Alternative Certification Program, Certificate

The Department of Education and Classical Learning offers an Alternative Teacher Certification program to those who are seeking Texas State Certification but have already earned a baccalaureate or higher degree. This route is great for current teachers who need to get certified or for post-baccalaureate candidates looking to make a career change.

To qualify, a student must have the following: 

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution that reflects a broad base of coursework
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher on baccalaureate degree work 

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The Alternative Certification program consists of 18 course credit hours and 6 internship credit hours. The program can be completed in two years with students teaching full-time in a paid internship during their second year. Upon entrance to the program, students will meet with a supervisor to determine an individualized course plan.  Program Timeline

Why University of Dallas?

There are hundreds of alternative certification programs in Texas. What are the benefits of choosing the University of Dallas Alternative Teacher Certification program? 

High-Quality Programming

The University of Dallas has designed the graduate-level Alternative Teacher Certification curriculum with the goal of fully and efficiently preparing students for the classroom.

Individualized Instruction and Mentorship

Because our professors recognize that each student's circumstances are unique, we are dedicated to working one-on-one with students to guide them each step of the way. Convenient scheduling and small class sizes (7:1 student-professor ratio) provide students with flexibility to complete the program while receiving quality and individualized instruction. 

Simple Transition to a Master's Program

Alternative Certification students can add two additional electives to their course plan to obtain their Master of Arts in Teaching.


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