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     Program Requirements


    Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program seeks to help candidates that are passionate about the success of students. We provide a substantial amount of support to assist you along the process, however, before doing so there are a few minimal requirements needed to enter the program. Download our Program Checklist Today

    • Application Fee: $85
    • Teacher Pre-Screen: $20
    • A Professional Resume
    • Completion of Background Check & Fingerprinting (click to learn more)
    • Completion of Face-to-Face Interview
    • Two (2) Official Transcripts
    • Three (3) Professional References
    • A Bachelor’s degree conferred by an institution of higher education that is recognized by one of the regional accrediting agencies in the THECB.*
    • An overall Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale*
    • Must be 18 years of age or older

    A Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation (PCHE) is an evaluation of eligibility for a Texas educator certificate based on your self-reported criminal history. As a service to prospective candidates, TEA staff may perform an evaluation for a non-refundable fee of $50. The evaluation is voluntary and non-binding and available on the TEA website. Please note that you may potentially be ineligible for issuance of a certificate on completion of this EPP if you have been convicted of an offense during your internship.



    The Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program follows TEA TAC code to ensure that candidates meet state guidelines for standard certification. Below are the state standards (outlined in bold) that you will be sure to meet by completing our program.

    • 300 Training Hours
      • Minimum of 150 Pre-Service Training Hours
      • Minimum of 150 Internship Training Hours
    • Passage of State Exams
      • TExES Content Exam Passed
      • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Exam Passed
    • Six-week Intensive Pre-Service Training
      • Minimum of twelve (12) instructional days with at least one (1) hour of supervised instruction
      • Minimum of four (4) face-to-face observation/feedback coaching cycles
    • 30 clock-hours of field-based experience
      • Minimum of fifteen (15) clock-hours in an authentic public school setting
    • Established Program Benchmarks
      • Content Test Training Mock Testing & Assessment Centers
      • Pre-Service Training Assessments
      • Secure teaching assignment aligned to certification pathway (within Dallas ISD)
      • Mid-Year Principal Assessment of Candidate Readiness for Certification
      • End-Year Principal Assessment of Candidate Readiness for Certification
      • Mid-Year Field-Facilitator Assessment of Candidate Readiness for Certification
      • End-Year Field-Facilitator Assessment of Candidate Readiness for Certification
      • Successful internship year aligned to certification pathway and classroom performance
      • Certification Committee

    To view supporting TAC code find the following links: Title 19, Part 7, Ch 228 Rule 228.33; Title 19, Part 7, Ch 228 Rule 228.25; Title 19, Part 7, Ch 228 Rule 228.40.



    Beginning 1/27/2020 applicants enrolling in a preparation program that requires a PACT exam must complete a passing score on the appropriate content certification examination (TX PACT). TExES exams will no longer be used for PACT purposes beginning 1/27/2020. For more information on this transition please click here. If you do not meet the undergraduate hours in the certification area you are seeking, be prepared to take the TX-PACT in that particular area.  

    Phase 54



    English Language Proficiency

    If a candidate’s bachelor’s degree is from Puerto Rico or a college or university outside of the United States candidates must pass all four parts of the TOEFL-iBT, including a minimum score of 24 on the oral portion, 22 on the listening portion, 22 on the reading portion, and 21 on the writing (Institution Code: 8613). Unfortunately, we are not accepting visa applications at this time. If you are unsure about your visa, click here for the list of visa classifications that allow you to work in the United States. Please note that TOEFL-iBT test results are only valid for two (2) years.

    Educators with a conferred undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, not including US Territories DO NOT have to take the TOEFL-iBT.

    All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited transcript evaluation company from the approved list of the evaluation companies (available on the TEA website). For more information regarding TEA English Language Proficiency guidelines click here.

    *Official transcripts are needed to verify your bachelor's degree, transcripts must be in a sealed envelope, addressed to Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program, and mailed to the administrative office. (9400 N Central Expressway, Suite 1400 Dallas, Texas 75231). Transcripts can also be emailed from your college or university electronically to alternativecertification@dallasisd.org. Please note, the Educator Preparation Program (Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program) is not responsible for the calculation of the applicants’ GPA.  If your transcript does not reflect overall/cumulative GPA or is not calculated in a 4.0 GPA scale, you must reach out to your university Registrar’s Office or accredited transcript evaluation company and have them prepare a letter in official letterhead and signed by the university designee with calculation as requested by the EPP.



    Effective September 1, 2015, the TEA will waive certain fees for eligible military service members, military veterans, and military spouses.

    TEA Military Support



    If you're interested in the specific dates concerning the Dallas ISD AC Program, please find the infographics below:

    Application deadline: July 20, 2020, for ELAR 7-12 w/ESL and LOTE (Spanish) applicants

    Application deadline: August 31, 2020, for General (all other certification area) applicants

         Revised 06/10/2020