Main Departmental Office
Science Research Building, Room 276
1155 Union Circle #305028
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Web site: www.tnt.unt.edu
UNT is authorized to recommend secondary and all-level teacher certification for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics.
Although teacher certification programs share many commonalities, each certificate has unique requirements. What applies to one certificate is not necessarily applicable to another. Also, additions, deletions and revisions to existing teacher standards, content areas and certificate levels continue to be made by the State Board for Educator Certification. Many certificates previously available have been or are scheduled to be replaced or deleted. Although overlap provisions exist for some certificates they are not broadly applicable to all content areas. Special conditions apply to students pursuing certification who already are licensed to teach in Texas and to teachers seeking transfer of their certification from another state or country. Therefore, it is impractical to list requirements for individual content areas in this catalog.
The student is responsible for initiating the degree/certification plan process and should do so as soon as possible after being formally accepted to the university. Advising should be sought in the Teach North Texas Office.
Teacher certification and endorsements
Teacher certification is a function of the State Board for Educator Certification. Completion of the bachelor’s degree and the required education courses does not necessarily result in certification by the agency. In order to receive recommendation for teacher certification through the University of North Texas, the student must have:
- successfully completed the Mathematics and Science Secondary Teaching minor requirements;
- successfully completed student teaching, including attendance at appropriate seminars and passing a comprehensive teacher preparation examination; and
- passed appropriate sections of the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES), as applicable. Additional certifications may require satisfactory scores on portions related to those areas.
Access to Texas teacher licensure testing (TExES bar codes) is available only to those students who have successfully completed an initial teacher certification program or who are passing their final education courses and have passed the departmental competency exams. Some content areas also require that the competency exam be passed as part of the requirements for a passing grade in specific courses. (Students should consult the Courses of Instruction section of this catalog for identification of those courses.)
The TExES is offered at least once each long term/semester and once in the summer. Contact the TExES Advising Office in Matthews Hall, Room 103 for further information (940-369-8601).