Alternative Certification Program Online

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If you have a bachelor’s degree in any field, this online certification program will prepare you to become a qualified teacher in Texas through accelerated online coursework and in-person learning experiences.

Apply by: 8/1/24
Start class: 8/22/24

Program Overview

Our 100% online alternative teacher certification at a glance

Meet the rising demand for teachers when you complete your Alternative Certification Program online from Lamar University. Whether you currently work in a school setting or are switching career paths, this high-value online program provides you with marketable teaching credentials for an affordable tuition. Plus, prepare to sit for the Texas educator certification exam.

Develop your ability to instruct, assess and encourage students with a university recognized for producing top-tier educators. Tailor your in-person student teaching placement to your needs when you choose between a 14-week clinical experience or a one-year paid internship. Both opportunities enable you to expand your professional network within Texas school districts.

In this Alternative Certification Program, you will:

  • Understand the importance of creating a learning environment in which diversity and individual differences are respected
  • Examine the impact of teacher-student interactions, interactions among students on classroom climate and student learning and development, and ways to establish a positive classroom climate that fosters active engagement in learning among students
  • Realize the importance of communicating enthusiasm for learning and the necessity of communicating teacher expectations for student learning
  • Acquire knowledge of instructional design principles and theories and will apply this knowledge to plan and develop curriculum, deliver instruction and design assessments
  • Design units of instruction and lesson plans in an organized fashion, design instruction and assessment for K-12 classes that include exceptional students and diverse populations, and use effective teaching strategies and technology
  • Learn how to design instruction appropriate for all students that reflects an understanding of relevant content and is based on continuous and appropriate assessment
  • Promote student learning by providing responsive instruction that makes use of effective communication techniques, instructional strategies that actively engage students in the learning process and timely, high-quality feedback
  • Understand the importance of creating a learning environment in which diversity and individual differences are respected
  • Examine the impact of teacher-student interactions, interactions among students on classroom climate and student learning and development, and ways to establish a positive classroom climate that fosters active engagement in learning among students
  • Realize the importance of communicating enthusiasm for learning and the necessity of communicating teacher expectations for student learning
  • Acquire knowledge of instructional design principles and theories and will apply this knowledge to plan and develop curriculum, deliver instruction and design assessments
  • Design units of instruction and lesson plans in an organized fashion, design instruction and assessment for K-12 classes that include exceptional students and diverse populations, and use effective teaching strategies and technology
  • Learn how to design instruction appropriate for all students that reflects an understanding of relevant content and is based on continuous and appropriate assessment
  • Promote student learning by providing responsive instruction that makes use of effective communication techniques, instructional strategies that actively engage students in the learning process and timely, high-quality feedback

Also available:

Earn a master's degree quickly and affordably by applying ACP credit hours toward an M.A. in Teaching online. Or learn about our other online education programs.

Total Tuition $7,182*
Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 21

*Price includes distance learning fee.

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Tuition

Stay on budget with affordable tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing the online Alternative Certification Program. Our tuition is affordable and can be paid by the course.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $7,182*
Per Credit Hour $342

Calendar

View key dates and deadlines

Our Alternative Certification Program online features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

8 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer I5/30/245/9/245/16/245/21/248/1/24
Fall 18/22/248/1/248/8/248/15/2410/9/24
Spring I1/16/2512/26/241/2/251/9/253/7/25

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 8/1/24
Class Starts 8/22/24

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Admissions

Review the requirements for your online alternative teacher certification program

The Alternative Certification Program online has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 2.75 Undergraduate GPA

University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through ApplyTexas.org. There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Bachelor’s Degree: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in any academic area/discipline is required.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Conferred degree GPAs will be used for admission purposes.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 in the conferred bachelor’s degree will be denied admission.
  • Applicants with a conferred master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA will be accepted with a passing score on the appropriate PACT exam.
  • Apply and be accepted to the Alternative Certification Program
  • Pass the appropriate Certify Teacher or PACT exam, as required by an advisor per TEA guidelines

Achieve Your Goal to Become a Certified Teacher in 3 Steps!

The Alternative Certification Program (ACP) offered online through Lamar University prepares students to be effective, certified Texas teachers. Candidates who are accepted into the program must (A) complete all coursework online, (B) pass appropriate TExES certification exams in their desired teaching area, (C) successfully complete a yearlong, paid internship or a 14-week clinical experience and (D) complete all TEA-required trainings during internship courses.

Requirements Following Entry Into the Alternative Certification Program:

Step 1:

  • Be successfully admitted to the online ACP (see above for admission requirement details)

Step 2:

  • Complete required online coursework
  • Sit for and pass required TExES content exams
  • Complete 30 hours of TEA classroom observations

Note: These first three items must be completed prior to applying for a teaching position or for clinical teaching.

  • Obtain teaching position with a TEA-accredited school
  • Notify Lamar University’s Educator Preparation Program (EPP) of employment offer
  • Apply through LU and TEA for a one-year intern certificate or a 14-week clinical experience
  • Contact your advisor to enroll in the internship course(s)

Step 3:

Send transcripts to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
P.O. Box 10017
Beaumont, Texas 77710

OR

Submit electronically to [email protected]

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

Courses

Find out what you will study in your Alternative Certification Program online

This online Alternative Certification Program consists of 18 or 21 hours of coursework depending on your choice between a 14-week clinical experience or a one-year paid internship. Courses are offered on a rotational basis.

Students will be required to take 5387 or 5375. 

Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The course is designed for Post-Baccalaureate students to receive in depth study of elementary and secondary classroom practices. Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides teachers a foundation to understand the legal, ethical, and policy dimensions of education. Special emphasis is given to the interpretation of case law, Texas Education Code, and federal and state statutes.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The structure and organization of the curriculum, materials and methods used and types of evaluation in K-12 classrooms. Prerequisite: PEDG 5330 Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course enhances teachers' ability to develop instructional programs to assess, instruct, and support students with diverse learning needs. Special emphasis is given to special education, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide concepts and procedures incorporating reading instructional techniques effectively in the content areas. Emphasis on current teaching practices within the content area classroom. Prerequisite: PEDG 5330. Offered: Spring, Fall.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Implications of current research for reading instruction in the elementary school. Offered: Spring, Fall.
Duration: 16 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A semester of teaching under the guidance of a university professor. The professor will provide mentoring and supervision during the semester. Offered: Spring, Fall.
Duration: 16 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A semester of teaching under the guidance of a university professor. The professor will provide mentoring and supervision during the semester. Offered: Spring, Fall.

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