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Alternative Teacher Certification Program

ATCP Applications and Admission

Applications and Admission Forms 

Information Session

Pre-Admission Content Exam

Pre Admission Test (EC-6 & Special Education EC-6)

ATCP Application

Apply to Huston-Tillotso

Student Data Form



Resume and Writing Sample

ATCP Application Fee

Scheduled ATCP Interview

Educator Preparation Candidate Transfer Form

ATCP Orientation

Admission Process

  1. Complete the Alternative Teacher Certification Program Application.
  2. Schedule your information session.
  3. Possess a TEA (ECOS) account.
  4. Submit Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) scores for your content as discussed during the information session. Select Pre-Admission Test for EC-6 and Special Education. 
  5. New and former students returning to HT will need to apply to Huston-Tillotson University and complete the Student Data Information.
  6. Request/send all official transcripts to Email Transcripts to At least one transcript must show that a baccalaureate degree was awarded, a GPA for of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale overall or in the last 60 hours taken. Transcripts are required from all institutions supporting transferred hours. 
  7.  Send the ATCP Professional Reference Recommendation Form link to three individual listed as your professional references.
  8. Email professional resume to
  9. Accept the invitation and participate in a virtual face-to-face ATCP, Admission Interview.
  10. Schedule an appointment with the Business Office and Financial for information regarding your financial responsibilities, financial aide, and the Teach Grant.

After the information session and upon receipt of the ATCP Admission Application, references, TX PACT Scores, and all transcripts, a 30–45-minute interview will be scheduled. The interview requires a score of 70%.    A TEA Transfer Form is required from all applicants transferring from another Educator Preparation Program TEA Transfer Form is required. Applicants should expect a Decision Letter within three business days of the interview. An acceptance letter or a denial letter to the candidate via Adobe Doc-U-Sign will be sent to the applicant within 7 days of the interview.

Applicants denied may reapply after resolving the cause for being denied or appeal by submitting a written appeal to the director within 10 business days of receipt of the decision letter. 

 After Signing The Acceptance Letter

A student is accepted to the HT ATCP only after signing and returning the ATCP Acceptance Letter.

  • The acceptance letter inviting the applicant to the program should be signed and returned by the applicant within seven (7) days; the signed document will initiate the ATCP and TEA admission process  (The acceptance letter includes an individual program completion plan, candidate agreement, and the audit documentation form).
  • Upon acceptance of the invitation to ATCP the applicant may now be referred to as the candidate. 

A candidate is individual who has been formally or contingently admitted to an educator preparation program; also referred to as an enrollee or participant. Next steps after signing the acceptance letter: 

  1. Register for the required ATCP orientation and use the registration link on the ATCP website.
  2. Select Student Services to register for ATCP456 course and the Certify Teacher subscription.

Acknowledgement of Required background Check
Notification 1-Required Background Check
(1) Pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidate must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator; and
(2) pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching.

Acknowledgement of Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation
Notification 2-Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation
Each applicant to and enrollee in the EPP of the following regardless of whether the applicant or enrollee has been convicted of an offense:
(1) the potential ineligibility of an individual who has been convicted of an offense for issuance of a certificate on completion of the EPP;
(2) the current SBEC rules prescribed in 19 TAC §249.16… and
(3) The applicant has the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter as provided in 19 TAC Chapter 227, Subchapter B