West Texas A&M University offers a traditional undergraduate program as well as a graduate, online alternative certification program. All programs are accredited by the Texas Education Agency and include course work and training, field-based experiences, certification testing, and a supervised teaching experience. WT’s traditional undergraduate program is available for those seeking a bachelor’s degree along with certification. WT also offers alternative certification for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain teacher certification. Certification areas are available based upon state standards and the content area and grade levels you wish to teach.
Traditional Undergraduate Program
Those seeking a bachelor’s degree with certification take the university core curriculum plus content hours in their teaching field as well as professional education course work. Follow these steps to begin the undergraduate certification route:
Panhandle Alternative Certification for Educators
The Master of Arts in Teaching / Panhandle Alternative Certification for Educators (MAT/PACE) program is an online, university-based teacher certification program for degreed individuals who want to make a career transition into the teaching profession. The program, which ultimately culminates in Texas educator certification and an advanced degree, begins with testing, early field-based experiences, and online graduate course work. An eligible candidate may be employed as a Texas teacher or may complete clinical teaching under the supervision of an experienced teacher. Upon attaining initial teacher certification, individuals may continue with completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Program information, including steps for application and related documents, is included in the PACE information/application packet.
Visit the PACE website, www.wtamu.edu/pace, for additional information.