Educator Certification

Learn how to become a certified teacher here.

Teacher Certification 
To teach public school in Texas, you must be certified. This certification is referred to as "initial certification." Students taking undergraduate or graduate level courses will pursue initial teacher certification if they are not yet certified teachers in Texas.

Professional Service Certification
Teachers who already have initial certification may wish to pursue additional professional or administrative certification. The College of Education offers pathways to these certifications, in areas including:

  • School counselor
  • Principal
  • Educational diagnostician
  • Superintendent
  • Reading specialist

Supplemental Teacher Certification
Supplemental certification (formerly called "endorsements") gives certified teachers the option of adding additional training in a specific content area within the grade level of their initial teaching certificate.

The Master Reading Teacher Certificate Program also falls into the category of supplemental certification. 


*The details listed here may change without notice. To get the very latest information and to make sure you are on the right track to certification, talk with Scott Simmons and/or your academic advisor.

Certification Advising

Advising is available Monday–Friday by email, phone, appointment, and walk-in, generally during university business hours (but times may vary by semester, so call before making a special trip).

Location: Faculty Center 201
Phone: 361-825-2433
Email: glenn.simmons@tamucc.edu


Title II Institutional and Program Report Card (IPRC) on the Quality of Teacher Preparation In accordance with Title II of the Higher Education Act, each institution of higher education that conducts a traditional teacher preparation program or alternative routes to state certification or licensure program and that enrolls students receiving federal assistance under this Act shall report annually to the state and the general public detailed information and performance measures as required. The latest submitted IPRC for the University is available for review at https://title2.ed.gov.


For issues or complaints about this educator preparation program, email www.tea.state.tx.us, complaints (located in red banner at the bottom of the home page), or mail to: Correspondence Management, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress, Austin, TX 78701.