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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.

    • Application Fee: $85
    • Teacher Pre-Screen: $20
    • A Professional Resume
    • Completion of Background Check & Fingerprinting
    • Completion of Face-to-Face Interview
    • Two (2) 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.



    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.



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    Just like in the classroom, we understand that every individual has a unique learning style and preference. The Dallas ISD AC Program is catered to fit your needs so that you can be successful in your endeavor to be a certified teacher in the state of Texas. We offer two pathways for educator success.

    The Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) pathway allows you to skip Phase I of the program and go straight into Phase II, which consists of Pre-Service Training designed to develop and equip you with research-based teaching techniques. To qualify for the PACT pathway applicants must take and pass the state subject exam for their desired certification area, before being admitted into the Dallas ISD AC Program.

    The Non-Pre-Admission Content Test (Non-PACT) pathway gives applicants intensive content test preparation through Phase I of the Dallas ISD AC Program. Progress is monitored with industry-standard assessments to optimize results and pave the way to passing scores on required state exams. Due to the rigor of the state exams, the Non-PACT pathway is only available to select certification areas.