/certification plan processing takes four to six weeks. Students must make an appointment to review completed degree/certification plans in Matthews Hall, Room 105. Any changes in degree/certification plans must be approved by the academic departments and the Department of Teacher Education and Administration office.

Certification options 

The department offers several options leading to educator certification, including: 

  • EC–6 Core Subjects with Science of Teaching Reading and ESL Supplemental 

  • EC–6 Core Subjects with Science of Teaching Reading and Bilingual Education Supplemental – Spanish 

  • EC-6 Core Subjects with Science of Teaching Reading and Special Education EC-12 


The University of North Texas is committed to excellence in all academic programs. In keeping with this commitment the university offers a variety of scholarships and awards to continuing students and to exceptional entering freshmen and transfer students. The university has two categories of competitive academic scholarships: general and departmental. Information on general scholarships may be obtained from Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Departmental scholarships are listed on the department’s web page.

Admission, Review and Retention (ARR) Committee

The ARR Committee reviews referrals made by faculty and determines a course of action. The ARR Committee also reviews student appeals and determines an appropriate course of action regarding changes in the student’s course of study. Any instructor in the College of Education has the right and responsibility to refer any student to the ARR Committee if that instructor has a concern about a student’s academic progress, behavioral characteristics or communication skills that indicates potential problems in school settings.

Center for Young Children 

The Center for Young Children (CYC) is an accredited preschool program for young children ages 3 through 5. In addition, it serves as a model, an observation site for undergraduate and graduate students in fields related to young children. Research related to the care and education of young children is conducted by graduate students and faculty members from across the university. 

Secondary Education

Secondary Education, in cooperation with other schools and departments, offers a complete curriculum of teacher preparation. 

Undergraduate professional development courses in secondary education constitute a minor for bachelor’s degree programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Business or the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. The program of studies offered through Secondary Education meets all current professional development requirements for Texas teacher certification.

Individuals interested in pursuing certification in math or science teaching at the secondary level may wish to pursue a minor through the Teach North Texas program. See “Teach North Texas ” in the College of Science section of this catalog.




      Bilingual and English as a Second Language EducationEarly Childhood EducationEducational Curriculum and InstructionEducational FoundationsEducational LeadershipElementary EducationMiddle School EducationReadingSecondary Education