Alternative Certification Program (ACP)

Our program offers a nontraditional route to certification designed for individuals who already hold a Bachelors degree.

ACP Mission

It is the mission of the TAMUK Alternative Certification Program to prepare qualified educators for a rewarding and long-standing career in education.

Admission Procedures

Per HB 1508 effective September 1, 2017, all applicants to teacher preparation should be aware of the following:

An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of an educational program. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by the licensing authority.

To request a preliminary evaluation of teacher certificate eligibility, please review additional information and application instructions here.

  1. Apply for admission to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville College of Graduate Studies at
  2. Register for the Pre-Admission Content Test(s) (PACT).  This test will demonstrate content proficiency in your certification field.
    • Applicants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the PACT option.
    • A passing score on the content examination through PACT may enhance your marketability to school districts for internship eligibility
    • In addition, having passed your content exam, you are better able to focus on coursework requirements of the program and preparing for the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities examination
  3. Apply to the Alternative Certification Program (ACP). Components of a completed application include:
    • Alternative Certification Program (ACP) Application
    • Official Transcript(s)
    • PACT Results

Note: To meet the content mastery requirement for middle school, transcript(s) should reflect a minimum of 24 semester credit hours (12 must be advanced) in the desired content area.  For secondary or EC-12 subject areas, transcript(s) should reflect a minimum of 36 semester credit hours (18 must be advanced) in the desired content area.  Alternatively, evidence of competency may be reflected in a passing score on TExES exam through PACT.

Additional Information

Please request a TAMUK ACP/TEACH Program Handbook for a detailed summary of what our program can offer you as you prepare for a new career in teaching.

This page was last updated on: October 25, 2017