A teaching assignment is required and must be served in a public school accredited by the TEA or a TEA accredited charter or private school within Texas.  The Alternative Certification coordinator  must be able to secure a University Field Supervisor for any area further than two (2) hours of Commerce, Texas.

Once your assignment begins, a partnership is formed between the program and your school district. You will benefit from intensive supervision that consists of structured guidance and regular ongoing support from a university field supervisor and school district mentor teacher. There are two choices of assignments:

1. A year-long paid internship where you are employed on an intern or probationary certificate as the "teacher of record" in your certification area. You must teach no less than an average of four hours a day in the area in which you are pursuing certification. This type of internship is dependent upon the teacher candidate securing the employment and finding an acceptable position.


2. A one-semester, 16-week unpaid clinical/student teaching placement where you are assigned to a mentor teacher's classroom. This is a full day, five days per week, 16-week (80 days) commitment.  Completion of a separate student teaching application is required.  The placement for student teaching will be determined by the Alternative Certification Coordinator.  Deadline for applications is April 15th for the Fall Semester and October 15th for the Spring Semester. More information is available on our website or contact Tracey Stedman at   


Once placed in an assignment, the program appoints a university field supervisor who provides constructive feedback on a regular basis after conducting classroom observations. A mentor teacher, one who is recognized as a master teacher, is appointed by the district to work with you and provide support. Your mentor serves as a professional model and is the one you turn to for advice and guidance on a daily basis. The principal also plays an active role in supervising your professional development and may conduct evaluations of your teaching performance. The university field supervisor, mentor and principal make up your Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) whose purpose is to provide support during your assignment that will lead to your success in the classroom.

NOTE: During the assignment, concurrent enrollment in EDCI 515 at Texas A&M University-Commerce is required.


In order to successfully complete your assignment, you must remain in an acceptable position during the duration of your assignment. If at any time you are released from your position by your school district, or you resign from your position, you will be dismissed from the Teacher Education Program at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The only exception is if during a paid internship your resignation is amicable between you and your school district, and you immediately( within 7 days) assume an acceptable paid position and successfully complete internship. This exception also requires a statement of agreement by your mentor teacher and university field supervisor, stating they believe that you have been making satisfactory progress in teaching and that you should be allowed to continue working in the profession.

Your successful completion of your assignment will be graded on a successful (S)/unsuccessful (U) basis. Members of your Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) will determine their recommendation based on your performance at the conclusion of your assignment. Your ILT will be comprised of a university field supervisor, mentor and principal. Your internship or clinical/student teaching handbook will serve as a guide for all members of the ILT. If the decision is made that you have failed to successfully complete your assignment, you will be dismissed from the program. The only exception is if your ILT recommends that you continue with additional training. If this occurs, you will be required to obtain an extension of your probationary certificate (if available) for another year and pay all fees associated with an additional assignment. In addition, a growth plan will be initiated and you may be required to complete additional professional development or content related training/coursework.