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Alternative Teacher Certification Preparation

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Alternative Teacher Certification Preparation

Texas A&M University-Central Texas offers alternative certification preparation for individuals who have a bachelor's degree and wish to become certified teachers in Texas. Our courses provide a flexible and convenient pathway for working professionals and career changers to earn their teaching certification while continuing to work in their current field.

The A&M-Central Texas alternative certification pathway prepares new teachers for diverse student populations and covers a range of topics such as instructional strategies, classroom management, and assessment techniques. By completing the alternative certification preparation at A&M-Central Texas, you can gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful and effective teacher in Texas schools.

The Alternative Teacher Certification program and the Master of Arts in Teaching program both require 50 hours of field experience (beginning September 1, 2024) that must be completed in local school districts in Central Texas prior to Internship or Practicum.

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A BONUS: Set Yourself Apart

Get certified as a teacher and earn credits that apply to a Master's degree!

Unlike some teacher preparation programs, the university-based ACP program at A&M-Central Texas awards semester credit hours that apply toward a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, and the higher potential income a Master's conveys in most Texas school districts. And as a student in an accredited university program, you may be eligible for federal student financial aid!

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What TEA says about ACP

Ther Texas Education Agency explains the role of ACP pathways this way:

Alternative Certification Programs offer a nontraditional route to certification that may allow you to teach while completing the requirements. These programs are located in universities, school districts, education service centers, community colleges, and private entities.

A&M-Central Texas is a TEA-approved pathway institution for teacher certification preparation!

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