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Elementary (Early Childhood - Grade 6) 

In elementary school, teachers instruct students in all subjects. So, you can major in any area and apply to the elementary program. Candidates complete clinical practice in cohorts at one of Trinity's Professional Development Schools. Prerequisites for the program include coursework in science, mathematics, English and social science on their transcript in addition to courses focused on:

  • Learning and motivation (EDUC 3320, PSYC 2320 or approved alternative)
  • Students with exceptional needs (EDUC 1331)
  • Field-based experiences (EDUC 2201)
  • Methods courses in literacy, mathematics and science (EDUC 3301, 3341 and 3351)

Or, students can complete the Minor in Teaching, which fulfills the prerequisites for consideration for the Elementary MAT Program.

You can add additional teaching certifications in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education.

Applicants admitted to the MAT program must pass a Criminal Background Check to obtain Texas teacher certification. 


Secondary (Grades 7-12)

In middle and high school, teachers instruct students in one or more subject. So, you can major in the subject you want to teach or have at least 15 credit hours in a subject plus a passing score on the state content exam to apply to the secondary program. Candidates complete clinical practice in cohorts at one of Trinity's Professional Development Schools

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English and Reading
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Life Science (Biology/Environmental Science)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science (Physics, Chemistry, Geoscience)
  • Physics
  • Social Studies (History, Economics, Sociology, Political Science)
  • Speech

Prerequisite courses for the program include:

  • Learning and motivation (EDUC 3320, PSYC 2320 or approved alternative)
  • Students with exceptional needs (EDUC 1331)
  • Field-based experiences (EDUC 2202 and 3302)

Or, students can complete the Minor in Teaching, which fulfills the prerequisites for consideration for the Secondary MAT Program.

You can add additional teaching certifications in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education.

Applicants admitted to the MAT program must pass a Criminal Background Check to obtain Texas teacher certification. 

Early Childhood - Grade 12

All-level certification requires a bachelor’s degree in the subject or at least 15 credit hours plus a passing score on the state content exam to apply for the program. Candidates complete clinical practice in cohorts at one of Trinity's Professional Development Schools

  • Art
  • Languages* (Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish)
  • Music
  • Theatre

Prerequisite courses for the program include:

  • Learning and motivation (EDUC 3320, PSYC 2320 or approved alternative)
  • Students with exceptional needs (EDUC 1331)
  • Field-based experiences (EDUC 2202 and 3302 OR 2204 and 2205)
  • Oral Proficiency Exam (languages only)

Or, students can complete the Minor in Teaching, which fulfills the prerequisites for consideration for the Secondary MAT Program.

You can add additional teaching certifications in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education.

Applicants admitted to the MAT program must pass a Criminal Background Check to obtain Texas teacher certification.