Teacher Education Program

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Become a Future Leader in Education

Our Master of Arts in Teaching Program prepares students for a graduate degree and teacher certification. Certification options include:

  • Elementary (early childhood-6th grade)
  • English, History, Life Science, Physical Science, or Math (secondary: 7th-12th grade)
  • Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, or Theatre (all-level: early childhood-12th grade)

Coursework Overview

The M.A.T. degree requires 36-42 hours of coursework, (depending on the area of certification), professional development requirements, and a clinical teaching experience. The clinical teaching requirement may be met with either a one-semester placement under the guidance of a cooperating teacher or the completion of a one-year internship as teacher of record.

Elementary Certification EC-6

Candidates interested in elementary teaching pursue the Core Subjects EC-6 certification. Applicants must demonstrate content proficiency by presenting a passing Core Subjects EC-6 TExES (PACT) test score prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Elementary Certification EC-6 Degree Plan (PDF)

Secondary (7-12) / All-Level (EC-12) Certification

Candidates pursuing certification for the secondary or all-level grades, must demonstrate content proficiency by presenting a passing TExES (PACT) test score in the content area associated with the intended certification field prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Secondary (7-12) / All-Level (EC-12) Degree Plan (PDF)

A SECONDARY teaching program resulting in certification for 7th through 12th is available for the following specializations: English Language Arts, History. Life Science, Physical Science, Mathematics

An ALL-LEVEL teaching program resulting in certification for early childhood through the 12th is available for the following specializations: Art, Music, Spanish, Theater, Physical Education

2-Step Application Process

The M.A.T. Program prepares students for both a degree and certification, therefore the application is a two-step process.

Prospective students can apply for UIW graduate admission. Applicants meeting the university admissions requirements for graduate study are accepted conditionally to the M.A.T. Program. Enrollment is limited to coursework not aligned with educator standards until admission to the Teacher Education Program is attained. Candidates are admitted to the M.A.T. Program as a cohort beginning in the spring or summer term.

Pre-Advising Appointments

Setup a pre-advising appointment for questions about the application process or to learn more about the program. We are here to help you through each step. Contact Dr. Elda Martinez at eemartin@uiwtx.edu or call (210) 832-3297.

Step 1: Apply to UIW Graduate Studies


  • Completed Bachelor's degree or must be in the last semester of undergraduate degree
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or greater
  • Current official transcripts (from each college or university attended)
  • Admissions interview with the Teacher Education Department
  • THEA or GRE scores are not required, but highly recommended, for application to Graduate Studies (THEA or GRE test scores are required for admission to the Teacher Education Program)

Apply for UIW Graduate Admission

Step 2: Apply to Teacher Education Program


  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or greater
  • Passing THEA scores are a minimum of 230 on each section; reading, writing, and mathematics. Passing GRE scores are a minimum of 150 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections; a minimum score of 3.5 on the Analytical Writing
  • Two written faculty recommendations
  • Current official transcripts (from each college or university attended)
  • Group interview
  • Writing sample
  • TExES (PACT) content exam scores are required for admission to the Teacher Education Program

TEP application periods are open each semester. Contact the Teacher Education Program for dates at (210) 829-3937 or email education@uiwtx.edu.

Texas Teacher Certification

Students apply for the Teacher Education Program and, once admitted, begin certification coursework. Other requirements for admission and certification can be found below.

Preparing Teachers at UIW

Teacher Education is a valued program of study at the University of the Incarnate Word because it so directly addresses the mission to which UIW is committed. The program prepares individuals for a profession in which they can affect society and humanity in significant, positive ways.

The Teacher Education Program is a field-based program that provides intensive, realistic, and high quality experiences in school settings so that clinical teachers can connect theory to practice, observe effective teaching practices, interact with diverse populations, and explore and develop their teaching skills in close interaction with cooperating teachers and university faculty. Candidates of the UIW Teacher Education Program have consistently demonstrated a high level of achievement on the certification exams. The pass rates for the last five years are as follows:

Certification exam pass rates for UIW candidates

  • 2014-2015 = 100%
  • 2013-2014 = 96%
  • 2012-2013 = 97%
  • 2011-2012 = 99%
  • 2010-2011 = 99%

Supply and Demand of Texas Teachers

The Texas Education Agency requires Educator Preparation Programs to notify their candidates that teaching positions are more difficult to secure in districts along the I-35 corridor in Texas due to the number of teacher preparation programs providing candidates within those educational markets. UIW lies within the I-35 corridor, but has experienced a consistently high rate of candidate employment.

Educator Skills and Responsibilities

The UIW Education Program prepares candidates’ discipline content proficiency, instructional pedagogy, and professional disposition. The TEA Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Educator Standards (TAC §149.1001) presents the following teacher standards addressed throughout our program.

  • Standard 1: Instructional Planning and Delivery
  • Standard 2: Knowledge of Students and Student Learning
  • Standard 3: Content Knowledge and Expertise
  • Standard 4: Learning Environment
  • Standard 5: Data-Driven Practice
  • Standard 6: Professional Practices and Responsibilities

Program Accountability

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