Texas Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

The information found below on teaching schools in Texas is designed as a guide for aspiring teachers in the state. Texas requires all teachers to complete an approved teacher preparation program from an accredited school in order to work in the state’s education system. This guide to teaching degrees in Texas provides useful information to help you research the various colleges and universities that offer degree programs. In order to help you find the best option for your career goals, this page provides lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. Whether you are just out of college or are looking to embark on a new career as a teacher, this guide is meant to point you in the right direction.

Quick Facts

  • There are 134 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Texas.1
  • 64 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 43 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 67 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • 12 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
  • 1 school ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 21 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
  • 20 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
  • 16 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Texas

Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019*

  • Rice University (#8)
  • Trinity University (#81)
  • University of Texas at Austin (#126)
  • Southwestern University (#158)
  • Austin College (#164)
  • University of Texas at Dallas (#194)
  • University of Dallas (#173)
  • Baylor University (#209)
  • Texas A&M University (#226)
  • Southern Methodist University (#237)
  • LeTourneau University (#266)
  • University of Houston (#276)

*Institution-wide ranking.

Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020

  • Trinity University

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of Texas-Austin (#13)
  • Texas A&M University-College Station (#33)
  • Texas Tech University (#93 tie)
  • University of North Texas (#93 tie)
  • Southern Methodist University (#104 tie)
  • Texas Christian University (#104 tie)
  • University of Houston (#110 tie)
  • University of Texas-Arlington (#118 tie)
  • Baylor University (#134 tie)
  • University of Texas-San Antonio (#134 tie)
  • Texas State University (#157 tie)
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (#163 tie)
  • Sam Houston State University (#172 tie)
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (#177 tie)
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (#191 tie)
  • Dallas Baptist University (#195-258)
  • Lamar University (#195-258)
  • Tarleton State University (#195-258)
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville (#195-258)
  • University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (#195-258)
  • University of the Incarnate Word (#195-258)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of North Texas (#13 tie)
  • Texas A&M University-College Station (#16 tie)
  • University of Houston (#19 tie)
  • Sam Houston State University (#46 tie)
  • University of Texas-Arlington (#46 tie)
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville (#69 tie)
  • Texas Tech University (#89 tie)
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (#100)
  • Angelo State University (#148 tie)
  • University of Texas-El Paso (#148)
  • Lamar University (#159 tie)
  • University of St. Thomas (#189 tie)
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin (#200 tie)
  • Abilene Christian University (#228-299)
  • Dallas Baptist University (#228-299)
  • Houston Baptist University (#228-299)
  • Prairie View A&M University (#228-299)
  • Southwestern Assemblies of God University (#228-299)
  • Stephen F. Austin University (#228-299)
  • Tarleton State University (#228-299)

Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Texas according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Texas Education Agency for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2017-2018 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Abilene Christian UniversityYes14753100%$27,175
Angelo State UniversityYes26%10314184%$11,742
Arlington Baptist CollegeNo913$16,256
Austin CollegeNo1515100%$21,893
Baylor UniversityYes57%30314199%$37,745
Concordia University TexasNo63%34%523789%$23,578
Criswell CollegeNo2$16,691
Dallas Baptist UniversityNo99%84%14534100%$25,693
Dallas Christian CollegeNo81$22,745
East Texas Baptist UniversityNo6836100%$20,370
Hardin-Simmons UniversityNo83%71%864097%$20,546
Houston Baptist UniversityNo86%1744294%$21,084
Howard Payne UniversityNo57%10%483187%$21,833
Huston-Tillotson UniversityNo60%9%5410$17,789
Jarvis Christian CollegeNo123$14,429
Lamar UniversityYes25%2048389%$11,485
LeTourneau UniversityNo70%46%1866096%$22,608
Lubbock Christian UniversityNo707098%$21,913
McMurry UniversityNo32%79%784474%$22,991
Midwestern State UniversityYes76%46%2068290%$10,210
Mountain View CollegeNo$5,036
North American UniversityNo31$14,123
Our Lady of the Lake UniversityNo30%152787%$18,469
Paul Quinn CollegeNo131$12,286
Prairie View A&M UniversityYes1816449%$10,290
Rice UniversityNo108$24,131
Sam Houston State UniversityYes32%90343192%$11,742
Schreiner UniversityNo4212100%$17,796
Southern Methodist UniversityNo74%206168100%$36,458
South Texas CollegeNo$1,825
Southwestern Adventist UniversityNo6418$20,143
Southwestern Assemblies of God UniversityNo4418100%$24,463
Southwestern UniversityNo1418100%$27,008
St. Edwards UniversityNo86%822990%$25,669
St. Mary’s UniversityNo232396%$17,806
Stephen F. Austin State UniversityYes38%37%66135399%$11,650
Sul Ross State University-AlpineNo60%10%1818$12,274
Sul Ross State University-Uvalde/Rio GrandeNo1594971%
Tarleton State UniversityNo8%38623293%$12,831
Texas A&M International UniversityNo45%16%2437497%$4,857
Texas A&M University-Central TexasNo494593%
Texas A&M University-College StationNo99%1,70834589%$19,554
Texas A&M University-CommerceNo57658599%$11,396
Texas A&M University-Corpus ChristiNo22819497%$12,948
Texas A&M University-KingsvilleNo79%32%43613890%$13,017
Texas A&M University-San AntonioNo33921187%$11,379
Texas A&M University-TexarkanaNo76%31%10544100%$11,567
Texas Christian UniversityNo79%2319195%$35,363
Texas CollegeNo181545%$14,935
Texas Lutheran UniversityNo68%16%723096%$19,855
Texas Southern UniversityYes953697%$13,205
Texas State UniversityYes95%67%1,52471496%$13,579
Texas Tech UniversityYes1,00137697%$15,820
Texas Wesleyan UniversityNo1436095%$23,977
Texas Woman’s UniversityNo49%32%27328788%$9,129
Trinity UniversityYes2617100%$28,540
University of DallasNo1313100%$26,657
University of Houston-Clear LakeYes49%76%479166100%$11,306
University of Houston-DowntownNo9%4%56928576%$8,766
University of Houston-HoustonYes99%32035691%$15,664
University of Houston-VictoriaNo34%22411791%$11,305
University of Mary Hardin-BaylorNo82%61%1649894%$24,579
University of North Texas-DallasNo79%16259100%$7,930
University of North Texas-DentonYes91952697%$12,053
University of St. ThomasYes60%46%732992%$19,221
University of Texas-ArlingtonYes97%53124292%$12,533
University of Texas-AustinNo92%42938298%$14,356
University of Texas-DallasNo84%328109100%$10,036
University of Texas-El PasoNo42%1,390249100%$6,785
University of Texas-Permian BasinYes91%42%48215699%$9,930
University of Texas-Rio Grande ValleyYes1,11437496%$4,095
University of Texas-San AntonioNo81%77637388%$11,861
University of Texas-TylerNo72%24812398%$12,776
University of the Incarnate WordNo49%28.%9345100%$21,895
Wayland Baptist UniversityNo17%2%13244100%$18,693
West Texas A&M UniversityNo19%28%149123100%$18,693
Wiley CollegeNo13$14,025

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Texas: The University of Texas at Austin has once again outranked the competition by ranking as the number one graduate school in education among all college and universities both public and private according to the latest rankings compiled by US News & World Report. The University of Texas Graduate School of Education has ranked number one the last three years in a row beating out prestigious institutions such as Harvard and Cal-Berkeley. The overall College of Education including the undergraduate portion ranked number three overall. The UT programs also ranked first in research funding with over $65 million. The College is marked by outstanding faculty, state of the art facilities and equipment, and a culture of excellence that pushes students to excel both in and out of the classroom.

Texas State University-San Marcos: Texas State University-San Marcos offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs for aspiring teachers through its nationally recognized College of Education. At the undergraduate level, programs include interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degrees for Early Childhood through Grade 6; Grades 4 to 8; and All-level Special Education. Graduate students can pursue studies in such areas as Developmental Education; Adult, Professional, and Community Education; Secondary Education; Reading Education; and Educational Technology, among other competitive programs. Teacher preparation is the largest group of programs at the College of Education, which enjoys campus-wide support from other departments and programs towards the goal of graduating successful teachers. Students also receive learning support from centers housed within the College of Education, including the LBJ Institute for Stem Education and Research, the Technology Institute for Developmental Educators, and the Central Texas Writing Project.

Texas Tech University: The Texas Tech University College of Education is one of the largest College’s located at the university’s main campus in Lubbock. The College of Education has its roots in the department of education dating back to 1925. The College is accredited by several organizations and agencies including the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. A student who matriculates to the Texas Tech University College of Education can expect a world-class education both in and out of the classroom. Students are able to get hands-on experience learning in real-world educational settings as soon as their sophomore year. Texas Tech is a tier one research institution and has several educational research centers such as the Academy of teacher Induction Support and Assistance.

Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Texas

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Abilene Christian University
1600 Campus Court
Abilene, TX 79699
(325) 674-2000

Amarillo College*
2011 S Washington
Amarillo, TX 79109
(806) 371-5000

Angelina College*
3500 South First
Lufkin, TX 75902-1768
(936) 639-1301

Angelo State University
2601 W Avenue N
San Angelo, TX 76909
(325) 942-2555

Austin College
900 N Grand Ave
Sherman, TX 75090-4400
(903) 813-2000

Austin Community College District*
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 223-7000

Baylor University
500 Speight Ave
Waco, TX 76798
(254) 710-1011

Cisco College*
101 College Heights
Cisco, TX 76437
(254) 442-5000

Coastal Bend College*
3800 Charco Rd
Beeville, TX 78102
(361) 358-2838

Dallas Baptist University
3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75211-9299
(214) 333-7100

Dallas Christian College
2700 Christian Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75234-7299
(972) 241-3371

Del Mar College*
101 Baldwin Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78404-3897
(361) 698-1255

East Texas Baptist University
1209 N Grove
Marshall, TX 75670-1498
(903) 935-7963

Hardin-Simmons University
2200 Hickory
Abilene, TX 79698-0001
(325) 670-1000

Hill College*
112 Lamar Dr
Hillsboro, TX 76645
(254) 582-2555

Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Rd
Houston, TX 77074-3298
(281) 649-3000

Student Review: “I thoroughly enjoyed the teacher preparation program at Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas. The scheduled provided a lot of flexibility as it provided the opportunity for online classes as well as traditional in person classes. I was able to complete the program at my own pace and was provided consistent academic advising to ensure the timeline and my needs were being met. I felt the professors were very knowledgeable in their content and the smaller class sizes made it a more personable experience. Students came from diverse backgrounds which also enhanced the learning experience. The courses were rigorous enough and now having been in the field I believe they properly prepared me for my career beyond the classroom.” -Student at Houston Baptist University

Howard Payne University
1000 Fisk St
Brownwood, TX 76801-2794
(325) 646-2502

Huston-Tillotson University
900 Chicon St
Austin, TX 78702-2795
(512) 505-3000

Jarvis Christian College
Hwy 80 E
Hawkins, TX 75765-1470
(903) 769-5700

Kilgore College*
1100 Broadway
Kilgore, TX 75662-3299
(903) 984-8531

Lamar University
4400 MLK
Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 880-7011

Student Review: “I had a great experience with Lamar University’s Post Bachelor’s teacher certification program. The majority of the classes were relevant, and I chose to attend on-campus classes to be able to continue to network and talk with fellow students. The education department had a diverse faculty teaching the classes, and some had very thick accents. At the time I thought it was a negative thing about the program, but in retrospect, it taught me to really stop and listen, and get used to different ways of speaking. Something that I do encounter every day in my teaching career. I do feel their online portfolio program is a waste of money. I feel a simple exercise or class on how to create and maintain an online portfolio would suffice. The software program is expensive and only good for 7 years. Most schools do not even access this program for a potential hire, and a personal online portfolio would make more of an impact. In summary, I would definitely recommend this program.” -Student at Southern Methodist University

LeTourneau University
2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, TX 75607-7001
(903) 233-3000

Lee College*
511 S Whiting
Baytown, TX 77520
(281) 427-5611

McMurry University
S 14th and Sayles Blvd
Abilene, TX 79697
(325) 793-3800

Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099
(940) 397-4000

Paul Quinn College
3837 Simpson Stuart Rd
Dallas, TX 75241
(214) 302-3545

Prairie View A&M University
5th Street Ave A
Prairie View, TX 77446
(936) 261-3311

Richland College*
12800 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75243-2199
(972) 238-6106

Sam Houston State University
1806 Ave J
Huntsville, TX 77340
(936) 294-1111

Student Review: “The program at SHSU is more than amazing. It really gives you a new outlook working inside of the classroom and learning how other childrens minds work and how not everyone thinks the same as you. The teachers that teach the course are also more than lovely. They truly want you to succeed in their course and your careers. A lot of the teachers choose to take their own personal time and stay before, after, and even on days they do not work. SHSU teachers are very dedicated, especially the ones in this department. I genuinely do not have anything that I feel should be changed about the education program at Sam.” -Student at Sam Houston State University

San Antonio College*
1300 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX 78212-4299
(210) 733-2000

Schreiner University
2100 Memorial Blvd
Kerrville, TX 78028-5697
(830) 896-5411

Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX 75275-0221
(214) 768-2000

Student Review: “The pedagogical classes were fairly limited in scope — I learned much more from my time as a student teacher than I did in pedagogical classes. We were assigned particular English classes to take as part of our degree to give us a well-rounded background in both American and world literature. My advisor was particularly helpful in connecting me with administrators from several different school districts in the region where I wanted to teach, which made finding a job much easier than I had thought it would be. I entered the classroom ready to teach reading and writing effectively, although more from experience than from the classroom. I would recommend the program because of the connections that you can make.” -Peter B., student at Southern Methodist University

Southwest Texas Junior College*
2401 Garner Field Rd
Uvalde, TX 78801-6297
(830) 278-4401

Southwestern Adventist University
100 W Hillcrest
Keene, TX 76059
(817) 645-3921

Southwestern Assemblies of God University
1200 Sycamore
Waxahachie, TX 75165
(888) 937-4010

Southwestern University
1001 University Ave
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 863-6511

St. Mary’s University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228-8572
(210) 436-3011

St. Edward’s University
3001 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 448-8400

Student Review: “Being part of the St. Edward’s educators’ community was truly a rewarding experience. I started out taking basic education classes which I feel has helped carry me the most in my professional career. I learned just the basics and went all of the way through the program as a student teacher, where I was given more opportunities to teach coming from a small private school than I would have had I come from a much larger university. A few down sides to the program were that I was a full-time working student and found it difficult to juggle my class schedule since often only one class per requirement was offered per semester. This meant I had no flexibility to work around my classes and I suffered financially because of it. Overall, I feel attending a small, private school gave me more time and attention from my professors and this really helped me land a professional teaching job six months after graduation. I am a very proud class of 2011 alum!” – Student at St. Edward’s University

Stephen F. Austin State University
1936 North St
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
(936) 468-2011

Student Review: “Stephen F. Austin State University’s Elementary Education program is a top notch program. Though is was challenging, I had a wonderful time and feel like I was given quality education preparation. In the Elementary Education program you are consistently in the classroom teaching students from the start of your college career to the very end. I liked that I received experience in a variety of grade levels, schools, and even had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant for several years in their on campus Charter School. Overall the program is filled with life and professors that are very knowledgable and care about you as a person. The only thing I think that I wished I was more prepared for was dealing with discipline and how to resolve those issues.” – Student at Stephen F. Austin State University

Sul Ross State University
400 N Harrison
Alpine, TX 79832
(432) 837-8011

Student Review: “I have to say that my time spent a Sul Ross State University was that of learning and understanding. Sul Ross State University is a teaching school with one goal in mind; to produce next level teachers. Being in west Texas, Sul Ross State University is very much isolated, but this allows you to get your studies done. Graduating from this college will take you on average 4 years to do. The work here is easy, but effective if you want to become an educator. Along with getting an undergraduate degree, Sul Ross State University offers a graduate program so you can get even more knowledge on how to become an educator.” – Student at Sul Ross State University

Tarleton State University
1333 W Washington
Stephenville, TX 76401-0000
(254) 968-9000

Texas A&M International University
5201 University Blvd
Laredo, TX 78041-1900
(956) 326-2001

Texas A&M University
College Station
TX 77843
(979) 845-3211

Student Review: “At Texas A&M University, the early childhood education program is amazing. During my studies, I had the chance to get hands-on experience in the classroom and learn from other teachers. I felt valued, challenged, and excited to learn. I had the privilege of working with some incredible staff members who believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I graduated feeling confident that I would be a great teacher and have the skills necessary to influence the upcoming generations. I would definitely recommend this program and Texas A&M as a school of choice.” -Student at Texas A&M University
Student Review: “This was a phenomenal program. The curriculum was extremely challenging with the rigor of the assignments truly meeting the everyday experiences within a school district in the State of Texas. I loved the program as I was not required to take a GRE prior to entrance. This may not be a deal breaker for most as they probably had high GPA’s upon completion of their Bachelor’s Degree, but mine was not. The only thing I can say I was dissatisfied about the program was the absence of a Principals or Administrator’s certificate. Granted, this was my job to research this prior to entering (and paying for) the program, and at the time it was not a priority of mine to get this certification. Looking back on it, I wished I would have as now I am looking into becoming a principal, and this program will cost me an additional $5,000 to obtain that certificate.” -Student at Texas A&M University
Student Review: “The University’s education program offered a great deal of insight on what to expect on the journey of becoming an educator. I specifically chose the area of Mathematics and was fortunate enough to have professors that were encouraging as this was an area that lacked future educators. The curriculum I was introduced to was not as challenging as I had hoped at times early on, but in the final year I did face information that I struggled to keep up with. The program’s student teaching portion provided me with an excellent experience in the classroom, being able to sit with students and actually see your teachings come through in the students’ work was the most rewarding part of the program. One area that I did feel could use improvement would be the schedule and the amount of available courses, having so many prerequisites for each course meant that many students found it hard to get into courses necessary to keep on track with the degree program.” – Student at Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University-Commerce
2600 S Neal
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
(903) 886-5081

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Dr
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5503
(361) 825-5700

Texas A&M University-Kingsville
955 University Blvd
Kingsville, TX 78363
(361) 593-2111

Texas Christian University
2800 S University Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-7000

Texas Lutheran University
1000 W Court St
Seguin, TX 78155-5999
(830) 372-8000

Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne St
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 313-7011

Texas State Technical College Harlingen
1902 North Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550-3697
(956) 364-4000

Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 245-2111

Student Review: “The Teacher Preparation program at Texas State University is so strong, challenging, but also fulfilling. What I loved about our program is the chance to gain experience at all levels (Elementary, Middle, and High School). The program itself was very rigorous, but prepared us well as much as possible for that it will be like in the real world. Each student was paired with a veteran mentor teacher who helped guide us through our time in the program. Teachers were not afraid to challenge us by immediately engaging us in the classroom, forcing us to think critically and actively as a teacher does in many scenarios. Personally, I learned by doing. Being in front of students, figuring it out, and being forced to get out of my comfort zone. I gained many tool and strategies to use as I begin the process in preparing to have my own classroom and students in it.” -Student at Texas State University

Texas Tech University
Broadway and University Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
(806) 742-2011

Texas Wesleyan University
1201 Wesleyan St
Fort Worth, TX 76105-1536
(817) 531-4444

Texas Woman’s University
304 Administration Dr
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 898-2000

Student Review: “I think that TWU has prepared me fairly well for teaching. I wish that I would have had more time to be in real classrooms and be able to interact with kids more. I also wish there was more separation in education classes for people teaching high school level classes. There was a lot of overlap between the people teaching high school having to learn techniques that had to do with early elementary children. I have little to no interest in teaching young children and I would have rather gone over more techniques for older children. We did go over a lot of laws and regulations and those were very helpful. We also went over a lot of intellectual property laws and best practices. The school is great for the most part I just strongly disliked all the education stuff we went over that has nothing to do with high school teaching.” -Student at Texas Woman’s University

The University of Texas at Arlington
701 S Nedderman Dr
Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 272-2011

Student Review: “I thought it was a great program. The Dean’s office team was always willing to help when something happened, which things always happened because other departments weren’t as good. The academic advisor was superb. The hands on and practical experience were very helpful. In the end, I opted not to teach secondary education, but to continue my schooling to teach at the college level. This was no reflection on the education I received, I just prefer teaching about secondary as it turns out. I would recommend this program to other people if they were pursuing a degree that would allow them to teach and focus on history. I liked that the last year of schooling is completely focused on education.” -Student at University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 471-3434

Student Review: “The University of Texas is one of the largest universities in the nation. Due to this, I found it important to join groups and organizations on campus to find a smaller, tighter-knit group of people where it would be easier to make friends. It wasn’t until I joined an organization that includes all majors that I was really able to meet and make friends with people from other majors. The quality of the education is superb.” -Neil Q., student at University of Texas at Austin
Student Review: “The University of Texas at Austin UTeach Liberal Arts Teacher Certification Program has been a very enjoyable experience for me. In the first semester, I observed a first-grade classroom and taught my first lessons to the students. This hands-on experience in the very first semester of the program was unusual, but I liked it because it allowed many students in the program to realize quickly if teaching was for them. What I think could be improved in the program is that rather than spending the first semester in elementary schools, students should start in middle school. This is because the program certifies middle and high school teachers, not elementary.” -Student at University of Texas at Austin
Student Review: “The teaching preparation program, called UTeach, was an amazing experience for me. I thought that all of the professors genuinely enjoyed what they were teaching and you could see it in how they taught and interacted with the students. I liked that the classroom sizes were smaller so it made the teaching more personal and one-on-one sessions were easy to get. I disliked that I felt they didn’t prepare us properly to deal with disruptive or problematic students. Many of the classrooms we taught at were the ‘top’ classrooms of the school so we didn’t really get a variety of students we’d face in our real life careers later on.” -Student at University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
(972) 883-2111

Student Review: “The University of Texas at Dallas is a school for those who wish to attend a small school with a bigger feel. Located 15 minutes from Dallas, the school offers a few transport options (such as free passes to ride the DART system) so that students don’t feel trapped in suburban Richardson. While the school is small, especially compared to nearby UNT, I feel that this smallness creates a closer community among the students. There are plenty of groups or clubs to join, and plenty of people to meet, although it is true that many of the people who attend the school either aren’t the partying type or commute from off-campus. I’ve never had problems with a professor, and never had any problems approaching them outside of class. I found their scholarship offering to be generous and the on-campus apartments to be of good quality (although a bit expensive). Overall I have no regrets attending UTD although at times it can lack the exciting atmosphere of a larger school.” -Arnand S., student at The University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968-0691
(915) 747-5000

The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644
(210) 458-4011

The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler, TX 75799-6699
(903) 566-7000

Student Review: “I chose to attend UT Tyler because it was the closest public university to my home. The campus was under a lot of construction the whole time I went there and this made it difficult to get around. Thankfully, there was a commuter campus even closer to me where I was able to take classes through a two-way video feed. The best part of UT Tyler was the Longview University Campus branch. The teacher preparation program was going through a change and that made for a lot of confusion. They were moving away from hands-on learning and focused more on pedagogy. UT Tyler is expensive compared to the other UT campuses (not including Austin) but it is the best choice if you want to stay in the Longview/Tyler area.” -Student at University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
4901 E University
Odessa, TX 79762-0001
(432) 552-2020

The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
1201 W University Dr
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
(956) 381-2011

Trinity University
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
(210) 999-7011

University of Houston
212 E Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-2018
(713) 743-1000

University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058-1098
(281) 283-7600

Student Review: “My experiences at University of Houston-Clear Lake were positive. The school has a welcoming environment and offers many resources to its students. They offer math labs and writing labs for student help, as well as career counseling. I liked that they offered numerous classes that suited my busy schedule. The staff is very knowledgeable and teachers make a point to get to know their pupils. They have office hours to discuss class matters and are available through email and phone. University of Houston-Clear Lake believes in the team effort and at first, I did not like how most classrooms encouraged group projects. However, once I became accustomed to the teamwork, I began to appreciate the value of learning to cooperate for coursework.” -Student at University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
900 College St
Belton, TX 76513-2599
(800) 727-8642

University of North Texas
Chestnut Ave
Denton, TX 76203-1277
(940) 565-2000

Student Review: “The University of North Texas is in a great location with unique shops, restaurants, and tons of shopping malls around the area. Everyone in the town of Denton is extremely nice, well-mannered, and made me really happy and pleased with the area. They always have well-known comedians and actors coming over to the UNT campus to inspire students and have many activities for students to participate in. The one thing I don’t like about UNT is the parking. Everyone pays a lot for a parking permit but never get good parking spots.” -Dustin F., student at University of North Texas
Student Review: “Within the teacher preparation program at UNT, the focus lies heavily on elementary education and concepts associated with children of that age. As someone who is passionate about students of high school age, I find the curriculum lacking necessary information for my specific area of interest. The professors are passionate and will always respond honestly and intelligently to questions that I have, however, I don’t believe I should have to prompt my lecturer in order to receive the education that I am paying for. I feel prepared for my career as a teacher, however, I don’t feel as though the University of North Texas teacher preparation courses have aided me in the way they should be designed to. Furthermore, there is a heavy focus on teaching within the United States, and I have a passion for overseas education. In this respect, I have received little to no instruction on how to better myself as an educator abroad.” -Student at University of North Texas

University of St Thomas-Houston
3800 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006-4696
(713) 522-7911

University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 829-6000

Wayland Baptist University
1900 W 7th St
Plainview, TX 79072
(806) 291-1000

West Texas A&M University
2501 4th Ave
Canyon, TX 79016-0001
(806) 651-4636

Western Texas College*
6200 College Ave
Snyder, TX 79549
(325) 573-8511

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

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3. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2019.
4. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
8. US Department of Education 2018 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx