Alternative Certification Program (ACP) Route (TX)

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Alternative certification programs (ACPs) offer a nontraditional route to certification. ACPs offer intensive classroom-focused training. Many of these programs can be completed in one year, during which time certification-seekers may be able to teach as a paid intern with supervision and mentoring. Some programs offer an unpaid clinical experience similar to student teaching in lieu of a paid internship.  Once a teaching position for the internship has been secured, the prospective teacher applies for an intern or probationary certificate, valid for one calendar year to meet state certification rules. Upon completion of all requirements, the license-seeker must apply for a standard certificate online. These programs are located in universities, school districts, education service centers, community colleges, and private entities. If the license-seeker does not hold a bachelor’s degree, they must complete a degree-granting university program. If the applicant already holds a degree, they may contact an Alternative Certification Program or a Post Baccalaureate program.

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Last updated on: November 10, 2021
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