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Application to the Teacher Education Program

The Teacher Candidacy Application window for Fall 2023 (cohort beginning in Spring 2024) will be October 30th through November 26th. Interviews will be held between November 27th and December 15th.


Prior to applying for your Professional Development (PD) Sequence, the following requirements, according to your declaration date, must be met:

Students who declare after 1 September 2018
  • Must take and pass all TExES certification exams before submission of student teaching (PDIV) application (See the new PDI, PDII, PDIII, PDIV sequence)
  • See New Degree Plans
  • Must apply for ITC (PDI) within the last 12 hours of completion of Academic and Preparatory Major classes

Instructions for Completing the Urban Education Application for Teacher Candidacy in Tk20/WatermarkTM

  1. Review the Urban Education Student Application video
  • Log into Tk20/WatermarkTM at using your UHD Username and Password (For example, would log in with the user name: doej and password).
  • Hint: Never Use the Back Button.
  • Make sure all OFFICIAL transcripts from outside institutions (LSC, HCC, etc.) have been sent to the University of Houston-Downtown. Your application cannot be evaluated without access to this information..
  • Select the green tab toward the middle of the page titled: Create New Application
  • Select UE Application for Teacher Candidacy for the certification area, and semester you plan to enter teacher candidacy and the (ex. UE Application for Teacher Candidacy_BIL Fall_2020).
  • Contact the UHD Cashier's Office to pay the $35 program application fee. Your application will not be processed without a receipt showing that this fee has been paid 
  • Once you reach the bottom of the screen, you will see several options:
  • SAVE: Return Later
  • CLOSE: Exit and withdraw your application
  • SUBMIT: Send your application for official review
  • PREV: Return to previous page
  • NEXT: Button inactive
  • When your application is ready, enter your initials and click Submit to send your application for official review. 
  • If you have forgotten your UHD GatorMail username and password, please contact UHD Information Technology Help Desk:
IT Help Desk
Phone: 713-221-8031

For assistance with Tk20/WatermarkTM or the UE application log in process, please contact the Tk20 Unit Administrator at: