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7 Best Alternative Certification Programs in Texas2018-03-20T17:10:22+00:00

7 Best Alternative Certification Programs in Texas

What Sets Them Apart

The State of Texas has strict guidelines and standards that Alternative Certification Programs (ACPs) must follow in order to certify teachers. Although they must all follow the same process to get teachers certified, make no mistake, they are not all created equal.

240Tutoring decided to take a look under the hood to see “who’s who” in the teacher certification world. The criteria that we used to determine the best ACP’s included cost/payment structure, customer reviews, job placement rate, test preparation assistance (this is an important one–if you can’t pass the test, you can’t get certified), total graduates, curriculum, and website presentation.

These programs came out on top:

ACP Excellence 2018

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 is the only educator preparation program in the U.S. that combines a unique online format with a flexible payment plan and national accreditation.

Their national accreditation by NCATE is a testament to their program quality to prospective employers. Not only that, but it allows for increased certificate reciprocity if you move out of state.

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

Visit iteachTexas Right Now and Chat with One of Their Customer Service Representatives

Cost Payment Plan Curriculum Graduates (2015)
$4,250 Yes Online 1,103

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.

Alternative Certification for Teachers (Houston, Dallas, and Austin)

ACT Houston was developed for teachers by teachers! They provide teacher certification for all grade levels and all content areas.

ACT Houston offers two routes for teacher certification. Internship (paid internship that spans for two-semesters) or Clinical Teaching (14 week teaching practicum in the classroom of a Cooperating Teacher).

ACT Houston provides Preparation Program Institutes several times throughout the year. You can choose between day or evening classes–whichever works best with your schedule!

DID YOU KNOW that ACT Houston will provide you with a carefully selected Field Advisor to help you along the way? They know that doing anything for the first time can be difficult. That is why they provide experienced, retired educators for this important role.

Cost Payment Plan Curriculum Graduates (2015)
$4,275 Yes In-person 653

What their customers are saying:

“I completed the ACT Houston-at Dallas Summer Institute on July 1st, 2008, and I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the best instructor I have ever had. My instructor went above and beyond to prepare us for our exam and our first year in the classroom. I received my test results today and I can truly say that my success was mainly in part to my instructor’s attention, guidance, and instruction.”

-K.S. (a very satisfied ACT Houston-at Dallas student)

Alternative Certification for Teachers (San Antonio & Central Texas)

ACT San Antonio’s dedication to education is evident in their approach to teacher certification.

ACT San Antonio only hires certified teachers, period. From the office staff to the instructors to the supervisors- ACT San Antonio is prepared to offer expertise in education. ACT San Antonio offers two routes for teacher certification. Internship (paid internship that spans for two-semesters) or Clinical Teaching (14 week teaching practicum in the classroom of a Cooperating Teacher).

ACT San Antonio has continuous enrollment and is a hybrid certification model, utilizing a self-pace curriculum with planned in-person training sessions.

DID YOU KNOW that ACT San Antonio helps Bilingual teachers with the strenuous cost of the TExES by offering partial reimbursement of testing cost. Contact them for additional details.

Cost Payment Plan Curriculum Graduates (2015)
$4,240 Yes Hybrid 490

What their customers are saying:

“Seriously the best. So helpful. Worth more than 5 stars.”

-Ileana U.

“Great program!!! I recommend anyone wanting to be a teacher check it out.”

-Juan Z.

ECAP – Education Career Alternative Program

ECAP’s great reputation is well known throughout the state of 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.

Cost Payment Plan Curriculum Graduates (2015)
$4,050 Yes In-person 298

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

Quality A.C.T.

PLEASE NOTE: Quality ACT recently joined TexasTeachers. To enroll in Quality ACT, please visit TexasTeachers.

When you choose Quality A.C.T., you are choosing a certification program that provides face-to-face support by Field Supervisors who are certified teachers. They will be with you every step of the way throughout your certification. In addition to a Field Supervisor, you are assigned a Mentor during your probationary year.

DID YOU KNOW that Quality A.C.T. provides the majority of the instruction through face-to-face classes, but also has a few online academy courses?

Cost Payment Plan Curriculum Graduates (2015)
$4,185 Yes Hybrid (online and in person) 78

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 will work with your busy schedule, WCACP has you covered. Their 100% online program lets you work through the 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 will provide 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 of them will help lower your program fees as well as get some good discounts and rewards.

Cost Payment Plan Curriculum Graduates (2015)
$3,860 Yes Online 525

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.

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 allowing them to choose either a 100% online training format, or 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?!?

Cost Payment Plan Curriculum Graduates (2015)
$4,195 Yes Online or Hybrid (online and in person) 3,761

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, but you also have to pass your certification exam. Check out our GUARANTEED Study Guides to help you pass and start your teaching career!

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