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Alternative Teacher Certification Program

Did you know that there continues to be an increasing demand for new teachers? 

Due to the dramatic increase in enrollments and high attrition rates as an aging teacher workforce becomes eligible for retirement, Texas often breaks its own records in annual hiring.  As demographics change in Texas, there is also an increasing need to attract minority teachers (Educator Data)The Texas Education Agency has identified teacher shortages in the following areas: Bilingual Education/English as a Second Language; Foreign Languages; Mathematics (STEM); Science; and Special Education. The Texas Workforce Commission anticipates elementary school teaching positions will add the second-highest number of jobs among all occupations in the state–That’s nearly 68,000 new jobs! Click on the following links for additional information related to: Teacher Shortage & Loan Forgiveness programs

Huston-Tillotson University 

Alternative Teaching Certification Program

We are accepting applications 

For Spring 2022

October 15, 2021- January 04, 2022

Class Start Date January 18, 2022

Spring 2022 Orientation: TBA



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Huston-Tillotson University’s online alternative teacher certification program (ATCP) is an innovative, flexible, and high-quality program to prepare the most qualified, diverse, and effective teachers in Texas. Teachers trained at HT’s ATCP educate children in more than 40 school districts in Texas and have a nearly perfect success rate on state certification examinations. The HT ATCP is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and meets state and national requirements for alternative pathways to teacher certification (Certificates Offered).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Huston-Tillotson University Alternative Teacher Certification Program is to prepare diverse, degreed individuals for a successful EC-12 teaching career through a focused curriculum, supported internship, and ongoing professional development needed to meet the supply and demand for educators in Texas

Program Overview

Effective Fall 2021, all HT ATCP courses are online Instruction will be delivered remotely via virtual classrooms.  HT ATCP is implemented in a three-semester/three-phase sequence. Phase 1 is the initial training before internship, and Phase 2 and 3 consist of ongoing activity during the candidate’s internship or student teaching. A new cycle begins two times during an academic year: spring and summer. The deadline for spring applications is November 15. The deadline for summer applications is March 15. The spring cycle begins in early January. The summer semester starts in early May. Training consists of 30 field base experience hours and 300 training and development hours.

ATCP Admission Requirement

Application Package

Contingency Admission

Reference Letters

ATCP Application Fee

Admission Feedback Survey

Register for ATCP Phase I, II, or III  

CertifyTeacher Access 

Pre-Course Literacy Assessment  

TExES Content Exam 

TExES Science For Reading  Exam 

Statement of Eligibility 


ATCP Handbook

Field Supervisors

Campus Mentors

Campus Principals

Classroom Observation Form 





Complaints, Investigations, Procedures, and Grievance Policy

Our ATCP team strives to resolve all concerns and questions pertaining to the teacher preparation program. For initial concerns, please contact the director at or 512.505.3096.  

Additional Information:  “TEA Rules and Policies