Alternative Teacher Certification


Welcome to McLennan Community College’s Alternative Teacher Certification Program. You are at the beginning of the preparation stage of becoming a certified teacher in the state of Texas. Your career will be both rewarding and challenging. Upon successful completion of MCC’s program and state mandated certification exams, educator candidates will be certified to teach in Texas schools. It is our sincere wish that your experience here is rewarding and that success will follow you in your new career. Feel free to contact the office at 254-299-8063 if we may be assistance to you.

McLennan Community College’s Alternative Teacher Certification program is accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Alternative Teacher Certification Program is to provide the development of quality teachers through an excellent alternative certification program in a community of learners that meets the needs of local school districts. The Alternative Teacher Certification Program endorses the mission and core values set forth by McLennan Community College.


The program trains individuals with a bachelor’s degree who desire to enter the teaching profession. We offer 26 content areas including Trades and Industry. Students must enroll and successfully complete three courses.

  1. A Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 course
  2. A content specialization course; and,
  3. An internship which consists of two semesters, or one semester of clinical teaching (student teaching).

Educator candidates will be standard certified to teach in Texas schools upon successful completion of the program and state mandated certification exams. The internship and program instruction are highly supervised.

For issues or complaints about this educator preparation program, email, complaints or mail to correspondence management, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress, Austin, TX 78701

For students in this program who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State if Texas. If you have a question concerning your background and licensure, please contact the program director or assistant director. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency. Please see TAC 249.16 to find current SBEC Rules.