Undergraduate students may seek Texas teaching credentials through the Teacher Development Center (TDC) Educator Preparation Program.

First Steps

Undergraduate or transfer students must:

  • Meet with their academic advisor in their academic major to develop a degree plan.
  • Meet with an advisor in the TDC to develop your certification plan.  Please provide a copy of your degree plan.

Official Admission

  • Possess an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher or a GPA of 2.75 or higher for the last 60 semester hours of course work.
  • Completed 12 SCH – 15 SCH in major/teaching field with no grade lower than a “C.”
  • TSI – Exempt or Complete
  • Students must complete an application for admission to the Teacher Development Program.
  • Students are required to adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators and Fitness to Teach Policy.
  • Students are notified by email when they have been officially admitted to the Teacher Certification Preparation Program.  Students must reply to the email within 7 days to accept their admittance to the program.
  • TEAL* (TEA login), ECOS (Educator Certification Online System) and NES (Texas Educator Certification Examination Program) accounts must be established.

*TEAL (TEA login): You will be prompted to enter your social security number to verify your account. If you do not have a social security number, follow the instructions during the setup process to request a temporary file number.

See also: Undergraduate/Transfer Checklist

The requirements for admission into the UT Dallas Teacher Development Center educator preparation program are in compliance with Chapter 227 of the Texas Administrative Code and the HEA Title II accountability provisions.