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University of Houston-Clear Lake

UHCL is a four year public university located in the beautiful Bay Area Houston area. Students join a diverse community of more than 9,000 students, faculty and staff who are committed to their success. 40 percent of our students are Hispanic, and many come from other countries around the world. Campus programs and resources embrace diversity at all levels to create an enriching student experience. Students can enroll full-time or part-time and take classes during the day, evening and online. Additionally, courses are offered at campus locations in Pearland and the Texas Medical Center, so students have flexibility in earning their degrees. The College of Education offers nine teacher certification programs, ten graduate programs and two doctoral degrees.

  • College or University
  • Houston, TX
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The College of Education program at UHCL helped me become the teacher that I am today by providing me with a variety of learning experiences, from field experience classes to internships. The diversity of professors provided us with an opportunity to learn about education from various experiences.

Jordan Barber

University of Houston-Clear Lake
Bachelor’s & certification
Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program
Master’s & certification
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Bachelor's & cert.
  • Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program
Master’s & cert.
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
Bachelor’s & certification
Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program
  • From 48 to 72 months
    Program Duration
    Program duration can vary based on the number of courses taken per semester, summer semester enrollment, as well as other factors
  • In-person
    Program Format
  • Pre-Test Required
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Program Info

At UHCL, we place learner-centered teaching and learning at the heart of all that we do. The foundation of learner-centered teaching and learning is equity and excellence for all learners. We believe that success for all learners is the central and fundamental goal of education. We believe that success for our teacher candidates involves achieving the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions to have a positive impact on their students.

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  • From 48 to 72 months
    Program Duration
    Program duration can vary based on the number of courses taken per semester, summer semester enrollment, as well as other factors
  • In-person
    Program Format
  • Pre-Test Required
Upcoming Deadlines
  • Deadlines
    Program Start
  • Transfer Deadline
    May 01, 2021
  • Final Deadline
    Aug. 10, 2021
  • Transfer Deadline
    Aug. 17, 2021
  • Final Deadline
    Dec. 01, 2021
  • Transfer Deadline
    Jan. 04, 2022
  • Final Deadline
    Feb. 01, 2022
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Tuition & Fees
In State Tuition
Out of State Tuition
Application Fee
Cost Offsets
Students at University of Houston-Clear Lake have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with University of Houston-Clear Lake to see if you can, too!
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Provides information on the types of credentials one can gain by becoming certified to teach through this specific program of interest.
Art (Pre-K-12)
Bilingual Education / Spanish Supplemental
Core Subjects (4-8)
Core Subjects (Pre-K-6)
English Language Arts and Reading (4-8)
English Language Arts and Reading (7-12)
English Language Arts and Reading / Social Studies (4-8)
English as a Second Language Supplemental
Gifted & Talented Supplemental
History (7-12)
Life Science (7-12)
Mathematics (4-8)
Mathematics (7-12)
Physical Education (Pre-K-12)
Physics / Science (6-12)
Science (4-8)
Social Studies (4-8)
Social Studies (7-12)
Special Education (Pre-K-12)
Special Education Supplemental

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

  • Years 1 and 2

    All students start by taking the core curriculum. Students will also take two entry-level education courses: Introduction to Teaching and Introduction to Special Populations.

  • Year 3

    Students preparing to become elementary school teachers will primarily take education coursework in Year 3.  Those who plan to teach in middle school or high school will have additional content (history, mathematics, etc.) coursework as well.

  • Year 4

    Year 4 consists of Pre-Service Internship I and II.  These are the capstone experiences for the UHCL teacher preparation program.  Pre-Service Internship I is every Wednesday of the public school semester. Pre-Service Internship II is every day of the public school semester. Enrollment in Pre-Service Internship I should not be considered until almost all content and basic certification courses have been successfully completed.

Program Hallmarks

  • Hands-On Experience

    UHCL believes that real world experience prepares students to become certified teachers. The teacher preparation program at UHCL offers extensive public school based experiences for future educators. These expanded experiences include a two-semester internship, public school based university coursework and close cooperation with many schools designated as professional development school sites. The year-long internship is designed to provide future educators with hands-on experience related to every aspect of the teaching profession. As a professional educator, students serve in a variety of teaching roles with a high level of responsibility.

  • Preparation for Diverse Populations

    UHCL’s curriculum and field experiences are designed to help students understand the importance of diversity in teaching and learning. UHCL expects students to demonstrate a commitment to diversity by showing adaptability in instruction for individual differences; demonstrating that diversity in the classroom is a commitment to equity; facilitating lessons that counteract negative stereotypes and bigotry; providing students with access to varying points of view; and using language that is not demeaning or harmful to any individual or group.

  • Mentoring & Coaching

    During UHCL's internship program, students work under the supervision of a team consisting of the Center for the Professional Development, public school personnel, a university supervisor, a district supervisor and a mentor teacher with the cooperation of the campus principal. The internship team serves as the student's teacher, supervisor and mentor throughout two internship semesters. UHCL assigns students to school sites that regard every staff member as a mentor who fosters a rich, supportive environment for preparing professional teachers.

  • Program Commitment to Improvement & Excellence

    At UHCL, we believe in hands-on learning. Through professional development, local partnerships and innovative classes, our students graduate with plenty of real-world experience. One such partnership is with Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD). UHCL and CCISD agreed to create and maintain a professional development laboratory school in the district. This school, McWhirter Professional Development Laboratory School in Webster, TX, was opened in 2002. Through this partnership, UHCL students take courses taught at the school in a designated classroom, completing internships and other field experiences at the school.

Total Enrollment
Entry GPA Min Undergrad Eligibility
Entry GPA Med
Program Completers
Acceptance Rate
  • Male
  • Female
  • 9%
  • 91%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races
  • 1%
  • 3%
  • 5%
  • 45%
  • 0%
  • 45%
  • 1%
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