In 2003, an alternative teacher certification program called iteachTEXAS was launched in an effort to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. The program is currently approved with the state of Texas and holds accreditation with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Designed with flexibility in mind, this state-recognized program offers online courses and supervised training in order to meet the requirements needed to obtain teacher certification in a content area. Currently, there is also a certification program offered for aspiring principals.
Those interested in the iteachTEXAS teacher certification program must meet grade point average, test score and previous coursework requirements. After enrolled, aspiring teachers take seven required courses and have the option to take two more as electives. Field training is then obtained through acquiring a full-time paid internship as an employed teacher or by participating in the unpaid Clinical Teaching option. The Clinical Teaching program is most suitable for those needing to complete their certification requirements quickly as it only takes 12 weeks versus the one year required for the paid internship option. Individuals are allowed up to two years to complete all the certification requirements, including the field training experience.
- Programs Offered: Teacher Certification
- Program Cost (2014): $4,250 for teacher certification, $5,000 for principal certification*
- School Type & Setting: Online