Austin Community CollegeTEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAMIt’s all about theKids!
What Is Alternative Certification? The alternative teacher certification program allows individuals with a bachelor’s degree, and who are considering a career change with the desire to serve, the opportunity to become a classroom teacher.
Why Alternative Certification? Due to teacher shortages in certain certification areas, the high cost of college training, and limitations on college enrollment, the state of Texas created this alternative route for becoming a classroom teacher.
Requirements for Program 1. BACHELORS DEGREE OR HIGHER 2. 24 HOURS OF COURSE WORK WITHIN CONTENT AREAS 3. A MINIMUM 2.5 GPA 4. 3 PERSONAL REFERENCES 5. A QUALIFYING INTERVIEW
Requirements for State Certification • SUCCESSFULLY TRAIN THROUGH AN APPROVED PROGRAM • SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE APPROPRIATE TExES EXAMS • INTERN AS A PAID, FIRST-YEAR CLASSROOM TEACHER
Certifications Offered • Math (4-8) • Science (4-8) • Bilingual Generalist • (EC-4) and (4 – 8) • Special Education Generalist (EC-4) • Other certification areas offered • at district request Teacher Certification Program approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (#227502)
Coursework Begins January 6, 2009 EDTC 3000 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings with one Saturday School support session each month. Attendance is mandatory! Highlights Include: • Designing effective, responsive instruction • Creating positive learning environments • Fulfilling professional roles and responsibilities
June 9 - 26, 2009 Summer Institute Classes are held Monday through Friday 8:30 – 3:30 with two night sessions. Attendance is mandatory! • Bilingual Generalist EC-4 Educational theory and practice with a focus on second language acquisition • Special Education EC-4 Educational theory and practice with a focus on special needs learners • Science and Mathematics 4-8 Educational theory and practice with a focus on math and/or science Highlights Include: • The “how to’s” of teaching • Intern preparation for August classrooms
August-November, 2009 EDTC 3004 Successful Teaching Practices - Teaching Internship 5 Sessions are held on Thursdays from 6-9 and Induction Training with mentor one Saturday in October Highlights Include: • First year teacher intern and ACC supervisors working closely to identify and solve any questions and/or concerns • Supervisor support with effective classroom strategies through problem solving sessions.
January- April, 2010 EDTC 3005 Online Support Teacher Internship Online Highlights Include: • Reflections on personal, professional, and instructional progress that is classroom student data driven
First Year TeacherIntern • First year teacher salary and benefits • Online training with classroom support from ACC supervisor and assigned campus teacher-mentor • Assessments and evaluations by ACC supervisor, campus administrator, and campus mentor • Successful completion that leads to a standard teaching certificate in Texas • Memories!
TECHNOLOGY is a Part of ALL Training Professional Portfolio, Website, Blackboard, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
ACC’s Teacher Certification Program Success • Making a 16 month commitment • Determining the components and their application of public education’s pedagogy and professional responsibilities • Engaging in a hands-on Summer training focused on curriculum and instruction • Entering a first year teaching internship with campus and ACC mentoring support along with continuing online professional development • Succeeding as a classroom teacher through rigorous and seamless classroom and online experiences that build the foundations of successful practices • Successfully completing all professional exams (TExES) • Lasting personal and professional relationships
Unfortunately, we no longer offer bilingual • stipends, but… • Enjoy three years of online support for new bilingual teachers and the benefit of research-based curriculum.
Application Process 1. Completed application with processing fee June 1- Sept 15 $60 Sept 16- Nov. 1 $80 2. ACC selection committee • A review is made of applicant transcripts, references, and resumes. • Interviews are scheduled from July through November. 50 individuals are selected for cohort. • Additional applicants are placed on a waiting list 3. Final deadline for completed applications is November 1, 2008.
Tuition and Fees • Certification coursework $5000 • Textbooks, TExES (exams), and misc. certification fees $800
FINANCIAL AID • WorkSource • Troops to Teachers & Veteran’s Education • Hinson-Hazelwood Student Loans (CAL) • Career Training Loans (Private) • A+ Federal Credit Union
We will only take 50 candidates in the program, so act early!
The ACC Teacher Certification Staff Melaina Sharon Letty
For More Information • ACC Teacher Certification website at: http://www.austincc.edu/teacher • State Board for Educator Certification website at: www.sbec.state.tx.us • Texas Education Agency website at: www.tea.state.tx.us • ETS website at:www.texes.ets.org