• ACP

    Certification Areas

     Available Certification Areas

     

    Note: ESL, Bilingual and Special Education Supplementals are also available to all of the certification areas mentioned above. All supplemental subjects must be paired with a non-supplemental subject area for admission.

    What tests should I take for my certification area?

    Each certification area has specific subject tests associated with them, and some certification areas have several tests needed to satisfy state requirements. View the guide below for the tests needed to satisfy each certification area.

    Dallas ISD ACP Testing Guide

    What are my certification testing and preparation options?

    In an English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, students who speak many different languages are all taught by the same teacher. The teacher only speaks English and is not required to speak the native language of any members of the class. All teaching is done in English.

    Candidates interested in Phase 52 can choose between two routes toward certification (PACT & NON-PACT). 

    1. One includes taking a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) prior to applying, which allows for interns to start on Phase II of the program as opposed to Phase I. This translates to a reduced program cost.
    2. The other route is non-PACT, which is only available to select subject areas. These interns will receive content test training in Phase I to pass their certification exam and will incur a higher program fee.

     

    What are the Program Cycle Dates?

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

    It is imperative to note that PACT is not a test but the process for taking a content exam.

    Pathways

    What is the difference between Bilingual and ESL?

    In an English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, students who speak many different languages are all taught by the same teacher. The teacher only speaks English and is not required to speak the native language of any members of the class. All teaching is done in English.

    In a Bilingual Education classroom, all the students in the class speak the same language. The teacher also speaks the language. The way that a bilingual education class generally works is that the teacher teaches in both English and the students' native language, eventually switching over to teaching only in English.