With a bachelor’s degree and passion to make a difference in the lives of young people, you can become a Texas certified teacher from the Lone Star Colleges Alternative Teacher Certification
Students must complete a minimum of 300 hours of coursework, field experience and training. All courses will fully prepare the student in the art of teaching for his or her content area, specific to the domains and competencies of Texas Education Agency. It will take anywhere between 3 - 4 semesters to complete the coursework and practicum to then finish with a
standard certification. The coursework may be taken face-to-face, on-line or as hybrid classes at various locations throughout the system.
The ATC Program has partnerships with more than 45 school districts, 40 certification areas, flexible course schedules and a choice between two routes to certification: internship or clinical teaching. The internship requires a student to complete a one-year internship with full salary and benefits, under the supervision of the ATC Program. In this route, the student must secure his or her own teaching position. Clinical teaching involves one semester of non-paid placement in a school district. Clinical teachers work with a mentor teacher at an area K-12 school and with an LSC-ATCP supervisor.
Licensure – Employment in this field requires Texas licensure from the Texas Education Agency. If you are seeking initial teacher certification in Texas you must contact an approved educator preparation program. If you are seeking initial educational aide certification, you must obtain a recommendation from a Texas school district.
Special Topic Seminars
Special Topic Seminars provide ongoing induction year support for interns in our program. These seminars are free and open to the public.
Median wage: Wage data varies by grade level and experience
Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:
The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."
Program Cost: $4,654.50
Additional costs required for certification fees and testing, application fees, background checks ,courses, course materials and textbooks.
Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.