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

About the Accelerated Teacher Certification Program


The program prepares individuals with the skills and practices to be an effective classroom teacher.

Training includes:

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

Program offers:

  • Hybrid Training (in-person and online)
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Financial Assistance Available
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Paid One-Year Internship
  • Mentor Support


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 number 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


  • Bilingual Generalist-Spanish (EC-6)*
  • Core Subjects (EC-6)
  • Generalist (EC-6)*
  • English as a Second Language/Generalist (EC-6)*

Middle School

  • Core Subjects (4-8)
  • Generalist (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 

 *Certificates are scheduled for deletion. Last date to pass content exam(s) is August 31, 2015. Last date to complete all program requirements (including internship) is August 31, 2017.


How much does the program cost?



Application Fee (non-refundable)


ACP Tuition (installment plan available)


Books (approximate)


TExES Content Exam


TExES Pedagogy Exam


Probationary Certificate Fee


Criminal History Background Check fee


Fingerprint Processing


Standard Certificate Fee



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 become certified in.

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

Program Admissions

Click here to begin the admissions progress. 

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 with the date and time of the session you would like to attend and receive the meeting location on the Central Campus.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


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


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


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

Total: 355 hrs