MAT/PACE ProgramThe 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.
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.
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.