Teaching creates all other professions. ~Author Unknown
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. ~Mark Van Doren

Inspire. Be inspired.

Accelerate Online helps to prepare quality Texas educators for a rewarding career in education.

We offer a non-traditional route to teacher certification designed for individuals already holding a bachelor's degree or enrolled in their final semester at Texas A&M University- College Station.

Because Accelerate Online is a fully-online program, you can live anywhere in Texas to complete the program!

In 12-18 months, an individual may complete standard teacher certification preparation through:

  • online instruction with 24/7 access in effective instructional planning, teaching strategies and classroom management skills
  • 40-hour Field Experience
  • a year-long paid internship in a secondary Texas public, approved charter, or approved private school or an unpaid 60-school day clinical teaching assignment in a secondary Texas public school

Enrollment at Texas A&M University is not required to participate in the Accelerate Online program.

 

CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 6-12

Chemistry 7-12

Chinese EC-12

Dance 8-12

English Language Arts and Reading 7-12

History 7-12

Life Science 7-12    

Mathematics 7-12

Physical Science 6-12

Physics/Mathematics 7-12

Science 7-12

Social Studies 7-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

HOW THE ACCELERATE ONLINE PROGRAM WORKS

The Accelerate Online Teacher Certification Program is divided into two segments:

1) Initial Preparation, and

2) Internship or Clinical Teaching

 

Initial Preparation

Teacher candidates prepare for teaching through a 40-hour field experience and on-line courses/assignments highlighting educational pedagogy, ethics, classroom management, and instructional strategies. Initial Preparation is completed prior to a candidate accepting a teaching position or beginning a clinical teaching assignment.

Internship

Candidates may opt to pursue a paid internship. They will apply for teaching positions, interview, and, if offered a position, be hired as a teacher of record at any secondary Texas  public, approved charter, or approved private school for one school year with a Probationary Certificate (same pay, benefits, duties, and responsibilities as any beginning teacher).

Interns will be supported throughout the school year by an Intern Support Team, comprised of a Campus Mentor Teacher, Principal, and a University Supervisor assigned by Accelerate Online.

All Initial Preparation requirements for the Accelerate Online Program (modules, field experience and all associated submissions) must be completed prior to clinical teaching.
 

Clinical Teaching (formerly known as student teaching)

In lieu of an internship, candidates may opt for an unpaid clinical teaching assignment (formerly known as student teaching). The clinical teaching assignment will be coordinated through TAMU’s Clinical Teaching Office and is a 60 (school) day classroom placement in the area of certification sought.

This is a one-time option for Accelerate Online candidates and takes place during the spring semester, beginning the day the day school district students return from Winter Break.

All Initial Preparation requirements for the Accelerate Online Program (modules, field experience and all associated submissions) must be completed prior to clinical teaching.

 

Apply

Accelerate Online Teacher Certification

Application Fee - payable online

Criminal History Form - print and mail completed copy

Accelerate Online

4232 TAMU

College Station, TX 77843-4232

Program Application

CONTACT INFORMATION
CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
WORK EXPERIENCE
VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
List any volunteer experiences in which you were actively involved in working with children and/or students.
TEACHING CERTIFICATION AND CAREER GOALS
ITEMS FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION
Check all boxes to acknowledge.
CRIMINAL HISTORY DISCLOSURE
Applicants must submit fingerprints to SBEC for review before any certification will be issued. Pursuant to Texas Education Code §22.082, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) shall obtain from any law enforcement or criminal justice agency all criminal history record information that relates to an applicant for or holder of a certificate issued under Subchapter B, Chapter 21. SBEC may refuse to confer state certification based on such criminal history information. Pursuant to Texas Education Code §22.083, a school district and private school may access any criminal history information pertaining to you and held by any law enforcement or criminal justice agency. A school district or private school may refuse to employ you based on your criminal history. A school district or private school must report to the State Board for Educator Certification if the school district or private school obtains or has knowledge that an applicant or holder of a teaching certificate has a criminal history.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Please read carefully the following statements before submitting: I authorize the Accelerate Online program personnel at Texas A&M University to review my academic records and program application. I hereby certify that the information included in this application, to the best of my knowledge is true, accurate and complete. I understand that any falsifications, misrepresentations or willful omission of facts shall be sufficient cause for disqualification of dismissal upon discovery of such facts.

Training Acknowledgement Form

Teaching, Learning & Culture - Accelerate Online

Training Acknowledgement Form

University Supervisor Assessment by Intern

Think of the interactions you had with your University Field Supervisor when answering the following questions:

  • Almost always  (AA)– All or almost all of the time the action was performed by the field supervisor
  • Frequently  (F)– most of the time the action was performed by the field supervisor
  • Occasionally (O)– some of the time the action was performed by the field supervisor
  • Rarely (R) – infrequently or never the action was performed by the field supervisor
To what extent did the University Field Supervisor …
Please select YES or NO in answering the following questions about the quality of university field supervision received by the beginning teacher.