Sep 18, 2018  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
    
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alternative Certification of Educators (ACE)


Alternative Certification of Educators (ACE)

ACE is an Initial Teaching Certification Program for candidates who hold an undergraduate degree and wish to seek an initial teaching certification in an accelerated manner. Candidates must meet University admissions requirements as outlined in the Graduate Admissions section of this catalog. Furthermore, students must be accepted into the ACE program which includes demonstrating competencies in the desired teaching area by passing the content area state exam prior to entry. Should the student wish to continue and work towards a Master’s degree, four graduate courses taken in the ACE program will apply if the student completed student teaching. If the student completed an internship, five graduate courses will apply towards a Master’s degree.

ACE offers initial certification in the following areas:

Art EC-12

Bilingual Generalist EC-6 (requires BILINGUAL TARGET LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST)

Computer Science 8-12

English Language Arts and Reading 4-8

English Language Arts and Reading 8-12

Generalist EC-6

History 8-12

Life Science 8-12

LOTE Spanish EC-12

Mathematics 4-8

Mathematics 8-12

Music EC-12

Physical Education EC-12

Physical Science 8-12

Science 4-8

Social Studies 4-8

Social Studies 8-12

Special Education EC-12

Speech 8-12

Theatre EC-12

ACE students enter the program as a cohort and begin in the first summer session. These students may either complete student teaching, a 12-week, full-day, teaching practicum at a public or private school accredited by the Texas Education Agency, OR an Internship, a one-year, supervised, professional assignment at a public or private school accredited by the Texas Education Agency  that will lead to completion of a standard certificate. At the completion of the ACE program, the student must apply for initial certification at the Texas Education Agency website. 

All ACE completers have available to them continued support through our staff and faculty members as needed and also online mentorship with Performance-based Academic Coaching Teams through a Texas A&M University Systems grant for up to three years post certification.

Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) Requirement

All sections of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test must be passed prior to enrolling in EDCI 5307. The passing scores are: 250 on the Reading section, 230 on the Mathematics section, and 240 on the Writing section. Exemptions may be granted for those with a score of 26 or higher on the ACT, a score of 1180 or higher on the SAT, or a score of 1100 or higher on the GRE. Students who hold a master’s degree are exempt from taking the THEA. For clarification, please contact the Certification Office in the COE.

ACE Admission Requirements

  • Candidate must hold a Baccalaureate Degree from a accredited institution of higher learning.  Official transcripts must reflect an overall 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Candidate must submit the ACE online information form.
  • Candidate must pass the TExES Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT.)
  • Candidate must have a face to facee interview with a faculty member of the content area (the ACE Coordinator will schedule the interview), and an interview with the ACE coordinator.
  • All sections of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) must be passed prior to enrolling in EDCI 5305 or EDCI 5306.  The passing scores are: 250 on the Reading section, 230 on the Mathematics section and 240 on the Writing section.  Exemptions may be granted for those with a score of 26 or higher on the ACT, a score of 1180 or higher on the SAT, or a score of 1100 or higher on the GRE.
  • Candidate must meet all requirements for admission to the graduate program and submit the online graduate application at http://gradschool.tamucc.edu/application.html
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency must be established by the equivalent to/passing of English 1301 or 1302 or the Test of English as a Foreign Language.  A transcript translation must occur by a certified group acceptable to The Higher Education Coodinating Board.
  • Candidate must meet with the College of Education Certification Officer to develop a certification plan.
  • Candidate is admitted into ACE program on the recommendation of the ACE Advisory Council and Coordinator. 

Admission to and Retention in the ACE Teacher Education Program

Requirements for admission to and retention in the ACE Initial Teacher Certification Program are noted in the opening graduate catalog section for the College of Education under “Programs Leading to Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification”.  Please review this section for details.

 

ACE Coursework

Summer Sessions

  (3 sem. hrs.)
A course emphasizing multicultural aspects of education; requirements for teaching as they relate to special education students, including the gifted and talented; the legal and ethical aspects of teaching; and the forms of organization and management utilized in Texas and in the U.S. Enrollment limited to graduate students seeking initial teacher certification. Minimum THEA scores of 250 on the Reading section, 230 on the Math section, and 240 on the Writing section or alternative score required.

   (3 sem. hrs.)
A course emphasizing the various aspects of planning for teaching: the teaching/learning process; curriculum organization; use of instructional media and technology; instructional planning; and instructional and student evaluation, including standardized testing programs, teacher evaluation, and various forms of instructional and student evaluation planned and conducted by the teacher. Each student will participate in field experiences. Enrollment limited to graduate students seeking initial teacher certification. Minimum THEA scores of 250 on the Reading section, 230 on the Math section, and 240 on the Writing section or alternative score required.

Requirements for admission to student teaching or teaching internship for the ACE student are noted in the opening graduate catalog section for the College of Education under “Admission to Student Teaching or Teaching Internship”. Please review this section for details.

 *EDCI 5307 (3 sem. hrs.)
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT AND THE STUDENT
A course emphasizing methods of organizing and managing a classroom, and student growth and development concepts and how they will affect classroom management. Enrollment limited to graduate students seeking initial teacher certification. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education.

Choose ONE of the following courses:

READ 5321 (3 sem. hrs.) FUNDAMENTALS OF ELEMENTARY READING INSTRUCTION I
This course includes a study of methods, materials, and strategies for teaching reading. It is designed to provide graduate students with professional knowledge concerning current research, philosophical perspectives, essential program components, and pedagogical strategies essential to the teaching of reading. Enrollment limited to graduate students seeking initial teacher certification.

READ 5322 (3 sem. hrs.)
FUNDAMENTALS OF ELEMENTARY READING INSTRUCTION II
This course includes a study of theoretical, research, and pedagogical aspects of the reading-writing connection for grades 4–8 students. There will also be an emphasis on content area reading and study skills as well as the writing process. Enrollment limited to graduate students seeking initial certification.

READ 5323 (3 sem. hrs.)
FUNDAMENTALS OF SECONDARY READING INSTRUCTION
This course is designed to provide graduate students with professional knowledge concerning current research, theory, essential program components, and pedagogical strategies in secondary literacy. Application of strategies to the reading, writing, and learning needs to adolescents will be emphasized. Areas of consideration will include classroom assessment of literacy study reading, and integrating trade books into the content classroom. Enrollment limited to graduate students seeking initial certification.

And:

Summer Seminar (one week)

This seminar is designed to assist the prospective non-certified teacher with issues concerning the first weeks of school. Application of classroom design, management and organization will be addressed. Other areas of training are parent conferences, professionalism, and motivation. A review of PPR testing is including in the seminar.

Fall Semester: Before fall semester begins, apply for a job to work as either an intern teacher (a year-long, paid position in charge of your own classroom) or a student teacher (a single semester position in a classroom with a teacher). If you work as an intern teacher, you will take one evening course during the fall semester and attend a seminar in the spring semester.

If you chose the student teaching path, you will register for 6 hours of student teaching for the fall. These hours are not accepted for graduate credit.
 

(If you choose the intern teacher path):

EDCI 5393 (3 sem. hrs.)

INTERNSHIP I and SEMINAR FOR THE INTERN TEACHER

This course is for students doing their Internship and is designed for teachers seeking certification under the alternative certification program. The internship provides extensive supervised experiences in a setting aligned with student’s chosen program.  Some course topics are classroom management, lesson planning, lesson delivery, student assessment, professionalism and cooperative learning.  The course is offered in the fall and is an evening class.

Spring Semester (If you choose the intern teacher path):

EDCI 5394 (3 sem. hrs.)

INTERNSHIP II and SEMINAR FOR THE INTERN TEACHER

This course is a supervised classroom teaching field experience and seminar designed to assist the noncertified teacher with the application of classroom management techniques, and enhance existing teaching skills. Enrollment is limited to ACE graduate students seeking initial teacher certification. Prerequisite: EDCI 5393 and EDCI 5306. Interns must be enrolled in EDCI 5307 or have completed EDCI 5307.

* This course requires admission to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Teacher Education Program.

 

ACE Admission to Student Teaching or Teaching Internship

Initial teacher certification by the Texas Education Agency is not automatically granted with the completion of an approved program of study. The ACE student must first be recommended for certification by the COE upon successful completion of the prescribed preparation program, passing of all required TExES tests, and student submission of the online application through the Texas Education Agency website. Application fees are required.

 

ACE Application and Recommendation for the Initial Teacher Certificate

 

Initial teacher certification by the Texas Education Agency is not automatically granted with the completion of an approved program of study. The ACE student must first be recommended for certification by the COE upon successful completion of the prescribed preparation program, passing of all required TExES tests, and student submission of the online application through the Texas Education Agency website. Application fees are required.