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:
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 7-12
Life Science 7-12
LOTE Spanish EC-12
Physical Education EC-12
Physical Science 6-12
Social Studies 4-8
Social Studies 7-12
Special Education EC-12
ACE students enter the program as a cohort and begin in the first summer session or first fall 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.
ACE Admission Requirements
- Candidate must hold a Baccalaureate Degree from a accredited institution of higher learning. Official transcripts must reflect an overall 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 2.75 in last 30 hours attempted.
- Candidate must submit the ACE online information form.
- Candidate must pass the TExES Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT.)
- Candidate must have a face to face interview with a faculty member of the content area (the ACE Coordinator will schedule the interview), and an interview with the ACE coordinator.
- 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.
Summer Session I
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.
Summer Session II
Choose ONE of the following courses:
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 choose 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):
* This course requires admission to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Teacher Education Program.
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.