In Texas, students who have already earned bachelor's degrees not related to education can participate in alternative teacher certification programs in order to legally teach children of different ages various subjects. These programs are offered through colleges and universities, and some are geared toward a specific group of individuals, such as those in the military. Each of these programs has requirements for entry based on grade point average and completed undergraduate coursework. Students in these programs take courses and receive training through field experiences, independent study and internships.
South Texas College
Located in McAllen, South Texas College offers alternative teacher certification programs with numerous options in specific subjects and age of instruction. Students can be certified in English language arts and reading at grades four-eight or eight-twelve. English as a second language (ESL) or bilingual certification programs are also available at the early childhood level to grade six, grades four-eight and early childhood to grade twelve levels. Certification in both science and social studies can be earned at the four-eight and eight-twelve grade levels. Students can also achieve generalist certification to teach early childhood to grade six and grades four-eight, or special education certification in early childhood to grade twelve.
All of these programs involve 33 credit hours of subject-related study and another 33 hours of pedagogy and professional responsibilities. Students also gain 30 hours of field experience and receive various other types of training primarily through internships and independent study.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
The University of Texas at San Antonio offers 11 alternative teacher certification options for aspiring educators who've already earned undergraduate degrees. One of these is the school's Teacher Orientation and Preparation Program, known as Region 20, a two-year course of study that incorporates college-level coursework, professional development, classroom experience and a year-long paid internship aimed at helping participants meet certification requirements.
Several other programs are also available, including UTeach and Troops to Teachers. UTeach is a preparatory program for aspiring secondary science, computer science and mathematics educators. The Troops to Teachers program leads to elementary, secondary, technical or vocational teacher certification for qualifying members of the military.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Program Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|South Texas College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; midsize city||Alternative Teacher Certification||$3,780 (in-district), $4,080 (in-state), $7,680 (out-of-state)*|
|The University of Texas at San Antonio||4-year, public; large city||Alternative Teacher Certification||$8,049 (in-state), $19,538 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator