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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:

  • submit a completed application for admission:
  • completed 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 (considerations can be given if in final semester of school before completing degree);Applicants completing a bachelor’s degree or higher outside the United States will be required to submit an official evaluation of foreign credentials in addition to all official transcripts. A list of potential providers can be found here.
  • submission of all applicable official transcripts (unofficial transcripts cannot be used for formal admission);
  • demonstrate content knowledge (either through 12/15-hours of coursework with a minimum of 2.5 GPA (subject-specific) OR the successful completion of subject-specific PACT test);
  • demonstrate minimum requirements on the Comprehensive Evaluation Screening (inc. the successful completion of a writing submission and an interview with standard questions, if required);
  • an EPP transfer form, if applicable (if transferring from another Texas teaching certification program);
  • Additionally, 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. (This will meet the English language skills proficiency requirement.)
  • Should there be any data or findings that may indicate an applicant may be unable to sufficiently pass future certification examinations, the EPP can require that the applicant successfully pass the TX PACT exam. This decision will be at the discretion of the Director of Certification & Compliance. Your Certification Plan

Program Tuition

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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              first payment of $249 is due upon acceptance of invitation
Coursework Fee                            **The tuition is paid in 12 monthly installments of $249.99.
Field-Experiences Fee                  Paid by semester ($499/semester)

Total Program Cost                     $3,499.88 for those clinical teaching
                                                      $3,999.88 for those seeking an internship

First payment is due upon acceptance of invitation and also includes a one-time payment of $35 to cover the TEA technology fee. 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 (clinical teaching/internship).

**Additional fees will be incurred to cover the costs of certification exams; certification fees ; plus required fingerprinting–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, noncompletion of coursework, etc.)

Tuition and 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 is placed on each course.)

Each block sequence of coursework can be completed in 30-90/120 calendar days, depending on the candidate. The clinical teaching/internship placement will last a minimum of 14-weeks (70 days) or one full academic year respectively.

Candidates are to progress though the following steps to complete the program and be recommended for full standard certification:

Option 1—Clinical Teaching (Fall and Spring start dates only for field-based placement)

Fall Placement Application Window for Clinical Teaching:
March 15th-July 15th annually

Spring Placement Application Window for Clinical Teaching:
September 15th-November 1st annually

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

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

Option 2—Internship (enrolls year-round as the positions become available)

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.

Must obtain an offer for a teaching position prior to receiving an 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.

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.