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ATCP General Admission Requirements

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ATCP General Admission Requirements




Degree Awarded

General Admission

  1. Bachelor Degree: Hold a bachelor degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education 
  2. Provide an official transcript showing the conferred date of degree with an overall **GPA of  2.5, including a minimum of 12 credit hours in the content area you wish to teach and 15 credit hours for secondary math and Science or a passing score on the PACT (Pre-Admission Content Test) 
  3. Pre-admission Test: TX PACT
  4. Foreign Degrees: All foreign degrees must include a course-by-course evaluation, Certification Based on Credentials from another Country | Texas Education Agency and meet the English Language Proficiency requirements, transcripts from a non-U.S. institution must demonstrate English language proficiency skills by submitting an official TOEFL-iBT score report demonstrating scores of at least 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing.  See exceptions 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C)
  5. TEA ID:  SEE TEA Login
Degree Expected

Contingency Admission

Applicants currently in a four-year degree program may be eligible for a Contingency Admission in their Final Semester of earning a bachelor degree. 

An applicant may be accepted into an alternative certification program on a contingency basis pending receipt of an official transcript showing the degree conferred under the following guidelines:

  1. The applicant is currently enrolled in and expects to complete the courses and other requirements for obtaining, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree at the end of the semester in which admission to the program is sought; 
  2.  All other admission requirements of this title have been met;

 No Degree

Trade and Industrial Education 

*** Trade and Industrial Education (Grades 6-12) TAC 233.14. Trades and Industrial Education certificates require work experience.  For initial certification, you must meet the requirements for becoming a classroom teacher in Texas.  Career and Technical Education Chart TAC 233.14(f)(1) requires that candidates seeking CTE certification based on  skill and experience. All other admission requirements of this title have been met;

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Background Clearance: Candidates are required to complete a fingerprint background check prior to employment (19 TAC 227.1(b). A criminal history may jeopardize an individual’s ability to obtain a teacher certification and or employment via a school district. An individual has a right to request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation (PCHE) from TEA. Education Agency (TEA).

2024 Summer Cohort
Start Date: May 13,  2024

Continuing Education
CPE Start Date: TBA