Alternative Teacher Certification

Seeking a career change? Follow your passion in education and shape the minds of future generations.

YEARS to earn this certificate (minimum)
cost to earn this

Books and additional charges not included.

Mountain View’s Alternative Teachers’ Certification (ATC) program provides certification, internship and state testing for the Texas teacher certification by partnering with:

  • North Texas school districts
  • Charter schools
  • Private schools
  • Individuals looking to make a move in their career

Certifications are available in 23 different academic areas, including math, science, special education, bilingual education, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

This intensive program expedites the teacher certification process and consists of training in pedagogy, professional responsibilities and select content areas. Participants are eligible to take the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) after completion of the required program training and to begin a teaching career upon a passing score.

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. 

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Learn how to file a complaint about this program through the Texas Education Agency.

Admission Requirements:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have the ability to provide the official college transcripts from each school attended. (Note: Students who have attended Dallas College for any credit courses do not need to obtain transcripts for those courses.)
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher (grades of “D” or lower will not be accepted.)
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Submit the required Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) scores with your application packet.
  • Complete a two-part in-person interview session (online component and written essay).

Looking to earn more? A career in teaching can start you on the path to a great career in education.