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MAT/PACE Program

Take your experience and passion into the classroom to change your career path by gaining teacher certification and an advanced degree, and to change the lives of young people by helping them learn and succeed.

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. Program information, including steps for application and related documents, is included in the PACE information/application packet.
PACE Information sessions are available in January and are open to all interested candidates. A program overview will be presented followed by Q&A.
Information Session I Information Session II
Tuesday, January 27, 6:00-8:00pm Thursday, January 29, 6:00-8:00pm
Palo Duro Room Old Main, Room 220
Region 16, ESC West Texas A&M University
5800 Bell Street, Amlarillo 2501 4th Avenue, Canyon

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.