Admission Requirements

Please follow these steps to complete the admission process.

Alternative Certification Program (Without Master’s)

STEP 1: PASS THE PRE-ADMISSION CONTENT TEST (PACT)

This is the TExES content test for the certification area that the student chooses to become certified and must match the clinical/student teaching or internship assignment. Students must pass this test prior to admission. [See “PACT Information” page.]

STEP 2: APPLY AND GAIN ADMISSION TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL. 

Complete the online http://www.applytexas.org application to the Graduate School and select Educator Certification.  Graduate School admissions requirements and information is available on the Graduate Admissions home page.

Note: Acceptance into the Graduate School does not give automatic admission into the Alternative Certification Program.

STEP 3: APPLY AND GAIN ADMISSION TO THE ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM.

  1. Alternative Certification Application.  Complete and submit the ACP Application. There is a $50 application fee required which can be paid at the end of the application.  When the application is sent, also submit your TExES content test scores and a resume listing 3 references.

  2. GPA Requirement.  Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a minimum of 2.75 overall GPA. (Program staff verifies GPA)

  3. Interview and Essay.  Complete an admission interview with an Alternative Certification program representative, preferably in person.  At the time of the interview, a one page essay should be submitted titled “What Inspired Me to Become a Teacher”.  

  4. Decision Letter.  Once the interview is complete and all documents have been reviewed, a decision letter will be sent to the applicant offering  acceptance into the program or denying admittance.  If accepted, the candidate will return the signed letter within seven (7) days and also pay a $35 TEA Assessment Fee

  5. Educators who apply for certification are required to demonstrate English language proficiency  by fulfilling one of the following requirements: 

                    • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of  higher education in the United States, not including US Territories.

                    • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States approved by the State Board of  Educator Certification (SBEC).

POST-BACCALAUREATE ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

  STEP 1: PASS THE PRE-ADMISSION CONTENT TEST (PACT).

This is the TExES content test for the certification area that the student chooses to become certified and must match the clinical/student teaching or internship assignment. Students must pass this test prior to admission. [See “PACT Information” page.]

STEP 2: APPLY AND GAIN ADMISSION TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL. 

Select one of the four Master of Science programs associated with teacher certification. 

  1. Curriculum and Instruction (CINS),MS

  2. Secondary Education (SED),MS

  3. Early Childhood (ECE),MS

  4. Reading (RDG),MS

  5. Special Education(SPED),MS

There will be a question at the end of the application asking if you want to pursue a teaching certification—check yes.  A $50 admission fee will be charged at the time of application.  The graduate school will also need official copies of transcripts, sent directly from all regionally accredited colleges/universities attended.  Additional Graduate School admissions requirements and information is available on their website.

**Candidates may seek master’s in any content area, however, the 18 hours of required classes for teacher certification may not be available as electives in a non-education related field.

Note: Acceptance into the Graduate School does not give automatic admission into the PBTC program.

  STEP 3. Complete at least 2 “Non-Certification” Courses. 

The PBAC program requires students to complete two (2) or more non-alternative certification courses, earning a 3.0 (grades of B or above) prior to ACP application.  Contact your academic adviser for questions about specific courses in your program. 

Note: Acceptance into the Graduate School does not give automatic admission into the PBTC program. 

STEP 4.  APPLY AND GAIN ADMISSION TO THE ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM.
  1. Alternative Certification Application.  Complete and submit the ACP application. There is a $50 application fee required which can be paid at the end of the application.  When the application is sent , also submit your TExES content test scores and a resume listing 3 references.

  2. GPA Requirement.  Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a minimum of 2.75 overall GPA. (Program staff to verify GPA)

  3. Interview and Essay.  Complete an admission interview with an Alternative Certification program representative, preferably in person.  At the time of the interview, a one page essay should be submitted titled “What Inspired Me to Become a Teacher”. 

  4. Decision Letter.  Once the interview is complete and all documents have been reviewed, a decision letter will be sent to the applicant offering  acceptance into the program or denying admittance.  If accepted, the candidate will return the signed letter within seven (7) days and then pay a $35 TEA Assessment Fee 

      5.  Educators who apply for certification are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by fulfilling one of the following requirements: 

             • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an  accredited institution of higher education in the United States, not including US Territories.
             • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher  education in a country outside of the United States approved by the State Board of  Educator Certification (SBEC).
                               

If you have any questions, please contact Tracey.Stedman@tamuc.edu,
Phone: 903-886-5671