Program Components

The Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program (WCACP) is 100% online, which allows candidates to complete assignments and coursework in the comfort of their own home. The program does not require candidates to attend face-to-face workshops or seminars like traditional alternative certification programs.

Online classes are divided into small groups to allow for candidates to provide correspondence and feedback with other candidates in the program. Cohort groups are selected according to grade level and subject area certification, encouraging a collaborative learning experience for all candidates and interns.

Course Syllabus

Module I – Instructional Strategies

This module covers learner-centered concepts, differentiated instruction, lesson plan creation, content testing activities, and special education/ESL basics.

Module II – Classroom Management

This module covers the basics to effectively manage your classroom – topics covered include setting rules, how to provide effective feedback, and behavior consequences.

Module III – Instructional Technology

This module covers concepts related to integrating technology into the classroom. The Turn of the Century project allows for an opportunity to experience project-based learning.

Module IV – Intern Best Practices

This module covers TxBESS mentoring activities that will be completed with your mentor teacher during your field experience.

Class Sessions

The class sessions are offered during the day, in the evenings, and during the weekends. You will be required to attend the Reading Safari Series (5 one hour classes) and the Pre-Service Series (4 one hour classes). These classes are completed online, without the need for a web camera.