Para-professional/Aide Waiver Program

If you are an educational aide, regardless of whether or not you qualify for the State Educational Aide Exemption program, we will attempt to work with you in your job placement. Your degree plan may be revised to accommodate your daytime work schedule.

Your job placement must match your level and specialization/teaching field, and be approved by the Director of Field Experiences and Certification at A&M-Commerce. EC-6 and 4-8 students may contact your academic advisor (according to our alphabetical schedule) in Curriculum & Instruction, secondary students may contact Linda Mott at 903-468-8186, and Special Ed students may contact Harvetta Robertson in SPED at 903-886-5648.

You will still be required to apply for admission to the teacher education program and meet all program requirements.

For more information on educational aide exemption please contact your academic advisor.

Based on the Texas Education Code - Educational Aide Exemption Program

You must make application to the Teacher Education Program once your degree audit/plan has been revised and you are in the semester prior to enrolling in ELED 414 or 422 for EC-6 and 4-8, or any internship equivalent course for 8-12 or All Level.  You may access this application at the following link:

Teacher Education Program Application for Educational Aides

This application must be submitted to Mitzi Hughes in the Teacher Certification Office in the Education North building.