Alternative Certification Courses

Alternative Certification of Educators (ACE)

As part of the ACE Program, you will take the following courses. See the academic calendar for semester begin/end dates.


Summer A Session

  • EDUC 5351 (3 sem. hrs.)
    FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION IN AMERICA
    A course emphasizing multicultural aspects of education; requirements for teaching as they relate to special education students, including the gifted and talented; the legal and ethical aspects of teaching; and the forms of organization and management utilized in Texas and in the U.S. Enrollment limited to graduate students seeking initial teacher certification.
  • EDUC 5352 (3 sem. hrs.)
    PLANNING, TEACHING, LEARNING PROCESSES
    A course emphasizing the various aspects of planning for teaching: the teaching/learning process; curriculum organization; use of instructional media and technology; instructional planning; and instructional and student evaluation, including standardized testing programs, teacher evaluation, and various forms of instructional and student evaluation planned and conducted by the teacher. Each student will participate in field experiences. Enrollment limited to graduate students seeking initial teacher certification.

Summer B Session

  • EDUC 5353 (3 sem. hrs.)
    CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT AND THE STUDENT
    A course emphasizing methods of organizing and managing a classroom, and student growth and development concepts and how they will affect classroom management. Enrollment limited to graduate students seeking initial teacher certification. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education.
  • Choose ONE of the following courses:

    READ 5321 (3 sem. hrs.) FUNDAMENTALS OF ELEMENTARY READING INSTRUCTION I
    This course includes a study of methods, materials, and strategies for teaching reading. It is designed to provide graduate students with professional knowledge concerning current research, philosophical perspectives, essential program components, and pedagogical strategies essential to the teaching of reading. Enrollment limited to graduate students seeking initial teacher certification.

    READ 5322 (3 sem. hrs.)
    FUNDAMENTALS OF ELEMENTARY READING INSTRUCTION II
    This course includes a study of theoretical, research, and pedagogical aspects of the reading-writing connection for grades 4–8 students. There will also be an emphasis on content area reading and study skills as well as the writing process. Enrollment limited to graduate students seeking initial certification.

    READ 5323 (3 sem. hrs.)
    FUNDAMENTALS OF SECONDARY READING INSTRUCTION
    This course is designed to provide graduate students with professional knowledge concerning current research, theory, essential program components, and pedagogical strategies in secondary literacy. Application of strategies to the reading, writing, and learning needs to adolescents will be emphasized. Areas of consideration will include classroom assessment of literacy study reading, and integrating trade books into the content classroom. Enrollment limited to graduate students seeking initial certification.

Fall Semester

Before fall semester begins, apply for a job to work as either an intern teacher (a yearlong, paid position in charge of your own classroom) or a student teacher (a single semester position in a classroom with a teacher). If you work as an intern teacher, you will take one evening course during both the fall and spring semesters:

  • (If you choose the intern teacher path):
    EDUC 5393 (3 sem. hrs.)
    INTERNSHIP I AND SEMINAR FOR THE INTERN TEACHER
    This course is a supervised classroom teaching field experience designed to assist the noncertified teacher with the application of various aspects of planning for teaching. Enrollment is limited to graduate students seeking initial teacher certification. Interns must be enrolled in EDCI 5306 or have completed EDCI 5306.

Spring Semester

  • (If you choose the intern teacher path):
    EDUC 5394 (3 sem. hrs.)
    INTERNSHIP II AND SEMINAR FOR THE INTERN TEACHER
    This course is a supervised classroom teaching field experience and seminar designed to assist the noncertified teacher with the application of classroom management techniques, and enhance existing teaching skills. Enrollment is limited to graduate students seeking initial teacher certification. Prerequisite: EDCI 5393 and EDCI 5306. Interns must be enrolled in EDCI 5307 or have completed EDCI 5307.