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240 Certification Program

240 Certification is a state-wide alternative certification program (ACP) that offers a full-range of certification options fully online to prepare candidates to obtain standard Texas teaching certification. Originally approved as an EPP in November 2006, it was granted Continuing Approval in March 2019.

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Application Requirements

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Application Requirements

Applicants meeting all minimum requirements in the following areas:

  • a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with an overall GPA of at least 2.5 OR at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours;
  • submit a completed application for admission:
  • meet degree requirements below OR pass the TExES Pre-admission Content Test (PACT) in the certification area;
  • score a minimum of 25 points on the Comprehensive Evaluation Criteria; AND
  • score a minimum of 6 points on the Formal Admissions Rubric will be offered an invitation to the 240 Certification.
  • International students who come from countries where the native language is not English: verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing.

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Program Fees

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Program Tuition

All costs tied to the program are specifically outlined in the Admission Program Agreement (APA). Program fees cover the coursework (including the Google Workspace, subscription to 240Tutoring during testing preparation, and access to the Learning Management System, or LMS) and those fees tied to the typical field experiences.

Additional fees can be incurred with the field experience if the field placement is unsuccessful or if additional considerations arise.

Application Fee                               -0-
Initial Course Enrollment                $2,988 (first payment of $249 is due upon acceptance of invitation)
Coursework Fee                               **The above fee is payable in 12 monthly installments of $249
Field-Experiences Fee                     $499/semester (Clinical teaching is typically completed over one semester; Internship is typically completed over 2 semesters.)

Total Program Cost                        $3,489 for those clinical teaching
                                                         $3,988 for those seeking an internship

First payment is due upon acceptance of invitation. Payments for the course enrollment are paid over 12-months in equal installments. Field experiences fees are due prior to the start of the field experience.

**Additional fees will be incurred to cover the costs of certification exams ($131 for a full-length test); certification fees ($78 initial fee); plus required fingerprinting ($49)—fees may vary and evolve over time. Other fees tied to those outlined in the terms and conditions may be included (including late payments, deferred payments, non-completion of coursework, etc.)

Please refer to the Admission Program Agreement for additional feed that may be applied due to additional services by candidate request, unsuccessful completion of program requirements, or due to late/non-payment.

Fees can be accepted by credit or debit card.

Calendar of Events

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Calendar of Events

Applicants can apply and become eligible to begin the program on a revolving basis. Coursework is online and can be completed at the pace of the candidate (a time limit of 3 months is placed on each course.)

Each block sequence of coursework can be completed in 30-90 calendar days, depending on the candidate. The clinical teaching/internship placement will last a minimum of 14-weeks (70 days) or 1 full academic year respectively.

Option 1—Clinical Teaching

Initial: Application to EPP
Accept invitation to EPP/Complete admission process
Initial Orientation with Program Advisor

Level 1: Complete Block 1 of coursework (160 clock-hours)
Complete 30-hours of field-based observation
Pass content/supplemental certification test(s)**

Level 2: Complete Block 2 (160 clock-hours)
Pass PPR certification test**
Apply for clinical teaching

This includes the completion of the criminal background check, which is pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC) 22.0835.

Level 3: Complete Block 3 (160 clock-hours)—
includes clinical teaching (minimum of 70 days; typically a 14-week placement)

Final: Apply, and Receive EPP Approval, for standard certification

**Candidates accepted prior to 5/15/2021, who apply for clinical teaching, may complete the PPR certification exam first and the content certification(s) last. It is strongly recommended that these candidates also complete the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) exam prior to their application to clinical teaching as well.

Program is completed once Final task is fully completed and standard certification is obtained.

Option 2—Internship

Initial: Application to EPP
Accept invitation to EPP/Complete admission process.

Level 1: Complete Block 1 of coursework (160 clock-hours)
Complete 30-hours of field-based observation.
Pass content certification test(s).
Apply for Statement of Eligibility (SOE) & Intern or Probationary Certification (through TEAL account)

This includes the completion of the fingerprinting process and criminal background check, which is pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC) 22.0835.

[Intern—passed content test(s) only; Probationary—passed both content & PPR tests]
Obtain a teaching position after receiving SOE and Intern or Probationary Certification.**

Level 2: Complete Block 2 (160 clock-hours)—includes first semester of internship (a full academic year as a paid teacher of record)

Level 3: Complete Block 3—completes internship (Before the end of internship, Pass PPR certification test)

Final: Apply for standard certification

**Obtain a teaching position after taking and passing appropriate certification exams.

If determined that students are eligible for a teaching internship based on meeting state requirements and passing the appropriate certification exam(s), an eligibility statement for employment purposes will be provided. Students will need to secure a teaching assignment at the grade level and in the subject area of their target certificate(s).

Once a position has been secured, students will have an experienced, certified mentor teacher assigned to work with them and a field supervisor will be provided. A meeting will be set up within three (3) weeks of the assignment for the candidate to meet his/her field supervisor and to ensure the employing school understands and demonstrates willingness to work with our education program within the parameters of our EPP requirements. This meeting will also be used to establish communications among the field supervisor, the campus mentor teacher, the assigned administrator and the intern.

Program is completed once Final task is fully completed and standard certification is obtained.

Certifications Offered

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Certifications Offered

240 Certification is approved to offer the following certificate categories:

  • Core Subjects with the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) EC-6
  • Core Subjects with the Science of Teaching Reading (STR) 4-8
  • English Language Arts & Reading 4-8
  • Mathematics 4-8
  • Science 4-8
  • Social Studies 4-8
  • English Language Arts & Reading 7-12
  • History 7-12
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Science 7-12
  • Social Studies 7-12
  • Special Education EC-12

Supplemental certifications, which can be tied to the levels/subject areas of certification include:

  • Bilingual Supplemental (has an additional language exam on top of the supplemental content exam)
  • English as a Second Language Supplemental

Requirements for Certifications

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Requirements for Certification

In order to be recommended for certification by the EPP, the candidate must:

  • Complete all coursework and field-based requirements for the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Have passed all state mandated required TExES tests for candidate’s certification track;
  • Complete a clinical teaching placement (minimum 70 full-days, 14-week placement) or an internship as a teacher of record for a full academic year;
  • Be financially in good standing with EPP, having program fees paid in full;
  • Apply and pay applicable fees toward the application, certification, and fingerprinting processes.
  • All first-time applicants for an initial credential are fingerprinted as part of a national criminal background check; and
  • Complete the exit-survey required in the certification application process.

Upon the completion of the steps cited above, the Director of Certification, on behalf of our EPP, will recommend the candidate to the Texas Education Agency for the receipt of the standard certificate.

The candidate will now be referred to as a “completer.”

Transfers from other EPPs

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Transfers from other EPPs

240 Certification will only be accepting a limited number of candidates wishing to transfer from other EPPs. Considerations for transfer approval must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • the prior EPP or post-bac program within the EPP is no longer in operation; and/or
  • the applicant cannot return to prior EPP (often because they have been separated from the EPP and cannot return under the same certification) AND have been separated from the EPP for a minimum of 5 calendar years.

Any additional requests for transfers outside of this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants to the program from other EPPs will not be considered for 240 Certification without the completed TEA Candidate Transfer Form with the signature of that EPP’s legal authority or representative.

Applicants must also meet or exceed the program requirements outlined in the EPP handbook for application.