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Alternative Teacher Certification

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18-24
weeks to earn this certificate (minimum)
$3,500
cost to earn this certificate

Books and additional charges not included.

Mountain View’s Alternative Teachers’ Certification (ATC) program provides certification, internship and state testing for the Texas teacher certification by partnering with:

  • North Texas school districts
  • Charter schools
  • Private schools
  • Individuals looking to make a move in their career

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.

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit dcccd.edu/hb1508.


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Admission Requirements:

  • Have an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have the ability to provide the official college transcripts from each school attended. (*Note: Students who have attended the Dallas County Community College District for any credit coursework do not need to obtain transcripts for those courses.)
  • Have an overall G.P.A. of a 2.5 or higher (grades of “D” or lower will not be accepted)
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Submit the required Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) scores with your application packet
  • Two-part in-person interview session: online component and written essay

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 either hold a Standard Certificate or be enrolled in an SBEC approved alternative certification program.

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