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No. You must take the CAT in a computer lab at a university or community college.
Scores are usually posted within 2-4 days. To view your content test scores, you can log-in to the ETS website.
You must go through the registration process with ETS to view dates and times for open testing locations. The CAT is offered seven days a week at most locations.
The passing score for a TExES content exam is 240. The score is broken down by domain/competency areas on the exam.
You can download the state study guide on the ETS website - http://www.texes.ets.org/prepMaterials/
You would contact Education Testing Service (ETS) to sign-up for a designated content test. There are no restrictions regarding the number of attempts to pass a content examination or how many different tests can be attempted.
The Pre-Admission Content Test allows you to take your TExES content exam prior to enrolling in an alternative certification program. The PACT allows you to gain admission to a program if you do not have the necessary 12 semester credit hours in a given certification area.
Your TEA ID number is listed when you log-in to your SBEC account.
You can download study guides from this link -- http://www.texes.ets.org/prepMaterials
You can sign-up online -- http://www.texes.ets.org
Yes. You are required to pass the BTLPT in order to be recommended for your standard teaching certificate at the conclusion of your internship.
No. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) prevents school districts from making you the teacher of record until you have passed your content exam. A teacher may be brought on as a long term substitute until they pass their designated content exam. Special exemptions may be possible with accredited private schools and charter schools.
The cost of the TExES content test is $131. If you need to take a Core Subjects Indvidual Subject Test, the cost is $65 per test.
A listing of testing dates can be found at -- http://www.texes.ets.org
Bilingual and Spanish teaching candidates will need to take the TOPT test after they have successfully passed their content exam. This examination is required to obtain your Standard Teaching Certificate.
An online application is available at this link -- https://www.online-distance-learning-education.com/application.html
Once your admission documents have been received, it usually takes between 2-3 business days to receive a formal invitation to be accepted into WCACP.
No. Continuous enrollment allows you to begin the alternative certification program once you have been issued an acceptance letter.
Your acceptance offer to begin WCACP is valid for 30 days.
The service record can be obtained by contacting the Human Resource or Personnel office at each school district where you were previously employed.
Yes. You will need to submit TOEFL scores to gain entry into the alternative certification program. Review the graduated outside of the US instructions for more information about TOEFL requirements and passing scores.
Can I apply and begin your alternative certification program if I am still completing my Bachelor’s Degree?
Graduating seniors that are in their final semester of coursework can begin the alternative certification program on a provisional basis. You will be eligible to begin the coursework and take your content exam while you are finishing the requirements for your degree. The contingency admission will be valid for only the semester for which the contingency admission was granted and may not be extended for another semester.
What if my GPA does not meet either criteria for your program? How can I be accepted in your program?
If your overall and last 60 hours of coursework is below a 2.50 GPA, you can be considered for the low GPA exemption. Low GPA exemption - http://www.online-distance-learning-education.com/gpa-exemption.html
You can apply to the program if you have a conferred Bachelor’s degree or if you are currently working in the last semester of coursework towards your undergraduate degree.
Do I need a Low GPA Exemption if my overall and last 60 hours of GPA fall under the state mandated 2.50 threshold?
Yes. You will need a Low GPA Exemption to be accepted into WCACP if your GPA falls below 2.50. To qualify for an exemption, you will need to pass your TExES content exam (i.e., Math 7-12), document one year of experience in a related field on your resume, and submit all your admission paperwork. If granted a Low GPA Exemption, you will be required to pay a $400 start-up cost. Your total program cost will be $4,065.
All fees paid to the program are non-refundable. This includes the curriculum access fee, tuition fee, or field experience fee payments made during the program.
The Freedom Program allows you to set-up reoccurring monthly payments as low as $35 per month. This will help reduce your tuition fee balance.
You can pay a portion or your entire tuition fee as you progress through the online curriculum. You also have the option to defer these payments until your field experience assignment begins.
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No. The field experience fee is only deducted once you start an approved internship or clinical teaching assignment.
Yes. You will receive the normal salary and benefits of a first year teacher at the district.
No. You will only receive a salary once you start your one-year teaching internship.
Since we are not a university the program does not qualify for student loan deferment.
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No. Currently the program is not approved for 911 GI Bill payments.
The 24/12 exception allows a teaching candidate to possess a highly qualified status before they pass their TExES content exam. The candidate must have at least 12 lower level and 12 upper level semester hours in a specific content area to qualify. The 12 upper level hours refers to junior or senior credit hours. The 24/12 exception only applies to grades 7-12.
Yes. The list of approved accreditation companies is listed at this link -- http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=25769812534.
Yes. Please follow the transcript policy when ordering primary or secondary transcripts.
You can send application documents by certified mail.
When is the most active hiring time for teaching candidates to obtain employment with a school district, private school, or charter school?
Typically, teaching positions are available year-around. However, the most active time for school districts to hire teaching candidates from WCACP is between May and August. Teacher job fairs usually begin in March and continue through June. In addition, the time period between December and January is a secondary hiring period.
Yes, a Program Director will be available to critique your resume, cover letter, references page or thank you letter to ensure successfully transition into the teaching field. Templates to help get you started are provided in the online curriculum.
WCACP will assist you in locating vacancies by providing valuable resources and contact points to help you find a teaching position. You will go through the normal application and interview process to be considered for open teaching positions.
No. The one-year teaching internship must be completed at a school district, accredited private school or charter school in the state of Texas. No. The one-year teaching internship must be completed at a school district, accredited private school or charter school in the state of Texas.
On average, the deduction will range from $250 - $350 per month during the internship. The amount of the deduction will depend on district policies and procedures.
1. Passed TExES content exam
2. 30 clock hours of observations documented
3. Completion of the first two sections in the online curriculum
4. Fingerprinting process complete
5. Complete Reading Safari and Pre-Service classes
A teaching candidate that has been accepted by WCACP and hired for a teaching assignment by a school after June 15th or after the school’s academic year has begun.
Yes. A teaching candidate that meets the definition of a late hire will be required to complete 30 hours of observations, Module 1 (Instructional Strategies) within 90 school days of starting a teaching assignment.
To begin your probationary certificate with an Independent School District in
Texas, all items mentioned below must be met:
You will have to check with each individual state because each has their own procedures when it comes to teaching certificates.
No. To obtain a Standard Teaching Certificate in the state of Texas you have to be a teacher of record for one school year. This involves teaching full time in your designated content area.
If I decide to work for a private school during my one-year teaching internship, does it need to be accredited?
Yes. To receive credit during your probationary year, a private school must be
accredited and recognized by TEA.
No. You only have to complete the first two sections of the curriculum before you can begin a one-year teaching internship. The Instructional Strategies and Classroom Management section usually will take between 4-6 weeks to complete, depending on how much time you have to devote to coursework.
Your teaching internship with a school district, accredited private school or charter school will last for 12-months. A second probationary year may be required if you do not complete the program requirements before your probationary certificate expires.
A teaching candidate will receive normal pay and benefits of a first year teacher. Depending on the size and location of the school district, pay usually runs between $35,000 to $52,000 per year.
No. We do not offer a Principal Certification at this time.
Yes. Teaching candidates enrolled in the program will be required to submit fingerprints for a national background check. The fingerprinting process must be completed before you will be allowed to start an internship or clinical teaching assignment.
There is no profile for the ideal candidate. We are looking for teaching candidates with a wide range or backgrounds, who can bring a diverse set of skills and abilities to the teaching profession.
Yes. You must follow the out of state policy to be accepted into WCACP. If you live outside of Texas, you will be required to pass your TExES content test for entrance into the online program.
Yes. All coursework and assignments can be completed online.
Is the web-based alternative certification program recognized by the State of Texas as an accredited program?
Yes. The Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program is accredited by SBEC/TEA.
You can view the certification areas WCACP is approved to offer by
clicking here. To find our program, click
on the drop-down menu and scroll down to Web-Centric ACP.
You can be considered for open teaching positions once you have obtained your HQ Status. This will include passing your content test, submitting your 30 hours of observations, and completing Module 1 in the online curriculum.
Yes. All curriculum for the alternative certification program can be completed online and at your own pace.
It depends if you choose to complete your field experience as an intern or by completing a clinical teaching assignment. Once your field experience has been completed, you will be eligible to receive your standard teaching certificate.
Internship – 12 months in the classroom
Clinical Teaching Assignment – 13-weeks in the classroom
Yes. You can complete online modules and assignments at your own pace.
The coursework will consist of work at your own pace modules and classes that are offered in the evenings.There are four modules to complete in the online curriculum. In addition, there are two class series (Reading Safari and Pre-Service) that must be completed.
Yes. You can complete your field experience at any Independent School District, TEA recognized private school, or charter school in the state of Texas.
The online program consists of work at your own pace curriculum, chat sessions and videoconferencing classes. The scheduled online chats or distance learning (video conferencing) are staggered throughout the program. Most of our chat/distance learning classes are around 30 minutes - 1 hour. Depending on time difference, we will always work with you at a time that will accommodate your schedule.
Will the mentor be assigned from the same school building as where I'm completing my one-year teaching internship?
In most cases, your mentor will be assigned from your building.
The mentor teacher is assigned to provide constant positive reinforcement during your one-year teaching internship. The mentor should be available when needed to help answer any questions or concerns an intern may have during the school day.
Usually, the campus principal will assign the intern a mentor teacher for their internship.
No. Textbooks needed during online instruction will be provided.
You will be given full access to the online curriculum and classes within one business day of processing your curriculum access fee. Instructions of how to begin the online curriculum and classes will be sent to your email account. Textbooks needed to complete the first section of the curriculum will be mailed within 2-3 business days.
Can I start my field experience (internship or clinical teaching assignment) without completing the 30 clock hour observation requirement?
No. WCACP must have documentation showing a teaching candidate has met the 30 clock hour requirement before you will be able to start your field experience.
A maximum of 15 hours of virtual observations can be completed to meet the 30 hour requirement.
You can complete your 30 clock hour observation requirement by completing in class or virtual observations.
No. You must be enrolled in the program to get credit for your observation hours.
Do I need to send a service record if I previously taught full-time on an emergency permit in Texas?
Yes. You will need to request a service record from the personnel office and submit to WCACP to verify you have not used all three years of eligibility. The three years of eligibility can be a combination of emergency permits issued in Texas and probationary certificates that would be issued by an ACP.
Since I do not have a Probationary Certificate started, does that hinder my chances of finding a teaching position?
No. Your probationary certificate can only be activated once you start a full-time teaching position in your content area. A principal must hire you for a teaching position before a certificate will be issued.
The state gives you three years of eligibility towards obtaining your teaching certificate. Most interns will finish their requirements for their Standard Certificate within one year. However, some interns may need an additional year of teaching experience before they are recommended for their Standard Certificate.
No. A probationary certificate will be activated only when you have obtained a full-time teaching position in your content area. The teaching position must be at an Independent School District, TEA recognized private school, or charter school in Texas.
Yes. Interns that begin an extra year in the classroom must pay a $1,200 extension fee per semester to have a 2nd or 3rd year probationary activated. Extension fees are typically needed for less than 5% of WCACP interns. An extension is usually a result of poor classroom performance or their principal putting them on a growth plan.
No. A 24/12 exception can only be used to recommend your 1st probationary certificate with WCACP. Your TExES content exam (in what you are teaching) must be passed in order to extend your internship.
No. A probationary certificate is not recommended by WCACP during your 14-week clinical teaching assignment.
A total of three absences are allowed during the clinical teaching assignment. All absences must be made up by the clinical teacher. The clinical teacher is expected to make every effort to be in attendance at the cooperating school each day. Unless prior approval is given by the cooperating teacher, the clinical teacher is not to leave campus during the school day.
The Clinical Teaching Application can be accessed on the Field Experience tab in the My WCACP portal. A Program Specialist will be in contact within 24 hours.
A clinical teaching assignment can be completed at any school district, TEA recognized private school or charter school in the state of Texas.
To continue the integrity and professionalism of our clinical teaching program, we ask the placement fee be processed prior to the placement process beginning. The placement process takes a time commitment by the program, not to mention the time and effort district and school personnel put into setting up your placement.
No. The 14-week clinical teaching assignment is unpaid.
In order to become certified, the following must occur:
(1) complete successful 14-week clinical teaching assignment,
The clinical teaching assignment will last for 14 weeks in the classroom.
The CT Coordinator is Charla Howerin. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-220-3451.
Yes. The chart shows the breakdown of fees for a clinical teaching assignment vs. teaching internship.
Option #1: Pay in Full - Get a 5% discount off remaining program fees
if paid in full
What program/state requirements must be complete before a placement letter is sent to a district/school?
The following requirements must be completed in order for the CT placement process to begin: (1) Passed or Registered for the TExES content exam, (2) Module 1 - Section 1 complete, (3) minimum of 15 observation hours complete and (4) Fingerprinting complete.
Yes. Candidates completing a CT assignment must remain at school during "teacher hours" for that campus during the clinical teaching assignment. Clinical teachers are expected to follow the school procedures, rules and discipline policies.
Can a clinical teaching placement be cancelled if a full-time teaching position is located prior to the CT start date?
Yes. The option exists to cancel your clinical teaching placement if you are offered a full time teaching position prior to your clinical teaching start date.
Yes. All fees paid are non-refundable. That includes the CT Placement Fee, Tuition Fee and Field Experience Fee.