Admissions Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. 2.80 GPA (Cum or Last 60)
  3. Pass TX PACT (Pre-admission Content Test) in area you plan to teach.
  4. Oral Interview with ACP Director

Admission Steps:

  1. Pass TX PACT (Pre-admission Content Test) - Very important: Use registration procedure for PACT - Pre-Admission Content Test.
  2. Apply for Admission to the University as a Graduate Non-Declared with Teaching Certification.
  3. Apply for admission to the Eagles TEACH ALT through Tk-20. A non-refundable application fee of $35 will be added to the student's account when the Tk20 application is submitted. If accepted into the program, this fee will be applied to the TEA-mandated technology fee. Website:
  4. Schedule oral interview by emailing
  5. Out of Country Applicants to the teacher preparation programs must also meet ONE of the following:
  • Verification of satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language- Internet Based Test (TOEFL-iBT).  All four portions (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are used to calculate the score.  Candidate must obtain minimum of Speaking 24, Listening 22, Reading 22, Writing 21.
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree in U.S.
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree outside of U.S. from an approved country on the list issued by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
  • Verification of three creditable years of teaching experience in an educational setting in the U.S.

What Happens Next?

  1. After review of file, an offer of admittance email will be sent to those that meet all requirements.  Admission Acceptance response required. 
  2. Enroll in Summer I coursework.  Follow Curriculum Map.

Please contact for advisement before applying to a master's degree program.  Below is information on two master's degrees that accept some ACP coursework.

If degree seeking:

MS in Education in Curriculum & Instruction with Teacher Certification - C&I (Advisor: Dr. Mary Beth Womack -

  • Requires additional CORE education course work beyond certification courses: ED 520, ED 547, ED 573, ED 590.
  • Requires completion of Comprehensive Exam on CORE courses month prior to graduation.
  • Appropriate degree for those seeking administration or curriculum coordinator positions in the future.
  • Usually best degree choice for EC-6 Candidates.

MS in Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification

  • Requires additional CORE courses for degree
  • May use most of required ACP certification courses
  • Allows for a supplemental content area (9 hrs.)
  • Contact Dr. Doughty for additional information.

Field Experience-Two Ways to Complete:

Candidates are eligible for Field Experience (Internship or Clinical Teaching) after program admittance, 30 hours of observation and completion of 12 SCH of coursework during the summer (ED 506, ED 508, ED 530, ED 557)   Please see Pt. 3: Field Experience.

  • Year-Long Paid Internship:  Employed as Teacher-of-Record under Internship Certificate and having been admitted to ACP.
  • Clinical Teaching:  One semester of unpaid co-teaching.  Must complete Notice of Intent in Tk20.