Alternative Teacher Certification Programs How long will it take? How much does the program cost? Do I qualify? Will you accept me? What can I teach? When do I start? Welcome!
Highlights Five colleges comprise the Lone Star College System, each with an Alternative Teacher Certification Program. The Lone Star College System has a 1,400 square-mile service area across North Harris and Montgomery Counties. Over 3,000 teachers have completed Texas K-12 standard teacher certification through the LSCS Alternative Teacher Certification Programs.
Alternative Teacher Certification ATCP Leadership LSC-CyFair Julie Campbell LSC-Kingwood Jennifer Leadbetter LSC-Montgomery Amy Cooper LSC-North Harris Felicia Turner LSC-Tomball Dell Burditt Dell Burditt, Ed. D. Senior Program Manager Dell.Burditt@LoneStar.edu
Service Area ISDs • Aldine • Conroe • Cypress-Fairbanks • Humble • Klein • Magnolia • New Caney • Splendora • Spring • Tomball • Willis • We do work with you for internships outside our service area.
Do I qualify for ATCP? • The five basic requirements are: • Obtain a Bachelor’s Degree • Complete an Educator Preparation Program • Pass Appropriate Certification Exams • Submit a State Application for certification • Complete SBEC requirements for Fingerprinting and Background Check • http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5352&menu_id=865&menu_id2=794
Do I qualify for ATCP? • Have completed at least a bachelors degree from an accredited U.S. institution • Official, sealed copies of transcripts required • Evaluations of transcripts from outside the U.S. must state “equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree” www.naces.org • GPA >= 2.5 overall, or on last 60 hours • Limited exceptions may be allowed
Do I qualify for ATCP? • Speak and understand the English language sufficiently to use it easily and readily in conversation and teaching • Have acceptable scores on skills testing in reading, written communication and mathematics within the last 5 years • Have not taught for three years in Texas on a non-standard teaching certificate
Application • $40 application fee • Application form downloaded from college website, completed, and submitted to campus ATCP office • Official transcript(s) of all colleges attended • Professional references on LSCS ATCP forms • Basic skills test scores • English language skills testing • Essay • Resume
Skills Testing THEA Reading 240 Writing 240 Math 230* COMPASS Reading 81 Writing 59 Algebra 39 ACCUPLACER Reading 78 Writing 80 Elem. Algebra 63 SAT combined 1070, minimum 500 per section ACT combined 23, minimum 19 per section GRE Quantitative 450, Verbal 450, Writing 4.0 COMPASS-ESL Level 4, Score Range 259-284 TOEFL 61 on TOEFL-iBT Speaking 26 Scores within five years of program admittance. *THEA Math 270 for Math 8-12 Applicants
Written and Oral interviews in group or personal sessions Presentation (may be required) Sample topics Educational background Work history Experience with children Teacher who inspired you Onsite, Written essay (may be required) Interview
‘Highly Qualified’ status is determined by Credit coursework Content specific areas require 24 hours/12 upper division Pre-Admission Content Testing (PACT) In lieu of coursework, to demonstrate content proficiency http://www.texes.ets.org/epp/epppact/ Educator Preparation Programs may accept PACT Preparation manuals available at http://www.texes.ets.org/ Generalists EC-6 or 4-8 are ‘Highly Qualified’ only by passing the content exam For program admittance, 9 hours in each core area required What can I teach?
Hours Cost Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility (PPR) 108 $ 781 Field -Based Experiences 30 Additional Coursework (minimum) 48-60 $ 174-415 Online Support Course 64 ISD Professional Development/Coursework 50 Internship I and II – 180 days $1875 Mentor fee (minimum) $ 500 Total Training Hours 300+ Textbooks estimate $ 300 State Testing minimum $ 240 Probationary and Standard Certificates and Background check $ 209 Internship Program
Hours Cost Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility (PPR) 108 $ 781 Field -Based Experiences 30 ATCP Coursework – Two or more courses 76 $ 589-830 Online Support Course 32 Clinical Teaching – 14 weeks $ 926 Pre and Post-Clinical Teacher Training 54 Total Training Hours 300 + Textbooks estimate $ 300 State Testing minimum $ 240 Standard Certificate $ 82 Background check $ 45 Clinical Teaching Program
Courses and Hours Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility 108 Components of Special Education 48 Introduction to Special Populations 48/16 Bilingual Teacher Preparation 48 Creating Successful Classrooms 48 EC-6 Generalist Teacher Preparation 48 4-8 Generalist Teacher Preparation 48 ESL Teacher Preparation 48 Learner Centered Instruction 16 Tools for Teaching 14
Alternative Teacher Certification How long will it take? 12-24 months optimal How much does it cost? About $ 4,000 Do I qualify? Bachelor’s degree How do I begin? Apply and Interview What does the program require? 300 hours (min) What can I teach? Determined by PACT or college coursework When do I start? NOW! Check for Understanding
Program Websites http://www.lonestar.edu/cyfair-atcp http://www.lonestar.edu/kingwood-atcp http://www.lonestar.edu/montgomery-atcp http://www.lonestar.edu/nharris-atcp http://www.lonestar.edu/tomball-atcp