Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What areas of certification are available?

  • Bilingual Generalist (EC-6)
  • English as a Second Language Supplemental (attaches to level of base certificate, not a stand- alone certificate)
  • English Language Arts & Reading/Social Studies (4-8)
  • Generalist (EC-6 or 4-8)
  • History (8-12)
  • Life Science (8-12)
  • Mathematics (4-8 or 8-12)
  • Physical Science (8-12)
  • Science (4-8 or 8-12)
  • Social Studies (4-8 or 8-12)
  • Special Education (EC-12)

What are the entrance requirements?

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Meet grade point average (GPA) requirement:
    1. overall GPA of at least 2.50 or
    2. at least 2.50 in the last 60 semester credit hours
  3. Submit official college or university transcript(s) from allinstitutions attended.
    1. If your undergraduate or graduate degree is from a university or college outside of the United States, your transcript must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service. The evaluation must be sealed in an envelope.
  4. Meet academic coursework in content area
  5. Submit current copy of résumé
  6. Must pass a scored interview
  7. Must be able to meet program cost
  8. Must be able to work legally in the United States
  9. Bilingual certificate candidates must be proficient in Spanish
  10. Must demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by passing the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) exam, formerly known as Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP), by meeting minimum THEA passing scores (reading – 250; mathematics – 250; and writing – 220). For additional information on the THEA exam, visit http://www.thea.nesinc.com.
  11. Must demonstrate oral communication skills in the English language as evidenced by one of the following:
    1. If you completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States – you have met this requirement.
    2. If you earned an undergraduate or graduate degree outside of the United States and the primary language of instruction was English, must provide a letter on university letterhead stating the primary language of instruction at the university is English. If this letter is provided and the primary language of instruction is English – you have met this requirement.
    3. If an undergraduate or graduate degree was earned outside of the United States and the primary language of instruction was NOT English, must take and submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam score of 79 on the Internet-based (iBT) exam, with a required minimum score of 26 on the Speaking portion. For additional information on the TOEFL exam, visit http://www.ets.org/toefl. The Destination Code (DI) for HCC is 6296.

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

Transcripts must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service. Evaluations must include the educational degree equivalencies, overall grade point average, course-by-course analysis, and divisional course analysis (if teaching in grades 7-12). A "teacher certification" evaluation is preferred. Click here for list of acceptable evaluation services. Evaluations are the responsibility and the expense of the individual applicant. 

If your undergraduate or graduate degree is from an institution of higher education in which primary instruction is not English, you must submit passing scores from the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) internet-based (iBT) exam. Passing scores for internet-based (iBT) exam - 79, with a required score of 26 on the Speaking portion. For additional information on the TOEFL exam, visit http://www.ets.org/toefl. The Destination Code (DI) for HCC is 6296.

If your undergraduate or graduate is from an institution of higher education in which the primary language of instruction is English, you must provide a letter on university letterhead stating the primary language of instruction at the university is English. If this letter is provided and the primary language of instruction is English, then TOEFL scores are not required.

If you have completed both an undergraduate or graduate degree outside of the United States and completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, TOEFL scores are not required; however, the degree completed outside of the United States must still be evaluated by a credential evaluation service.

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

Approximately 18-24 months. (Duration may vary depending on individual needs and when an internship is secured & completed successfully.)
Approved candidates will undergo three phases: (1) content training, (2) pedagogy training, and (3) one-year (180 days) internship. Candidates must take and pass TExES/BTLPT exams according to their certification area. (The internship is a paid teacher-of-record position, salary grades vary per district or school.) 

What happens during the course of the program?

Once approved, the candidate will receive an orientation to discuss program policies and procedures as well as program assignments and the internship. Content training will consist of 4 courses of face-to-face training for approximately 36 weeks (216 clock hours). Each course is about 9 weeks long and are held based on enrollment availability per certification area. By the end of the content training, the 216 clock hours of attendance, 30 contact hours of classroom observation, 2 contact hours of field-based experience, Comprehensive Investigation Report, 6 hours of content review, 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 face-to-face and online training. By the end of  the pedagogy training, each course must be completed with an 80% or better for completed grade, 103 clock hours of attendance, 6 hours of pedagogy review, 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. 

What do I need to include with my completed application for admission?

 

  1. Obtain HCC Student ID # by completing the School of Continuing Education online application (visit http://www.hccs.edu->click on Continuing Education->click on Registration->click on Continuing Education Admission).
    - If you already have a Student ID#, please update your information in your student account.
    - Include this number in the ATCP Application.
  2. Submit official college or university transcript(s) of all institutions attended (HCC official transcript is not required). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for faster processing, but official transcripts must be in place by the summer deadline.
    If your undergraduate or graduate degree is from a university or college outside of the United States, your transcript must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service. The evaluation must be sealed in an envelope.
  3. Complete and submit the Accelerated Teacher Certification Program application (go to http://acp.hccs.edu to download).
  4. Submit THEA passing scores (reading – 250; mathematics – 250; writing – 220). Application packet may be missing incomplete THEA scores, but they must be in place by the summer deadline.
  5. Submit the TOEFL passing score (Internet-based (iBT) – 79, with a required minimum score of 26 on the Speaking portion) if degree is from an institution of higher education in which primary instruction is not English. HCC’s Destination Code (DI): 6296.
    - If the primary language of instruction is English, provide a letter on university letterhead stating the primary language of instruction at the university is English. If this letter is provided and the primary language of instruction is English, then TOEFL scores are not required.
    - If you have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, TOEFL scores are not required.
  6. Submit current copy of your résumé
  7. Submit receipt of $75 application fee (non-refundable)
    - Submit a completed Program Fees form (indicate type of fee) and payment in-person at the HCC-Central Business Office. The Business Office will provide receipt. Please submit receipt with your application.   

 

How do I obtain an application?

Download application from the Accelerated Teacher Certification Program website at http://www.hccs.edu/acp  or to request an application, please email atcp@hccs.edu.                     

When are applications due?

Applications are accepted year round. However, to be considered for a specific enrollment period, please refer to ATCP's Home page for upcoming semester deadline.                                                                                                                

What happens after I have submitted by application?

Assuming you have submitted all required documents for a completed application, the processing of an application will take approximately 1-2 weeks depending on the volume of applications and the complexity of each evaluation. You will be notified in writing on through phone call following the evaluation. 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 interview, during the interview, you will do a 5-minute presentation on why you want to become a teacher. If accepted, an acceptance letter will be mailed along with orientation information. You will register for classes after you have been accepted to the program.

Where is the training held?

Training is held at the Fannin Building located 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.                                                                 

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 of 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.                                           

When will I be fully certified by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC)?

When candidate completes all program requirements (including the internship).                                

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 and be recognized state-wide.                                                                                          

How much does the program cost?

Description

Cost

Application Fee (non-refundable)

$75

ACP Tuition (installment plan available)

$3,900

Books (approximate)

$300-400

TExES Content Exam

$120

TExES Pedagogy Exam

$120

TExES Generalist Exam (if applicable)

$120

TExES ESL Exam (if applicable)

$120

TExES BTLPT-Spanish Exam (Bilingual Generalist only)

$120

Probationary Certificate Fee

$52

Fingerprint Identification (Criminal History Background Check fee)

$39.50-42.25

Fingerprint Processing

$9.95

Standard Certificate Fee

$77

Is financial assistance available?

Individuals may qualify for the following: