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					                                     ATCP Manual
                                   Table of Contents

Dean's Welcome………………..……………………………………….…….....                                                     2

ATCP Contact List..............................………………….……………….………                                 3

ATCP Director's Welcome………………….……………….………….………...                                                 4

Program Entry Requirements……………………………………………….……                                                   5

Multiple Observation Conferences…………………………………………….                                               6

Areas of Certification Elementary………………………………………………..                                            7

Areas of Certification Grades 4-8……………………………………………….                                             8

Areas of Certification Grades 8-12………………………………………………                                             9

Areas of Certification All-Levels…………………………………………………                                             10

Option B Qualifications………………………………………………………….                                                   11

University Responsibilities …………………………………………….…..........                                        12

School District Responsibilities ………………………………………………...                                           13

Principal Responsibilities ………………….................………………………..                                   14

Responsibilities of the Mentor Teacher……….........…………………………                                     15

Responsibilities of the Alterns ..... ………………………………………..……                                        16

Probationary Certification Process ………………………………………….....                                         17

Final Certification Process ………………………………………………………                                                18

ATCP Frequently Asked Questions ….………………………………………...                                             19

A Stepping Stone to a Master’s Degree.........................................................   20



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       Welcome to the UTEP Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP). ATCP
provides future teachers with a unique opportunity to become fully certified teachers.
The program is designed for individuals who hold Bachelor's degrees in disciplines
other than education. Interns receive credit hours of university graduate coursework,
are employed two semesters as teachers of record, are given individual mentoring,
supervision, and provided with certification test preparation. Interns may apply credits
toward a Master's in Education.

        ATCP was developed in response to a shortage of teachers. Texas school
districts, including those of the El Paso region, were experiencing severe difficulty in
recruiting sufficient numbers of teachers in several critical teaching fields. In compliance
with guidelines developed by the State Board of Education, the University of Texas at El
Paso, in collaboration with area school districts, developed a plan designed to train and
certify teachers through an effective but nontraditional program. In addition to the
University, area public school districts, private schools and the U.S. Army have been
important partners in the Alternative Teacher Certification Program.

       Since its inception in the early 1980's, the UTEP ATCP program has served the
school districts and many private schools of the El Paso region with a professional and
practical entry to the education profession.




                                                               Dr. Josie Tinajero
                                                    University of Texas at El Paso
                                                      Dean, College of Education
                                                             education@utep.edu
                                                                   (915) 747-5572



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 Alternative Teacher Certification Program
                      College of Education

                        Office of the Dean
                      Dr. Josie Tinajero, Dean
                Dr. Judith Munter, Associate Dean
          Dr. Maria L. Gonzalez, Interim Associate Dean

                 University of Texas at El Paso
                        500 W. University
                 College of Education Room. 414
                       El Paso TX, 79968
                       Ph. (915) 747-5572
                      education@utep.edu

                          ATCP Director:
                         Dr. Darlene Brown
                    e-mail: dnbrown@utep.edu
                  University of Texas at El Paso
                 College of Education, Room 210
                    El Paso, Texas 79968-0569
              (915) 747-7605 * Fax: (915) 747-8616
             atcp@utep.edu or atcponline@utep.edu
                      http://coe.utep.edu/atcp

                         Coordinators
         Georgina Heras-Salas e-mail: ghsalas@utep.edu
           Carlos Marrufo e-mail: cmarrufo2@utep.edu

                     Certification Specialist:
           Elsa P. Contreras e-mail: econtrer@utep.edu

                      ATCP Office Staff
     Admin. II Delma Colmenero e-mail: dchavez4@utep.edu
   Admin. I Anthony Dominguez e-mail: agdominguez@utep.edu



                           ATCP Online
 Program Consultant: Dr. Carolyn Awalt: e-mail: carolyn@utep.edu
Student Online Advisor: Carlos Marrufo: e-mail: cmarrufo2@utep.edu

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                                  A Stepping Stone to a Master’s Degree




        Welcome to the Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP). We are
dedicated to providing a quality teacher education program. The program offers 33
certification areas, which are recognized by the State Board for Educator Certification
(SBEC).

       ATCP is a stepping stone to a master's degree with up to 15 hours transferable to a
master's degree depending on the field. ATCP is nationally recognized, accredited program of
study with over twenty years of experience. Texas certification is reciprocally recognized by 41
states. Students may take courses in two ways: on campus or online.

      ATCP also offers teacher candidates the opportunity to participate in a variety of
teacher preparation workshops to include: Gifted and Talented, Sheltered Instruction
Observation Protocol (SIOP), Classroom Management, English as Second Language (ESL),
and Job Skills.

       UTEP’s ATCP program is committed to preparing only the best qualified teachers who
are ready to ensure positive student outcomes.


                                                             Dr. Darlene Brown
                                                                         Director
                                       Alternative Teacher Certification Program
                                                            dnbrown@utep.edu
Program Entry Requirements
The State of Texas, UTEP/ATCP program entry requirements:

• Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education
• Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 or above on a four-point scale; or a
  GPA 2.75 for the last 60 hours
• Required semester hours for the desired certification area with a GPA of 2.5 in
  the content area.
• THEA/TASP scores: Writing/Essay-220, Math-230; Reading-250; or Graduate
  Record Examination scores (GRE): Verbal 400; Quantitative 400, or
  Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores accepted Verbal-28,
  Quantitative-35.
• Three Letters of recommendation: One from an Educator, Employer, and
   Personal Reference

Coursework and/or Training for Candidates Seeking
Certification
All certification candidates must complete a minimum of 300 clock hours of coursework
and/or training that includes the following:

30 clock hours of field-based experience as a pre-employment condition.

80 clock hours of other training; which may come from ATCP graduate courses, each
course is the equivalent to 45 clock hours.

6 clock hours of test preparation for the TExES content and Pedagogy and
Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam. Documentation of attendance must be
submitted to the ATCP office.

Late Hires. A late hire(after June 15th) for a teaching position shall complete 30 clock
hours of field-based experience as well as 80 clock hours of initial training within 90
school days of assignment.

 Initial contact with the teacher of record/student teacher must occur within the first three
weeks of assignment. Two formal observations during the first semester and one
formal observation during the second semester. Student teachers will receive all three
observations during the 12-15 week assignment. Each observation must be at least 45
to 90 minutes in duration and must be conducted by the UTEP ATCP coordinator. The
first observation must occur within the first six weeks of assignment.


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Multiple Observation Conference Record
Important Information on Completing MOC’S

One MOC form must be completed and submitted for each of the four
observations with your cooperating teacher. This will result in a total of four documents
to be turned in during your two semester internship. (Two documents per semester.)

Each MOC must be signed by your cooperating teacher, based on the observations,
and by your principal and/or assistant principal based on an informal conference with
administrator.

Please submit MOCs only when all areas have been completed and signed by your
cooperating teacher and administrator. Incomplete MOCs will not be accepted.




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                           Areas of Certification
Elementary Grades




Early Childhood to Grade 6 Generalist (EC-6)
36 semester hours in a combination of English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and
Social Studies with a minimum of 3 hours in each area.

Early Childhood to Grade 6 Bilingual Generalist (EC-6)
36 semester hours in a combination of English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and
Social Studies with a minimum of 3 hours in each area.


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                            Areas of Certification

Grades 4-8

Generalist (4-8)
36 semester hours in a combination of English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and
Social Studies with a minimum of 3 hours in each area.

Bilingual Generalist (4-8)
36 semester hours in a combination of English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and
Social Studies with a minimum of 3 hours in each area.

 English Language Arts & Reading (4-8)
24 semester hours in English/Language Arts and Reading, with a minimum of 6 hours in
Reading, with 12 hours upper division.

Social Studies (4-8)
24 semester hours, with a minimum of 12 hours in History and 12 hours from a
combination of Political Science or Geography or Economics, with a minimum of 3
hours in each area, with 12 hours upper division.

Mathematics (4-8)
24 semester hours of Math and Statistics, with 12 hours upper division.

Science (4-8)
24 semester hours, with12 hours in Biology or Geology or Physics or Chemistry and 12
hours from a combination of the other 3 subject areas, with a minimum of 3 hours in
each area, with 12 hours upper division.




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                             Areas of Certification

Grades 8-12

Single Subject Area
24 semester hours in the field with 12 hours upper division.
 Mathematics        Life Sciences        History
Journalism         Theater Arts
Spanish            Speech (7-12)

English,Language Arts and Reading (8-12)
36 semester hours in English/Language Arts and Reading, with a minimum of 6 hours in
Reading, with 18 hours upper division.

Physical Sciences (8-12)
36 semester hours in a combination of Chemistry and Physics, with at least 18 hours
upper division.

 Science (8-12): 48 semester hours 24 semester hours in one subject area with 12
upper division and 24 in a combination of the other areas, with at least 3 hours in all
areas in a combination of Biology, Chemistry, Geology,
Physical Science/Physics

 Social Studies (8-12): 48 semester hours 24 semester hours in one subject area with
12 upper division and 24 in a combination of the other areas, with at least 3 hours in all
areas in a combination of History, Political Science, Geography, and Economics

Math/Physics (8-12)
24 semester hours in a combination of Math (6 hours upper division) and
Chemistry/Physics (6 hours upper division in each)

Business (6-12)
48 semester hours in Business courses, with 24 upper division, to include: Accounting,
Statistics, Business, Business English, Business Law, Marketing, Management,
Economics, Finance, Computer Information Systems.


Dance (8-12)
24 semester hours: Techniques (6 hrs), Dance pedagogy (3 hrs), Contemporary Dance
(3 hrs), Composition/ Choreography (3 hrs), Performance (3 hrs), Theory (3 hrs),
Production Stagecraft (3 hrs), with at least 18 hours upper division.



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                                 Areas of Certification

All Levels

Physical Education (EC-12)
36 semester hours in Physical Education or Kinesiology, with 18 hours upper division.

Special Education (EC-12)
24 Semester hours in a combination of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies with
a minimum of 3 semester hours in each area.

 Music* (EC-12) 24 semester hours: Music Theory (6hrs), Music History and Cultural (6
hrs), Music Performance (6 hrs), Music Instruction (6 hrs), with at least 18 hours upper
division.

Art *(EC-12) 24 semester hours: Basic Design (6 hrs), Methods Materials/ Techniques
(6hrs), Art Culture Heritage (3hrs), Studio Art Instruction (3hrs), with at least 18 hours
upper division.

Health (EC -12) 24 semester hours: Community Health (9 hrs), Health Instruction (3
hrs), First-Aid (3 hrs), Family/Human Sexuality (3 hrs), Substance Abuse (3 hrs),
Wellness (3 hrs), with at least 12 hours upper division.

Theatre Arts*(EC-12)
24 semester hours: Acting (6 hrs), Directing (6 hrs), Theater Production (3 hrs), Stage
Craft (3 hrs), Creative Drama (3 hrs), Lighting Design (3 hrs), with at least 18 hours
upper division.

Theatre Arts, Art and Dance (portfolio approach)
18 semester hours of upper division courses and/or a portfolio demonstrating
competency.

LOTE French (EC-12) 24 Semester hours in the field with 12 hours upper division
LOTE German (EC-12) 24 Semester hours in the field with 12 hours upper division
LOTE Spanish (EC-12) 24 Semester hours in the field with 12 hours upper division

*Portfolio might be required.
Special Notes: ESL is offered as an supplemental certificate, after completion of the Standard/ Initial
Certification. You may request more information on the ESL Endorsement from your ATCP coordinator.




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        Option B – Student Teaching in Lieu of Teacher of Record Internship

What is Option B?
It is an alternative to working as a Teacher of Record.

In order to be eligible for Option B, you must:

       have passed a TExES content exam
       have completed a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in one of the UTEP
        ATCP’s programs of study identified on your letter of acceptance.
       have paid a non-refundable $500 deposit, which will be applied to the $3000
        program fee.

Student teaching will involve the following:

       The campus must be accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA)
       Acceptance based on an individual screening by UTEP ATCP and final
        approval from campus administrator
       Student teaching without pay for 12-15 weeks and adhere to the cooperating
        teacher’s daily work schedule

Final steps toward being recommended for your Standard Certification include:

       Successful completion of student teaching
       Passing the Pedagogy & Professional Responsibility (PPR) TExES exam
       Passing a language assessment exam if you are seeking Bilingual
        Education/Spanish/French/German certification.
       Payment of the remaining $2,500 program fee
       Completion of the state-mandated 300 hours of training, which will come
        from ATCP courses, workshops, 30 hours of field-based experience and 6
        hours of test preparation

This program is also designed to meet the new requirements just imposed on the State of
Texas by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Federal Audit.

Questions, please contact Georgina Heras-Salas, ATCP Coordinator, at ghsalas@utep.edu or
(915) 747-7603




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University Responsibilities

1.   The University of Texas at El Paso will advertise the program in local
     newspapers/media, and will communicate with school district Human Resource
     Director.

2.   The ATCP Certification Specialist in the College of Education will screen all
     applicants initially, verifying compliance with ATCP eligibility requirements.

3.    The University will be responsible for providing course work, student advising and
     assist ATCP candidates with successful completion of the teacher certification
     requirements.

4.   The University will provide adequate staffing for the program

     a. Program Director
     b. Alternative Certification Specialist
     c. Alternative Certification Coordinators

5.   The University will be responsible for providing Coordinators whose
     responsibilities include:

     a. Communicating program objectives and procedures to alterns.
     b. Observing alterns in the classroom and providing feedback by completing the
        University Coordinator Observation forms.
     c. Scheduling, planning, and leading workshops for alterns.
     d. Monitoring the progress of interns throughout the training period.
     e. Maintaining contact with interns and principals in order to identify problem
        areas and take early remedial action.
     f. Evaluating altern performances.

6.   The Director of the Alternative Teacher Certification Program, in cooperation with
     each school district, will provide an orientation meeting for campus administrators.




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School District Responsibilities

1.   The School District shall be fully accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator
     Certification or by the New Mexico Department of Education.

2.   After screening, a school district may offer a teaching contract to applicants who
     meet program requirements.

3.   The District will provide interns with:

      • A teaching contract indicating that he/she will receive the district's salary
       of a first year teacher, benefits awarded to all teachers in the district, and
       documentation for service record.
     • A Probationary Certification Instructions Sheet

4.   The District will designate a school district administrator whose responsibilities
     include:
     • Meeting periodically with the ATCP Director and other ATCP administrators in the
        other school districts;
      • Overseeing the preliminary screening of ATCP participants at the district level
      • Interviewing ATCP applicants
      • Assisting the ATCP Director in planning and implementing pre-service
        orientation for all campus Administrators, participating in ATCP program
        orientation to be offered during in-service at the beginning of the school year.
      • Ensuring that all district hiring procedures are followed.
      • Arranging for a 30-clock hour field based experience during the
         pre-assignment semester.
      • Assuring that the intern placement/teaching assignment is consistent with area
        of certification being pursued, so that classroom placement certification,
        and testing coincide.
     • Assuming responsibility for ATCP record keeping, including school districts
        recommendation for certification.
     • Providing the ATCP Program Director with evaluation data as requested.




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Principal/Assistant Principal Responsibilities

The Principals/Assistant Principals are the instructional leaders of the campus, and their
roles are crucial in assuring a successful internship experience. Some of the
responsibilities of the Principals and Assistant Principals include:

1.  When scheduled, attends an ATCP orientation meeting at the beginning of the
    school year.
2. Providing an orientation of the school facilities and acquainting the interns with the
    general policies and procedures of the school.
3. Placing interns in the appropriate assignment.
4. Designating experienced teachers to serve as cooperating teachers for alterns,
    prior to the beginning of the school year.
5. Granting permission to University Coordinators and others associated with the
    program to visit classrooms.
6. Arranging and scheduling observations in subject areas and grade levels
    other than the interns’ teaching assignments when needed.
7. Observing the interns as time permits during each semester and providing clinical
    supervision assistance based on those observations.
8. Evaluating interns, in accordance with district evaluation policy.
9. Principal and or Assistant Principal will conference with intern four times per year,
    twice each semester. Documentation of conference should be provided to intern.
    (Multiple Observation Conference form will be provided to intern)
10. Communicating with the ATCP program director regarding any concerns or
    comments about the ATCP program and/or performance of interns assigned to
    their campuses, particularly if an intern is about to go on an intervention/growth
    plan or is to be removed from their teaching assignment. Any change in assignment
    must be cleared through the district office and notification made to ATCP office.




NOTE: Any change in assignment may affect certification and TExES exams




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Responsibilities of the Cooperating Teacher

The Cooperating Teacher is a critical player in the development and training of the
intern. Some of the responsibilities of the Cooperating Teacher include:

1.   Welcoming interns to the school and assisting them in becoming acquainted with
     school facilities, policies, procedures, faculty, etc.

2.   Helping interns become familiar with district curriculum and recommend
     instructional strategies appropriate to the intern's area of teaching.

3.   Providing guidance and assistance in response to intern’s questions about
     teaching.

4.   Helping introduce the intern to the profession of teaching, e.g., participation in staff
     development, professional organizations, professional publications, etc.

5.   Observing interns in their classrooms and providing them with feedback and
     assistance, four times per year, two in the fall and two in the spring.

6.   Allowing interns to observe in cooperating teacher classrooms and
     discussing the strategies modeled during the observation, four times per year,
     two in the fall and two in the spring.

7.   Fulfilling all provisions of the ATCP Mentor Agreement.

8.   Attend any ATCP Mentor Orientation Seminar when applicable.

9.   Applying the TxBess Activity Profile (TAD) and following through as indicated in the
     TxBess guidelines; or, as specified in a district approved mentor program if
     applicable.

10. Being aware that the role of the cooperating teacher is to be a facilitator rather than
    an evaluator.




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Responsibilities of Interns

1.    Assume the cost of the certification-training program, which includes a training fee
      to be deducted monthly from the intern's salary if applicable. Other costs include
      tuition, fees, books, and required test fees.
2.    Attend all required ATCP seminars, meetings and workshops.
3.    Report punctually to the school for the time specified and notify the school office
      regarding absences or tardiness.
4.     Become knowledgeable about school programs, class schedules, and established
      procedures.
5.    Submit lesson plans even if the campus administrator does not require them.
      Lesson plans must be available on the intern's desk when visited by the University
      ATCP Coordinator.
6.    Perform clerical, tutorial, supportive, and instructional activities, as assigned by the
      school/district.
7.     Plan and conduct lessons which follow the instructional programs of the district.
8.    Observe the cooperating teacher in his/her classroom and receive informal
      feedback and assistance four times per year, two each semester.
9.    Allow the cooperating teacher to observe in the intern teacher's classroom and to
      discuss the strategies modeled during the observation, four times per year, two
      each semester.
10.    Conference 4 times per year with the Principal and/or Assistant Principal to discuss
      strengths and growth areas needed; arrangement for conferences to be made by
      the altern; twice each semester.
11.   Attend punctually all university seminars and classes; university coursework takes
      priority over after-school activities.
12.    Maintain a minimum 2.50 G.P.A. in all required ATCP graduate coursework.
13.   Successfully complete all required university coursework.
14.    Pass all required TExES/PPR and/or Language assessments appropriate to
      certification areas, including the New Mexico Teacher Assessment for New Mexico
      Licensure, if applicable.
15.   Fulfill all provisions of the ATCP Intern Agreement.
16.   Advise the university coordinator if the school places the intern on an
      intervention/growth plan or is removed from the teaching assignment.
17.    Advise UTEP ATCP of any change in teaching assignment.




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Applying for Your Probationary Certificate

A probationary certificate must be issued by the State Board of Educator Certification to
those who do not hold a teaching certificate while participating in the Alternative
Teacher Certification Program. Please follow these easy steps and apply no later than
your first day of employment. A fee of $52 is required for this certification plus $47.00 for
first time applicants for fingerprinting which is part of the national criminal background
check.

1. Log onto: http://tea.state.tx.us
2. Click on “LOGIN/ACCOUNT SET UP” (under ‘Quick Links’ located on the left hand
side)
3. Click on “login” by using your username/password
4. Click on ‘Applications’ (located on left-hand side)
5. Click on ‘Probationary Certification’.
6. Follow the steps given.
7. Pay the required certificate fees.

If you have any questions or concerns on the above information. please call our office at
(915) 757-7605 or the Texas Education Agency (TEA) at (512) 936-8400


Extending Your Probationary Certificate

    A. Those who have not completed all course work, or are still lacking one or all
       TExES exams, must apply for an 'extension' of their probationary certificate no
       later than the first week of employment of the next school year.
    B. ATCP will not recommend an Intern for a second probationary certificate nor a standard
       certificate until program fee is paid in full. No exceptions will be made.

1. Log onto: http://tea.state.tx.us
2. Click on “LOGIN/ACCOUNT SET UP” (under ‘Quick Links’ located on the left hand side)
3. Click on “Login” by using your username/password
    (note: select ‘Candidate Participating in Education Preparation Program’ as your status)
 4. Click on: Applications (located on the left side)
5. Click on Probationary Certification
    (note: select ‘University of Texas at El Paso-Alternative Certification Program’
    as you route)
6. Follow the steps given.
7. Pay the required certificate fee.


If you have any questions or concerns on the above information. please call our office at
(915) 757-7605 or the Texas Education Agency (TEA) at (512) 936-8400
.
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Applying for Standard Certification

To obtain Standard certification, the following requirements must be met:
1. The Intern must satisfy higher education course work requirements, contact hour
   requirements, Field-based observations, and complete a one-year internship under
   the supervision of the Alternative Certification Program Coordinators and school
   district personnel.
2. The Texas, interns must pass the TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator
   Standards) in the area(s) of teaching assignment and in (PPR) Pedagogy and Professional
   Responsibilites.
   The New Mexico interns must past the New Mexico Teacher Assessment.
3. The Texas intern must pass the (BTLPT) Bilingual Target Language Proficiency
   Test and New Mexico interns in Bilingual Education or foreign language must also
   pass the TOPT (Texas Oral Proficiency Test).
4. The intern must maintain a minimum 2.50 G.P.A. in required ATCP courses.
5. The recommendation form must be completed by the school district for each
   intern, documenting completion of the internship (i.e., satisfactory classroom
   performance) and providing the district appraisal results.
6. Interns must clear all fees, ($3,000.00 program fee) tuition, loans, and payroll
   deduction plans.
7. The ATCP Director at the University is responsible for verification of training and for
   the recommendation for the license to be issued.
8. NOTE: Completion of course work is a separate issue from the joint
     recommendation for certification by the employing school district and UTEP.

   An Interns might complete all University course work successfully, but, based on
   poor classroom performance, not be recommended for teacher certification.

1. . Log onto: http://tea.state.tx.us
2. Click on “LOGIN/ACCOUNT SET UP” (under ‘Quick Links’ located on the left hand side)
3. Click on “Login” by using your username/password
   (note: select ‘Candidate Participating in Education Preparation Program’ as your status
 4. Click on: Applications (located on the left side)
5. Click on Standard Certification
    (note: select ‘University of Texas at El Paso-Alternative Certification Program’
    as you route
6. Follow the steps given.
7. Pay the required $77.00 certificate fee.

If you have any questions or concerns on the above information. please call our office at
(915) 757-7605 or the Texas Education Agency (TEA) at (512) 936-8400

* New Mexico alterns will contact district personnel office for the procedure required.

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ATCP Frequently Asked Questions
What if my degree is from an institution outside of the United States?
If your degree is from a foreign institution, you must check with the Alternative Teacher
Certification Program for State Approved Foreign Credential Agencies. You will be
required to submit your transcripts to one of the listed agencies first and then submit the
translation/equivalency of your transcripts with your application. In addition, International
Students must check with the UTEP Graduate School Admissions Office to see if they
must also take the TOEFL. If required, the applicant must meet the minimum score of
550.
What if I don’t have a 2.50 or 2.75 GPA? Can I still apply?
You may still apply to the program, however you will receive a letter stating how many
additional credit hours you would need to take in order to raise your GPA to the required
2.50. The applicant will not be allowed to begin the program until the GPA
requirement is met.
What if I don’t have the required TASP/THEA Test Scores?
In order to apply to the program applicants can submit confirmation that they have
registered for the THEA/TASP exam by submitting a receipt that they have paid for the
test or a confirmation page of the date and time. You must take the TASP/THEA before
applying to ATCP and submit your scores at the time you apply to the program.
Applications will not be accepted without the required TASP/THEA scores. You will be
advised to contact the UTEP Testing Center immediately to request a list of all
upcoming test dates. All tests must be retaken until the required scores are met.
Can I be exempt from taking the THEA/TASP?
Yes, but only from the Writing and Mathematics sections of the exam. There are no
exemptions from the Reading section. Check with ATCP office for information on
exemptions.
What if I have a Master’s degree or graduated before the TASP/THEA was
administered will I still be required to take the TASP/THEA?
Yes. The state of Texas requires TASP/THEA scores for all applicants that wish to enter
ATCP, regardless of any degrees they might hold beyond a Bachelor’s degree.
Where do I take the TASP/THEA?
The THEA test is offered at various locations in Texas. You may take the THEA at the
UTEP Student Assessment and Testing Center. For information visit
http://testing.utep.edu or call (915) 747-5009. You can find information about the THEA
and take a practice test online at http://www.tasp.nesinc.com. Study guides are
available at the UTEP Bookstore and online. THEA tutoring sessions are also offered at
UTEP Tutoring & Learning Center.
When do I complete the 30 hours of Field Based Experience?
You will be required to complete a total of 30 hours in an accredited school classroom
setting representative of the area in which the candidate is seeking certification. Check
with the ATCP office for the Field Based Experience Log forms. Credit will be offered to
individuals who have worked as substitutes, teaching assistants, or actual teachers.
Please contact the ATCP office for more details.


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A Stepping Stone to a Master’s Degree
Did you know that many of your ATCP courses are masters degree courses that
can be used toward a Masters Degree?
The Teacher Education Department offers graduate programs that provide advanced
professional education knowledge and skills for application in school and non-school
settings.
Students who wish to pursue graduate degrees in Teacher Education may select from
two programs: the Master of Arts in Education and the Master of Education. The Master
of Arts in Education is designed for students wishing to pursue research and continue
studies beyond the master's degree level. The Master of Education degree is directed
toward mastery of professional education practice. Students pursuing the Master of
Education may major in an Instructional Specialist Reading, Bilingual, Early Childhood,
Social Cultural Foundations, Interdisciplinary Studies, Math, Science, Technology
Education.

Master of Arts in Education
The Master of Arts in Education is designed for students wishing to pursue research
and to continue studies beyond the master's degree. Students may work with the
Department of Teacher Education to develop a plan of study. This thirty-semester hour
thesis program is described under the College of Education Introductory section. Six to
twelve hours of coursework may be taken in a related discipline of which at least three
semester hours must be taken in residence. Students must make an appointment with a
department graduate advisor: (915) 747-5426.

Master of Education Instructional Specialist or Reading Education
Admission Requirements
Applicants must be certified teachers or have at least 12 semester hours of
undergraduate upper-division education courses, and provide letters of
recommendation. Applicants may also be invited to an interview.

Program for Instructional Specialist or Reading Education
These programs require thirty-six semester hours, including at least 27 semester hours
at the graduate level. All upper-division undergraduate course work proposed for
inclusion in this graduate degree must be recommended for approval by the program
Graduate Advisor. Students wishing to pursue the Master of Education degree may do
so through majors in Instructional Specialist or Reading Education. Students whose
professional needs are not met by these majors may major in Education and plan a
special program around those needs; students should contact the program graduate
advisor for information and assistance.



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                                   Program Advising

It is the responsibility of the student to consult the graduate advisor of the department
regarding admission and degree requirements. The student is expected to maintain a
continuing advising relationship which includes preparing a degree plan, submitting a
Preliminary Program of Study and a Final Program of Study, and requesting a
comprehensive examination or thesis defense. The Department cannot assure that
courses taken before admission and/or before degree plan preparation will apply to
degree requirements.

College of Education
Graduate Programs Office
Luz M. Rolon
Graduate Coordinator

University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Ave.
College of Education Building Rm. 207
El Paso, TX 79968
(915) 747-5515

http://academics.utep.edu/tedgrad




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