TAMIU ACP Program Extends 2004 Application Deadline

TAMIU ACP Program Extends Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Texas A&M International University Alternative Certification Program (ACP), has been extended to Wednesday, March 10.

The program offers qualified candidates an opportunity to enter the rewarding world of teaching.

The TAMIU ACP program currently focuses on EC-4 Bilingual Generalist Certification, with additional areas of certification to be added in the future. The program works in a dynamic partnership with local and surrounding area school districts who have helped in the design, delivery and evaluation of the program.

Entrance requirements include that the individual hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, an overall GPA of 2.5 or overall 2.7 during the junior and senior years, satisfaction of University and College of Education admission requirements, completion of academics and basic skills testing criteria, demonstration of oral English proficiency, and passing TOEFL scores if applicable.

The program operates in three distinct phases: pre-assignment, pre-service and in-service. It only admits students twice a year: February-March and August-September. A limited number of positions are available.

Candidates who are recruited and admitted during February and March will begin the pre-service phase in June. Of special interest is that ACP participants earn 12 hours of credit applicable to a graduate degree.

The program cost is reasonable given its range of support and services. The Pre-Assignment fee of $250 includes training seminars, TExES review seminars, admission fees, probationary certificate fee and SBEC fees.

The In-Service (Internship) fee of $4500 includes additional training seminars, TExES pedagogy review seminars, tuition and fees, course book allowance, in-school and University mentoring and year-long support. The program fee can be financed in 12 monthly installments through payroll deduction. Additional required costs include $82 for TExES and $75 for the Provisional Certificate.

For more information, please contact Diana Rodríguez , ACP coordinator, at 326.2434, visit offices located in Killam Library 321A or e-mail drodriguez@tamiu.edu

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