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ATC FAQs

  • What is the cost of the MCC — ATC program?
    The cost of the courses, Pedagogy, Content, and Practicum is $5000 if the candidate is probationary certified during internship or $5600 if the candidate is intern certified during internship. Payment plans are available through the MCC business office.
  • How long does the program take to complete?
    The average time required to complete the program is one year to a year and a half. The main determining factor is when the internship clinical teaching experience is obtained.
  • Do you help to find jobs for your ATC students?
    Although we cannot guarantee a position with a school district, we do everything we can to assist a student in finding a teaching position. Our office informs students of teaching job openings, makes phone calls to principals and HR directors, participates in local job fairs to aid and assist our candidates and provides any additional assistance as needed.
  • I am already a certified teacher. Do I have to go through your certification program to get certified in another area?
    No, you may obtain additional certification(s) by examination.
  • Will my certification be accepted from or in another state?
    Not necessarily; most states outside Texas will require you to submit your certification credentials to their state agency for review and evaluations. In some cases, some additional courses, tests, etc., may be required.
  • Can I use the completed MCC ATC reference forms for the school districts to which I apply for jobs?
    Most districts have their own reference process and require different references forms; you are advised to check with the appropriate office at the district where you are applying.
  • •How do I know if I should take a PACT test?
    You may register for a Pre-Admission Content Test if you have never been admitted to a certification program. You must pass the PACT test before admission if your GPA is below 2.75 and/or you lack the required 12-15 credit hours in the content area you wish to teach.
  • I am an undergraduate, working on a Bachelor's degree. What classes should I take to prepare me for the ATC program?
    This will depend on the content in which you are seeking certification. Each case and situation is unique to the candidate. Interested individuals should call our office and schedule a time to talk to our office staff. Students may apply and be accepted into the program during their last semester of undergraduate degree work.
  • Can I take classes online?
    We recently began offering an online option for the pedagogy course. Internship and content courses are face-to-face, and there is a face-to-face option for pedagogy as well.
  • When do I apply for probationary and/or standard certification?
    You will apply for a probationary or intern certificate when you have secured a teaching position with an accredited public/private school and meet the testing/coursework requirements for that certificate. You will apply for standard certification when you have completed the program by passing all state required exams in your content certification, taking both your pedagogy and content classes and successfully completing two semesters of internship. An additional semester(s) may be required if standard certification is not completed and the student is probationary certified while attempting to complete all the requirements for certification.
  • What is the difference between a probationary and an intern certificate?
    To qualify for an intern certificate, you must pass your content exam and complete some coursework before the school year begins. To qualify for a probationary certificate, you must pass both the content and pedagogy exams and complete some coursework before the school year begins. Because TEA program requirements are different for these two certificates, it costs more money to complete the program with an intern certificate than with a probationary certificate. You can teach a maximum of two years with a probationary certificate and one year with an intern certificate.
  • How do I register for my state mandated exams?
    You must contact program staff and request approval to test. After test approval is granted, you may go to the testing website at http://www.tx.nesinc.com to register for the test.
  • What is the process of fingerprinting and the cost involved?
    If you have never been fingerprinted by a school district, follow the instructions on the TEA website when you apply for your initial teacher certificate. The cost is approximately $50. If you have already been fingerprinted by a school district, your prints should automatically transfer. If you have a criminal history, this could prevent you from getting a teacher certification. You have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency. Reference TAC 249.16 for current rules.
  • Who do I use for my professional references before entering the MCC ATC Program?
    They need to be work related professional references. Clergy recommendations and/or college professors are also acceptable. You may not use a family member or close friend to complete the professional reference form required.
  • Is there Financial Aid for ATC students?
    In some cases financial aid may be available. Most financial aid comes in the form of loans. Please contact program staff for more details. The website http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Educator_Initiatives_and_Performance/Student_Loan_Forgiveness_for_Teachers/ provides information regarding Teacher Loan Forgiveness.
  • How do I set up a payment plan online?
    If you wish to sign up for the 15-month installment plan, you must complete this process in person at the Business Office. For any other payment plan options, you may follow these instructions to set it up online.
    Access WebAdvisor (found on the top bar on the MCC website). You will need to sign in using your initials and MCC ID Number. Your MCC ID Number is located on all of your statements. If you cannot locate it, please contact program staff.
    Click on the Continuing Education Link
    Click on the Financial Profile Link
    Click on the All Payment Options Link
    Here you can choose whatever option you need (example: set up a payment plan, make payments on your balance, etc.)
  • When do I take Internship III? What is the purpose of an additional semester of Internship?
    Internship III is only required if a student is not standard certified after the two semesters of internship. The purpose of additional internship time is for our program to continue to support our interns while they complete requirements for standard certification. This is done by providing additional observation time, required reflections each month and additional support as required. Most students will not take Internship III.
  • What do I do if I receive an "I" in a course while in the ATC program?
    You need to check with your instructor and arrange ways to make up work that is not done which caused the "I" to be given. Incomplete grades must be changed by the end of the following semester the "I" was given or the grade turns to an "F".
  • How do I get my observation hours? How do I document them? What is acceptable and not?
    Up to 15 of the required 30 hours may be technology related and must integrate the following: authentic classrooms in a public school accredited by TEA or a TEA-recognized private school, instruction by content certified teachers, actual students in classrooms with identity proof provisions, content or grade level specific classrooms, variable time length of observation and reflections of the observation. The observation requirement should encompass a variety of experiences to make a candidate "classroom ready." Self Reflection should also be included. Candidates must document date, hours, location, activity and the signature of an administrator or teacher. (TAC Rule 228.35) Documentation for these hours must be provided by the student to the Alternative Teacher Certification office to be kept in the student folder.
  • What is the procedure for dropping a class I have already signed up for?
    If you wish to drop a class you have already signed up for and the class has not yet begun, call (254) 299-8063 to withdraw from the class. If the class has begun, contact the Program Director at (254) 299-8067 and request to be dropped from the class.
  • When can I seek additional certification?
    As soon as you are standard certified and complete all program requirements, you may, on your own, register and test in other areas to obtain additional certification.
  • What is the proper protocol when cancelling a scheduled visit by a Field Supervisor?
    You need to contact your appropriate Field Supervisor by telephone and by email to let them know of your situation. Please give as much notice as possible to your Field Supervisor.
  • Why is it necessary to meet with the Assistant Director for a preliminary meeting prior to entrance into the program?
    Every prospective student and situation is different. A complete review of your transcript is done, reference forms are printed, an individualized scenario is prepared showing progression of classes, internship, etc. Program cost, certificates, and testing requirements are also discussed. You may contact the Assistant Director at (254) 299-8061 to schedule an appointment.
  • Can I be accepted into the program prior to receiving my bachelor's degree?
    Yes, you can apply and be accepted to the program during your last semester before you receive your bachelor's degree.
  • Is it possible for a student to complete the certification program by doing clinical/student teaching? If so, what are the requirements?
    Yes, it is possible to complete the certification program by doing clinical/student teaching. If a student has completed the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities class, completed their Content class and passed both PPR and Content state exams, then students may complete program requirements and meet criteria for a standard certification. The clinical/student program is a 14-week program and must be done in an accredited private, public or charter school which has been approved by the program.
  • Does the MCC's ATC program offer certification for Principals and/or Superintendent?
    No. The University Center at MCC offers these certifications. You may contact Annette Scott at (254) 299-8380 for information.