Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What areas of certification are available?


  • 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 entrance requirements?

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • Meet grade point average (GPA) requirement of an overall GPA of at least 2.50 or at least 2.50 in the last 60 semester credit hours.
  • Demonstrate content mastery in the content area for the certification sought by meeting the prerequisite coursework requirements or submitting a passing score on the content examination through the PACT (Pre-Admission Content Test) TExES Program.
  • Submit current copy of résumé.
  • Must pass a scored interview.
  • Must demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).
  • Must demonstrate oral communication skills in the English language.

Please see entrance requirements for details.


What should I do if my degree is from a university outside the United States?

International transcripts must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service. Evaluations must include the educational degree equivalencies, overall grade point average and/or last 60 semester credit hour grade point average, course-by-course analysis, and divisional course analysis (if teaching in grades 7-12). A “teacher certification” evaluation is preferred.

See international transcripts for a list of acceptable evaluation services and testing requirements.

How long does it take to complete the program and how does the program work?

Approximately 18-24 months. Length may vary depending on individual needs and when an internship is secured & completed successfully.

Once accepted into program, candidates will be begin training, complete required testing, and pre-internship requirements before teaching for one-year, or 2 semesters, under a probationary certificate (internship). The internship is served as a paid, teacher-of-record; salary varies. All program requirements must be completed successfully prior to standard certificate recommendation.

What happens during the course of the program?

Once approved, the candidate will attend an orientation to discuss program policies and procedures as well as program assignments and the internship. At that time, the training course schedule will be provided that consists of 4 courses of in-person training and 8 courses of online training.

The 4 courses of in-person training consist of content training. Each in-person course is about 9 weeks long and is held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM or Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM for a total of 54 clock hours per course. Courses are based on enrollment availability per certification area. By the end of the content training, the 216 clock hours of attendance, 30 contact hours of field-based experience (pre-service classroom observations), Comprehensive Investigation Report, 6 hours of content test preparation, and your TExES content exams should all be passed/completed.

Pedagogy training will consist of 8 courses of online training for approximately 20 weeks (103 clock hours) that begins about 15 weeks after orientation. For these 20 weeks you will have both in-person and online training. Each online course is about 2-3 weeks long and completed in subsequent order. By the end of the pedagogy training, the 103 clock hours of attendance, 6 hours of pedagogy test preparation, and your TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 exam should all be passed/completed.

The internship must be served in the Region IV service area of Texas which may include independent school districts, charter schools, private schools or parochial schools for a minimum of 1 academic year or 180 days. Internships outside this area must be discussed with the Program Director to assure program supervision availability and reciprocity with other region service centers. You are eligible for hire if the TExES content exam in your area of certification has been passed, you have completed at least 80 clock hours of training, 30 hours of classroom observations, and are in good standing. Other requirements may have to be met upon the hiring school's request. Once a position as a teacher-of-record is secured and the program approves the internship, the program will recommend the Probationary Certificate to the candidate. Upon a successful completion of the internship and other program requirements, the Texas classroom Standard Certificate will be recommended and the candidate will complete the program. All certificates are recommended by the program and the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) issues certificate.

Where is the training held?

Training is held at the Central Campus on either Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM or Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Please note, courses are held based on enrollment. If not enough students enroll for the schedule you choose, you may choose the other schedule.

What happens after I have submitted by application?

If all documents have been submitted, the processing of an application will take approximately 12-15 business days depending on the volume of applications and the complexity of each evaluation. You will be notified by email regarding the status of your application. Applications will be evaluated for entrance requirements by two evaluators. An interview will be scheduled for eligible candidates. The interview is a 30 minute structured scored interview. If you have met all entrance requirements and passed the interview an admissions offer will be emailed following the interview. You must accept the admissions offer to be formally admitted into the program. This process ensures you are not part of more than one program at a time. Once accepted, the acceptance letter will be mailed along with orientation information. You will register for classes at or following the orientation.

Does HCC help me get a job?

After acceptance into the program, each applicant is responsible for securing employment with a state-approved school. However, the program will disburse information regarding teacher job fairs and other recruitment opportunities to teacher candidates in the program. Once you have passed the appropriate TExES content exam(s), completed at least 80 contact hours of content training, 30 hours of classroom observations, and are in good standing – you are eligible for hire.

The Career Planning and Resources department offers the Virtual Career Center (VCC), an online career and employment site that links students and alumni to career resources, employment opportunities, and internship possibilities. HCC students are encouraged to register with “HIRE AN EAGLE” to access jobs, manage job search activities, and more.

Assistance with resume writing, interview coaching (mock interviews), and career resources are also available.

Will this certification be issued by the state of Texas and be valid statewide?

Probationary and standard certificates will be issued by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and be recognized state-wide.

Candidates will be recommended to SBEC for their Texas Classroom Teacher Standard Certificate upon completion of all program requirements (including internship) and passing all appropriate exams.The certificate will then be issued by SBEC and can be viewed in the TEA Educator Profile.

How much does the program cost?

Total program cost varies according to certificate.

Training Cost



Application Fee (non-refundable)


ACP Tuition (installment plan available)



(Not included)

Program Cost


Additional Costs for Certification



TExES Content Exam


TExES Pedagogy Exam


Probationary Certificate Fee


National Criminal History Background Check




Standard Certificate Fee



Additional  Fees (at minimum)


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