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Texas Teacher Certification: Internship Track

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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
(ATC) Program.

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.

Program Plan

Courses Contact Hours
ATCPC 7000062 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 108
ATCPC 7200018 TExES Review: PPR EC-12 7
ATCPC 7000065 TCP Internship I 32
ATCPC 7000066 TCP Internship II 32
ATCPC 7000027 Components of Special Education 48
ATCPC 7000081-or-ATCPC 7000086 Generalist Teacher Prep-or-Creating Successful Classrooms 48
  Field Experience 30
Texas Teacher Certification - Internship Track Total 305

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Career Options

Median wage: Wage data varies by grade level and experience

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Teacher (K-12)2

Gainful Employment

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."


  1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Program Cost: $4,654.50

Additional costs required for certification fees and testing, application fees, background checks ,courses, course materials and textbooks.   

Financial Aid

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.

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