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 PACE/MAT Program

The Panhandle Alternative Certification for Educators/ Master of Arts in Teaching (PACE/MAT) program is a university-based teacher certification program for individuals who have previously earned a bachelor's degree and 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 an intensive summer of online, graduate course work after which an eligible candidate can be employed as a teacher in a Texas school district. Upon attaining initial teacher certification, individuals may continue with completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

PACE/MAT Information and Application

Program information, including steps for application and related documents, is included in the PACE information/application packet. The application period for the 2014-2015 cohort is closed; however, applications will be considered be considered at the request of a potential hiring district. Applications to the Post-Baccalaureate teacher certification program (P-B CERT) are available year round.

Application to the PACE/MAT program is a two-step process:
  1. Submit the PACE application $50 fee, official transcripts, and passport photos, between January 1 and April 5, 2014. (Applications may be considered after that date and will be considered at any time at the request of a potential hiring district.)
  2. Upon notice of pre-admission, apply to WT's Graduate School for admission Summer 1, 2014, and complete the Bacterial Meningitis vaccination requirement.

Important Testing Information

Individuals may demonstrate content proficiency for potential program admission by taking the TExES content exam through the Pre-Admission Content Testing or PACT system. Potential candidates are encouraged to follow the PACT Test Registration procedures (choose no TEA ID) and take the content exam for the target certificate as early as possible in the process.

Passing the content exam early is the most important factor in determining a candidate's eligibility to seek employment as a teacher.