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Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ACP) Online

If you have a passion for teaching and are seeking an alternative pathway to certification through a university, this affordable, online TAMIU Alternative Teacher Certification Program is the perfect solution to quickly launch your career as an educator.


Program Overview

The Alternative Teaching Certification Program (ACP) at TAMIU is ideal for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field, substitute teachers, teachers on a temporary or emergency certificate, as well as individuals considering a career change who want to be certified to teach without having to earn another degree.

This 100% online program expedites the education portion of the teacher certification process and is designed to prepare you to confidently lead a classroom with a solid foundation of proven teaching skills and strategies.

$4,030

Total Tuition

Tuition
as few as 6 months

Program Duration

Calendar
12

Credit Hours

Credit Hours

Upon completion of this online program, you will be able to:

  • Design and implement engaging learner-centered instruction that reflects mastery of core content, appropriate assessment practices, and evidence-based instructional strategies
  • Demonstrate proficiency in applications of technology for digital age work and learning purposes
  • Fulfill professional roles and responsibilities by exhibiting behaviors and dispositions that meet the legal and ethical requirements of the profession.

You will learn from TAMIU faculty who are content and pedagogy experts and receive high-quality instruction and personalized attention during your coursework. During the internship that follows, you will also be supported by an experienced field supervisor who can assist you in content knowledge and instructional skills leading to increased student achievement.

Upon completion of the internship and exam, TAMIU will recommend you for Texas Education Agency (TEA) Certification so you can begin your teaching career right away. Credit hours from this ACP can also be applied toward the Master of Arts in Teaching program at TAMIU.


The process to becoming a certified teacher at TAMIU follows four sequential steps that allow you to be ready for certification in as few as 6 months. You simply:

Texas A&M International University Online

Take a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) prior to applying

Texas A&M International University Online

Complete this 12-credit hour ACP online at TAMIU

Texas A&M International University Online

Participate in a field-based internship with TAMIU support

Texas A&M International University Online

Take a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) prior to applying

The state of texas education agency

Take the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam

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Tuition

Tuition for the Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ACP) online is affordable and can be paid by the course.

Per Credit Hour $335.81
Program Tuition $4,030 
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Calendar

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring I 1/21/20 1/6/20 1/13/20 1/15/20 1/17/20
Spring II 3/9/20 2/24/20 3/2/20 3/4/20 3/6/20
Summer I 5/11/20 4/27/20 5/4/20 5/6/20 5/8/20
Summer II 7/6/20 5/22/20 6/29/20 7/1/20 7/3/20
Start Date Withdraw with 100% refund Withdraw with 80% refund Withdraw with 50% refund
07/08/19 7/4/19 07/09/19-7/11/19 7/12/19-7/17/19
8/27/19 8/23/19 8/28/19-8/30/19 8/31/19-9/4/19
10/21/19 10/17/19 10/22/19-10/24/19 10/25/19-10/31/19
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Admissions

To apply for the Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ACP), you must hold a bachelor's degree and submit transcripts verifying a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.

ACP online admission requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Take and pass the Texas Pre-Admission Content Test

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be sent to:

Texas A&M International University
Office of Graduate Studies and Research
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, Suite 206
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX 78041
OR
Electronically to GraduateSchool@tamiu.edu

For documents, other than transcripts, please upload to your application portal located here. If transcripts are uploaded to the portal, you will be asked to resend all official transcripts by mail or email and will delay the application process.

Have a question? Call us at 844-872-8712.

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Courses

Curriculum for the Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ACP) is comprised of four courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to education for initial certification, including a survey of theories and principles of child and adolescent development, current research on appropriate instructional strategies developmentally appropriate practices, and the impact on diversity and exceptionality on teaching and learning. Effective strategies for meeting the needs of English Language Learners will be emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Intended to assist pre-service teachers develop a sound understanding of EC-12 Learner-Centered Proficiencies; ethical and legal aspects of teaching; developmentally appropriate instructional practices, classroom management strategies, implications of diversity for teaching and learning, and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) implementation. Pre-service teachers will expand their knowledge and ability to use technology resources by incorporating various multimedia resources into their instructional activities to enrich teaching-learning experiences for students.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course examines educational assessment; issues involving reliability, validity, and bias; construction of different types of tests, performance assessments, formal and informal assessment, and portfolios for specific purposes; use of assessment data for defined purposes; and best practices in educational assessment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course examines educational assessment; issues involving reliability, validity, and bias; construction of different types of tests, performance assessments, formal and informal assessment, and portfolios for specific purposes; use of assessment data for defined purposes; and best practices in educational assessment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of special education as seen from the perspective of normal psychomotor, cognitive, social, and behavioral norms with the focus on a basic overview of the federally determined categories of disabling conditions. Also includes an overview of the national legislation; litigation and advocacy trends; the Texas Rules and Regulations for Special Education; as well as research in the field.

Prerequisites: Admission to the College of Education.

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