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Alternative Certification Program

​​UHD Department of Urban Education

Alternative Certification Program (ACP)

 Alternative Certification is a program that allows those with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university to pursue initial teacher certification without completing a traditional teacher certification program. At UHD, ACP students apply and are considered post-baccalaureate (PB), but coursework is taken at the undergraduate level. Therefore, students pay undergraduate tuition. Applicants considering financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility. Please note that the Texas Education Agency prohibits students from being enrolled in more than one educator preparation program. Applicants that have begun or are enrolled in another program will not be eligible for admission. 

Applications due August 1 for Fall; December 15 for Spring

​Admission Requirements
​1. Bachelor's Degree. Submit all official transcript(s) including one which depicts an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited university and any graduate credit earned.
​2. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 is required.
​3. Passing score(s) on appropriate* TExES Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT).
​4. Submit application & supporting materials via www.applytexas.org or to Mr. Reubenjack Long, UHD Graduate Admissions, longr@uhd.edu or 713-223-7935. Apply as a "Post-Baccalaureate Student".
​5. Submit UHD Alternative Certification Program (ACP) Application
​6. Submit three professional recommendations using the ACP Recommendation Form
​7. $50 non-refundable application fee (paid to UHD Cashier); retain receipt for submission with ACP application.
​8. Submit an Application for Teacher Candidacy
​Interview


*Passing score(s) on appropriate TExES Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT)​

Certification AreasTExES/PACT Test Number
Core Subjects EC-6 (with ESL Supplemental)
Test 291
Core Subjects EC-6 (with Bilingual Supplemental)
Test 291 & Test 190
Core Subjects 4-8 (with ESL Supplemental)Test 211
Secondary 7-12 (Choose one area)English Language Arts & Reading: Test 231
History: Test 233
Life Science: Test 238
Mathematics: Test 235
Physical Science: Test 237
Science: Test 236

Social Studies: Test 232

EC = Early Childhood

Phase 1: Pre-Internship Candidacy (Semesters 1 and 2)

After being admitted to the program as a candidate:

Students applying for Fall admission will complete the following coursework during their first two semesters

Certification AreasFallSpring
Core Subjects EC-6 w/ESL Supplemental
BED 3311
ESL 3303
ETC 3301
EED 3312
PED 3305
PED 4380*
READ 3303
Core Subjects EC-6 w/Bilingual Supplemental
BED 3311
ETC 3301
READ 3317
EED 3311
PED 3305
PED 4380*
READ 4306
Core Subjects 4-8 w/ESL Supplemental
BED 3311
ESL 3303
ETC 3301
EED 3312
PED 3303
PED 3305
PED 4380*
Secondary (all subject areas)SED 3302
SED 3307
SED 3312
PED 3305
PED 4380*


Students applying for Spring admission will complete the following coursework during their first two semesters

Certification AreasSpringSummer I
Core Subjects EC-6 w/ESL Supplemental
EED 3312
PED 3305
PED 4380*
READ 3303
BED 3311
ESL 3303
ETC 3301
Core Subjects EC-6 w/Bilingual Supplemental
EED 3311
PED 3305
PED 4380*
READ 4306
BED 3311
ETC 3301
READ 3317
Core Subjects 4-8 w/ESL Supplemental
EED 3312
PED 3303
PED 3305
PED 4380*
BED 3311
ESL 3303
ETC 3301
Secondary (all subject areas)SED 3312
PED 3305
PED 4380*
SED 3302
SED 3307

*Course requires 6 hours per week (60 clock hours total) of fieldwork in an assigned public school

  • Pay fees associated with university coursework, tuition, books, etc.
  • During second semester courses, apply for a one-year teaching internship in your grade and certification area at a Texas Education Agency accredited school.
  • Once you have secured employment give UHD's Teacher Education Certification Compliance Coordinator the contact information for your HR Rep Internships should begin in August

Phase 2: Securing Employment for Internship

  • See Assistant Director, Graduate Studies to register for SOSE 4304: Current Issues in Urban Teaching to be taken with internship and pay necessary tuition and fees
  • After the State of Eligibility has been received from the HR Rep at your hiring district, UHD's Teacher Education Certification Compliance Coordinator will inform you to pay for the appropriate one-year intern or probationary teaching certificate and fingerprinting through your TEAL account
  • UHD Department of Urban Education then recommends candidate for appropriate intern or probationary teaching certificate

Phase 3: Internship (Semesters 3 and 4)

  • The internship is for one school year
  • An intern is the "teacher of record" with all rights, privileges, and responsibilities of any other teacher in Texas [Texas Education Code 13.306(2) and 13.037(a)] and must abide by the Teacher Code of Ethics (Texas Administrative Code 19.7§247).
  • Candidate pays to UHD a $4,000 internship fee to UHD Cashier's Office (payment plans available) 
  • Each candidate is supported by a mentor teacher on her/his campus, university faculty during SOSE 4304, and a UHD field supervisor
  • During the one-year internship, candidates must:
    • Attend required professional development seminars/workshops
    • Pass the TExES EC-12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam (if not previously passed)
    • Successfully complete state and school district appraisal requirements
    • Be recommended for certification
    • Submit an e-portfolio for the internship year

Phase 4: Following Internship

  • Apply and pay for your standard teaching certification through your TEAL online account
  • Complete UHD Recommendation Request Form

Alternative Certification Program candidates must:

  • Comply with the Teacher Educator Code of Ethics (TAC 19.7.247)
  • Understand that, as state guidelines change, program revisions occur to ensure that the UHD Urban Education Alternative Certification Program remains in compliance with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Education Agency (TEA) regulations and guidelines. 
  • Realize that students are responsible for keeping up with revision that affect individualized degree plans. Students should contact their advisor regularly and monitor the TEA website for teacher certification changes.

 

For More Information Contact
​Bernardo Pohl, Ed.D.
Graduate Program Director
pohlb@uhd.edu or 713-221-5051
​Anne Baronitis, M.Ed.
Assistant Director, Graduate Studies
baronitisa@uhd.edu or 713-221-2714

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