Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much does the program cost?
Students pay normal tuition and fees for Texas A&M University-Kingsville graduate students and are eligible to apply for financial aid through the university. Students also pay a $3,000 internship fee which may be payroll deducted each month through their district.
2. How long does it take to complete the program?
The alternative certification program consists of 10 courses which is broken down to two courses per semester for five semesters. During the fall and spring semesters, students also complete an internship as a teacher in a local area school while continuing coursework at the university. The job is a full-time, paid position. At the end of coursework and the internship, students are eligible to take the state examination for certification. Completion time may vary for each student depending upon how closely s/he adheres to the program plan.
3. What is the difference between TEACH Project and the alternative certification program offered at Texas A&M University-Kingsville?
TEACH Project is an extension of the ACP and the two programs work in conjunction with one another. TEACH Project specifically focuses on the recruitment of students who want to teach in high-need subject areas in economically disadvantaged school districts. However, students who are accepted into TEACH Project are actually enrolling in the university's ACP.
4. How do I qualify for the $3,000 stipend and the technology stipend?
All students who are accepted into TEACH Project will receive both stipends provided that they teach in a high-needs subject area in one of our partner school districts for at least 3 years. The stipend is disbursed as $1,000 a year for each year that the student fulfills the teaching requirement.Students who fail to follow through on the commitment will need to repay the stipends.
5. Am I guaranteed a job?
No, students who enroll in the program are not guaranteed a job. TEACH Project works with partner school districts to learn quickly and first-hand of their job vacanies, which are then passed along to the students. However, the students must still apply, interview, and be hired just as any other applicant. TEACH Project staff provide a more direct connection between the students and the prospective jobs by working with school district administrators directly.
6. What if I am interested in the program but want to teach in a district that is not currently a partner?
TEACH Project is continuously working with new districts and adding them as program partners. We encourage any prospective students to contact us to discuss their future plans and see how we may be able to work with you. However, we cannot guarantee a new partnership with any particular district, especially because districts must meet certain requirements under the guidelines of the TEACH Project grant.
7. What subject areas qualify as high-needs?
Subject areas are considered high-needs based on the vacanies in our partner districts. The most common high-needs subject areas are math, science, special education and bilingual education. Teaching one of these subjects offers the best prospect for employment based on the large number of job openings in the area. However, students may be considered for the program in other areas.
8. When will I know if I am accepted?
Students can expect to hear an admission decision approximately 3-4 weeks after the deadline. The review process will include an interview.
9. How do I prepare to take the Pre-Admission Content Test?
Our staff has put together a great list of online resources that will help you in preparation for the exam.
This page was last updated on: September 20, 2013