Texas Teacher Certification: Internship Track Certificate

continuing education (fast track)


  • Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP) is no longer under the Continuing Education (CE) Department. ATCP is officially under the Academic Affairs division at Lone Star College.

  • Prospective students please contact ATCP@LoneStar.edu  Applications for the program are paused until further notice. 

  • Current students should contact ATCP@LoneStar.edu or call 281.312.1716 for additional information. Email and voicemail messages will be returned withing 24-48 hours.

  • Prepares for Texas Teacher Certification Exams

  • Consequences of Criminal Conviction, Notice of Potential Ineligibility for License  Two criminal background checks are required throughout the program

  • Licensure - Employment in this field requires Texas licensure from the Texas Education Agency

  • Summer Operating Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm. LSC is closed on Fridays. 


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Program Pathway

Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP) is no longer under the Continuing Education (CE) Department. ATCP is officially under the Academic Affairs division at Lone Star College. Contact ATCP@LoneStar.edu or call 281.312.1716.


Texas Teacher Certification - Internship Track

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Program Details

Please Note: Applications for the program are currently paused. 

Core Subjects (EC-6)* 

Middle School 
Core Subjects (4-8)*

All Certification 
Special Education (EC-12) 

Supplemental Certification 
ESL Supplemental 









Teachers' Supply and Demand in Houston

A report from Teach for Houston states that the average teacher salary is around $60,000, and most teachers' salaries are rising. From 2019 to 2020, Houston's average teacher salaries rose by 5.0%. For more information on the supply and demand of teacher in Houston, please visit the following links:

Kindergartner Teachers Demand
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Employment in this field requires Texas licensure from the Texas Education Agency. If you are seeking initial teacher certification in Texas, you can contact an approved educator preparation program.

If you are seeking initial educational aide certification, you must obtain a recommendation from a Texas school district.

To obtain a teacher certification in the state of Texas, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to being employed as an educator or prior to clinical teaching (TEC §22.083 and TEC §22.0835). According to H.B. 1498 (TEC21.917), Texas school districts will run a Criminal background Check (CBC) to obtain criminal history information on every employee, candidate for employment, and observer at schools. The State Board for Educator Certification will also run a fingerprint check when you request probationary, intern, or standard certification. A criminal history may disqualify your participation in a school district regardless of your acceptance into the Teacher Certification Program. If you have concerns about your ability to work as a Teacher in Texas due to this requirement, you can request a preliminary criminal history background check through the Texas Education Agency prior to enrolling in the program. For more information, please visit https://tea.texas.gov/texas-educators/investigations/national-criminal-history-checks-faqs

For careers and median salaries, visit Career Star for more information.


Public Notice, as of 04/26/2024 LSC is under SBEC Board Order

Lone Star College's educator preparation program has entered into a settlement with the State Board for Educator Certification to address areas of noncompliance with state requirements for educator preparation programs. Lone Star College is working in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency to bring improvements to its program and is committed to serving the needs of our aspiring teachers through continuous improvements.


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