Alternative Teacher Certification Programs in Texas

alternative route to obtain your Texas teacher certification
alternative route to obtain your Texas teacher certification

Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program

This alternative route to certification is a fun exciting way to become a certified teacher in Texas. A friendly support staff will help you navigate the certification process.

The program is actively recruiting ambitious individuals making the transition into the classroom. The job market for teachers is very active and is forecast to remain strong throughout the 2017/2018 school year.

Benefits of the Program:

All classes and coursework are completed online

Close relationships with school districts

Continuous enrollment – cohort classes begin each month

15 observations can be completed using our video library

The program has been designed to provide you with every opportunity to successfully transition into the teaching field. We look forward to working with you during the certification process.

Download the course catalog for more information about becoming a teacher in Texas.

Steps to Earning Your Texas Teacher Certification

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree – you must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

The Texas Administrative Code requires that candidates completing a Texas program must have a degree from a university that is accredited by a regional accrediting agency as recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Enroll in an Educator Preparation Program

Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program (WCACP) is a statewide approved educator preparation program. WCACP provides an educationally sound avenue to address systemic issues that hinder teacher recruitment, training, and retention. We address these challenges by creating an opportunity for beginning teachers to work with curriculum and technology experts throughout their experience. WCACP meets the challenges of a digital society by preparing teachers to effectively integrate technology into their content-specific, Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS)-based classroom. WCACP candidates are provided with current pedagogy, methodology, and implementation for creating research-based, curriculum-driven, and learner-centered classrooms.

State Requirements

Complete state requirements to become hirable in a school district, charter school, or an accredited private school.

Complete 150 hours of Web-Centric’s curriculum - In accordance with state mandates, teaching candidates are required to complete ongoing training throughout the program (minimum of 300 hours). Teaching candidates must complete four modules during the program. A minimum grade of 80% is required for each module. Additional class sessions are required at specific intervals during the program.

•    A teaching candidate must complete 30 state mandated observations hours while enrolled in the program.
       o  Active involvement in class observation. Up to 30 hours can be submitted for the field based observation.
       o  Virtual videos are available by accessing our video library that is available in the My WCACP portal. Up to 15 hours can be submitted for the field based observations.
•    Teaching candidates are required to pass the TExES content certification exam(s) and the Pedagogical Professional Rights and Responsibly (PPR) test. Certain certification fields may require additional tests in order for the teaching candidate to be considered hirable.

Certification Exams

Pass Certification Exams – candidate applying for teacher certification must pass the relevant state exams, known as Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES). The required exams vary depending on the subject and grade level the candidate intends to teach. Following are a few examples of TExES tests and their requirements. Check our website for all certifications available.

Core Subjects EC-6

•    The Core Subjects EC-6 certification area allows you to teach English, math, science, social studies, music, art, health and physical education at the elementary level, Early Childhood through 6th grade.
•    Individuals applying for the Core Subjects EC-6 certification area should have a minimum of 15 semester hours of college coursework (6 hours of English, 3 hours of math, 3 hours of science, & 3 hours of social studies).

Core Subjects 4-8

•    The Core Subjects 4-8 certification area allows you to teach any one or a combination of English, math, science and/or social studies classes at the middle school level, 4th grade through 8th grade.
•    Individuals applying for the Core Subjects 4-8 certification area should have a minimum of 15 semester hours of college coursework (6 hours of English, 3 hours of math, 3 hours of science, & 3 hours of social studies).

Science 7-12

•    The Science 7-12 certification area allows you to teach science courses in 7th grade through 12th grade.
•    Individuals applying for the Science 7-12 certification area should have a minimum of 15 semester hours of college coursework in science related courses (i.e., biology, chemistry, physics, or related science courses).

Physical Education

•    The Physical Education EC-12 certification area allows you to teach physical education at the elementary through high school level, Early Childhood through 12th grade.
•    Individuals applying for the Physical Education EC-12 certification area should have a minimum of 15 semester hours of college coursework in kinesiology or sports related courses.

In addition to passing the appropriate TExES test candidates need to also pass the Pedagogical Professional Rights and Responsibly (PPR) test. The test is designed to assess whether a test taker has the requisite knowledge and skills that an entry level educator in this field in Texas public schools must possess.

Field Experience Options

Participants enrolled in the Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program (WCACP) has the option to become certified by either completing a one-year teaching internship or a 14-week clinical teaching assignment. Either route to certification will allow a teaching candidate to become a certified teacher in the state of Texas.

Internship

This route to certification is a one year (two semester) internship a teaching candidate will complete at an Independent School District, TEA recognized private school, or charter school in the state of Texas. The one-year teaching internship must be in their certification area. During an intern’s one-year teaching internship, they will receive salary and benefits commensurate of a first-year teacher. Paraprofessional, substitute, or volunteer positions do not count toward an internship.

During the one-year teaching internship, WCACP will recommend a certificate that will run for 12 months. The certificate enables you to be considered the “teacher of record”, with all rights, privileges, and responsibilities of any other first year teacher in Texas.

Clinical Teaching

This route to certification is a 14-week (70 instructional days) unpaid assignment in the classroom of a certified teacher with at least three years of experience. The clinical teaching assignment will consist of gradually taking on the responsibilities of the classroom teacher. The assignment can be completed at any Independent School District or TEA recognized private school in the state of Texas. Charter school requests will be handled on a case by case basis.

The assignment must be completed in the grade level and subject area of the TExES certification exam that has been passed. After a successful clinical teaching experience you are recommended to become a certified standard teacher in the state of Texas.

Field Supervisor

A WCACP Field Supervisor will be assigned to each intern and clinical teacher during their assignment. The Field Supervisor will visit a minimum of three times during the assignment to assist and evaluate the progress.  

Mentor

A mentor will be assigned by the campus principal to each intern completing the one-year teaching internship. The mentor provides feedback and support to the intern. The supportive/formative role between the intern and mentor is crucial to the success during the first year of teaching.

Standard Certificate

A standard teaching certificate is recommended by WCACP once the intern or clinical teacher successfully completes a field experience assignment and has completed all requirements.

Two Successful recommendations are required for standard certification to occur.  This includes recommendations from the WCACP Field Supervisor and Principal/Cooperating Teacher during the field experience assignment.