FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS ALTERNATIVE TEACHER CERTIFICATION?
Alternative teacher certification refers to the route of educator certification. Most certified teachers in Texas are prepared through the alternative route programs, such as The Texas Institute for Teacher Education. Teacher candidates who complete our fast-track certification program earn a Texas Standard Teacher Certificate issued by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification, a division of the Texas Education Agency.
WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION DEADLINES?
CAN I TRANSFER MY TEXAS STANDARD TEACHER CERTIFICATE TO ANOTHER STATE?
Yes. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement facilitates the movement of educators among the states and other jurisdictions that are members of NASDTEC and have signed the Agreement. Although there may be conditions applicable to individual jurisdictions, the Agreement makes it possible for an educator who completed an approved program and/or who holds a certificate or license in one jurisdiction to earn a certificate or license in another state or jurisdiction. Receiving states may impose requirements which must be met in a reasonable period of time.
There are no application deadlines. Although we admit applicants on a "rolling" basis throughout the year, everyone is encouraged to apply several months in advance of their anticipated hiring date as a classroom teacher.
WHO MAY ENROLL IN THE TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM?
University/college graduates (with a degree earned from an accredited domestic or international university/college) who desire to make a positive difference in the lives of K-12 students.
WHAT IS THE GPA REQUIREMENT?
All applicants must submit a 2.5 cumulative GPA or 2.5 GPA achieved over the last 60 semester hours. Exceptions to the GPA requirement may be granted based upon extenuating circumstances. Since the admissions process is holistically oriented, the applicant's GPA is not the determinant factor of admission status.
CAN I COMPLETE MY PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM IN ANOTHER STATE?
Yes. The 14-week practicum may be completed within another state or country if approved by TEA.
I AM IN MY LAST SEMESTER OF COLLEGE. MAY I STILL ENROLL?
Yes! However, you must complete your degree before the end of your last semester.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INTERN/PROBATIONARY TEACHER OF RECORD AND A CLINICAL TEACHER?
Intern or Probationary Teachers of Record are classroom teachers earning a full teacher salary and benefits. Before you enter the classroom you are required to pass a TExES PACT exam for the Intern Certificate. For the Probationary Certificate, you also need to pass the PPR exam. Clinical Teachers are basically “Student Teachers” who complete an unpaid, 14 week internship under the supervision of a certified, veteran educator.
WHEN WILL I APPLY FOR A TEACHING POSITION?
Once admitted to the program, you may start applying for a teacher position. Your Statement of Eligibility (SOE) for the Professional Practicum is distributed during the first module of the program. It is written evidence of your eligibility for an Intern or Probationary Teacher Certificate based upon passed TExES PACT and PPR exams. Prospective clinical teachers will use their SOE to secure a school placement for the Professional Practicum.
HOW FAST CAN THE PROGRAM BE COMPLETED?
It depends upon the professional practicum route selected. Teacher candidates electing to complete the 14 week Clinical (Student) Teacher route will earn the Texas Standard Teacher Certificate in about 5 months. Teacher candidates electing to complete the one academic year Intern/Probationary Teacher route will earn the Texas Standard Teacher Certificate in about 11 months. While completing certification requirements, Intern/Probationary teachers earn the same salary/benefits as other first year teachers. The self-paced Pre-Teaching coursework can be completed as fast as needed.