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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. Step-by-step information is included in the PACE information/application packet
Applications are currently being accepted to being course work Spring 2016; please allow 2 weeks for evaluation. 

Important Testing Information

To demonstrate content proficiency for potential program admission, potential candidates should take the TExES content exam through the Pre-Admission Content Testing or PACT system as early as possible in the application process. Follow the PACT Test Registration procedures (choose no TEA ID) and register to take  the content exam for the target certificate. Passing the content exam early is the most important factor in determining a candidate's eligibility to seek employment as a teacher.

Recent Development Regarding Testing:  House Bill 2205, signed by Governor Abbott and effective September 1, 2015, limits the number of times a candidate may take an exam: "A person may not retake an examination more than four times … a person who initially took an examination before September 1, 2015, may retake the examination up to four times after that date, regardless of the number of times that the person attempted to perform satisfactorily on the examination before that date." It is important that you prepare for the exam prior to taking it, 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.