Alternative Certification of Educators (ACE)

College of Education and Human Development

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Alternative Certification of Educators

Do you have a bachelor's degree? Have you always wanted a career where you can make a difference?

Through Alternative Certification of Educators (ACE), you can:

  • Take your courses through an award-winning teacher education program at a respected university.
  • Complete teacher certification courses online in a year or less. Most classes are offered online.
  • Pay about $7,000 total (including tuition, texts, materials, and test and certificate fees), and have the potential to earn scholarships to reduce this cost (especially in math and science areas).
  • Apply your certification credits toward a master's degree if you decide to continue your education.

Learn how alternative certification works

Domestic Students:

Fall 2020 Summer I 2020 Spring 2021
August 19 May 25 December 1

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.


Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Candidate must hold a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Candidate must pass the TExES Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT)
  • Establish proof of English Language Proficiency must be established by the equivalent to/passing of English 1301 or 1302 or the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A transcript translation must occur by a certified group acceptable to The Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Complete the Code of Ethics Education form
  • Candidate must have a face to face interview with a faculty member of the content area and with the ACE coordinator
  • Background disclosure form with Texas Educator's Code of Ethics & FERPA consent (pdf)
  • UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Digital Signature instructions

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

ACE Coursework (18 sem. hrs.)

  • EDUC 5351 - Foundations of Education in America 3 sem. hrs
  • EDUC 5352 - Planning, Teaching, Learning Processes 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDUC 5353 - Classroom Management and the Student 3 sem. hrs.
  • Choose ONE of the following courses:

  • READ 5345 - Stages and Standards for Reading Development 3 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5369 - Content Area Reading 3 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5371 - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems 3 sem. hrs.

    Requirements for admission to clinical teaching or teaching internship for the ACE student are noted in the opening graduate catalog section for the college of Education and Human Development under “Admission to Clinical teaching or Teaching Internship”.  Please review this section for details.


Clinical Teaching or Internship

Fall Semester: Before fall semester begins, apply for a job to work as either an intern teacher (a year-long, paid position in charge of your own classroom) or a clinical teacher (a single semester position in a classroom with a teacher).

If you choose the clinical teaching path, you will register for 6 hours of clinical teaching for the fall. These hours are not accepted for graduate credit, therefore you will be required to take two additional graduate level courses within the teacher preparation coursework.

If you choose the intern teacher path, you will register for:

  • EDUC 5393 - Internship I and Seminar for the intern Teacher 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDUC 5394 - Internship II and Seminar for the intern Teacher 3 sem. hrs.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Are you an out of state resident? Check here to see if TAMUCC is authorized to enroll online students from your state.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Kathleen Lynch-Davis

6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5818
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Office : 361-825-2446