ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM



Texas A&M University-Commerce has two (2) tracks to Texas teacher certification and both are uniquely designed for those who have previously earned their Bachelor’s degree and now seek to make a career transition into the teaching profession.

ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

The first track is an Alternative Certification Program which is a non-degree seeking program for those wishing to obtain a Texas teacher certification without obtaining a Master’s degree.  Since the program is non-degree seeking, it is not eligible for financial aid. 

Admission Requirements

 An applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Passing score on the content area TExES PACT test

  2. Bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 GPA or higher (program staff will verify GPA)

  3. Apply and be accepted to the Graduate Schoolhttp://www.applytexas.org

  4. Applying to the Alternative Certification ProgramApplication

  5. Submit application, application fee,  TExES content scores and resume with 3 references listed

  6. Face-to-Face Interview with 1-page essay

Required Classes (18-hours and all on-line)

  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 (for EC-6 student candidates) OR ETEC 524-Intro to Educational Technology (for 4-8 and 6-12 student candidates)

  5. RDG 516-Foundations of Reading

  6. EDCI 515-Evidence-Based Teaching

Other Program Requirements

  1. 30-hours of classroom observation with log and response questions

  2. Two online Mental Health trainings (mental health, substance abuse & youth suicide)

  3. 16-week unpaid clinical/student teaching OR a 1-year paid internship 

POST-BACCALAUREATE ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

The second track is a Post-Baccalaureate Alternative Certification Program which is a program for those wishing to pursue a Master’s degree and obtain a Texas teacher certification.  Texas A&M University-Commerce has five (5) Master’s programs specifically geared towards achieving your certification.  All are 36-hours and all on-line.  You can choose from a Master of Science in:

  1. Curriculum and Instruction

  2. Early Childhood

  3. Secondary Education

  4. Reading

  5. Special Education

**Any Master’s degree can be pursued, but the 18-hours of required classes for the ACP may not be available as electives in a non-education related field. 

Admission Requirements

An applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Passing score on the content area TExES PACT test

  2. Bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 GPA or higher (program staff will verify GPA)

  3. Apply and be accepted to the Graduate School http://www.applytexas.org

  4. Take two (2) non-certification Master’s classes

  5.  Apply Alternative Certification Program  Application

  6. Submit application, application fee,  TExES content scores and resume with 3 references listed

  7. Face-to-Face Interview with 1-page essay

Required Classes (36-hours and all on-line)

  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 (for for EC-6 student candidates) OR ETEC 524-Intro to Educational Technology (for 4-8 and 6-12 student candidates)

  5. RDG 516-Foundations of Reading

  6. EDCI 515-Evidence-Based Teaching

  7. Plus 18-hours in your chosen Master’s major

Other Program Requirements

  1. 30-hours of classroom observation with log and response questions

  2. Two online Mental Health trainings (mental health, substance abuse & youth suicide)

  3. 16-week unpaid clinical/student teaching OR a 1-year paid internship

  4. Comprehensive exam for your Master’s

Click here for the Alternative Certification Handbook.

For more information contact Tracey.Stedman@tamuc.edu or 903-886-5671.

For more information on the Master’s Degree contact Tami Morton at Tami.Morton@tamuc.edu.

 

 

 

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