Alternative Certification
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Act News

Fall 2016 / Spring 2017 Activities

August 22 - First day of school for most schools

August 24 - Deadline for September Institute - Evening classes

September 5 - Office closed for Labor Day

September 19 - First day of September Institute - 6 - 9 pm

October 5 - Deadline for November Institute - Day classes

October 10 - Office closed for Columbus Day

October 12 - Deadline for Fall TExES Reviews - MUST BE SIGNED UP TO ATTEND - Sign up under the STUDENT AREA Tab > Test Prep Registration

October 19 - TExES Test Reviews - Night 1 - 6-9 pm 

October 20 -TExES Test Reviews - Night 2 - 6-9 pm - A continuation from Night 1 for the follwing certification areas: EC-6 CORE, 4-8 CORE, EC-12 SPED, EC-12 PPR

October 31  - First day of November Institute - Day classes - 9am - 3 pm

November 1 - 15 - Accepting applications for Spring 2017 Clinical Teaching

November 21 - 25 - Office closed for Thanksgiving

December 16 - Jan 2 - Office closed for Christmas Break

January 11-  Deadline for February Institute - Evening classes

January 16 - Office closed for MLK Day

February 13 - First day of February Institute - Day classes - 9am - 3 pm

February 20 - Office closed for Presidents Day

March 13-17 - Office closed for Spring Break

March 22- Deadline for April Institute - Day classes

March 29 - Deadline for Spring TExES Reviews - MUST BE SIGNED UP TO ATTEND - Sign up under the STUDENT AREA Tab > Test Prep Registration

April 5 - TExES Test Reviews - Night 1 - 6-9 pm

April 5 - Deadline for May Institute - Evening Classes

April 14 - Office closed for Good Friday

April 17 - First day of April Institute - Day classes - 9 am - 3 pm

April  28 - Office closed for Battle of Flowers

May 1 - First day of May Institute - Evening classes - 6 - 9 pm

May 1-15 - Accepting Application for Fall 2018 Clinical Teaching placements

May 24 - Deadline for June Institute - Evening classes

May 29 - Office closed for Memorial Day

June 8 - SAAPA Job Fair!  More info as we get closer - YOU WANT TO BE HERE!!!

June 14 - Deadline for July Institute - Evening classes

June 19 - First day of June Institute - Evening classes - 6 - 9 pm

June 28 - Deadline for July Institute - Day classes

July 4 - Office closed for Independence Day

July 10 - First day of July Institue - Evening classes - 6 -9 pn

July 24 - First day of July Institute - Day classes - 9 am - 3 pm

Candidates are welcome to come in any time on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday to work on a practice test.

Need Observation time?

Do you need assistance in setting up your 30 hours of field based experiences?

The first and best option is for you to gain field based experiences as a parent volunteer at your child's school.  Chances are, you have already been cleared to be on campus as a parent, and you can contact the campus directly and set up parent volunteer hours. 

If that is not an option, you will need to apply to a district for observation hours, and each district has a different procedure.

You will need to email Carol Maki (  with the following information:

   - What district do you want to observe in?

   - Provide the names of two different campus' where you would like to observe.
   - Carol will send you an email with the specific district application procedures. 

    -Once the required paperwork is complete, the district will notify ACT that you have been cleared for observation. 

   - Carol will then send you contact information for you to call and set up dates / times for observations.

Some districts will only allow observations in high need areas,  some districts may take up to 2-3 weeks to reply with approval.

Be patient and we will notify you as soon as approval comes in.

Program NEWS - 7/22/2016

July 22, 2016
FYI - TEA has added an additional processing fee to your TExES exams.  Beginning July 23, the payment portion of test registration may look a little different. is now charging an additional $3.20 to process your test registraion.  You will automatically be rerouted to a website where you will pay your test fee:   $131 (TExES test fee) + $3.20 ( processing fee)  = $134.20. 

All other testing fees will be paid on the ETS website: testing changes, score reviews and late fees.  Please note the ETS is also charging an additional test fee of $55 for any candidate that takes a TExES exam at an INTERNATIONAL test site. 

AS OF 3/1/2016 -
  Since there is a 5 test limit on each teacher certification exam, it is important that you contact our office with your test results.  ACT will be offering remeditaion opportunities after every unsuccessfull attempt to help you pass your exams.  Documentation of these remediation efforts will be necessary should you reach your testing limit and decide to apply for a testing waiver with TEA. 

NEWS for EC-6 Generalist (#191)  or 4-8 Generalist (#111):
If you have passed the EC-6 Generalist or 4-8 content exam, the last time that you could use these exams for certification would be to get certified through a CLINICAL TEACHING placement:  Fall, 2016  or Spring 2017.

AS OF 9/1/2015 - TEA has now put a TEST LIMIT on the number of attempts you have to pass your certification exams.  You will need to pass your exam within 5 attempts - so take full advantage of all the test material that we have to offer! 

Once your training component is 5 years old, you will need to complete a "refresher course" that includes new training requirements from TEA.  Please notify our office to discuss your options.  Our office will keep your file active for 2 years which is plenty of time to compelte the requirements to look for a teaching position.  We will only keep files in the "inactive status" for one year before we professionally dispose of your information. 

EC-6 CORE Generalist and 4-8 CORE Generalist - Read the Preparation manual carefully to make sure you understand the options for retaking subtests.

Considering Clinical Teaching in Spring 2017?

Clinical teaching is a 14 week placement with a fully certified teacher and is open to any ACT candidate that has completed all the requirements (including field based experiences!)   This option could be especially beneficial to candidates that have passed all their testing requirements.  Complete the application from our website and turn it in at the office.

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