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. Learn more about the Consequences of Criminal Conviction, Notice of Potential Ineligibility for License.
Please be aware of the following provisions of Texas law regarding requirements for employment as a Texas teacher: 19 TAC Chapter 249; §249.3 (21) Good moral character - The [the] virtues of a person as evidenced, at a minimum, by his or her not having committed crimes relating directly to the duties and responsibilities of the education profession as described in §249.16(b) of this title (relating to Eligibility of Persons with Criminal Convictions for a Certificate under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53) or acts involving moral turpitude.
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