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To enter the program and enroll in UTL 101 (Introduction to the Teaching Profession):

  • Overall UT GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Attend mandatory UTeach-LA New Student Orientation

To enroll in UTL 202 (Introduction to Teaching in the Middle School):

  • Overall UT GPA of 2.6 or above,
  • Major and certification area must match, and
  • Grade of at least B in UTL 101
  • Prepare to purchase your laptop

To enroll in UTL 640 (Teaching in Secondary Schools):

  • Overall UT GPA of 2.75 or above,
  • GPA of 3.00 in your certification area,
  • Grade of at least B in UTL 202, and
  • Successful admission into the Professional Development Sequence (PDS)
  • Have your laptop

To enroll in UTL 360 (Problems & Principles of Secondary Education), and UTL 670 (Directed Teaching in Secondary Schools):

  • Overall UT GPA of 2.75 or above,
  • GPA of 3.0 in your certification area,
  • Grade of at least B in both UTL 640 and
  • Successful evidence of language proficiency in written and oral experiences at UT and in field-based experience

If either your overall GPA or certification area GPA does not meet the above stated requirement, you must raise it to the required level before continuing in the program.

Important note about field placement requirements:

Texas Education Code § 22.083 authorizes a school district to obtain criminal history record information from any law enforcement or criminal justice agency on applicants, employees, or volunteers of the district. All UTeach-Liberal Arts students will undergo a Criminal History Record Information check each semester they participate in a UTeach-LA course that requires field placement (UTL 101, 202, 640, 360 & 670). School districts may terminate a field placement if offenses on a student’s record do not comply with district or state policy. Criminal histories are evaluated on a case by case basis and students should review the section on National Criminal History Checks for more information. Students with questions about their record should also contact the TX Department of Public Safety.

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New Student Orientation

UTL 101 students are required to attend the New Student Orientation at the beginning of the UTL 101 semester.  Dates vary per semester.  Your UTL 101 instructor and a UTeach-LA administrator will notify you of the date.

Required for all incoming UTeach-Liberal Arts students

Laptop Requirement

A laptop computer is required beginning in UTL 640, and for the UTeach-Liberal Arts courses that follow. These laptops are available at a discount, and financial aid loan resources are available.

Required for all students entering the Professional Development Sequence


Fall 2023 application deadline: July 15, 2023
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Spring 2023 application deadline: December 1, 2022
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