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Alternative Teacher Certification

Seeking a career change? Follow your passion in education and shape the minds of future generations.

YEARS to earn this certificate (minimum)
cost to earn this

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
We offer certifications in 23 different academic areas including, Math, Science, Bilingual and Special Education, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, which are the critical needs areas for the state of Texas.

Employment with a school in the State of Texas is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance of an investigation of a record for felony or misdemeanor conviction in compliance with TEC 22.083.

Requirements for Completion

  • Successful admission
  • Completion of 300 clock hours
  • Successful content and PPR TExES tests
  • One-year internship
  • Approval of standard certificate by principal, field supervisor and program

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 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:

  • Military service member or military veteran candidates to credit verified military service, training, or education toward the training, education, work experience, or related requirements (other than certification examinations) for educator certification requirements, provided that the military service, training, or education is directly related to the certificate being sought.
  • Candidates who are not military service members or military veterans to substitute prior or ongoing service, training, or education, provided that the experience, education, or training is not also counted as a part of the internship, clinical teaching, or practicum requirements, was provided by an approved EPP or an accredited institution of higher education within the past five years, and is directly related to the certificate being sought.
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Q. What if I need to make a complaint about this program?

A general complaint form can be provided through the EPP office.

Calendar of Program Activities

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

Five-Year Performance Record

Test pass rates for students in the MVC program:

  • All students: 100% pass rate in 2019-20; 89% in 2018-19; 100% in 2017-18; 98% in 2016-17; 100% in 2015-16
  • Female students: 100% pass rate in 2019-20, 2018-19, 2017-18; 99% in 2016-17; 100% in 2015-16
  • Male students: 100% pass rate in 2019-20; 75% 2018-19; 100% in 2017-18; 98% in 2016-17; 100% in 2015-16
  • Black students: 100% pass rate in 2019-20; 25% in 2018-19; 100% in 2017-18, 2016-17, and 2015-16
  • Hispanic students: 100% pass rate in 2019-20; 97% in 2018-19; 100% in 2017-18; 98% in 2016-17; 100% in 2015-16
  • White students: no students in 2019-20 or 2018-19; 100% pass rate in 2017-18, 2016-17, and 2015-16
  • Students of other ethnicities: 100% pass rate all of the last five years

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