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5 Best Alternative Certification Programs in Texas

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What Sets Them Apart

The state of Texas has strict guidelines and standards that Alternative Certification Programs (ACPs) must follow to certify teachers. Although they all follow the same process for teacher certification, make no mistake, they are not all created equal. 240 Tutoring is going to take you behind the curtain to see “who’s who” in the teacher certification world. The criteria we use to determine the best ACPs includes cost and payment structure, customer reviews, job placement rate, test preparation assistance (this is an important one–if you can’t pass your test, you can’t get certified), total graduates, curriculum, and website presentation.

These five programs came out on top:

 

240 Certification

240 Certification is the teacher certification program from 240 Tutoring.

Personalized Program Advisors (sometimes called Certification Assistants) make sure that every candidate knows exactly what their next step is and provides a single person to contact if the candidate has a question.

240 Certification was founded to help teachers get a job and succeed in the first year of their career by offering the best customer service, the most personalized instruction, and the most affordable price.

Total Cost

$3,499 – $3,999

Cost To Start

$249

Curriculum

Online

What Makes Them Different?

Already the leader in TExES Test Prep, 240 Certification is the front-runner in making sure their teachers can pass the TExES and get hired.


iTeach Texas

iteachTEXAS was founded in 2003 as the first fully-online teacher certification program in Texas. You name it, they have it. Whether you want to become certified as a teacher or a principal, iteachTexas has you covered.

iteach combines a unique online format with a flexible payment plan and national accreditation.

Their national accreditation by NCATE demonstrates program quality to prospective employers. It also allows for increased certificate reciprocity if you move out of state.

DID YOU KNOW that iteach teamed up with Grand Canyon University and you can earn up to 12 graduate credits while pursuing your career in education or education administration?

Total Cost

$4,500

Cost To Start

$250

Curriculum

Online

What their customers are saying:

“iteachTexas was an excellent choice for me to pursue my career in education! It is challenging and makes you self-reflect and grow in knowledge and character as it prepares you for and guides you through the tough, but rewarding first year of teaching. Could not have asked for a better group of people to assist me along my path.”

-Kristi A.


Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program

Future teachers continue to use WCACP for their certification and here’s why:

-Accelerated Route to Certification

Whether you are ready to get in the classroom now or need a program that works with your busy schedule, WCACP can help. Their 100% online program lets you work through curriculum at your own pace.

-Free Study Material Provided

We can’t stress this one enough. If you can’t pass the TExES, you can’t get certified. WCACP provides you with a study guide for free.

-Assigned to a Program Specialist

WCACP will assign you a Program Specialist that will assist you in each phase of the certification process. If you need help or have a question, they will be there to give you a timely and accurate response.

DID YOU KNOW WCACP offers two reimbursement programs to pay down your tuition fee? They offer the Opportunity Program and the Freedom Program. Each one helps lower your program fees as well as get some good discounts and rewards.

Total Cost

$3,899

Cost To Start

$149

Curriculum

Online

What their customers are saying:

“Web-Centric has been a great experience! I loved that I could go as fast or as slow as I needed because sometimes life gets in the way. The preparation for the tests was fantastic – I was able to pass all my tests the first time thanks to the guidance provided. The entire experience was easy to follow and very informative.”

-Kathleen H.


ECAP – Education Career Alternative Program

ECAP’s reputation is well-known throughout Texas. So much so, that they encourage applicants to call their preferred school district and ask about their program. We will save you the time and tell you now that they are highly respected statewide, have very high placement percentages (due in part to their close working relationships with school districts), and have great staff to train and advise you. If you want to see their teacher training in action, you can check it out here.

Total Cost

$4000

Cost To Start

0

Curriculum

Online

What their customers are saying:

“ECAP is the real deal! Real people with a genuine interest in helping future teachers grow. Real life training for the classroom. Real classroom support for interns. ECAP – making real connections with educators and districts.”

-Rhonda C, Secondary Personnel Director


Texas Teachers Of Tomorrow

Each year, Texas Teachers helps thousands of people throughout Texas start their teaching careers. They are the largest and fastest growing source of new teachers in Texas.

They cater to their customers by offering a 100% online training format and a blended training method that combines face-to-face and online sessions.

Texas Teachers is able to achieve their goal of individualized attention for each candidate through their 200 committed team members. These team members ensure a customized strategy and personal guidance so that you don’t waste time or miss opportunities.

DID YOU KNOW that Texas Teachers makes 90% of its compensation contingent upon your success?

Total Cost

$4000

Cost To Start

$95

Curriculum

Online

What their customers are saying:
“I loved all the support I got along the way as well as the realistic expectations the advisors and trainers provided.”

-Jennifer A.


These programs will help you get certified,

Passing your certification exam is crucial to getting hired as an educator.

Use the study guide backed by a refund GUARANTEE. 240 helped 25,034 educators pass their exams last year – and we are ready to help you start your teaching career!

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