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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.

HT ATCP is designed to put you in the classroom after completing your first semester as a paid intern and obtain your initial Texas Teacher certification within 15 months (three academic semesters); 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.

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

Pathway To 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 that includes a paid 1-year internship (consecutively semesters)
  • Pass state certification examinations in both content and pedagogy
  • Apply for your initial certification 
  • 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 2024 December 2024
Spring 2024 Cohort  Status Start Date End Date  End  Date
Phase I: Spring 2024 Candidate January  2024 Mid-April  2024 May 2024
Phase II: Fall 2024 Paid Internship I August 2024 Mid-November 2024 December 2024
Phase III: Spring 2025 Paid Internship II  January 2025 Mid-April 2025  May 2025

ATCP Online Cost

Phases  Courses  Credits Cost Per Semester
Phase I   ATCP456 Curriculum and Methodology $2,000.00
Phase II  ATCP476A Teaching Internship 1st Semester $2,000.00
Phase III:  TCP476A Teaching Internship 2nd Semester $2,000.00
Extended Semester ATCP490  Extended Teaching Internship Semester $1,000.00





Financial Aid 

Teach Grant