Alternative Certification Program

Turn your Bachelor's Degree into a Rewarding Teaching Career


12 Graduate Credit Hours

Cost: $5995

Approximately 1 year to complete

The Alternative Teacher Certification program is designed to prepare professionals, with a bachelor’s degree, for a career in teaching. Complete online modules and get paid to teach while completing your year-long internship in an approved Texas school district, with the support of a personal mentor. Upon successful completion, students earn 12 graduate hours toward a master’s degree.

Multiple Start Dates

Self-paced Online Modules

Personal Mentoring & University Support

Earn Master's Degree Credit

Program participants must be employed as a full-time teacher while enrolled in this program.

The total cost for the program is $5995. This bundle price includes all tuition and fees for the 12 graduate hours you will complete. Program tuition is not eligible for financial aid or scholarship, but SHSU has partnerships with several Houston area school districts that offer financial support.

Visit the SHSU Educator Preparation Program FAQs page for additional information on testing and certification.

Entry Requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA overall or in last 60 credit hours

  • Any BA or BS degree

  • Pass a pre-admission exam in the certification area you want to teach by taking a diagnostic test on 240 Tutoring or by taking the PACT exam. Please email with your grade(s) and content area(s) of interest, as well as your transcript, for support in selecting the appropriate test.

*If you have previously taken a PACT exam or any TExES Content Exams, and been unsuccessful two or more times, the PACT exam will be required.

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