You have extensive training in the world of technology that you can use to teach local high school students. Build on your work experience and qualifications through our technology education educator program at A&M-Commerce. In under two years, you will be equipped to educate high school students from grades six through twelve in systems application, troubleshooting, design process and communication processes. Begin your new career in teaching today!

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration 2 Years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours 18 Hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required
Computer science student talking with another student sitting at a computer.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Must have a bachelor’s degree overall GPA of 2.75 or higher OR a conferred master’s degree with overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Eligible military experience may be used in lieu of civilian licensure and wage-earning experience.


Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Pre-Admission Test

You are required to pass the Texas Pre-Admission Content Test for Technology Education, test #771, prior to admission.

Step 2. Apply to the Graduate School

Submit Application

Submit your application at

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Educator Certification” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accepts evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Personal Statement

Describe your preparation for graduate work and your academic interests and goals in no more than 500 words.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply to the Alternative Certification Office

Once your application to the Graduate School is complete, you can submit your Alternative Certification Program Application right away using TK20. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Pay the certification and assessment fees

Gather Required Documents

You will need to have the following documents ready for upload in order to submit the application:

  • Alternative Certification Application fee receipt
  • TEA Assessment fee receipt
  • TX PACT Scores
    • You will upload a copy of your passing score report in TK20 as part of your admissions application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Qualification form
    • Only submitted if applying for a Career and Technical Education Certification (Trades and Industry, Marketing or Health Science)
  • Official transcripts from the Graduate Office will be reviewed by the certification office.
    • Official transcripts from all institutions must be submitted to the Graduate School in order to satisfy TEA certification admission requirements.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a conferred bachelor's degree or on the most recent 60 credit hours is required for certification admission. Please note that certification admission requirements may differ from those of the Graduate School and are separate requirements.
If applicable:
  • TEA Transfers
  • Transcripts from outside the United States
    • Contact the certification office for any questions about TEA requirements for transcripts from outside the United States.
    • If you received a bachelor's degree from outside of the United States, then a Foreign Credential Evaluation with a course-by-course summary will be required. This is to remain in compliance with TEA to verify a bachelor's degree and to compute a core GPA.
    • A course-by-course evaluation must be from a TEA-approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Service.
  • English Proficiency
    • 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 these requirements are not met, then a passing score on the TOEFL exam must be submitted. Minimum scores needed per TEA: Speaking 24, Listening 22, Reading 22, Writing 21. The score report must be within the past two years to be valid for TEA.
  • Military Personnel
    • Military service members or military veteran candidates that have verified military service, training or education directly related to the certificate being sought may have that military service, training or education reviewed by an EPP to see if it satisfies any of the educator certification requirements.

Create a TK20 Account

  • Go to
  • Scroll down and click “Admissions”
  • Select “Click here to create your account.”
  • Complete the “Create Applicant Account” form.
  • Note: You will be creating a password for this account.
  • Store the password you create in a secure location so you can refer to it later.
  • After completing the “Create Applicant Account” form, TK20 will provide your username.
  • Store your TK20 username and password in a secure location so you can refer to them later.
    • You will use the username to log in to review your admission application once submitted.

Fill out the Alternative Certification Program Admission Application

  • Log into your TK20 account
    • Click on the “back to login” link.
    • Enter your username and password.
    • Click the green “Log Into Your Account” button.
  • Click on the “Create New Application” button.
  • Select “Alternative Certification” application
  • Click the “Next” button.
  • Complete the application.

Upload Documents

  • Upload documents by clicking on the “+ Select File(s)” button for the item you are uploading.
  • Once you have completed all fields in the application, click the “Submit” button.
  • Look for an email from TK20 confirming your submission.

Check Your Application Status

To check your application status:

  1. Log in to your TK20 Student Admissions account
  2. On the “Home” tab, locate your application under “Recent Messages”
  3. Click on the application.
  4. If you are admitted, the message will indicate your application was “Admitted”
  5. If you lack admission requirements, the message will indicate “Denied.”
    • Click on “Review Document” to view your deficiencies and reason(s) for denial.


Once both the Graduate School and Certification Program Applications are complete, the Alternative Certification Program Coordinator will reach out to schedule an interview.

Sign the Letter of Invitation

Once accepted, please sign and return the “letter of invitation” that will be sent to you via email from Tracey Stedman.

Step 3. Apply to the Alternative Certification

Submit Application

Submit your application through Alternative Certification Application

  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Note: When the application is sent, also submit your test scores and a resume.

Submit Documents

Email the following documents to [email protected] unless otherwise specified below.

Statement of Qualifications Form

Complete the Statement of Qualifications and return to [email protected]


Submit current resume to [email protected]

Passing TX PACT Scores

Submit your passing TX PACT scores to [email protected]

Step 4. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Note: Pursuing teacher certification only is non-degree seeking and only eligible for personal loans and grants. Pursuing a master's degree with teacher certification is degree-seeking and eligible for financial aid.

Step 5. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your certification coordinator will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your certification coordinator if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Your Path To Complete The Certification

Step 1. Complete Observation Hours and Coursework

Observation Hours

  • Complete 30-hours of required field experience in the content area or grade level you are pursuing.
    • Submit the completed log sheet and reflection questions to the Teacher Certification Office.
    • You cannot begin your teaching assignment until this is complete.

Pre-Internship Training Requirement Courses

  • Complete 4 of the 6 graduate alternative certification courses prior to a paid internship or clinical teaching.
    • You must have a minimum of 3.0 on all coursework.

Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR)

  • Receive approval from the alternative certificate program staff after successfully completing EDCI 514 and three other certification courses.
    • If you are planning on taking a paid internship position, you must be registered to take the PPR exam before a probationary license can be granted.
    • Before you begin your teaching assignment you will need to pass TExES content test #171 for Technology Education 6-12.

Step 2. Complete Teaching Assignment Requirement

Choose one of the following two options:

  • Complete one-year paid internship as a teacher of record.
    • Candidates will apply for positions through the district or region service center.
  • Complete a one-semester unpaid clinical student teaching assignment.
    • The alternative certificate program representative will assist with your application and placement.

During the first semester of your teaching assignment, you must enroll in EDCI 515.

Supervision and Fees

All paid interns or clinical student teachers will be supervised by a University Supervisor and Campus Mentor.

  • An internship fee of $1000 per semester is assessed during paid internship/clinical student teaching.

Step 3. Completion Checklist

  • Complete any remaining courses.
  • All tuition and fees for the university, certification agency and program must be paid prior to obtain certification.
  • Contact the Educator Certification Office during your final semester.
    • They will verify that all requirements are completed.
    • After the verification, you will receive information about how to apply for certification via the Texas Education Agency.


Required courses (18 hours)

  • EDCI 514 Management & Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners (to be taken first)
  • EDCI 517 Reading & Learning K-12
  • EDCI 519 Response to Intervention Applied to Exceptional Learners
  • RDG 516 Foundations of Reading
  • EDCI 515 Evidence-Based Learning (to be taken during internship)
  • ETEC 524 Introduction to Educational Computing

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