ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Overview of Program

STEP 1:  BE ADMITTED INTO THE ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Go to the Admissions Page for full admission requirements.

STEP 2: OBSERVATION HOURS

Once you have returned your decision letter accepting your invitation into the program, you will be required to have 30-hours of field-based experience completed in a TEA accredited classroom setting.  Students are required to submit the required documentation to the Educator Certification Office upon completion of requirements. 

STEP 3: COMPLETE SIX (6) CLASSES OR 18-HOURS OF REQUIRED COURSEWORK

You must complete a minimum of four (4) classes prior to beginning your 1-year paid internship or 16-week unpaid clinical/student teaching.  During your internship or clinical/student teaching assignment you will take EDCI 515 and any remaining classes.  Certification classes require a grade of “B” or better.

Required Classes include:

  1. EDCI 514-Management & Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners

  2. EDCI 517-Reading and Learning in K-12 Content Area

  3. EDCI 519-Response to Intervention Applied to Exceptional Learners

  4. ECE 566-Learning Environments (EC-6 candidates) OR ETEC 524-Intro to Educational Technology (4-8, 7-12 candidates)

  5. RDG 516-Foundations of Reading

  6. EDCI 515-Evidence-Based Teaching

If you are pursuing a Master’s degree, after your internship or clinical/student teaching assignment, you will need to complete any remaining classes on your degree plan.  You should have taken a minimum of two (2) classes the semester prior to admission to the Alternative Certification Program.

Note:  Some school districts are requiring students in the following content areas to take the ESL exam:  EC-6 Core, 4-8 Core, 4-8 ELAR, 7-12 ELAR.  If you request to take the ESL exam before you obtain a standard Texas Teaching Certificate, then 2-3 additional classes may be required to prep for this test. (BLED 501, 502, 503)

STEP 4:  PEDAGOGY AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES (PPR) TEST

Once you have completed the four (4) minimum required classes, you may seek approval for the PPR exam.  A passing score on the PPR is required before you can obtain a Texas Teaching Certificate.  If you secure an internship position, you must be registered for the PPR before an Intern Certificate can be approved.  If you pass the PPR before you obtain an internship position, then a Probationary Certificate can be approved. 

STEP 5: COMPLETE A 1-YEAR PAID INTERNSHIP OR A 16-WEEK UNPAID CLINICAL/STUDENT  TEACHING

You have the option of pursuing and obtaining a paid teaching position on your own and completing the 1-year paid internship OR applying to complete a 16-week unpaid clinical/student teaching.  Each option will involve being supervised by a University Field Supervisor and Mentor Teacher.  Each has a fee of $1000.00 per semester.  A paid internship would be a total of $2000.00 and a clinical/student teaching is a total of $1000.00. If required, each additional semester will be assessed an additional $1000 per semester. Upon completion, you will be recommended or denied for a Texas State Teaching Certificate by the University Field Supervisor, Mentor Teacher and Principal.

STEP 6:  PAY ALL REQUIRED FEES

All fees for the Alternative Certification Program and to TEA must be paid in full before a recommendation for a Texas Teacher Certification will be granted. 

STEP 7:  MASTER OF SCIENCE COURSES AND REQUIREMENTS

If you are pursuing a Master’s degree you are expected to finish the course requirements and comprehensive exam as outlined on your degree plan.  Graduate students are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.  Apply for graduation during the first few weeks of your final semester.

STEP 8:  APPLY FOR TEACHER CERTIFICATION

During the final semester of your 1-year paid internship or 16-week unpaid clinical/student teaching, you must contact the Educator Certification Office to verify that all requirements were met and to receive information about applying for certification via the Texas Education Agency.