Jan 15, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alternative Certification of Educators (ACE)

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Alternative Certification of Educators (ACE) *All courses are online

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 clinical teaching. If the student completed an internship, six graduate courses will apply towards a Master’s degree.

ACE offers initial certification in the following areas:

  • Art EC-12
  • Computer Science 8-12
  • English Language Arts and Reading 4-8
  • English Language Arts and Reading 7-12
  • Generalist EC-6
  • History 7-12
  • Life Science 7-12
  • LOTE Spanish EC-12
  • Mathematics 4-8
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Music EC-12
  • Physical Education EC-12
  • Physical Science 6-12
  • Science 4-8
  • Social Studies 4-8
  • Social Studies 7-12
  • Special Education EC-12
  • Speech 7-12
  • Theatre 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 clinical 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 3.0 GPA or 2.5 - 2.9 for conditional in last 60 hours attempted for full admittance.
  • Candidate must pass the TExES Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT.)
  • Candidate must complete an interview essay and read & sign the Texas Teacher Code of Ethics.
  • 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 and Human Development Certification Officer to develop a certification plan.
  • Candidate is admitted into ACE program on the recommendation of the Coordinator. 

Admission 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 and Human Development under “Programs Leading to Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification .” Please review this section for details.

ACE Coursework (18 sem. hrs.)

Summer Session I or Fall 1st 7-weeks (6 sem. hrs.)

Summer Session II or Fall 2nd 7-weeks (6 sem. hrs.)

PPR Review and Review Test Online (6 sem. hrs.)

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 clinical 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 clinical teaching for the fall. These hours are not accepted for graduate credit.

(If you choose the intern teacher path):

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 COEHD 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.

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