Teacher Certification and Advanced Educator Preparation at UNT
Welcome to the UNT Educator Preparation Office (EPO)!
Wherever you may be on your journey to becoming a teacher or earning an advanced professional educator certificate* at UNT, the EPO is here to support you.
Here is where you can learn more about admission to the Teacher Education Program (TED), applying for early field experience and clinical teaching, TExES exams, and the steps to apply for your official certificate once you have completed your program.
Check our calendar for Admissions and Clinical Practice application dates for each semester, to sign up for free TExES practice exams, and important announcements. Each office in the EPO also has its own page which contains resources to help you every step of the way.
*UNT is accredited by the Texas Education Agency to prepare future teachers, as well as school principals, superintendents, school librarians, school counselors, educational diagnosticians, and reading specialists.
Program Completion Requirements
In order to successfully be certified as a teacher through UNT's educator preparation program, you must meet the following requirements:
- All required academic courses, GPA, and degree requirements, as stated on your degree audit.
- The appropriate degree is posted on your UNT transcript.
- Pass All required TExES certification exams.
Educator Supply and Demand
The Texas Education Agency estimates that in the next decade Texas will continue to experience high demand for certified schoolteachers to fill positions across the state. Demand is particularly salient in disciplines that currently experience an inadequate supply of schoolteachers.
For the 2023-2024 school year the approved teacher shortage content areas and disciplines in Texas include:
- Bilingual/English as a Second Language
- Career and Technical Education (secondary level only)
- Computer Science/Technology Applications
- English Language Arts and Reading (secondary level only)
- Mathematics (secondary level only)
- Science (secondary level only)
- Social Studies (secondary level only)
- Special Education
The Texas Workforce Commission projects that between 2020 and 2030 demand for teachers in Texas across grade levels will increase by 13.3% compared to a predicted 4% increase in teacher demand at the national level.
|Texas Teacher Employment Projections 2020-2030||Elementary School*||Middle School**||High School***|
|Number employed in 2020||132,240||65,510||97,140|
|Number projected employed by 2030||149,640||74,120||110,400|
|Annual employment and turnover openings||11,710||5,800||8,290|
College of Education Appeal, Review and Retention
Students may appeal Teacher Education admission requirements or decisions or appeal Teacher Education program requirements or decisions. Please follow the this link for additional information:
1155 Union Circle, #311337
Denton, TX 76203-5017