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Texas Alternative Certification Program

If you’re looking to become a teacher in Texas but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, the Texas Alternative Certification Program is an alternative route you can take to become a certified teacher in a short period of time. Here is a look at what the program is all about and what you need to know to apply.

Program Mission and Overview

The Texas Alternative Certification Program allows prospective teachers to become a certified teacher by completing coursework through a state-approved university that offers an Alternative Certification Program. Candidates may take up to three years to complete the program and obtain standard certification to continue teaching.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5 overall or 2.5 over the last 60 credits of coursework.
  • Pass the PRAXIS I basic skills test and PRAXIS II content test.
  • Have at least 24 semester hours in the desired subject area.
  • Demonstrate basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. This can be done by successfully completing the Texas Academic Skills Program test or the Texas Higher Education Assessment with scores of 230 in reading and math and 220 in written communication. Candidates may also demonstrate skills by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative.
  • Pass a criminal background check.

Candidates can learn more about applying for this program at the Texas Department of Education website.

Financial Information

Tuition and costs for this program vary depending on the number of courses required to meet teacher certification requirements and on the school candidates choose to attend.