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How do you get your alternative teacher certification in Texas?

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To obtain Texas alternative teacher certification, first select the subjects and grade levels you wish to teach, because this determines the type of program you need and the certificate to pursue. Complete a one-year approved alternative certification program, including a paid teaching internship, then apply online for the standard certificate

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State-approved alternative certification programs are available at colleges, school districts and education service centers. Some programs have admission requirements such as basic skills, a minimum grade-point average, existing knowledge of the academic subject or previous work experience in the subject area.

Each program has specific courses, tests and internship requirements to complete as part of the certification plan. Internships may be paid or unpaid. To begin a teaching internship, you need a probationary certificate. The application is online and requires a fee payment.

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