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Alternative Teacher Certification / Admission Procedures

The Weatherford College Teacher Certification Program certifies individuals to teach in Texas public schools. An admissions process is utilized to identify qualified teacher candidates in line
with Texas Administrative Code requirements. The application process includes the following:

  • Submission of an application. 
  • Passage of a background check (form included in application file).
  • An earned bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher on the last degree earned (if the candidate has earned more than one degree). The program admissions average GPA for the year must, however, be 3.0 or higher.
  • Official transcripts reflecting courses related to certificate being pursued and degrees earned.*
  • For those hoping to teach science: At least 15 credit hours of science coursework on official transcripts with a science GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • For those hoping to teach math: At least 15 credit hours of math coursework with a math GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • For those hoping to earn certificates in other subjects: At least 12 credit hours of coursework with a subject area GPA of 2.5 or higher. 
  • Three acceptable references.
  • A score of 35 out of 50 on the 12-question interview (as determined by the interview team).
  • A score of 35 out of 50 on the writing assessment evaluated on a rubric by multiple readers. Evaluation criteria include focus on the prompt, effectiveness of communication, depth of thinking, writing conventions (grammar, spelling, punctuation, penmanship), and writing process.
  • An application fee of $50.00.
  • Standardized reading, writing, and math scores from the SAT, ACT, TSI, GRE, Compass, or another approved test. Veterans are exempt from this requirement.
  • Out-of-Country applicants need to pass the TOEFL with scores of Speaking-24, Listening-22, Reading-11, and Writing-21.
     
  • Teacher Certification Program Application
  • Reference Form

The final step in the certification process is to be hired as a first-year teacher (which functions as a paid internship) or to teach for fourteen weeks in a public school classroom under the direction of a certified teacher in a clinical teaching experience (much like student teaching). Supervision is provided by a mentor teacher in the school and a Teacher Certification Program field supervisor.

* Transcripts and other relevant documents for foreign applicants must be translated by a Texas Education Agency-approved credential evaluation provider.
 (https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Certification/Out-of-State_Certification/Foreign_Credential_Evaluation_Services/)

The Weatherford College Teacher Certification Program does not accept any prior experience, education, or training.

For further information, call the Education Department at 817-598-6446.