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.
Program information, including steps for application and related documents, is included in the PACE information/application packet. The application period for 2013-2014 ended April 1; however, applications will be considered at any time at the request of a potential hiring district or in the high-need areas of elementary bilngual, secondary math and science, and foreign language. Applications to the Post-Baccalaureate teacher certification program (P-B CERT) are available year round.
IMPORTANT TESTING INFORMATION
Degreed individuals may demonstrate content proficiency for possible admission into the PACE program by taking the TExES content exam thorugh the Pre-Admission Content Tests, or PACT, system. Potential candidates are encouraged to take the content exam for the target certificate as early as possible in the process. Click here for additional PACT testing information.