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The Early Childhood to 6th Grade ESL Generalist Certification in the College of Education is a major that leads to elementary teacher certification. Students in this major will be prepared to enter the classroom as an elementary school teacher in both the public and private school school system.

Declare This Major

Current undergraduate students at UT Austin who would like to transfer into the College of Education should meet with an academic advisor in SZB 216, the College of Education Dean's Office, Student Division, to go over a proposed degree plan and complete the form to change colleges. Students with less than 45 semester hours who are interested in changing to one of the Applied Learning and Development majors may transfer into the College of Education at any time. Students with 45 or more semester hours must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to transfer into the College of Education.

There are no restrictions or extra application requirements for this major. Once a student is in the College of Education, there is an internal application for the final three semesters of the major (the Professional Development Sequence, or "PDS"). Admission to the PDS requires a minimum 2.5 UT grade point average and completion of required prerequisite coursework. View additional information at Early Childhood to 6th grade certification.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View a degree plan to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development Early Childhood to 6th Grade ESL Generalist Certification major. View course syllabi of Applied Learning and Development courses.


Students will not have the option to have a specialization within their degree. However, all students will take courses on teaching English as a Second Language. These courses are required and will provide the knowledge base for students to pass the ESL certification test.


EC-6 ESL majors enjoy being around children and are friendly, outgoing, caring, creative, and organized. They are passionate about helping others through learning.


Students in this major will gain skills in how to teach young children in a variety of subjects. Students can expect to gain confidence in their presentation and oral communication skills. They will learn to work with all different types of students, including those with special needs. They will gain an understanding for how to develop curriculum and lesson plans while meeting the requirements for certified teachers in the State of Texas.