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UTeach Natural Sciences certifies secondary teachers (middle grades and senior grades) in math and science. Our very first course, "step 1", puts student teams in the classroom, teaching kids. Students get lots of hands-on guidance and help from our experienced master teachers so they can decide if teaching is right for them. "Step 1" is one credit hour, plus time in the field, and it's open to all UT students. Our program is also available to everyone. Students do not have to change their current major, but instead they can enroll in the courses for certification in addition to degree requirements. A UTeach advisor is available to help students plan out each semester; or, students can switch into a teaching option degree plan. That way, all of the requirements for a bachelor's of science and certification are part of the degree. Even students already in their junior or senior year can start the program, and finish it after graduation. For more information, current students may attend an information session.

Declare This Major

The first step to joining the UTeach Natural Sciences program is to attend an information session. Students who have attended an information session are welcome to meet one-on-one with a UTeach advisor. Appointments are not available during registration, so be sure to get to a session. Students may call (512) 232.2770 to make an appointment with a UTeach advisor.

The program is open to current UT Austin undergraduates, transfer students and even degree-holders. Students do not have to be in the College of Natural Sciences to join UTeach. A 2.5 GPA is required to advance into later courses and for certification. Students may begin the program with less than a 2.5, bringing their GPA up as they progress through the program. Students with less than a 2.5 should realize that they may not be allowed to finish the program until their GPA meets the requirement. A UTeach advisor can help students with their options.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

All UTeach courses are offered in both the fall and spring semesters with the exception of one required course for middle-grades certifiers. EDC 371-10 is offered in the Fall semesters only. Some content coursework in math and science may be offered only one semester per year. UTeach advisors can help students plan. View teaching degree plans.


    Middle grades certifications:
  • Mathematics and Composite Science (certified to teach biology, chemistry, geology, and physics)
    Senior grades certifications:
  • Mathematics
  • Composite Science - students chose a primary field and a secondary field where they will do the majority of their course work (certified to teach biology, chemistry, geology, and physics)
  • Physical Science (certified to teach physics and chemistry)
  • Physics/Math (certified to teach physics and math)

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


UTeach is made up of a diverse group of students with varied backgrounds. In general, UTeach students really love math and science and hope to inspire their own students, too. They are life-long learners themselves, who enjoy collaborative learning and being a part of a community.


  • Strong content knowledge in math and/or science
  • Imagination
  • Patience
  • Great organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • The drive and passion to help students learn