Ana G. Mendez University Alternative Certification Program (AGMU-ACP) offers a research-based curriculum inclusive of the most effective and relevant best practices of the teaching profession to prepare teacher candidates to be a successful educators combined with our unique Discipline-Based Dual Language Immersion Model ®. All coursework and instruction is designed to develop learning and language in both English and Spanish, while gaining preparation and experience to become a certified Texas educator.
The AGMU-ACP program is a state-accredited alternative certification program that is committed to preparing teacher candidates through high quality coursework/training and field-based experiences in a dual-language environment.
The AGMU-ACP program provides highly qualified bilingual individuals an opportunity to gain Texas certification in Core Subjects Early Childhood through sixth grade (EC-6) with a supplemental area of either Bilingual, ESL or Special Education. Our standard and performance-based courses and training are face-to-face and during hours that are convenient for the working professional making the transition into the field of education. All bilingual instructors and field supervisors have graduate degrees and are experienced certified instructors in the content specific areas of targeted certification.
AGMU-ACP teacher candidates will have continual support from admissions to job placement as we recognize this is an important decision and the need to be informed throughout the program.
Becoming a Certified Texas Educator
There are five requirements by the state of Texas to become a certified teacher. You must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, complete an alternative certification program, pass certification exams, submit a state application after meeting program requirements, and complete fingerprinting.
Upon choosing AGMU-ACP and before applying, decide what subject area you would like to teach. This decision determines the certificate you need and the tests you need to take. Obtain ALL your official transcripts from all the institutions you have earned course credit in preparation to submit for application process. If you are completing a bachelor’s degree, you can apply during the last semester by submitting a letter from the registrar indicating graduation date.
If you have a degree from a university outside of the United States, you will need to submit and official or certified copy of foreign transcript, and original course-by-course evaluation by a recognized foreign evaluation service recognized by TEA. List of foreign credential evaluation services .In addition, you must pass all sections of the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) with of minimum scores of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing.
The applicant becomes a candidate upon acceptance.
Candidates will begin with completing 151 hours of coursework and training and 40 hours of classroom field-based experience in the first semester. The course work and training includes understanding the required state curriculum, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in instructional planning, delivery and assessment in the EC-6 classroom. Integration of literacy and technology in other content areas, classroom management and the pedagogical foundations of the supplemental area of choice are also included. The second semester entails diving into math and science in the classroom; data drive instruction and an introduction and preparation for the pedagogy and responsibilities of Texas educators. Candidates will also have to take and pass the TExES EC-6 and supplemental exam with approval from program and before they begin the second semester of 109 hours and completing the total of 300 hours of AGMU-ACP’s coursework and training and student teaching or internship.