Substitution for Experience

Educational aides with two or more years of educational aide experience who are eligible for a Student Teaching/Internship may submit an application requesting one of the two semesters of ELED/SED 422 be waived.  Additional course work may be required to meet program and graduation requirements. See link below for application.

IMPORTANT: Educational Aides enrolled in the Navarro Partnership Program (Corsicana and/ or Midlothian Areas) are not eligible for the substitution / waiver. Students enrolled in the Navarro Partnership Program follow the traditional field-based degree plan, and must complete both internship and residency semesters.

Students may apply for substitution of experience and/or professional training in lieu of one semester of clinical teaching (3 semester hours ELED / SED 422) required for teacher certification.

To be considered for exemption, you must hold an Educational Aide Certificate through the Texas Education Agency and have at least two (2) full years of verifiable experience.

To access the application, please click on the following link:

Application for Substitution for Experience / Aide Waiver

All documents should be submitted to the Educator Certification Office, Ed North, Room 202, or

mailed to:

Mitzi Hughes

Texas A&M University-Commerce,
Educator Preparation Program
Ed North, Room 202
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011