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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.

Initial Admission Requirements

Applicants meeting all minimum requirements in the following areas:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from and conferred by an accredited institution of higher education (IHE) and submit official transcripts;
  • Had a minimum of a 2.5 overall GPA or a 2.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours;
  • Demonstrate content knowledge in the areas of certification sought in one of the following options:
    1. Option 1
      • 12+ semester hours in subject-specific content with a subject GPA at a minimum of 2.5; (unless seeking mathematics or science at or above Grade 7)
      • 15+ semester hours in subject-specific content with a subject GPA at a minimum of 2.5 if seeking mathematics or science at or above Grade 7)
    2. Option 2
      • Obtain a passing score on the Texas Pre-Admission Content Test (TX PACT)
      • Meet minimum requirements of Comprehensive Evaluation Criteria to determine if the applicant’s knowledge, expertise, skills, and aptitude are appropropriate for the certification sought through participation in an admissions interview with a Program Advisor and provide a brief and concisely-written response to the following questions (responses are limited to 200 words per question):
        1. Why are you interested in becoming a teacher?
        2. What technology skills do you possess that would enable you to successfully complete an online program and would also enhance your ability to successfully enter the educational workforce?

Final Evaluation for Program Admission

Applicants completing the application process, including the Comprehensive Evaluation Criteria component, will be evaluated using the following cut score

1 point 2 points 3 points
GPA (overall or within last 60-semester credit hours) 2.5-2.74 2.75-2.99 3.0-4.0
Content Hours (transcript) 12/15 hours

*15-hours min. required for any certification in math/science for Grades 7-12)

**3 hours required in each core field for CS EC-6 (English, mathematics, science, social studies)
18/21 hours in content area

*18-hours in content related field of desired certification

**21-hours for CS EC-6, with a minimum in each of the core subject areas (English, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts OR physical education)
Passed PACT test with minimum scores

OR

*24 hours in content related field of desired certification

**For CS EC-6, with a minimum in each of the core subject areas (English, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, and physical education)
Comprehensive Evaluation Criteria 20-22 points

(60-69%)
23-25 points

(70-79%)
26-33 points

(80-100%)

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 20 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.

Background Check

Candidates are required to have criminal background checks cleared prior to entering public schools for field-based experiences, clinical teaching/internships and certification. Should any subsequent background checks by the school districts or by Texas Education Agency (TEA) reveal any adverse findings, the student may be removed from the program and be unable to secure teacher certification.
Texas Administrative Code 227.101 requires that each Educator Preparation Program (EPP) notify each applicant and enrollee in the EPP of the following, regardless of whether the applicant or enrollee has been convicted of an offense:

  • The potential ineligibility of an individual who has been convicted of an offense for issuance of a certificate on completion of the EPP;
  • The current SBEC rules prescribed in 249.16 of this title; and
  • The right to request a criminal history evaluation letter as provided in Chapter 227, Subchapter B (relating to the Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility.)

Supporting Documents:

SBEC Rules Prescribed in TAC 249.16

Link to information relating to the Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility:
Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility Resources

Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility

Link to information relating to the Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility:
Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility Resources

Even if something does not appear on a criminal background check, any applicant or candidate who may have been convicted with an offense, is responsible for notifying 240 Certification and referring to the information contained herein to request a Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility from TEA.

The candidate is responsible for submitting the information and paying the fee for the preliminary evaluation to TEA.

Neither 240 Certification nor employees of this entity cannot be held responsible for the outcome of the candidate’s inability to receive teacher certification.

Formal Invitation
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the EPP will be notified in writing (via email) of any deficiency prior to admission.

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                $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
  • 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.”

Formal Candidate Review

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Formal Candidate Review

When those in the process of applying (applicants) to our Education Preparation Program (EPP) and candidates who have already been accepted into our EPP, fail to meet the substantive expectations of our program, a candidate review process will be initiated.

The goal of this review process is to supply support and supervision in the areas identified as requiring development or correction so the candidate can become successful in being accepted into the program and/or ultimately obtaining full standard certification.

Levels of Review (also found on our company’s website):

Informal Review – This will take place between a candidate and one of the following professionals of Educator of Excellence/240 Certification: a director, program advisor, course instructor, or field supervisor. This is initiated by the 240 Certification representative who has concerns regarding the candidates ability to meet the requirements of the EPP.

The 240 Certification representative will discuss concerns directly with the candidate.

The Director of Certification and candidate’s program advisor will be advised of the informal review and the outcome.

The 240 representative will place written documentation of the informal review in the candidate’s EPP file within seven calendar days of meeting with the candidate. A copy of this documentation will also be sent to the candidate.

Level One – Formal EPP Review

This Level One Review will take place between the candidate, the 240 Representative initiating the review, and the Formal Review Team. In addition to the candidate and the 240 Representative, the Formal Review Team will consist of the candidate’s program advisor and one of the 240 directors. This review is initiated when the 240 representative has sufficient concerns to question the candidate’s “fitness to teach” and has tried different avenues to provide a solution, such as informal meetings.

A Level One Formal Review can be initiated without the Informal Review process, should the incident/concern require probationary status in the program.

An action plan will be discussed and developed, and a copy will be provided to all parties. The candidate will have an opportunity to provide insight and suggestions in the development of the action plan.

Candidate is placed on probationary status until issues have been resolved.

The Director of Certification and Field Experiences will be advised of informal review and the outcome, if not included on the Formal Review Team.

The 240 Representative will place written documentation of the informal review in the candidate’s EPP file within seven calendar days of meeting with the candidate. A copy of this documentation will also be sent to the candidate.

Level Two – Formal EPP Review

This Level Two Formal Review will take place between the candidate, the 240 Representative initiating the review, the Formal Review Team and must include the Director of Certification and/or the Director of Field Experiences. This will be initiated if the candidate fails to be successful with the developed plan or creates additional continuing concerns.

A Level Two Formal Review can be initiated without the Informal Review or Level One Formal Review processes, should the incident/concern require immediate attention and/or consideration of revocation of EPP candidate status.

A subcommittee to include key members of 240 Certification will review all documentation.Candidate and 240 representative(s) involved will be interviewed individually.

Additional documentation will be obtained from the field-based setting, if appropriate.

A recommendation will be made after all statements and artifacts have been reviewed regarding the suitability of the candidate continuing in the program.

The subcommittee will summarize its findings and make written recommendations forwarded to the 240 Certification Leadership Team as well as the EPP’s Advisory Council.

Final Decision of Review Process

The 240 Certification Leadership Team will make a final decision regarding a candidate’s suitability and acceptance to continue in our Educator Preparation Program.

Appeals Process

An appeals process is available to candidates at any stage of the Educator Preparation Program, including being denied admission into any stage of our program. (entrance, clinical teaching/internship, and/or transition to standard certification.)

  • This appeal must be done in writing and submitted to the Director of Certification.
  • This will be reviewed by the 240 Certification Leadership Team.
  • The final decision will be sent in writing to the candidate within seven calendar days.
  • If the candidate wishes to appeal further, it needs to be done in writing and sent to the Owner/Director of 240 Certification. This decision is final.

Complaints and Investigative Procedures

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Complaints and Investigative Procedures

Complaint Process TAC 228.70

Purpose. Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff shall maintain a process through which a candidate or former candidate in an educator preparation program (EPP), an applicant for candidacy in an EPP, an employee or former employee of an EPP, a cooperating teacher, a mentor, a site supervisor, or an administrator in a public or private school that serves as a site for clinical teaching, internship, or practicum experiences may submit, in accordance with subsection (c)(1) of this section, a complaint about an EPP for investigation and resolution.

EPP Protocol

The 240 Certification policy is to provide an avenue for a candidate, employee or former employee of the EPP, cooperating/mentor teacher, and campus administrator(s) to make an informal or formal complaint when deemed necessary. We encourage the resolution of complaints through timely communication at or near the point of origin in order to be addressed in a timely and effective manner

If the complaint is concerning courses offered through 240 Certification, the concern should be directed to the course instructor directly responsible for teaching the course.If the complaint is concerning the program itself, the concern should be directed to the Program Advisor.

If the party filing the complaint is not satisfied with the outcome of this process, then a formal written complaint should be completed and submitted to the Director of Certification within a timely manner. 240 Certification will maintain a record of all formal written complaints linked to all Educator Preparation Program components from: applicants, employees, former employees, cooperating/mentor teachers, and campus administrators.

NOTE: The form for this process can be obtained from a Program Advisor. It is also located on the 240 Certification webpage.

  1. The formal written complaint form is to be completed by the complainant, and include a clear description of the complaint, dates connected to the cause for complaint, and a description of the desired outcome or solution.
  2. A formal meeting will be scheduled within 10 working days from the written complaint being received. The candidate’s Program Advisor or one of the 240 Certification Directors will set up a meeting with all parties linked to complaint.A copy of the form submitted by the complainant and outcome will be sent to the Director of Certification and the party registering a complaint. Within three working days, the Director of Certification will send written acknowledgement of receipt of complaint to the concerned party.
  3. If resolution has not been achieved, the Director of Certification will:
    • Try to come to an agreeable conclusion between all parties involved by meeting with them
      OR
    • Assign a special committee to rule on complaint, which if used, will present a ruling on party’s written complaint within 30 calendar days of receipt of the complaint form. The Director of Certification will inform in writing (or by email) of the final decision to the following: party filing the complaint; the candidate’s Program Advisor (if applicable); and Owner/Director of 240 Certification.If an issue cannot be resolved internally through our complaint process, one may file a complaint with the Texas Education Agency website:
      Texas General Complaint Form

TEA Protocol

TEA staff has developed a complaint form and procedures to standardize the process for an individual making a complaint against an EPP. This complaint form will be available on the TEA website and must be in writing on the complaint form.

The written complaint must clearly state the facts that are the subject of the complaint and must state the measures the complainant has taken to attempt resolution of the complaint with the EPP.

Anonymous complaints may not be accepted or investigated.

For further information on TEA responsibilities regarding a complaint, please refer to 19 TAC 228.70(c).