Alternative Teacher Certification Program | Houston Community College (2022)

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TheAlternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP) at Houston Community College is a state-approved comprehensive educator preparation program (or EPP) that trains individuals for Texas standard certification in elementary and secondary education.

An EPP provides the training necessary for individuals without experience in a college-level teacher training program or with a major in another field, such as biology or art, to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to be a classroom teacher.

The followingitems are needed to become a certified classroom teacher in Texas:

  1. Obtain or possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accreditedcollege or university
  2. Complete an approved Educator Preparation Program (EPP)
  3. Register, take and pass required state certification exams for the certificate sought
  4. Apply for state certification upon the EPP’s recommendation (Fingerprinting is required as part of a criminal background check)
  5. Obtain a Texas Classroom Teacher Standard Certificate awarded through TEA

Once certified, Texas Standard Certificates are renewable every five years, provided you have completed required continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

Don’t have a Bachelor’s degree? See Teacher Education for Associate of Arts in Teaching.

Have a Bachelor’s degree? Apply directly to the Alternative Teacher Certification Program.

Already a Certified Classroom Teacher? See Out-of-State Certified Educators, Out-of-Country Certified Educators, Renewing a Standard Certificate, Additional Certification by Exam, or Professional Development Hours.

Program Accreditation
Overview
Certification Areas
Financial Assistance

Houston Community College —Alternative Teacher Certification Program is accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) oversees all aspects of the preparation and certification as well as standards of conduct of public school educators. The Texas Education Agency is the state agency that oversees primary and secondary public education. TEA provides staff support to the SBEC board.

For additional information regarding EPP accreditation ratings, pass rates, and annual performance reports, please visitConsumer Information.

For information on Supply and Demandfor teachers in Texas, please read thefollowing report from the Texas Education Agency.

To view HCC’s Performance Over Time Reports, please clickthis linkand scroll down the page until you see “Accountability System for Educator Preparation Annual Reports” with the latest reporting years. Please also see our recent status reports.

To file a complaint, refer to theStudent Handbookfor the complaints process. If the student is not satisfied with the complaint process or outcome, the student may file a complaint against the program with the Texas Education Agency. The official Texas Education Agency complaint process can be found attea.texas.govat the bottom of the page.

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Mission

The mission of the Houston Community College Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP) is to provide aspiring educators with a quality education that equips program participants with the skills, competencies, knowledge, and cultural responsiveness necessary to provide effective student-centered classroom instruction to the twenty-first-century learner.

Vision

ATCP will transform K-12 Education by training, coaching, and mentoring highly qualified, effective classroom teachers to provide rigorous, data-driven, best practice instruction that will accommodate the needs of the twenty-first-century learner.

HCC's ATCPis considered an alternative certification program. It is designed primarily to prepare students for employment as an educator at the primary or secondary level.Upon successful completion, candidates receive a recommendation for their Standard Texas Educator Certificate.

ATCP- Course Schedule

Primary and Secondary Certification Area Scheduling Sequence

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Course Plan by Certification Area:

Rubric Number

Course Description

Contact Hours

Tuition

EC-6 Core Subjects; 4-8 Core Subjects; 4-8 ELAR; 4-8 ELAR/SS

ACP 4103

Cognitive Development, Literacy Strategies, and Special Education

48

$422

ACP 4201

Pre-Service Field Observation

*Contingent on campus availability

32

$422

ACP 4113

Content Preparation

48

$422

ACP 4203

Pedagogy for Curriculum and Instruction

48

$422

ACP 4213

Science of Teaching Reading I

24

$422

ACP 4303

Managing Culturally Diverse Classrooms

48

$422

ACP 4403

Professional Practices in an Educational Environment

48

$422

ACP 4513

Internship I

48

$422

ACP 4523

Internship II

48

$422

Total Certification Contact Hours /

416

Additional Supplemental Certification

Bilingual or ESL

ACP 5007 (Supplemental Certification Areas)

Total Certification Contact Hours + Supplemental Certification Area

464

$422

Please note that courses should be taken in sequential order

Estimated Cost of Course work

(Additional state and program fees may apply)

$4,220

Course Plan By Certification Area: Mathematics (4-8)/Science (4-8)/Social Studies (4-8)/Life Science (7-12)/Mathematics (7-12)/ Physical Science (6-12)/Science (7-12)/English Language Arts & Reading (7-12)/Special Education (EC-12)/Physical Education (EC-12

Rubric Number

Course Description

Contact Hours

Tuition

ACP 4103

Cognitive Development, Literacy Strategies, and Special Education

48

$422

ACP 4201

Pre-Service Field Observation

*Contingent on campus scheduling and availability

32

$422

ACP 4113

Content Preparation

48

$422

ACP 4203

Pedagogy for Curriculum and Instruction

48

$422

ACP 5006

(Secondary & Non STR))

Foundations of Reading

24

$422

ACP 4303

Managing Culturally Diverse Classrooms

48

$422

ACP 4403

Professional Practices in an Educational Environment

48

$422

ACP 4513

Internship I

48

$422

ACP 4523

Internship II

(Sat. 16 weeks)

48

$422

Total Certification Contact Hours

392

Additional Supplemental Certification

Bilingual or ESL

ACP 5007 (Supplemental Certification Areas)

Total Certification Contact Hours + Supplemental Certification Area

440

$422

Please note that courses should be taken in sequential order

Estimated Cost of Course work

(Additional state and program fees may apply)

$4,220

Elementary

  • Core Subjects (EC-6)

Middle School

  • Core Subjects (4-8)
  • English Language Arts & Reading/Social Studies (4-8)
  • Mathematics (4-8)
  • Science (4-8)
  • Social Studies (4-8)

High School/Secondary Grade Levels

  • Life Science (7-12)
  • Mathematics (7-12)
  • Physical Science (6-12)
  • Science (7-12)
  • English Language Arts & Reading (7-12)

All Levels

  • Special Education (EC-12)
  • Physical Education (EC-12)

Supplemental (Not stand-alone certificates)(Mandated for all students accepted into the program on/after March 2022: Candidates must choose one of the following supplemental areas to add to their core certification area.)

  • Bilingual Education Supplemental-Spanish
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental

Even though you think you might not qualify, applying for financial aid and/or scholarships may help determine what resources are available to assist you with your educational goals.

Please see the Continuing EducationFinancial Aid Website for any available scholarships or grants approved for the Alternative Teacher Certification Program.

Individuals may qualify for the following:

  • HCC FoundationWorkforce Scholarship
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  • Applicants must be seeking Mathematics, Science, Special Education, or Bilingual Certification for WIOA funds. An Individual Referral/Cost Obligation Form will only be issued to students that have been admitted into the program. It is recommended students apply to Workforce Solutions' scholarship at least 30-45 days prior to the term start date but earlier if possible.
  • The Alternative Teacher Certification Program now receives the following eligible VA Benefits:
    • Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill)
    • Chapter 30 (Active Duty)
    • Chapter 1606 (ARNG & Reserve)
    • Chapter 1607 (REAP)
    • Chapter 35 (Dependents)

    For more information contact 713.718.8522 | vmassonline@hccs.edu

The Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP) at HCC is a state-approved comprehensive educator preparation program (EPP) that trains individuals for Texas standard certification in elementary and secondary education.

Online resources

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Additional Resources

Resources
  • ATCP Student Handbook

If a student is not satisfied with the complaint process or outcome, the student may file a complaint against the program with the Texas Education Agency. The official Texas Education Agency complaint process can be foundhttp://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Contact_Us/Complaints/

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Program Cost

Description

Due Date

Cost

ACTP Tuition

Same asHCC payment deadlines.

**tuition assessed per class

Contact program for more information

Books

Varies according to certification area

Cost not included in tuition

TEA Technology Fee

Upon enrollment - payable to Texas Education Agency

$55.00

Other fees associated with completing the requirements for Teacher Certification by TEA (such as exams, background checks, finger printing, etc.) are outside of Program costs or expenses and are managed by other organizations. HCC ATCP keeps an updated requirements list with current costs and provides this information to students. However, HCC cannot guarantee that costs have not been changed recently by other organizations.

Background Check / Program Eligibility

Accord to the Texas Education Code chapter 227.1 (b):

Educator preparation programs (EPPs) shall inform all applicants that:

(1) pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates 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.

Accord to the Texas Education Code chapter 227.1 (d):

EPPs shall notify, in writing by mail, personal delivery, facsimile, email, or an electronic notification, 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 State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rules prescribed in §249.16 of this title (relating to Eligibility of Persons with Criminal History for a Certificate under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53, and Texas Education Code, Chapter 21); and

(3) the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter as provided in Chapter 227, Subchapter B, of this title (relating to Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility).

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Texas Education Code 227

HCC Veteran Information

According to TAC 19 Section 228.35(1)(5)(A), each educator preparation program is required to develop and implement specific criteria and procedures that allow:

(a) Military service members or military veteran candidates to credit verified military service, training, or education toward the training, education, work experience or related requirements (other than certification examinations) for educator certification requirements, provided that the military service, training, or education is directly related to the certificate being sought.

Further information is available at VMASS Resource Centers on campus, on the website at www.hccs.edu/support-services/veteran-affairs, or by phone at 713-718-8522.

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FAQs

How do I get an alternative teaching certificate in Georgia? ›

To be eligible, candidates must have a bachelor's degree with a major in the subject that they wish to teach. Candidates apply to a Georgia approved educator preparation program and then complete the program requirements while teaching under individualized mentorship and professional coaching.

How do I get certified to teach in Houston? ›

Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Texas
  1. Earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. ...
  2. Graduate from an approved Texas teacher certification program. ...
  3. Pass Texas certification exams. ...
  4. Submit a state application. ...
  5. Complete fingerprinting for a criminal background check.

How do I become a teacher with a bachelor's degree in Texas? ›

There are five requirements to become a certified teacher in the state of Texas.
  1. Obtain a Bachelor's Degree. You must earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. ...
  2. Complete an Educator Preparation Program. ...
  3. Pass Certification Exams. ...
  4. Submit a State Application. ...
  5. Complete Fingerprinting.

How do international students apply to Houston Community College? ›

Visit www.hccs.edu.
...
Apply to HCC: New Students Living Outside the U.S.
  1. Click on online application for Admissions (In the case of an error message, choose a different browser)
  2. Go to “Start New Application"
  3. Select “F-1 International” application (the third option from the top) and click Next.

Can you teach in GA without a certificate? ›

Prerequisite Coursework in Georgia

All states require that prospective teachers have at least a Bachelor's Degree to and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program to receive certification.

How long does it take to complete the GA TAPP program? ›

NOTE: Candidates must allow 18 months to complete this program. Ensuring all certificate requirements are complete prior to the end of the program, including but not limited to: EPIC, GACE Assessments, and so forth.

What is the fastest way to become a teacher in Texas? ›

Becoming a Classroom Teacher in Texas
  1. Obtain a Bachelor's Degree - You must earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. ...
  2. Complete an Educator Preparation Program - You must complete an Approved Educator Preparation Program.

Can I teach in Texas without certification? ›

Since 1995, Texas law has allowed school districts to issue a school district teaching permit (SDTP) to someone who does not hold a teaching certificate (Texas Education Code §21.055). A teacher employed on a school district teaching permit is not certified by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

Where can I teach without certification? ›

For example, some private, charter and not-for-profit schools don't require applicants to have a teaching degree or hold state licensure. If you want to teach in the public school system (either as an elementary or high-school subject teacher), however, you will need a teaching license or teaching credential.

What is the highest teacher salary in Texas? ›

How much does a Public School Teacher make in Texas? The average Public School Teacher salary in Texas is $54,445 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $45,471 and $66,384.

What is the average starting salary for a teacher in Texas? ›

How much does an Entry Level Teacher make in Texas? The average Entry Level Teacher salary in Texas is $41,089 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $34,316 and $50,099.

What state has the highest paid teachers? ›

Pennsylvania, California and New York have the highest average teacher salaries in the country, compared to all other occupations.

What is the cheapest community college for international students? ›

Here is a list of some of the least expensive community colleges for international students in the USA:
  • Oxnard Community College.
  • Central Wyoming College.
  • Bristol Community College.
  • Lehman College.
  • South Texas Community College.
  • Greenfield Community College.

Can you get an F-1 visa for community college? ›

If you plan to study full-time at a community college, college, university, or in an English language program you will need an F-1 student visa. If you are not studying full-time, you will not be eligible for an F-1 student visa.

What is HCC acceptance rate? ›

It is a big institution with an enrollment of 14,143 undergraduate students. The Houston CC acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Biology. Graduating 21% of students, Houston CC alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,200.

How much do teachers in Ga make? ›

The average Public School Teacher salary in Georgia is $53,643 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $44,801 and $65,406.

What is a waiver teacher in Georgia? ›

The waiver certificate is intended to help alleviate teacher shortages and allow qualified candidates to teach while completing all requirements for certification. To be eligible for a Georgia teacher certification waiver certificate, candidates must.

How long does it take to get a teaching certificate? ›

Ed.); a three-or four-year Bachelor's degree, followed by a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

How much does GA Tapp cost? ›

Program Requirements

6) 80 hour course: The Essentials of Effective Teaching -: $500 course fee (All fees are the responsibility of the candidate) Required for candidates and offered during the first semester of enrollment.

How does the Georgia TAPP program work? ›

Georgia TAPP equips teacher candidates with the skills to ensure a reasonable expectation of initial success in their classrooms and puts in place a supervised candidateship/induction program that will help them move toward subsequent mastery of teaching.

How do I become a teacher in Georgia without a degree? ›

THREE MAJOR ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION ROUTES TO TEACH IN GEORGIA
  1. Have a Bachelor's degree with a major or its equivalent in your teaching field OR a passing score on the GACE Content Assessment.
  2. Be employed in a Georgia school.
  3. Be accepted into an approved Teacher Preparation Program.
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What is a waiver teacher in Georgia? ›

The waiver certificate is intended to help alleviate teacher shortages and allow qualified candidates to teach while completing all requirements for certification. To be eligible for a Georgia teacher certification waiver certificate, candidates must.

How do I get a teaching certificate in Georgia? ›

Georgia Teachers Licensing Application Process
  1. Official transcripts showing proof of bachelor's degree.
  2. Proof of completion of an approved teacher preparation program.
  3. Passing score on the appropriate Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators.
  4. Completed application for certification.

What is a non renewable teaching certification in Georgia? ›

The Georgia Non-Renewable Certificate is for prospective teachers who have been hired to teach in a Georgia school before completing an approved Teacher Preparation Program. Upon completion, you will receive a Georgia Induction Certificate. If the GaTAPP program is not available you, you can select this route.

What are the different levels of teacher certification in Georgia? ›

Certificate Levels are based on the highest degree held:
  • 4 = Bachelor's Level (B.S.): Minimum of a bachelor's degree.
  • 5 = Master's Level (M. Ed.) or ( M.A.T.): Minimum of a master's degree.
  • 6 = Specialist Level (Ed. S.): Minimum of an education specialist's degree.
  • 7 = Doctorate Level (Ph. D. or Ed.

Where can I teach without certification? ›

For example, some private, charter and not-for-profit schools don't require applicants to have a teaching degree or hold state licensure. If you want to teach in the public school system (either as an elementary or high-school subject teacher), however, you will need a teaching license or teaching credential.

Is the Gace still required in GA? ›

GACE ASSESSMENTS

In addition to an appropriate degree and coursework, individuals wishing to obtain certification in Georgia must take the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE).

How can I be exempt from the GACE test? ›

To exempt the GACE Program Admission test required for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), students must earn a 1000 combined Math and Verbal score on the SAT or a combined Math and Verbal score of 43 on the ACT. No student may exempt the GACE Subject Area tests.

What disqualifies you from being a teacher in Georgia? ›

This includes child molestation, sexual battery, or lewd and lascivious conduct against a minor or an adult. A sexual offender or predator need not even apply to teach children.

How much do teachers in Ga make? ›

The average Public School Teacher salary in Georgia is $53,643 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $44,801 and $65,406.

How long does it take to get a teaching certificate? ›

Ed.); a three-or four-year Bachelor's degree, followed by a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

How long does it take to become a teacher in Georgia? ›

How long does it take to get a teacher certification in Georgia? Learners can usually complete a teacher preparation bachelor's program in four years. Students with a bachelor's degree in another field can complete teaching certification programs in 18-24 months. Accelerated online programs may require less time.

How can I be a substitute teacher? ›

How to Become a Substitute Teacher
  1. Earn a bachelor's degree.
  2. Apply for a substitute teaching license, if required in your state.
  3. Take the tests required for substitute teacher licensure, if necessary.
  4. Once you are licensed, apply to your local school district's substitute teacher pool.

How does the GaTAPP program work? ›

GaTAPP is a one to three-year performance-based, job-embedded teacher preparation program for teacher candidates to earn a clear renewable teaching certificate via a blended-model of professional learning and pedagogy seminars, to include the demonstration of proficient classroom performance, diverse field experiences, ...

What is a Level 5 teaching certificate in Georgia? ›

Level Five (5) - completion of a master's degree or the GaPSC's determined degree equivalent. A master's degree is the minimum degree requirement for service fields and non-performance based leadership certification.

How much do teachers with a masters degree make in Georgia? ›

How much does a Master Teacher make in Georgia? As of Oct 1, 2022, the average annual pay for a Master Teacher in Georgia is $23,819 a year.

How do you become a highly qualified teacher in Georgia? ›

“To be considered 'highly qualified' to teach in the State of Georgia, teachers must be fully certified to teach by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (hold a clear, renewable Georgia certificate) and be teaching in their field(s) of certification.

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