Students at the university who wish to prepare for a career in teaching,
law, medicine, or a paramedical field should make every effort to ensure
that their course work at the upper division is in keeping with particular
requirements of that chosen profession.
Health Related Professions
Healthcare professional programs do not state a preference about
an undergraduate major field, thus permitting students to choose degree
programs that correspond to their special abilities and interests.
Students interested in the health professions may choose any major
as long as they meet the minimum requirements stated by the professional
school in question. Students who wish to continue their education
in any professional program of study should contact the Health Professions
Advising Center (HPAC) during their first semester at UTD. The advisors
are associated with the Office of Undergraduate Education and may
be reached by calling 972-883-6767 or by visiting their office at
MP 2.234. More information may be found on their website at http://www.utdallas.edu/dept/Pre-Health/.
Law school admission committees do not normally state a preference
regarding an undergraduate major field of study, thus permitting students
to choose degree programs that correspond to their special abilities
and interests. A pre-law internship is available for students from
across the university who plan to practice law. Students interested
in a career in law should contact the pre-law advisor in the Office
of Undergraduate Education, MP 3.206, or by calling 972-883-4607.
The Pre-Law website is located at http://www.utdallas.edu/dept/pre-law/.
Students who wish to gain certification to teach in Texas schools
may do so at UTD. Students must first be admitted individually to
the academic program of their choice. They must also seek admission
to Teacher Certification through the Teacher Development Center (972)
883 2730 as early as possible. The Teacher Certification web site
is located at http://www.utdallas.edu/teach/.
Professional education courses, including student teaching, of at
least 18 semester hours are prescribed to meet state certification
regulations. Certification requirements may increase the number of
semester hours normally required for graduation. Careful planning
and utilization of electives for fulfillment of professional requirements
may allow the student to avoid such an increase.
Teaching fields in which certification for Grades 8 - 12 may be earned
are English Language Arts and Reading, Social Studies, Computer Science,
History, Life Sciences, Physical Science, Science, Chemistry, and
Mathematics. Teaching fields in which certification for Grades 4 -
8 may be earned are Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, English
Language Arts and Reading, and Generalist 4-8. The Generalist Certificate
is the only teaching field available at UTD for Early Childhood (EC)
– 4 certification.
All students interested in Teacher Certification should consult the
section on Teacher Certification in the catalog, as well as the appropriate