Certification Programs

Educator Preparation Programs (EPP)

Programs designed to prepare students to meet standards and be well prepared to teach in Texas classrooms.

Alternative Certification Programs (ACP)

Offer a nontraditional route to certification that may allow you to teach while completing the requirements. These programs are located in universities, school districts, education service centers, community colleges, and private entities.

Distance-Delivered & Online Programs

Online ACPs deliver their training component over the internet.
The testing and teaching components are the same as in other ACPs.

Educator Preparation Programs

Texas Education Agency

Providing a quality education for all Texas children requires partnerships between TEA, EPP providers, public and private schools, institutions of higher education, and the community. The Texas Education Agency ensures that the state’s EPPs are high-quality institutions that recruit and prepare qualified educators to meet the needs of all learners in today’s and tomorrow’s Texas classrooms. For more information on Educator Certification visit the TEA website.

Alternative Certification Programs

VA Certified

These programs are approved for the use of the GI Bill.

Region 1

Alternative Certification for Teachers-Rio Grande Valley (ACT-RGV)

Alternative – South Texas Educator Program (A-STEP), Brownsville

Alternative – South Texas Educator Program (A-STEP), Laredo

Career In Teaching – EPP Rio Grande Valley

Education Service Center Region 1 – Project PaCE Educator Preparation Program

Excellence in Teaching-VA Certified

South Texas College, Alternative Certification Program-VA Certified (Chapter 31 Only)

South Texas Transition to Teaching, Alternative Certification Program-VA Certified

Teach for America

Texas A&M International University – Alternative Certification Program-VA Certified

Texas Teachers

University of Texas – RGV Teacher Education Program-VA Certified

Region 2

A Career In Teaching – ACP-VA Certified

Education Service Center Region 2: Educator Preparation and Certification Program

Texas A&M – Corpus Christi- Alternative Certification Program (ACP)/Master’s and Certification (MAC)-VA Certified

Texas A&M – Kingsville – Alternative Certification Program-VA Certified

Region 3

There are no programs in this region. See surrounding regions.

Region 4

ACT Houston-VA Certified

Education Service Center Region 4: Educator Certification Program-VA Certified

Harris County Department of Education- Alternative Certification Program for Teachers

Houston Community College (HCC): Accelerated Teacher Certification Program (ATCP)

Houston ISD – Effective Teacher Fellowship (ETF)

Intern Teacher Alternative Certification Program

Lone Star Colleges

Pasadena ISD-Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP)

Texas Teacher-VA Certified

Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program

YES Prep Public Schools – Teaching Excellence Progam

Region 5

Education Service Center, Region 5: Teacher Certification Program

Lamar University – Post-Baccalaureate Alternative Certification Route (PACeR) Program-VA Certified

Region 6

Education Service Center (ESC) Region 6 Teacher Preparation and Certification Program (TPCP)



Mr. Joe Martin, Program Coordinator

Ms. Vickie Lowery, Program Secretary

Mailing Address: 3332 Montgomery Road Huntsville, Texas 77340

Local Phone: 936-435-8400

Local Fax: 936-435-8467


jmartin@esc6.net vlowery@esc6.net

Certification Areas:

EC-6: Core Subject 4-8: Core Subject 8-12: English/Language Arts & Reading, History, Life Science, Math, Physical Science, Science, Social Studies Supplemental: bilingual Education, ESL, Special Education

Website: https://www.esc6.net/educator-certification

Region 7

Education Service Center Region 7 Teacher Preparation & Certification Program (TPCP)


Regina Davis, Ed.D, Assistant Director

Ms. Donna Copeland, Ed Cert Tech

Mailing Address: 1909 North Longview St. Kilgore, Texas 75662

Local Phone:

903-988-6841, 903-988-6836

Local Fax: 903-988-6851


rdavis@esc7.net dcopeland@esc7.net

Certification Areas:

Core EC-6 and Core 4-8, Special Education, Spanish, Business, Physical Education, Technology Applications, Music, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) (Grades 6-12); Theatre (Grades EC-12), Chemistry (Grades 7-12) and all Core 7-12 / Math, English, Social Studies and Science and all Core 4-8 / Math, English, Social Studies and Science.

Please visit Region 7 website for other certification areas available.

Website: http://www.esc7.net/default.aspx?name=CIATPCP.home

Tyler Junior College Alternative Certification for Educators (ACE)

Contact: Ms. Kay Lynn Moran, ACE Director

Mailing Address: Tyler Junior College – ACE PO Box 9020 Tyler, TX 75711

Physical Address: Jenkins Hall, Rm. 120 1400 5th Street Tyler, TX 75701

Local Phone: 903-510-2257

Local Fax: 903-510-2877

E-mail: kmor@tjc.edu

Certification Areas:

All Levels (EC-12): Special Education EC-6: Bilingual Core Subjects, Core Subjects, English as a Second Language 4-8: Math, Science, Social Studies 8-12: Math, Life Science, Science, Social Studies

Website: https://www.tjc.edu/degrees

Region 8

Texas A&M University – Texarkana: Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP)-VA Certified

Region 9

Education Service Center Region 9

Contact: Mrs. Debbie Cummings

Mailing Address: 301 Loop 11 Wichita Falls, Texas 76306

Local Phone: 940-322-6928

Local Fax: 40-767-3836

E-mail: debbie.cummings@esc9.net

Certification Areas:

All-Level: Special Ed, Art, Health, Music, Physical Education, Technology Applications, Theater Arts, Languages other than English (LOTE – Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Vienamese) EC-4 & 4-8: ESL 4-8 & 8-12: All single subjects (ie: English, Math, Science, Social Studies)

Region 9 Education Service Center is providing a teacher certification program online in partnership with Region 4 Education Service Center.

Website: http://www.esc9.net/133398_2

Region 10

ACT Houston at Dallas-VA Certified

Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Porgram

Education Service Center (ESC) Region 10: Teacher Preparation & Certification Program (TPC)

Mountain View College alternative Teacher Certification Program

Teach for America

Texas A&M University – Commerce, Alternative Certification Program (ACP), Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services –VA Certified

Texas Teachers

Region 11

Education Career Alternatives Program (ECAP)

Education Service Center Region 11 Teacher Preparation Program (TPP)

Fort Worth ISD: Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education (TMATE)-VA Certified

Fort Worth Teaching Fellows

University of North Texas – Instructional Model to Prepare Adept Certified Teachers in Special Education (MPACT)-VA Certified

Weatherford College Teacher Certification Program

UTA Initial Teacher Certification-VA Certified

Region 12

ACT Central Texas

Education Service Center Region 12 Teacher Preparation and Certification Program (TPCP)

McLennan Community College Alternative Teacher Certification Program-VA Certified

Texas A&M University – Central Texas – Educator Preparation Services-VA Certified

Region 13

ACT Austin-VA Certified

Education Service Center Region 13 – Educator Certification Program (ECP)

Huston-Tillotson University – Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP)-VA Certified

Texas Teachers

Certified Teacher

Region 14

Education Service Center (ESC) Region 14: Alternative Certification Program (ACP)


Mr. Ronnie Kincaid, Executive Director

Gregory Pace

Address: 4300 South Treadaway Blvd Abilene, TX 79602

Local Phone:

325-675-8605, 325-675-8609

Local Fax: 325-695-1101


kincaid@esc14.net gpace@esc14.net

Certification Areas:

All Levels (EC-12): Special Education EC-6: Core Subject 4-8: Core Subject, Math, Science 8-12: Math, Science, Life Science, Physical Science

Website: http://www.esc14.net/default.aspx?name=acp_home

Region 15

There are no certification programs in this region. See surrounding areas.

Region 16

West Texas A & M University: Panhandle Alternative Certification for Educators (P.A.C.E.)-VA Certified

Region 17

Region 17 Alternative Teacher Certification

Contact Ty Duncan

Phone: 806-792-4000, or

Email: tduncan@esc17.net

Contact Region 4 for application and course registration, or click on the following link: Region 4 Alternative Teacher Certification Program.

Website: http://inspiretexas.net/

Region 18

Education Service Center Region 18-Teacher Certification Program (TCP)

Contact: Cindy Fouts, Program Director

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 60580 Midland, Texas 79711

Physical Address: 2811 La Force Blvd. Midland, TX 79711

Local Phone: 432-561-4317

Local Fax: 432-561-4380

E-mail: cfouts@esc18.net

Certification Areas:

All-Level: Special Education, Technology Applications, PE, Health EC-4: Bilingual Core Subjects 4-8: Bilingual Core Subjects, Math, Science, Math/Science, English Language Arts, Social Studies, English Language Arts/Social Studies 6-12: Business ED 8-12: Computer Science, Math, Life Science, Physical Science, Science, Technology Applications, History, Social Studies, Chemistry, Math/Physics

Website: http://www.esc18.net/apps/pages/teacher-certification-program

Region 19

Education Service Center (ESC) Region 19 Teacher Preparation & Certification Program (TPCP)

Teachers for the 21st Century Alternative Certification Program (ACP)-VA Certified

University of Texas at El Paso: Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP)

Region 20

A Career In Education – ACP –VA Certified

Alamo Colleges Educator Preparation Program –VA Certified

Education Service Center Region 20 – TOPP

Schreiner University – Graduate Teacher Certification Program (100% Online)

Teach for America

Texas A&M University – San Antonio: GTCP

Texas Teachers

UTSA Teacher Certification Programs-VA Certified

ACT San Antonio-VA Certified (Chapter 31 Only)

Distance Delivered & Online Programs

ESC Region 4 Educator Certification Program

Contact: Dr. Robby McGowen, Director

Mailing Address: 7145 West Tidwell, Houston, Texas 77092

Local Phone: 713-744-6323

Local Fax: 713-744-2724

E-mail: acp@esc4.net

Certification Areas: Region 4 TeacherCertification has a completely online training option. Region 4 TCP has a partnership with ESC Region 9 and ESC Region 17 to provide a complete online teacher certification program. Candidates from these regions can contact Region 4 directly for more information.

Website: http://www.region4acp.net/default.aspx?name=teacher.landing

eTeach 'N TEXAS Accelerated Teacher Certification

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 94, Bells, TX 75414

Local Phone: 903-818-8104

E-mail: contact@eteachntexas.com

Certification Areas: Program is 100% on-line. English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Math

Website: http://www.eteachntexas.com


Contact: Mr. Zach Rozell, Director

Mailing Address: PO Box 1626, Denton, TX 76202

Local Phone: 940-383-8100

Toll Free: 877-348-3224

E-mail: admin@iteach.net

Certification Areas: Program is 100% on-line. Certification delivered in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin The following link is Texas-specific pricing information:
http://iteach.net/states/texas/certification/teacher-certification/teacher-certification-pricing/  Most certification areas in all grade levels.

Website: http://www.iteach.net/locations/texas/

T.E.A.C.H. (Training VIA E-Learning: An Alternative Certification Hybrid)

Contact: Dr. Delia G. Quintanilla

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 141473 Austin, TX 78714

Local Phone: 512-928-8423

Local Fax: 512-928-0451

E-mail: dquinta@worldnet.att.net

Certification Areas: *** All pedagogical training is delivered through TEACH Quest University, epathcampus.com All-Level (EC-12): Music, Special Ed., Physical Ed., Spanish, Technology Applications; EC-4: and EC-6; Bilingual Core Subject, ESL Core Subject, Core Subject; 4-8: Core Subject; ESL 4-8 Core Subject; English; Mathematics; History; Social
Studies; Science; Life and Physical Science; 8-12: Core Subject; ESL 4-8 Core Subject; English; Mathematics; History; Social Studies; Science; Life and Physical Science (A T.E.A.C.H. fee discount of up to $1,000 may be available for those who qualify. Teachers may enroll for as little as $300. Balance may be paid over a ten-month period!!! Contact program to find out more.)

Website: http://www.checkteachercert.com/Guest portal located on web site, Suite of Courses


Contact: Dr. Frank Saucedo, Director

Mailing Address: 2616 W. Freddy Gonzalez Dr., Edinburg, TX 78539

Toll Free: 877-822-1144

E-mail: Contact via web form

Certification Areas: Program is 100% on-line. All areas of certification, except CTE (formerly vcational)

Website: http://www.teacherbuilder.com/

Texas ACP

Contact: Ms. Lily Lopez, Director

Address: 1416 Palm Blvd., #105, Brownsville, TX 78520

Local Phone: 956-544-2390

Toll Free: 888-946-8322

Certification Areas: Contact the program directly.

Website: http://www.texasacp.com/

Texas A&M University - Accelerate Online

Contact: Ms. Joanna Hundl

Mailing Address: Texas A&M University – Accelerate, 4232 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Local Phone: 979-862-1928

E-mail: joannahundl@tamu.edu

Certification Areas:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 6-12
  • Chemistry 7-12
  • Chinese EC-12
  • English Language Arts and Reading 7-12
  • History 7-12
  • Life Science 7-12
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Physical Science 6-12
  • Physics/Mathematics 7-12
  • Science 7-12
  • Social Studies 7-12

Website: http://accelerate.tamu.edu/

Texas Teachers

Contact: Ms. Lacey Labruzzo

Local Phone: 956-243-8164

Toll Free: 1-877-888-2640

E-mail: lacey@TexasTeachers.org

Certification Areas: All Certification Areas. ***ROLLING ADMISSIONS YEAR ROUND***

Website: http://www.txteachers.org/


The Texas Institute for Teacher Education

Contact: Dr. John Doak,Director of Academic Services

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 560573, The Colony, TX 75056 Training Location: 6136 Frisco Square, Suite 400, Frisco, TX 75034

Local Phone: 469-252-2119

Toll Free: 888-698-9483

Local Fax: 469-287-5503

E-mail: info@txite.org

Certification Areas: Program is NON-PROFIT, 100% on-line. All levels: Special Education; EC-6: Core Subject, Bilingual Core Subject, Core Subject/ESL; 4-8: Core Subject/ESL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR VETERANS!!!

Website: http://www.txite.org/txite/Home.htm

University of Texas at El Paso Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP)

Contact: Dr. Michele Williams, Director

Mailing Address: College of Education, Room 210, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 West University, El Paso, Texas 79968

Local Phone: 915-747-7605

Local Fax: 915-747-8616

E-mail: mcwilliams2@utep.edu

Certification Areas: Online Certification in:; EC-6: Bilingual Core Subject, Core Subject

Website: http://coe.utep.edu/atcp/index.php/online

Web Centric Alternative Certification Program

Contact: Courtney Schonefeld, Assistant Operations Director

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1138, Cypress, TX 77410-1138

Local Phone: 832-220-3451, 832-497-0740

Toll Free: 1-855-345-3451

Local Fax: 832-220-3485

E-mail: questions@etools4education.com

Certification Areas: All-Level (EC-12): Art, Health, LOTE-Spanish, Music, P.E., Special Education, Technology Applications; EC-6: Bilingual Core Subjects, ESL Core Subjects, Core Subjects; 4-8: Bilingual Core Subjects, ESL Core Subjects, Core Subjects,; 6-12: Business Education, Physical Science; 7-12: English Language Arts and Reading, History, Life Science, Math, Science, Social Studies, Speech; Suplemental Areas (EC-12): Bilingual, ESL, Gifted & Talented ***Continuous Enrollment***

Website: http://www.online-distance-learning-education.com/

Western Governors University (WGU) Texas Teachers College

Mailing Address: Western Governors University, 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700, Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Toll Free: 1-877-214-7011, 1-866-225-5948

E-mail: info@wgu.edu

Certification Areas: Program is 100% on-line. EC-4: Core Subject; 4-8: Core Subject, Math, Science, Social Studies; 8-12: Math, Science, Social Studies

Website: http://texas.wgu.edu/education/teacher_licensure_texas