Undergraduate FAQ

Q:  Do I have to change my major to work towards teacher certification?

Q:  I’m a science major. Is it better to switch to one of the science teaching options or keep working towards my current major?

Q:  If I follow a teaching degree option, could I still compete in my field or go to graduate school if I decide not to teach?

Q:  I’ve heard that students start teaching their first semester in the program.  Is that true?

Q:  The courses seem to have significant time requirements. How can I fit the time into my already packed schedule?

Q:  What are the UTeach courses like?  Are they hard?

Q:  Composite Science is for certifying in 4 different science areas.  Can I work towards certification in just one of those areas?

Q:  I just want middle grades math certification; why do I need to take calculus, statistics and other more advanced math courses?

Q:  Will I be able to get a job?

Q:  Where can I get more information?


A:  No.  Certification courses can be added to any UT major in any college; however, this could add more hours overall.  For example, a Fine Arts major who wants to work towards math certification would need to complete requirements for the Fine Arts major, and add to that at least 24 hours of math and around 24 hours (30 for Middle Grade certification) of professional development coursework.  [back to top]

A:  That depends on how much of your major is already complete.  In most cases, following one of the science teaching degree options is recommended, since it will have all course work needed for a BS degree as well as all course work needed for certification.  This generally means fewer hours overall.  See a UTeach advisor to determine which plan is best for you.  [back to top]

A:  Yes.  Under the teaching options you take the same courses as students in the non-teaching options, except for slight variations.  You could compete with students in the non-teaching option for the same jobs and graduate programs in your field.  Graduate program prerequisites vary; speak to the Graduate Advisor for the program to determine prerequisites needed for admission.  [back to top]

A:  Yes, that is true.  In our UTS 101 class, students start to write lesson plans and teach small units to elementary school children the very first semester in the program.  Students visit elementary schools to observe twice, and return on three separate occasions to teach short lessons.  This way, students get a very early idea of what it's like to teach and can decide if they would like to continue towards certification.  [back to top]

A:  Fitting it in will be easier than you think.   For the first two courses (Step 1 and Step 2), just make sure that at least one day a week you have a 2 ½ hour block of time to go out to schools.  Elementary schools generally close at 2:30; middle schools close at 3:30. The other courses in the professional development sequence (two in particular: Classroom Interactions and Project Based Instruction) will require significantly more time outside of the classroom.  Students are generally able to work required teachings and projects into their schedule just as they would any other course.  [back to top]

A:  This is relevant to your level of interest and engagement.  You may find that the courses require thought processes different from your major level courses; many students have expressed that they find the courses engaging and enjoyable.  [back to top]

A:  You’re referring to Single Field certification in which you must have at least 24 hours of content coursework and the professional development sequence.  Single Field certification in science is not recommended, as it makes you less marketable. Composite Science certification is compatible with most science degrees. Let an advisor show you how the requirements overlap.  [back to top]

A:  If you’re working towards the completion of a BS or BA in Mathematics Teaching, the math courses you’re required to take for degree completion will allow you to compete in your field should you decide not to teach. In addition, the UTeach program places an emphasis on deep content background. This is a hallmark of our program.  [back to top]

A:  The demand for math and science teachers is still very high, not only in Texas but across the nation.  UTeach has a strong placement record and high retention in the profession.  [back to top]

A:  Attend a UTeach information session.  To sign up click hereIf there are no information sessions scheduled, please call 512 232 2770 to make an appointment with a UTeach Advisor.  [back to top]