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Laptop Requirements

Students entering the Professional Development Sequence (PDS) in the following certification areas are required to have access to a laptop:

  • EC-6 ESL
  • EC-6 Bilingual
  • Special Education
  • PETE (Laptop required the semester prior to the start of the PDS)
  • UTeach Fine Arts

Check the details for each program to confirm when the PDS will begin.

Minimum Specifications

  • 8 GB Memory and 256 GB of Drive Space
    - Apple: MacOS Mojave or newer
    - Windows: Windows 8 or newer

The Information Technology Office (ITO) provides support for Apple and Windows compatible computers and although any Apple or Windows laptop that meets the minimum specification will work, the MacBook Air is recommended

Do I have to purchase a new laptop?  You do not have to purchase a new laptop if you have one that meets the requirement.  You may also be able to upgrade your current laptop to meet the requirement.

Should I buy the laptop early or at the start of the PDS?  Some students choose to purchase the required laptop prior to the start of their PDS. Others prefer to use another computer until the start of their PDS approaches.  The latter option gives students the advantage of purchasing the latest laptops. However, students who purchase the required laptop early will not be required to purchase a second laptop, even if the specifics of the requirement change.

Can I buy a tablet computer instead of a laptop to meet the requirement?  The program steering committee is closely monitoring the changes in devices as they are released. Since tablets do not currently offer the full set of necessary features, a laptop is required.

Do I have to purchase at the UT Campus Computer Store?  No, you may obtain a laptop that meets the requirement from any source you choose.

How can I insure against loss, theft or accidental damage? Warranties covering accidental damage are highly recommended. The AppleCare+ warranty covers accidental damage.  For loss, theft and accidental damage coverage, you may want to contact The Worth Avenue Group.  For complete details, please visit the following sites:

The AppleCare+:

The Worth Avenue Group:

Tech Support

What training is available for students and faculty?  Program faculty will schedule a technology orientation for students at the beginning of the PDS. This orientation covers the hardware, software and other important items. Faculty can also schedule in-class training closer to the start of an assignment involving technology. Students can also visit the Service Desk with any additional questions. Faculty can receive technology integration support and schedule in-class training with the Office of Instructional Innovation.

What if the Service Desk is closed?  All Apple laptops covered under the AppleCare warranty can be taken to an Apple store for support if the Service Desk is closed. In addition, students can call the AppleCare support team at 800-APL-CARE (800-275-2273). For any Windows devices, please visit your manufacturer's website for more information or see the ITS Help Desk at FAC. You can contact them at 512-475-9400.

Is there equipment available for checkout?  Yes. Cameras, tripods, and other peripherals are available for checkout from the Service Desk.

To whom can I address additional questions? Additional questions can be directed to the Service Desk.

Information Technology Office

Service Desk SZB 536


8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday (summer)

Closed on Weekends

Email The Help Desk or call 512-471-4357 (HELP)

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