Are you ready to Teach?
If you have a passion for working with children and believe that the value of helping them reach their learning potential carries rewards that are immeasurable, then the ACC Teacher Certification Program is for you. Approved and accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification, we offer two distinct and well-defined pathways toward Texas Standard Teacher Certification.
We currently offer two pathways: our Traditional Program, which can be completed in 18 - 24 months, and our Residency Program, which can be completed in one calendar year.
+ Traditional Program Pathway
Certification plans that outline course requirements for each semester are available here. The teacher certification program is a two-year program.
The first year is completion of required state curriculum, 30 hours of field-based experiences and required testing for state licensure. All must be completed prior to clinical teaching or internship.
The second year is completion of an internship or clinical teaching, as defined below.
Clinical teaching is a 14-week, non-paid experience working with a cooperating teacher in an approved TEA private, charter, or public school.
An internship involves having a contract with an approved TEA private, charter, or public school for one academic year or 180 days as teacher of record. The candidate receives first year's teacher salary, benefits, and teacher retirement.
Both of these experiences are completed under the supervision of the ACC Teacher Certification Program.
This pathway can be completed in 18-24 months.
+ Residency Program Pathway
Residents will begin their program with an eight-week Summer Intensive of pedagogical coursework. This prepares residents to step into the classroom at the start of the fall semester. For both the fall and spring semesters of the program, Teacher Residents will be employed and compensated by a partnering district.
While in the classroom, Teacher Residents will work alongside their host teacher four days a week and complete ACC TCP coursework on the fifth day at a centralized location. Teacher Residents will be supported onsite by their host teacher and site supervisor.
This pathway can be completed in one calendar year.
The ACC Teacher Certification Program strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values diversity reflecting the demographic make up of the students of Texas. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create an educational environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Just see how rewarding it can be teaching for a living! If you are unsure whether you meet all the qualifications, please feel free to contact us to discuss your situation.
Recipient of commendations from the State Board of Education (2019, 2020, 2021)
100% Principal Approval (Texas Education Agency, Principal Survey (2018)
Choose Your Certification
The Texas Teacher Certification Program at ACC currently offers certifications in the following areas:
+ Grades EC - 12
- American Sign Language
- Core Subjects w/ Science of Teaching Reading (EC - 6)
- Special Education w/ Additional Content Area
- Technology Applications
+ Grades 4 - 8
- Core Subjects w/ Science of Teaching Reading
- English Language Arts & Social Studies w/ Science of Teaching Reading
- English Language Arts & Reading w/ Science of Teaching Reading
- Social Studies
- Mathematics & Science
+ Grades 7 - 12
- Physical Science (6 - 12)
- Physics & Mathematics
+ Supplemental Subjects
- Bilingual Supplemental
- ESL Supplemental
- Special Education Supplemental
Get Started Now!
Complete an ACC online application; send official transcripts reflecting a conferred bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall or in the last 60 hours and arrange for a personal interview.
Out-of-Country applicants need to have their transcripts evaluated and pass the TOEFL with scores of Speaking 24; Listening 22; Reading 22, Writing 21.
Register for Courses
Follow this tutorial to select courses, build your schedule, and register for CE courses.
2023 Fall Semester
Aug 21st, 2023 - Dec 10th, 2023View Schedule
2024 Spring Semester
Jan 16th, 2024 - May 12th, 2024View Schedule
2024 Summer Semester
May 28th, 2024 - Aug 4th, 2024View Schedule