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Texas Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

The information found below on teaching schools in Texas is designed as a guide for aspiring teachers in the state. Texas requires all teachers to complete an approved teacher preparation program from an accredited school in order to work in the state’s education system. This guide to teaching degrees in Texas provides useful information to help you research the various colleges and universities that offer degree programs. In order to find the best option for your career goals, this page contains a list of accredited teacher preparation programs as well as student reviews. Whether you are just out of college or are looking to embark on a new career as a teacher, this guide is meant to point you in the right direction.

School Facts

  • There are 135 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Texas.1
  • 67 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: Rice University, 91%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: St. Philip’s College, 62%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Southern Methodist University, $36,602.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: South Texas College, $1,306.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Texas*: $1,306-$36,602.2
  • Four schools were in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017: Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Six schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2017 (top 100): Rice University (15), University of Texas at Austin (56), Southern Methodist University (56), Baylor University (71), Texas A&M University-College Station (74), Texas Christian University (82).
  • 21 teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Texas: The University of Texas at Austin has once again outranked the competition by ranking as the number one graduate school in education among all college and universities both public and private according to the latest rankings compiled by US News & World Report. The University of Texas Graduate School of Education has ranked number one the last three years in a row beating out prestigious institutions such as Harvard and Cal-Berkeley. The overall College of Education including the undergraduate portion ranked number three overall. The UT programs also ranked first in research funding with over $65 million. The College is marked by outstanding faculty, state of the art facilities and equipment, and a culture of excellence that pushes students to excel both in and out of the classroom.

Texas State University-San Marcos: Texas State University-San Marcos offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs for aspiring teachers through its nationally recognized College of Education. At the undergraduate level, programs include interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degrees for Early Childhood through Grade 6; Grades 4 to 8; and All-level Special Education. Graduate students can pursue studies in such areas as Developmental Education; Adult, Professional, and Community Education; Secondary Education; Reading Education; and Educational Technology, among other competitive programs. Teacher preparation is the largest group of programs at the College of Education, which enjoys campus-wide support from other departments and programs towards the goal of graduating successful teachers. Students also receive learning support from centers housed within the College of Education, including the LBJ Institute for Stem Education and Research, the Technology Institute for Developmental Educators, and the Central Texas Writing Project.

Texas Tech University: The Texas Tech University College of Education is one of the largest College’s located at the university’s main campus in Lubbock. The College of Education has its roots in the department of education dating back to 1925. The College is accredited by several organizations and agencies including the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. A student who matriculates to the Texas Tech University College of Education can expect a world class education both in and out of the classroom. Students are able to get hands on experience learning in real world educational settings as soon as their sophomore year. Texas Tech is a tier one research institution and has several educational research centers such as the Academy of teacher Induction Support and Assistance.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluated and scored 1,100 US college programs that prepare teachers for for a career in the education system (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). According to the organization’s rigorous standards, eight teacher preparation programs in Texas made the “honor roll” of 3 stars or higher. Read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in Texas received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

    Texas Southern University (Undergraduate Secondary) 3-5stars
    Dallas Baptist University (Undergraduate Elementary) 3stars
    Dallas Baptist University (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
    Houston Baptist University (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
    Texas A&M University (Undergraduate Elementary) 3stars
    Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (Undergraduate Elementary) 3stars
    University of Texas at Austin (Undergraduate Elementary) 3stars

The following reviewed schools were cited as problematic (no stars):

    Angelo State University (Undergraduate Elementary) 0stars
    Sul Ross State University (Undergraduate Elementary)0stars
    Texas Tech University (Graduate Elementary)0stars
    University of Houston – Downtown (Undergraduate Secondary)0stars
    Wayland Baptist University (Undergraduate Elementary)0stars
    Wayland Baptist University (Undergraduate Secondary)0stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Angelo State University
  • Baylor University
  • iteach U.S.
  • Lamar University
  • Midwestern State University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Trinity University
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Saint Thomas
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Texas

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Texas

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Abilene Christian University
1600 Campus Court
Abilene, TX 79699
(325) 674-2000
www.acu.edu

Amarillo College
2011 S. Washington
Amarillo, TX 79109
(806) 371-5000
www.actx.edu

Angelina College
3500 South First
Lufkin, TX 75902-1768
(936) 639-1301

Angelo State University
2601 W Avenue N
San Angelo, TX 76909
(325) 942-2555
www.angelo.edu

Austin College
900 N Grand Ave
Sherman, TX 75090-4400
(903) 813-2000
www.austincollege.edu

Austin Community College District
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 223-7000
www.austincc.edu

Baylor University
500 Speight Ave.
Waco, TX 76798
(254) 710-1011
www.baylor.edu

Cisco College
101 College Heights
Cisco, TX 76437
(254) 442-5000

Coastal Bend College
3800 Charco Rd
Beeville, TX 78102
(361) 358-2838
www.coastalbend.edu

Dallas Baptist University
3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211-9299
(214) 333-7100
www.dbu.edu

Dallas Christian College
2700 Christian Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75234-7299
(972) 241-3371
www.dallas.edu

Del Mar College
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78404-3897
(361) 698-1255
www.delmar.edu

East Texas Baptist University
1209 N Grove
Marshall, TX 75670-1498
(903) 935-7963
www.etbu.edu

Exposito School of Hair Design Ltd
3710 Mockingbird
Amarillo, TX 79109-3208
(806) 355-9111
www.expositoschoolofhair.com

Hardin-Simmons University
2200 Hickory
Abilene, TX 79698-0001
(325) 670-1000
www.hsutx.edu

Hill College
112 Lamar Dr
Hillsboro, TX 76645
(254) 582-2555

Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Rd
Houston, TX 77074-3298
(281) 649-3000
www.hbu.edu

Howard Payne University
1000 Fisk St.
Brownwood, TX 76801-2794
(325) 646-2502

Huston-Tillotson University
900 Chicon St
Austin, TX 78702-2795
(512) 505-3000
www.htu.edu

Jarvis Christian College
Hwy 80 E
Hawkins, TX 75765-1470
(903) 769-5700

Kilgore College
1100 Broadway
Kilgore, TX 75662-3299
(903) 984-8531
www.kilgore.edu

Lamar University
4400 MLK
Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 880-7011
www.lamar.edu

LeTourneau University
2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, TX 75607-7001
(903) 233-3000
www.letu.edu

Lee College
511 S Whiting
Baytown, TX 77520
(281) 427-5611

McMurry University
S 14th and Sayles Blvd
Abilene, TX 79697
(325) 793-3800
www.mcm.edu

Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099
(940) 397-4000
www.mwsu.edu

Paul Quinn College
3837 Simpson Stuart Rd
Dallas, TX 75241
(214) 302-3545

Prairie View A & M University
5th Street Ave. A
Prairie View, TX 77446
(936) 261-3311
www.pvamu.edu

Richland College
12800 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75243-2199
(972) 238-6106

Saint Edwards University
3001 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 448-8400
www.gotostedwards.com

Sam Houston State University
1806 Ave J
Huntsville, TX 77340
(936) 294-1111
www.shsu.edu

San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX 78212-4299
(210) 733-2000
www.alamo.edu

Schreiner University
2100 Memorial Blvd
Kerrville, TX 78028-5697
(830) 896-5411
www.schreiner.edu

Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX 75275-0221
(214) 768-2000
www.smu.edu

Student Review: “The pedagogical classes were fairly limited in scope — I learned much more from my time as a student teacher than I did in pedagogical classes. We were assigned particular English classes to take as part of our degree to give us a well-rounded background in both American and world literature. My advisor was particularly helpful in connecting me with administrators from several different school districts in the region where I wanted to teach, which made finding a job much easier than I had thought it would be. I entered the classroom ready to teach reading and writing effectively, although more from experience than from the classroom. I would recommend the program because of the connections that you can make.” -Peter B., student at Southern Methodist University
stars-4

Southwest Texas Junior College
2401 Garner Field Rd
Uvalde, TX 78801-6297
(830) 278-4401
www.swtjc.edu

Southwestern Adventist University
100 W Hillcrest
Keene, TX 76059
(817) 645-3921
www.swau.edu

Southwestern Assemblies of God University
1200 Sycamore
Waxahachie, TX 75165
(888) 937-4010

Southwestern University
1001 University Ave
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 863-6511
www.southwestern.edu

St. Mary’s University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228-8572
(210) 436-3011
www.stmarytx.edu

St. Edward’s University
3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 448-8400
www.stedwards.edu

Student Review: “Being part of the St. Edward’s educators’ community was truly a rewarding experience. I started out taking basic education classes which I feel has helped carry me the most in my professional career. I learned just the basics and went all of the way through the program as a student teacher, where I was given more opportunities to teach coming from a small private school than I would have had I come from a much larger university.

A few down sides to the program were that I was a full-time working student and found it difficult to juggle my class schedule, since often only one class per requirement was offered per semester. This meant I had no flexibility to work around my classes and I suffered financially because of it. Overall, I feel attending a small, private school gave me more time and attention from my professors and this really helped me land a professional teaching job six months after graduation. I am a very proud class of 2011 alum!” -Student at St. Edward’s University
stars-4

Stephen F Austin State University
1936 North St
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
(936) 468-2011
www.sfasu.edu

Sul Ross State University
400 North Harrison
Alpine, TX 79832
(432) 837-8011
www.sulross.edu

Tarleton State University
1333 W. Washington
Stephenville, TX 76401-0000
(254) 968-9000
www.tarleton.edu

Texas A & M International University
5201 University Blvd
Laredo, TX 78041-1900
(956) 326-2001
www.tamiu.edu

Texas A & M University
College Station, TX 77843
(979) 845-3211
www.tamu.edu

Student Review: “At Texas A&M University, the early childhood education program is amazing. During my studies, I had the chance to get hands-on experience in the classroom and learn from other teachers. I felt valued, challenged, and excited to learn. I had the privilege of working with some incredible staff members who believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I graduated feeling confident that I would be a great teacher and have the skills necessary to influence the upcoming generations. I would definitely recommend this program and Texas A&M as a school of choice.” -Student at Texas A&M University
stars-5

Texas A & M University-Commerce
2600 South Neal
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
(903) 886-5081
www.tamu-commerce.edu

Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5503
(361) 825-5700
www.tamucc.edu

Texas A & M University-Kingsville
955 University Blvd
Kingsville, TX 78363
(361) 593-2111
www.tamuk.edu

Texas Christian University
2800 S University Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-7000
www.tcu.edu

Texas Lutheran University
1000 W. Court St
Seguin, TX 78155-5999
(830) 372-8000
www.tlu.edu

Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne St
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 313-7011
www.tsu.edu

Texas State Technical College Harlingen
1902 North Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550-3697
(956) 364-4000

Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 245-2111
www.txstate.edu

Texas Tech University
Broadway and University Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
(806) 742-2011
www.ttu.edu

Texas Wesleyan University
1201 Wesleyan St
Fort Worth, TX 76105-1536
(817) 531-4444
www.txwes.edu

Texas Womans University
304 Administration Dr
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 898-2000
www.twu.edu

The University of Texas at Arlington
701 S. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 272-2011
www.uta.edu

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 471-3434
www.utexas.edu

Student Review: “The University of Texas is one of the largest universities in the nation. Due to this, I found it important to join groups and organizations on campus to find a smaller, tighter-knit group of people where it would be easier to make friends. It wasn’t until I joined an organization that includes all majors that I was really able to meet and make friends with people from other majors. The quality of the education is superb.” -Neil Q., student at University of Texas at Austin
stars-3
Student Review: “The University of Texas at Austin UTeach Liberal Arts Teacher Certification Program has been a very enjoyable experience for me. In the first semester, I observed a first grade classroom, and taught my first lessons to the students. This hands-on experience in the very first semester of the program was unusual, but I liked it because it allowed many students in the program to realize quickly if teaching was for them. What I think could be improved in the program is that rather than spending the first semester in elementary schools, students should start in middle school. This is because the program certifies middle and high school teachers, not elementary.” -Student at University of Texas at Austin
stars-4
Student Review: “The teaching preparation program, called UTeach, was an amazing experience for me. I thought that all of the professors genuinely enjoyed what they were teaching and you could see it in how they taught and interacted with the students. I liked that the classroom sizes were smaller so it made the teaching more personal and one-on-one sessions were easy to get. I disliked that I felt they didn’t prepare us properly to deal with disruptive or problematic students. Many of the classrooms we taught at were the ‘top’ classrooms of the school so we didn’t really get a variety of students we’d face in our real life careers later on.” -Student at University of Texas at Austin
stars-4

The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
(972) 883-2111
www.utdallas.edu

Student Review: “The University of Texas at Dallas is a school for those who wish to attend a small school with a bigger feel. Located 15 minutes from Dallas, the school offers a few transport options (such as free passes to ride the DART system) so that students don’t feel trapped in suburban Richardson. While the school is small, especially compared to nearby UNT, I feel that this smallness creates a closer community among the students. There are plenty of groups or clubs to join, and plenty of people to meet, although it is true that many of the people who attend the school either aren’t the partying type or commute from off-campus. I’ve never had problems with a professor, and never had any problems approaching them outside of class. I found their scholarship offering to be generous and the on-campus apartments to be of good quality (although a bit expensive). Overall I have no regrets attending UTD although at times it can lack the exciting atmosphere of a larger school.” -Arnand S., student at The University of Texas at Dallas
stars-4

The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968-0691
(915) 747-5000
www.utep.edu

The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644
(210) 458-4011
www.utsa.edu

The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler, TX 75799-6699
(903) 566-7000
www.uttyler.edu

Student Review: “I chose to attend UT Tyler because it was the closest public university to my home. The campus was under a lot of construction the whole time I went there and this made it difficult to get around. Thankfully, there was a commuter campus even closer to me where I was able to take classes through a two-way video feed. The best part of UT Tyler was the Longview University Campus branch. The teacher preparation program was going through a change and that made for a lot of confusion. They were moving away from hands-on learning and focused more on pedagogy. UT Tyler is expensive compared to the other UT campuses (not including Austin) but it is the best choice if you want to stay in the Longview/Tyler area.” -Student at University of Texas at Tyler
stars-3

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
4901 E University
Odessa, TX 79762-0001
(432) 552-2020
www.utpb.edu

The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
1201 W University Dr
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
(956) 381-2011
www.utrgv.edu

Trinity University
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
(210) 999-7011
www.trinity.edu

University of Houston
212 E. Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-2018
(713) 743-1000
www.uh.edu

University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058-1098
(281) 283-7600
www.uhcl.edu

Student Review: “My experiences at University of Houston-Clear Lake were positive. The school has a welcoming environment and offers many resources to its students. They offer math labs and writing labs for student help, as well as career counseling. I liked that they offered numerous classes that suited my busy schedule. The staff is very knowledgeable and teachers make a point to get to know their pupils. They have office hours to discuss class matters and are available through email and phone. University of Houston-Clear Lake believes in team effort and at first I did not like how most classrooms encouraged group projects. However, once I became accustomed to the teamwork, I began to appreciate the value of learning to cooperate for coursework.” -Student at University of Houston-Clear Lake
stars-5

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
900 College St
Belton, TX 76513-2599
(800) 727-8642

University of North Texas
Chestnut Ave.
Denton, TX 76203-1277
(940) 565-2000
www.unt.edu

Student Review: “The University of North Texas is in a great location with unique shops, restaurants, and tons of shopping malls around the area. Everyone in the town of Denton is extremely nice, well-mannered, and made me really happy and pleased with the area. They always have well known comedians and actors coming over to the UNT campus to inspire students and have many activities for students to participate in. The one thing I don’t like about UNT is the parking. Everyone pays a lot for a parking permit but never get good parking spots.” -Dustin F., student at University of North Texas
stars-4
Student Review: “Within the teacher preparation program at UNT, the focus lies heavily on elementary education and concepts associated with children of that age. As someone who is passionate about students of high school age, I find the curriculum lacking necessary information for my specific area of interest. The professors are passionate and will always respond honestly and intelligently to questions that I have, however, I don’t believe I should have to prompt my lecturer in order to receive the education that I am paying for. I feel prepared for my career as a teacher, however I don’t feel as though the University of North Texas teacher preparation courses have aided me in the way they should be designed to. Furthermore, there is a heavy focus on teaching within the United States, and I have a passion for overseas education. In this respect, I have received little to no instruction on how to better myself as an educator abroad.” -Student at University of North Texas
stars-4

University of St Thomas-Houston
3800 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006-4696
(713) 522-7911
www.stthom.edu

University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 829-6000
www.uiw.edu

Wayland Baptist University
1900 W 7th St.
Plainview, TX 79072
(806) 291-1000
www.wbu.edu

West Texas A & M University
2501 4th Ave
Canyon, TX 79016-0001
(806) 651-4636
www.wtamu.edu

Western Texas College
6200 College Ave
Snyder, TX 79549
(325) 573-8511
www.wtc.edu

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&sort=best