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  • Are you interested in teaching your trade of health, cosmetology, and media graphics? The University of North Texas can assist you in completing teacher's certification requirements.

    Step 1 - Career Development Plan

    A Career Development Plan lists the required courses and activities you must complete before UNT will recommend you for certification.

    A Career Development Plan is needed for a teacher to be hired by a school district. You do not have to complete the requirements for certification before you can be hired; however, an official Career Development Plan must be on file with the school district before you can begin teaching. Please note TEA makes the final decision on all teacher certification in the State of Texas.

    The Career Development Plan is developed from the following materials:

    • Official transcripts of all colleges/universities ever attended
    • $50 money order payable to the University of North Texas (non-refundable) indicating your name and social security number
    • Photocopies of any relevant certifications or licenses
    • Statement of Qualification (SOQ) form with original signature. A copy of the signed form may not be submitted. Please identify your certification program area on the front page.

    When you have completed the above packet, mail it to Rebecca How:

    University of North Texas
    Rebecca How
    Program of Applied Technology, Training & Development
    3940 N. Elm, G150
    Denton, Texas 76207
    (940)565-2057 program office
    Email: SOQ@lt.unt.edu

    Incomplete submissions will be returned in their entirety to be completed.

    What happens once the application has been received?

    First, the applicant's work experience and coursework will be evaluated. An unofficial Career Development Certification Plan Worksheet will be completed and sent to the Student Advising Office. During periods of high demand, this may take 2-4 weeks.

    Second, the Student Advising Office verifies the application and processes an Official Career Development Plan. The official career development plan is mailed directly to the applicant once the process is complete. The Official Career Development Plan will be completed approximately 6-8 weeks from the time that all necessary paperwork is received. During periods of high demand, it may take longer.

    If you have a question about when the application will be completed, please contact Amy Tannehill at:

    University of North Texas
    Amy Tannehill
    College of Education Student Advising Office
    Matthews Hall 105
    P.O. Box 311337
    Denton, Texas 76203-1337
    (940)565-4947
    E-mail: Amy.Tannehill@unt.edu

    Step 2 - Applying for Certification

    Upon your completion of all the requirements listed on your Career Development Plan you are eligible to apply for your teaching certificate.

    You will contact the Student Advising Office and supply the documents necessary to demonstrate completion of your Career Development Plan requirements. Please remember that you are responsible for keeping track of certification activities, classes and required paperwork.

    University of North Texas
    Jill Denniston
    College of Education Student Advising Office
    Matthews Hall 105
    P.O. Box 311337
    Denton, Texas 76203-1337
    (940)565-2740
    E-mail: Jill.Denniston@unt.edu

    The Student Advising Office will verify your completion of the necessary requirements for you certification application. They will then forward a "Recommendation for Certification" to The State Board for Educator Certification for their approval.

    TEA will review the Certification Officer's recommendation and make the final decision on issuing your certification. This is a five year renewable certificate.

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