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Mountain View’s Alternative Teachers’ Certification (ATC) program provides certification, internship and state testing for the Texas teacher certification by partnering with:
Certifications are available in 23 different academic areas, including math, science, special education, bilingual, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
This intensive program expedites the teacher certification process and consists of training in pedagogy, professional responsibilities and select content areas. Participants are eligible to take the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) after completion of the required program training and begin a teaching career upon a passing score.
This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit
Q. Can I apply and be admitted if I am still attending college?
A. No. The State requires that an individual have earned at least a bachelor’s degree prior to being admitted into an alternative certification Educator Preparation Program (EPP).
Q. Do I need to take the THEA to be admitted into the Alternative Teacher Certification Program?
A. Yes. Mountain View College’s Alternative Teacher Certification Program determines the State’s required demonstration of proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics through transcript evaluation and the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA).
Q. Do I first need a teaching job before enrolling into Mountain View College’s Alternative Teacher Certification Program?
A. No. As a matter of fact, to be considered for employment by a district an individual must hold a probationary, intern or standard certificate. Just because a candidate is enrolled in a program, that doesn't mean they will automatically be considered for a teaching position.
Q. What are the differences between probationary, intern and standard certificates?
To receive an intern certificate, students must pass the TExES certification exam. To receive a probationary certificate, students must also pass Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities TExES exams. Finally, to receive a standard certificate, students must apply for the certificate and receive a recommendation from the educator preparation program.
Q. Can I receive credit for past experience or training in a related field?
A. Yes. Each school offering this degree has procedures that allow:
Q. What if I need to make a complaint about this program?
A general complaint form can be provided through the EPP office.
This calendar will be updated 30 days prior to each new course.
Application Deadline: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019
Orientation: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019
Training Phase I: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019
Phase I Tuition Due: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019
Field Observation Hours Due: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019
Training Phase II: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019
Phase II Tuition Due: Sat., Dec. 14, 2019
Training Phase III: Sat., Mar. 7, 2020
Phase III Tuition Due: Sat., Mar. 14, 2020
Training Phase IV: Sat. May 30, 2020
Phase IV Tuition Due: Sat., June 6, 2020
Test pass rates for students in the MVC program:
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