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MAT/PACE Program

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.

Detailed  information including admission requirements, course work, application, and required documents are included in the information/application packet. The initial application/admission process follows these steps:
  1. Determine the target certificate and take the appropriate TExES content exam through the Pre-Admission Content Testing (PACT) system prior to application. Follow the PACT Test Registration procedures closely (choose no TEA ID) and register to take  the content exam for the target certificate.
  2. Submit the TExES score report with the PACE application and all required documents. (If test was not passed, also submit a copy of the ticket confirming registration to retake the exam.)
  3. Upon receipt of a certification plan indicating approval status, follow additional instructions regarding application to graduate school, completion of field experiences, etc. Please allow two weeks for evaluation.

Passing the content exam early is the most important factor determining a candidate's eligibility for admission and eligibility to seek employment as a teacher; however, it is important to prepare for the exam because each candidate is limited to one initial attempt and four retakes. A list of Test Preparation Resources is available in the Testing folder under LINKS.

Note:  Field experiences, clinical teaching, and internships required for Texas Certification must be completed in a school accredited by the Texas Education Agency and approved by WTAMU.
Applications are currently being accepted to being course work Spring 2016; please allow 2 weeks for evaluation.

WT's educator preparation programs are rated "accredited" by the Texas Education Agency's Accountability System for Educator Preparation: Consumer Information about Educator Preparation Programs.

WTAMU's Title II Institutional Report may be accessed on the U.S. Department of Education website: https://title2.ed.gov.