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Alternative Teacher Certification Program Overview

Program Overview

Our online Alternative Teacher Certification Program uses a student cohort model designed for the adult learner who has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher and needs the flexibility to have a full-time job and complete their requirements for earning an initial teacher certification. All courses are facilitated by highly qualified instructors who meet with the class in a virtual classroom once a week from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m., Saturday classes and workshops are from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The HT ATCP is designed to be completed within 15 months, which includes a one-year paid internship; however, candidates have three years to complete the program. ATCP Application, Admission, Registration, and Certification Services are managed through the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. Once all requirements are completed (including all required tests, course work, and fees paid) candidates will apply to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for their Standard Texas Teacher Certification.

The Accountability System for all Educator Preparation Programs at Huston-Tillotson is accredited by the State of Texas.

Teacher Certification in Texas

To become a certified teacher in Texas through our Teacher Certification program, an individual must:

  • Have previously earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrate competency in the basic skills of reading, writing, mathematics, and area of certification
  • Complete each of the three phrases of the HT teacher certification program
  • Complete a paid 1-year internship (consecutively semesters)
  • Pass state certification examinations in both content and pedagogy
  • Apply to the Texas Education Agency (TEA)
  • Be recommended by the certification program’s certification officer

ATCP Completion Schedule 

Fall 2023 Cohort Status Start Date  Pass Content Exam  End Date
Phase I:  Fall Candidate August 2023 Mid-November 2023 December 2023
Phase II:  Spring Paid Internship I January 2024 Mid-April  2024 May 2024
Phase III: Fall Paid Internship II August 2024 Mid-November 2023 December 2024
Spring 2024 Cohort  Status Start Date Pass Content Exam Phase I: Spring
Phase I: Spring Candidate January  2024 Mid-April  2025 Phase II: Fall
Phase II: Fall Paid Internship I August 2024 Mid-November 2025 Phase III: Spring
Phase III: Spring Paid Internship II  January 2025 Mid-April 2026  May 2026

ATCP Online Cost

Phases  Courses  Credits Cost Per Semester
Phase I (All Semesters) ATCP456 Curriculum and Methodology 6 Credit Hours $2,000.00
Phase II (Fall /Spring) ATCP476A Teaching Internship 1st Semester 6 Credit Hours $2,000.00
Phase III: (Fall /Spring) TCP476A Teaching Internship 2nd Semester 6 Credit Hours $2,000.00
Extended Semester ATCP490  Extended Teaching Internship Semester 0 Credit Hours $1,000.00





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