Education Preparation and Certification

Alternative Certification Program (ACP)

Our program offers a nontraditional route to certification designed for individuals who already hold a Bachelor’s degree. The ACP is a graduate-level initial teacher certificate preparation program approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). The ACP consists of 24 semester credit hours of coursework, and 6 semester credit hours of internship. During the internship period, teacher candidates are employed with an accredited school district at full salary and benefits as teacher of record. Click for a list of certificate areas available thru the ACP.

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.

Pre-Admission Eligibility Review

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.

Admission Procedures

  1. Register for the TExES content examination which corresponds to the certificate sought. This is accomplished via the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) Route.
  2. After passing the TExES exam, you may apply for admission to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville College of Graduate Studies at
  3. Concurrently, you must submit an application to the Alternative Certification Program (ACP). Components of a completed application include:
    1. Alternative Certification Program (ACP) Application available by request at
    2. Official Transcript(s)
    3. PACT Results

Additional Information

For more information about certification programs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, please visit the Educator Certification Office homepage at