There are two field experience options to become certified: (1) internship, or (2) clinical teaching. You choose which option is right for you.
You will complete online curriculum and classes to prepare for the classroom regardless of which option you choose.
Option #1: Internship
With this route you are paid a teacher’s salary. Your internship can be completed at a school district, TEA recognized private school, charter school, or head start in Texas. WCACP will help ensure you are prepared to interview with school officials.
An internship is a full-time one year (two semesters) assignment you will complete at a school. The one-year teaching internship must be in your certification area. During your one-year teaching internship, you will receive salary and benefits commensurate of a first year teacher. Paraprofessional, substitute, or volunteer positions do not count toward an internship.
Intern Certificate vs Probationary Certificate
Option #2: Clinical Teaching
With this route WCACP handles the set-up process to obtain your clinical teaching placement. Every effort will be made to obtain a placement in your desired certification area, grade level, and school.
This route to certification is a 14-week (70 instructional days) unpaid assignment in the classroom of a certified teacher. The assignment must be completed in the grade level and subject area of the certification exam you have passed. The clinical teaching assignment will consist of gradually taking on the responsibilities of the classroom teacher.
Clinical Teaching Options
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