Alternative Certification Program

Alternative Teacher Certification Program

The Department of Education offers an Alternative Teacher Certification program to those individuals who are seeking Texas State Certification, but have already earned a baccalaureate or higher degree in the following areas:

  • Elementary (Early Childhood - 6th grade)
  • Middle School (grades 4 - 8)
  • Secondary (grades 7 - 12) 
  • All-Level (EC - 12th grade)

Alternative Certification Courses:

Elementary

  • This program is being revised.  Please contact the Department of Education for more information.

Secondary

  • This program is being revised.  Please contact the Department of Education for more information.

Texas Teaching Certification Requirements:

Candidates complete the following requirements to be eligible for Texas Teaching Certification. In addition to the following requirements, students also complete a Clinical Teaching or an Internship placement.   

 

Certification Requirements to Achieve Texas Certification
Generalist EC- 6
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher with an overall GPA of 2.75 and a 2.75 in pedagogical courses
  • Completion of 12 credit hours required in english, math, laboratory science, and/or  history
  • Complete required education courses
  • Complete the required TEA mandated training in Dyslexia, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Suicide Prevention.
  • Complete a Field Based Experience hours (observation)
  • Complete required Oral Presentation in Education
  • Pass appropriate TExES in content and pedagogy
  • Complete placement file and teaching portfolio

Middle School 4-8

  • Teaching Fields offered: English Language Arts & Reading, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Composite English Language Arts & Reading/Social Studies and Composite Mathematics/Science.
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher with an overall GPA of 2.75 and a 2.75 in pedagogical courses
  • Completion of 12 credit hours required in certification field, unless certifying in Math or Science which requires 15 credit hours.
  • Complete required education courses
  • Complete the required TEA mandated training in Dyslexia, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Suicide Prevention.
  • Complete a Field Based Experience hours (observation)
  • 18 credit hours in teaching field, 9 of which must be upper division credit hours
  • Complete required Oral Presentation in Education
  • Pass appropriate TExES in content and pedagogy
  • Complete placement file and teaching portfolio
Secondary Certification
  • Teaching Fields offered: Grades 7-12 - Life Science (Biology), English Language Arts and Reading, History, Mathematics, Composite Studies (History, Politics, Economics, and Geography), Composite Physics/Mathematics and Composite Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics); Grades 6 - 12 - Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry)
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher with an overall GPA of 2.75 and a 2.75 in pedagogical courses
  • Completion of 12 credit hours required in certification field, unless certifying in Math or Science which requires 15 credit hours.
  • Complete required education courses, Composite teaching field certificates require additional hours
  • Complete the required TEA mandated training in Dyslexia, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Suicide Prevention.
  • Complete a Field Based Experience hours (observation)
  • 24 credit hours in teaching field, 18 of which must be upper division credit hours
  • Complete required Oral Presentation in Education
  • Pass appropriate TExES in content and pedagogy
  • Complete placement file and teaching portfolio
All Level Certification (Grades EC - 12)
  • Approved programs are Art, Theater Arts (Drama), and Languages Other than English (LOTE) in French, German, Latin and Spanish
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher with an overall GPA of 2.75 and a 2.75 in pedagogical courses
  • Completion of 12 credit hours required in certification field
  • Complete required education classes
  • Complete the required TEA mandated training in Dyslexia, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Suicide Prevention.
  • Complete a Field Based Experience hours (observation)
  • 18 upper division credit hours in teaching field, 
  • Complete required Oral Presentation in Education
  • Pass appropriate TExES in content and pedagogy
  • Complete placement file and teaching portfolio

Ready to take the next step?

Review the admissions requirements.

Successful completion of Internship is required of students who seek certification.  It is taken in the final year.  Students who have received a "D" or "F" in required Education or academic emphasis (teaching field) courses may not take Internship until the course has been repeated and a grade of "C" or higher obtained.  Applications and supporting documents for Internship must be filed with the Certification Officer no later than one year prior to the desired assignment.  Before an Internship assignment will be made, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit a Clinical Teaching Application with essay
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Achieve an overall grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a 2.75 in teaching field and pedagogical courses; no incomplete allowed.
  • Complete three-fourths of the courses in the academic emphasis or certification field(s) and 12 hours in english, math, laboratory science, and/or history unless certifying in Math or Science which requires 15.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in each of the basic skills of reading, writing, math, critical thinking and oral communication in English.  A student can demonstrate proficiency of basic skills by submitting current (within the last five years) passing scores on approved standardized tests. Approved standardized tests and minimum passing scores are:
    • Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI): minimum scores in Math of 356, in Reading of 355, in Writing of 350, and in Essay of 5
    • SAT (prior to March 2016): minimum scores in Composite (Critical Reading & Math), in Math of 500, in English/Reading of 500
    • SAT (after March 2016): minimum scores in Math of 530, in English/Reading & Writing of 480.
    • ACT: minimum scores in Composite of 23, Math of 19, English/Reading of 19
  • Pass the appropriate TExES content test for the certification area sought prior to the start of Clinical Teaching.
  • Submit two academic recommendations or letters of reference.
  • Receive favorable recommendations from all members of the Education faculty.*

An Internship is for a minimum of one full school year for the classroom teacher assignment. Students spend time teaching a class, Monday-Friday, under an Internship Certification issued by TEA. 

*If any faculty member judges a student to exhibit behavioral characteristics or communication skills that indicate potential problems in school settings, they may refer the student to the Teacher Education Review Committee (TERC) for review and evaluation.  The TERC may recommend specific courses of action to the student and/or the faculty member.

International Student Applicants:

Texas Education Agency states "any applicant for Texas educator certificate must be able to communicate, listen, read, write, and comprehend the English Language sufficiently to use it easily and readily in daily communication and teaching." (19 TAC 230.11(b)) 

Based on this requirement, a foreign credential evaluator that has been recognized by the State of Texas must evaluate all foreign transcripts.  In addition, all student applicants whose native language is not English must submit a score report from the TOEFL.  Approved scores as of October 22, 2017 are a minimum of 24 in Speaking, a minimum of 22 in Listening, a minimum of 22 in Reading, and a minimum of 21 in Writing.  Scores must be within two years from the date of testing.

Background Check Requirements

Enrolling in the educator preparation program is the first step in your preparation to be a licensed teacher.  Ultimately, your suitability for certification as teacher will be evaluated by a state licensing agency, which in Texas will be the Texas Education Agency.  In Texas, as in many states, you may be ineligible for certification due to a criminal or deferred adjudication for a felony or a misdemeanor offense.  A copy of the current Texas Guidelines to consider the eligibility for teacher certification for individuals with criminal history is enclosed for your review.  If your record includes a criminal or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense, and you plan to seek licensure in Texas, you may request a criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency to evaluate your potential ineligibility for certification due to a past conviction or deferred adjudication.  Information related to the process for requesting a preliminary evaluation of certification eligibility in Texas is also enclosed to assist you.  Please consider these materials carefully and, if appropriate or if you are unsure, please take steps to review your potential ineligibility for certification before continuing the program and incurring the related tuition and fees.

Other Application Requirements

Ready to take the next step?

Apply

Application process for this program is closed.

To apply our Educator Preparation Program for teacher certification, please use the online registration below or contact the Certification Officer for the required application packet.  

If you're interested in earning your undergraduate or graduate degree in addition to teacher certification, apply to your program of interest through the University of Dallas Admissions Office. Then, contact the certification officer to discuss entrance to teacher certification.

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