Steps to Certification

Changing the world is awesome... and we prefer to do it as future-teacher friendly as possible!

 Here’s how the Accelerate Online Program works:

1) Decision

Decide which certification you wish to pursue by checking out the middle/high school classes you can teach for each certification we offer.

Texas' current high need areas of teaching include science, mathematics,Bilingual Education, Special Education, and Career & Technical Education.

2)  A Quick Look At Possible Program Timelines...

3) Admission

  1. Submit an Accelerate Online Interest Form.
  2. Provide official transcript/s (or UIN if a current or former TAMU student). Secure transcripts can be mailed or emailed to Accelerate Online.
  3. Register for a Pre-Admission Content Test and submit a passing Score Report.
  4. Submit an application and interview (by phone or in-person) with program staff.

4) Orientation

If accepted into the program, attend a mandatory Progam Orientation  so that you can access the learning materials to get you started on your journey into a classroom.

5) Preparation

We know that you already have the smarts in your chosen content and the Accelerate Online program is designed to prepare you for the classroom.

  • 40-hours of field-based experiences (in a district of your choice)
  • On-line courses/assignments highlighting instructional strategies and classroom management
  • Suggestions, tips, resources and information on how to interview and land that first job

All preparation assignments must be completed prior to a candidate beginning a paid internship or beginning a clinical teaching assignment.

6) Action

This is where the rubber meets the road and you meet the students.


You can pursue a paid internship by applying for teaching positions, interviewing, and, if offered a position, being hired as a teacher at any secondary Texas public, approved charter, or approved private school for one school year.

You will receive the same pay, benefits, duties, and responsibilities as any beginning teacher) and be supported throughout the school year by a campus Mentor Teacher, Administrator, and a University Supervisor assigned by Accelerate Online.


Clinical Teaching (formerly known as student teaching)

In lieu of an internship, you can opt for an unpaid clinical teaching assignment (formerly known as student teaching). The 14-week clinical teaching assignment will be coordinated through TAMU’s TLAC Clinical Teaching Office and will take place during the spring semester. 

7) Certification

Whether you choose an internship or clinical teaching, you will be eligible for standard certification upon successful completion of the program.