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    Nov 28, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Secondary and All-level (EC-12) Education Teacher Certification minor (for BA, BS)

Teacher certification is granted by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). UNT is authorized to recommend secondary and all-level teacher certification for students who successfully fulfill all state and program requirements for the chosen teaching certificate in the following content areas: 

  • Secondary Content Areas: chemistry; dance; English language arts and reading; family and consumer sciences; history; hospitality, nutrition and food sciences; human development and family studies; journalism; life science; mathematics; physical sciences; physics/mathematics; science; social studies; and speech.
  • All-Level (EC-12)  Content Areas: art, French, German, music, physical education, Spanish and theatre.

Although teacher certification programs share many commonalities, course and program requirements will vary by chosen content area. Standards for teaching certificates are continually reviewed by the SBEC, meaning that requirements can and do change. Therefore, it is impractical to list certification requirements for individual content areas in this catalog. Consult your advisor for specific requirements.

Degree requirements

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours (of which 42 hours must be 3000 or 4000-level courses) and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree (as specified in the University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and all College of Education  requirements. Students seeking teacher certification in secondary or all-level education must also meet all degree requirements of the college responsible for awarding the degree for their selected major.

Major requirements

See your degree program advisor for an individual degree audit.

Other course requirements

See individual degree audit.

Minor requirements


See your degree program advisor for an individual degree audit.

Other requirements

  1. Admission to the Teacher Education (TEd) Program. You must be accepted to the Teacher Education Program prior to enrolling in the first education course. To be eligible for admission, students must have:
    • Completed a minimum of 60 semester hours, including the University Core Curriculum. (See “General University Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog.) Programs in teacher education require specific courses contained in parts of the University Core Curriculum to satisfy particular degree requirements. Students should consult program advisors for best choices in the core;
    • A 2.75 UNT GPA;
    • A 2.75 overall GPA (includes all courses transferred to UNT, plus all courses taken at UNT);
    • Appropriate exam scores on either the ACT, SAT or Praxis Core: Academic Skills for Educators; (contact the Student Advising Office in Matthews Hall, Room 105, for further information on the exam requirement); and
    • Formally applied and been admitted to Teacher Education through the College of Education Student Advising Office in Matthews Hall, Room 105. Contact the College of Education Student Advising Office, 940-565-2736; Matthews Hall, Room 105; or for details and to apply for admission to the Teacher Education.
  2. Eligibility for Teacher Certification and Recommendation: Teacher certification is granted by 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 be recommended for teacher certification through the University of North Texas, students must have:
    • Successfully completed an approved teacher education program for the preparation of early childhood, elementary, middle grades, secondary or all-level teachers;
    • Successfully completed student teaching, including attendance at appropriate seminars;
    • Passed the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) and all required content tests of the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES), as applicable.
    • Eligibility to test: Access to register for Texas teacher certification exams (TExES) is granted to students who have been formally admitted to the Teacher Education program at UNT. Some content areas require that students take their content practice exam as part of a course requirement, or prerequisite for Early Field Experience. Only students who have been admitted to the Teacher Education program may sit for the practice exam.


The TExES Practice exams are offered four times in each long semester and twice during the summer. Students should visit with the TExES Success Office in Matthews Hall, Room 119, for further information about their required exams (940-369-8601).