Education Programs for Teachers

Cultivate a love for learning, teach in the classical tradition and foster the greater good.

The University of Dallas offers a broad array of education programs for current and aspiring teachers. Become a part of the rewarding work of instilling imagination, intellect and the art of inquiry in future generations. 

Why Study Education at UD?

  • Learn from a university where intellectual freedom, persistent inquiry and virtue thrive.
  • Pursue a rewarding career.
  • Convenient and flexible programs let you balance school with work, life and family.
  • Learn from an accredited, nonprofit university.
  • Small class sizes taught by UD professors, not a 3rd party or teaching assistants.

Education Programs

Programs for Teachers

Graduate Programs: 


Classical Education Graduate Program

Join the classical education movement, and advance your career in teaching or administration as you study the history of liberal education, pedagogy and the classics of the Western tradition with the most accomplished classical educators in the nation.

Three Classical Education Graduate Program Tracks:

  • Master of Arts in Humanities with Classical Education Concentration
  • Master of Humanities with Classical Education Concentration
  • Certificate of Classical Learning 

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Alternative Teacher Certification

Alternative Teacher Certification is for those who have previously earned their undergraduate or higher degree and who aspire earn to teacher certification. The following levels are available:

  • All-Level Certification
  • Elementary School Certification
  • Middle School Certification
  • Secondary School Certification

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Catholic Teacher Certificate

With the University of Dallas Catholic Teacher Certificate, you will meet all of the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department pedagogy requirements for teaching in Texas Catholic schools. The program is comprised of 18 credit hours and offers emphases in elementary or secondary education.

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Master of Catholic School Leadership

The University of Dallas Master of Catholic School Leadership is designed to prepare you for leadership in Catholic education. Whether seeking to be a principal, president or administrator at the elementary, secondary or diocesan levels, you will deepen your knowledge of the Catholic tradition and gain practical, experience-based skills for leadership through the Master of Catholic School Leadership. This program is an interdisciplinary graduate degree, offered by the Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry in conjunction with the Department of Education in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

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Additional Masters Programs

The University of Dallas offers master's degrees in a variety of liberal arts disciplines which can help equip previously certified teachers with the skills and knowledge in desired subject areas including American Studies, Classics, English, Humanities, Leadership, Philosophy, Politics and TheologyEach area of study is informed by a unique sense of paideia, the education of the soul (by which the Greeks meant the basic self).

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Institutes and Continuing Education: 


AP Summer Institute

The University of Dallas holds Advanced Placement Summer Institutes for teachers during one week in the summer.  The courses offered vary each summer.

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Summer Institute in Classical Languages

Often the question isn't “Why should I study a classical language?” but “When can I find the time?”  Since 1976 the University of Dallas Summer Program has provided the opportunity to study Greek and Latin outside the limits of the regular academic year.

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Undergraduate Programs:


B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies - Education (Undergraduate level)

Within the Interdisciplinary Studies major, seven areas of emphasis are offered. The areas correspond with certificaiton frameworks in the State of Texas. Areas of emphasis include: 

  • Early Childhood Generalist (EC-6)
  • Middle School Areas:  English Language Arts and Reading (4-8), Social Studies (4-8), Mathematics (4-8), Science (4-8), English Language Arts & Reading/Social Studies (4-8), Mathematics/Science (4-8)

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Education Concentration

The education concentration is designed to offer students, both Education majors and those majoring in other areas, who are interested in teaching, opportunities to gain foundational knowledge, methodology, and practical experience in the field of education. Education majors, as well as students majoring in subjects other than education are welcome to add the education concentration to their plan of study.

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Teaching Theology

There is no state certification in the area of theology, however, the Department of Education works with theology majors to prepare them for teaching positions in Catholic Schools. Each diocese/school determines the qualifications required to teach theology. Students must review specific diocesan requirements to insure compliance.

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Teacher Certification

Undergraduate students can be prepared for teacher certification in the following areas through our programs: 

  • All - Level Certification - Early Childhood - 12th Grade: Art, Theatre Arts (Drama), and Languages Other than English (LOTE) in French, German, Latin, and Spanish
  • Generalist Certification - Early Childhood - 6th Grade
  • Middle School Certification - Grades 4 - 8:: English Language Arts & Reading, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts & Reading/Social Studies, and Mathematics/Science
  • Secondary Certification - Grades 7 - 12:: Life Science (Biology), English Language Arts and Reading, History, Mathematics, Composite Social Studies (History, Politics, Economics and Geography), Composite Physics/Mathematics and Composite Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics); Grades 6 - 12: Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry)

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Master of Arts in Teaching (4+1)

The Master of Arts in Teaching focuses on the advancement of teaching as a career and is exlusively designed to offer current UD undergraduate students the opportunity to earn their master's degree in five years, in conjunction with their baccalaureate studies. The 4+1 M.A.T. offers education majors as well as students majoring in subjects other than education, the opportunity to earn a Master's degree with Texas teacher certification.

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For detailed requirements for any of the Education Department programs, please access the University Course Catalog. 

Join the Educators Cohort for Affordable Tuition:

Knowing that a graduate education can be cost-prohibitive for many, UD wishes to make participation in its degree programs more affordable by enrolling full-time teachers and administrators in our Educators Cohort. As members of this cohort, educators receive a special tuition rate of $500 per credit hour for the Master of Humanities, Master of American Studies, or Master of English programs

To become a member, submit a letter to the Braniff Graduate Office on official school stationary signed by your principal or headmaster that clearly states your current, full-time employment status as a school teacher and the term of employment. A letter is required for every academic year to receive the Educators Cohort rate.

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