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Located in the bicultural, bilingual and bi-national context of the border, the Department of Teacher Education seeks to prepare teachers and researchers who critically analyze educational practices in light of our diverse community and who can understand global issues in education. Highlights of our programs are the University’s unique location on the U.S.-Mexico border and faculty with expertise in preparing teachers and researchers to work with Latino/as and English Language Learners.



At the undergraduate level, we prepare teachers who:

  • Demonstrate the pedagogical and content knowledge, skills, and dispositions that help all students learn
  • Design learning environments that are infused with educational analysis and critique in the context of culture, community, power and knowledge;
  • Understand the social, political and historical implications of diverse educational models; and
  • Lead to improved educational programs in the communities they serve.

At the graduate level we assist educators in their professional development through several master degree options and through programs for certification as Texas Master Teachers. Early Childhood and Bilingual Education Master's Degrees are fully online..

For more information on these graduate programs visit the Department's Graduate Programs website at:
http://academics.utep.edu/tedgrad or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Through our PhD program in Teaching, Learning, and Culture, faculty and graduate students collaborate in diverse research projects, with the objective of solving particular local educational issues, as well as contribute to the knowledge base of diverse fields of study.
For more information visit the TLC Ph.D. program website at: http://coe.utep.edu/ted/index.php/phdtlc


In the area of scholarship, faculty members publish in national refereed journals that are recognized in their respective fields. We conduct and make public research that focuses on educational experiences on both sides of the U.S. - Mexico border in order to inform the field of educational research about teaching and learning in diverse, and particularly, multilingual communities such as ours. We contribute to the university vision to create and maintain multicultural, inter-American educational research collaborations.

Dear Students,

As we prepare for the 2013-2014 admission and registration cycle we would like to remind everyone of the admission requirements for the teacher preparation program in the Teacher Education Department of the College of Education. As stated in the 2013-2014 catalogue and in accordance with Texas Administration Code (TAC) Title 19 Part 7 Chapter 227.10, undergraduate students who aspire to become elementary grades, middle grades, secondary, or all-levels teachers in Texas must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the teacher preparation program.

Specifically, each student is required to meet the minimum passing scores on the THEA exam in order to be admitted into the Teacher Education program. In the past, we may have authorized exemptions to the THEA requirement through coursework. Effective 10/1/2013, we intend to follow the requirements and will not approve coursework exemptions for the THEA. We will honor documented and signed THEA exemptions prior to 10/1/2013. The following are several points of clarification to assist in a uniform transition to these requirements.

  1. All students must take all three sections of the THEA exam as part of the admission requirements to Teacher Education:
    • THEA: Reading 230, Math 230, Writing 220

  2. Students seeking acceptance into the Teacher Preparation program and who have received a THEA exemption as documented and signed in their UTEP degree plan prior to 10/1/2013, will be grandfathered in.

Below are the dates the THEA will be available in October:

UTEP: October 24th at 8:30am

Region 19: October 19th at 8:00am

We look forward to another successful year and please stop by or make an appointment with your respective advisor as soon as possible in order to submit your application for admission prior to 11/1/13 and avoid spring 2014 registration delays.

Please direct all questions or concerns to the ARC Center here.