The UTeach-Liberal Arts Program begins with four core courses taken sequentially, regardless of the semester you enter the program. Semester 3 and Semester 4 (UTL 640 and UTL 360/670) must be taken consecutively. The coursework involves consistent and continuing classroom exposure, and courses are offered during long semesters (spring and fall) only.
In addition to attending the seminars on the UT-Austin campus, UTL 101, 202, 640, 360 & 670 require field placement in schools for an increasing number of hours each semester. This means that you must allow time during the day (preferably morning) to complete this field experience. Take care to budget for more than the allotted classroom time to account for travel to and from your assigned school.
For detailed course descriptions, visit the Course Descriptions page.
The UTeach-Liberal Arts program requires full-time class attendance during the day. UTeach-LA does not offer online, evening or distance-learning courses for the pedagogy content required coursework, and does not give credit for current or previous teaching experience or pedagogy teaching courses from other programs. At least six semester credit hours needs to be taken at UT-Austin in your certification area.
Pedagogy Training: The Undergraduate Four-Semester Sequence
UTL 101 – Introduction to the Teaching Profession
Seminar plus 10 hours of field experience
UTL 202 – Introduction to Teaching in the Middle School
Seminar plus 20 hours of field experience
UTL 640 - Teaching in Secondary Schools
Seminars plus 45 hours of field experience
UTL 360 – Problems and Principles in Secondary Education
UTL 670 – Directed Teaching in Secondary Schools
Twelve weeks of apprentice teaching in a secondary school during the final semester of the UTeach-Liberal Arts program. UTL 670 is taken on a pass/fail basis; UTL 360 must be taken for a letter grade.
ALD 322 - Individual Differences
Prerequisite: Psychology 301 or the equivalent.
EDP 363M - Adolescent Development
EDC 339F - Adolescent Literacy
Required for students seeking English 4-8, 8-12, and Social Studies 4-8 certification.
Content Area Coursework
Refer to the College of Liberal Arts website for sample degree plans for Chinese, economics, English, French, geography, German, government, history, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish majors. You may also meet with an advisor in your major to obtain and review your official degree plan.
Each content area has different required content area coursework that supports your professional development in teaching. Review UTeach-LA Course Requirement Handouts for specific content coursework in your area. Special attention should be paid to ensure you take the correct content area courses each semester. You may also meet with a UTeach-Liberal Arts program advisor to review UTeach-Liberal Arts requirements.
Coursework for the UTeach-Liberal Arts program is dictated by the State Coordinating Board for Higher Education and the State Board for Educator Certification, not by University catalogs. Therefore, changes in requirements may be independent of major and university requirements and may take place at anytime.
Undergraduate Course Requirements
Social Studies 4-8 History Majors
Social Studies 8-12 Economics Majors
Social Studies 8-12 Geography Majors
Social Studies 8-12 Government Majors
Social Studies 8-12 History Majors
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