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Alternative Certification - Post Bacc Program


The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification/ Master of Arts in Teaching (CERT/MAT) is a graduate university-based alternative teacher certification program for individuals who have previously earned a bachelor's degree and now want to pursue initial Texas teacher certification. The program consists of content course work, professional education course work, testing, field based experience, and a supervised teaching experience in a Texas school district. The program offers applicants flexibility in completion of coursework over a period of three years, until successfully obtaining employment as a teacher, at which time the intern has one year to complete program requirements.

The CERT/MAT program is a graduate certification program that may lead into completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching.  Candidates complete certification requirements (testing, professional education course work, training, field experience, and internship or clinical teaching), MAT degree plan course work, and hold an initial Standard Texas Educator Certification prior to administration of the comprehensive exam. For additional information on the MAT degree, please contact the Graduate School.

CERT/MAT Program Application Deadlines

  • The CERT/MAT program is a two-step application process. The first application is the Post-Bacc Program application with the $50 fee and all official transcripts submitted to the Office of Alternative Certification.
    • application deadlines are August 1 for Fall, December 1 for Spring,  May 1 for Summer 1
    • allow 4 weeks for evaluation and completion of the teacher certification plan
  • Second, candidates must apply to WT's Graduate School for admission by August 1 for Fall, December 1 for Spring, May 1 for Summer. Late applications may be accepted, but not be completed in time for target semester

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.

A passing score on a certification exam does not excuse the candidate from professional education course work, nor does it provide certification. The candidate must meet all other program and certification requirements.