West Texas A&M University

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Convenience of alternative certification, with the personal touch of an undergraduate traditional program


The Educator Preparation Program at West Texas A&M University was recently recognized by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for ranking among the top 5 educator preparation programs in the state. The ranking is determined according to the percentage of candidates who complete the program, as well as the percentage of candidates who successfully complete all certification exams.

  • Full certification in as little as a year
  • Job alerts, Educator Expo, and connection with hundreds of campuses that love WT!

WTAMU's Panhandle Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) program offers:

  • TRAINING - six online courses* taught by university instructors who care about YOU
  • TESTING - allows you to be fully certified by in one year to 18 months
  • TEACHING - begins with early field-based experiences and culminates in student teaching or a job where you are the paid professional in the classroom

Want to get started now?

The following minimum requirements apply to all applicants:
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally‐accredited institution of higher learning, ‐AND‐
An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale on all college and/or
university course work attempted or a 2.75 GPA on the final 60 hours, ‐AND‐
A passing score report on Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) for the target
certificate ‐OR- a minimum of 2 score reports of 230 or higher (on each section of Core exam) AND
          course work specific to the content/grade level of the target certificate with a 2.75 GPA

Step 1 – You will register to take your TExES content exam through the PACT route.(test registration)

Step 2 – Submit passing score report for your TExES content exam with your application.

Step 3 – After application is evaluated and processed, you will get sent an offer of admissions along with a certification plan.  You will need to confirm offer within 10 business days.

Step 4 – There will be a link in the offer letter to pay a TEA technology fee of $55.  You will forward payment of that confirmation receipt back to PACE. 

Step 5 – Apply to WT’s graduate school.

Step 6 – After admissions is confirmed by grad school, contact PACE Adviser for course registration. 

*Substitutions for undergraduate coursework may apply

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