Accelerated Teacher Certification Program (ATCP)

The Accelerated Teacher Certification Program at Houston Community College is a state-approved comprehensive educator preparation program that trains individuals for Texas standard certification in elementary and secondary education.

You must complete the following steps to become a certified classroom teacher in Texas:

  1. Obtain a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Complete an Educator Preparation Program (EPP)
  3. Pass required state certification exams for certificate sought
  4. Apply for state certification upon the EPP’s recommendation (Must be fingerprinted as part of a national criminal background check)
  5. Become certified by obtaining a Texas Classroom Teacher Standard Certificate

Once certified, Texas Standard Certificates are renewable every five years, provided you have completed continuing professional education (CPE) requirements.

Don’t have a Bachelor’s degree? See Teacher Education for Associate of Arts in Teaching.

Have a Bachelor’s degree? Apply to the Accelerated Teacher Certification Program.

Already Certified Classroom Teacher? See Out-of-State Certified Educators, Out-of-Country Certified Educators, Renewing a Standard Certificate, or Additional Certification by Exam.

About the Accelerated Teacher Certification Program

Program Accreditation

Houston Community College — Accelerated Teacher Certification Program is accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA).

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) oversees all aspects of the preparation, certification, and standards of conduct of public school educators. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is the state agency that oversees primary and secondary public education. TEA provides staff support to the SBEC board.

For additional information regarding EPP accreditation ratings, pass rates, and annual performance reports, please visit Consumer Information.

To file a complaint, refer to the Student Handbook for the complaints process. If the student is not satisfied with the complaint process or outcome, the student may file a complaint against the program with the Texas Education Agency. The official Texas Education Agency complaint process can be found at tea.texas.gov at the bottom of the page

Overview

 

The program is considered an alternative certification program. It is designed primarily to prepare students for employment as an educator. The program is offered as a “non-credit” program; therefore, no semester hours are awarded. Completion of the program requires 1-2 years. Students receive a recommendation for their Texas Standard Classroom Certificate upon successful completion of all program requirements.

Training includes (at minimum):

  • 319 clock-hours of coursework and/or training,
  • 30 clock-hours of field-based experience,
  • 6-12 clock-hours of TExES test preparation, and
  • One academic year (2 semester) supervised clinical experience completed as an internship as teacher-of-record under a probationary certificate at a public, charter, or any school accredited by Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Employment

There are 37,022 Elementary School Teachers, 17,949 Middle School Teachers, and 23,670 High School Teachers employed in the Greater Houston Area . These numbers are expected to increase by 18.9% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 2826 Elementary, 1,349 Middle School and 1,845 High School jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $24.98 hourly, $52,000 annually.

Certification Areas

Elementary

  • Core Subjects (EC-6)

Middle School

  • Core Subjects (4-8)
  • English Language Arts & Reading/Social Studies (4-8)
  • Mathematics (4-8)
  • Science (4-8)
  • Social Studies (4-8)

High School/Secondary Grade Levels

  • Life Science (7-12)
  • Mathematics (7-12)  
  • Physical Science (6-12)
  • Science (7-12)

All Levels

  • Special Education (EC-12)

Supplemental (Not standalone certificates)

  • Bilingual Education Supplemental-Spanish 
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental 

What are the prerequisites?

 

Before you apply, please read through the entrance requirements and identify the subject area and grade levels you would like to seek certification.

All entrance requirements must be met to be formally admitted into the program. 

Program Admissions

 

To view the upcoming application deadlines and the step-by-step admissions process, click here.

Educator Preparation Training

 The program offers a route to certification that allows you to teach while completing the requirements.

Year 1:

In-Person Training

  • ACP 1000 Accelerated Teacher Certification Program 54 hrs
  • ACP 2000 Teacher Certification II 54 hrs
  • ACP 3000 Teacher Certification III 54 hrs
  • ACP 4000 Teacher Certification IV 54 hrs

Online Training (Co-requisite to In-Person Training)

  • ACP 1001 Human Growth & Development 16 hrs
  • ACP 1002 Curriculum & Instruction 17 hrs
  • ACP 1003 Assessment 16 hrs
  • ACP 1004 Critical Thinking 10 hrs
  • ACP 1005 Special Populations and  Student Motivation 12 hrs
  • ACP 1006 Classroom Management 12 hrs
  • ACP 1007 Schools, Parents, and Communities 10 hrs
  • ACP 1008 Teaching in Texas 10 hrs

Pre-Internship & Testing Requirements (Co-requisite to In-Person Training)

  • Field-Based Experience 30 hrs
  • Test Preparation (6 hrs per exam) 6 hrs

Year 2:

Internship (under a Probationary Certificate)

  • Internship I One Semester
  • Internship II One Semester

Total: 355 hrs

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assistance

Even though you think you might not qualify, applying for financial aid and/or scholarships may help determine what resources are available to assist you with your educational goals.

Please see the Continuing Education Financial Aid Website for any available scholarships or grants approved for the Accelerated Teacher Certification Program.

Individuals may qualify for the following:

Information session/ dates and times

 

To learn more about Houston Community College’s Accelerated Teacher Certification Program, join us at one of our free information sessions for an overview of how the program prepares teachers for their certification. 

Topics to be covered:

  • Program overview
  • Training schedule
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Paid internships 

Please RSVP by e-mail to atcp@hccs.edu with the date and time of the session you would like to attend. A confirmation email will be returned with the location of the session. All sessions are held at the HCC Central Campus.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Resources

Educator Preparation Training

 

 

The program offers an alternative route to certification that allows you to teach while completing the requirements.

In-Person Training

  • ACP 1000 Accelerated Teacher Certification Program -54 hrs
  • ACP 2000 Teacher Certification II-54 hrs
  • ACP 3000 Teacher Certification III-54 hrs
  • ACP 4000 Teacher Certification IV-54 hrs

Online Training

  • ACP 1001 Human Growth & Development-16 hrs
  • ACP 1002 Curriculum & Instruction-17 hrs
  • ACP 1003 Assessment-16 hrs
  • ACP 1004 Critical Thinking-10 hrs
  • ACP 1005 Special Populations and  Student Motivation-12 hrs
  • ACP 1006 Classroom Management-12 hrs
  • ACP 1007 Schools, Parents, and Communities-10 hrs
  • ACP 1008 Teaching in Texas-10 hrs

Pre-Internship

  • Field-Based Experience-30 hrs
  • Test Preparation (6 hrs per exam)-6 hrs

Internship

  • Internship I-One Semester
  • Internship II-One Semester

Total: 355 hrs