How do I prepare for the classroom?
From classroom managment and lesson planning to setting up your classroom, our online courses are designed to prepare you for your classroom and for your students. Access to courses is given at the Program Orientation, and all lessons and assignments must be completed prior to beginning a teaching assignment.
Field-Based Experience (FBE)
Texas is a big state (not the biggest, but still...), so you get to make arrangements for an FBE in a school district based on your location and choice, in the area of certification that you are pursuing.
During the 40 hour Field-Based Experience, you will observe real teachers teaching real students in a real school setting, and you will begin to build your vision of how you will structure your own classroom.
What is involved in the Internship?
There are secondary Texas public, approved charter, or approved private schools aplenty in Texas, who are full of students just waiting for you!
You can apply, interview, and secure a teaching position in any secondary Texas public, approved charter, or approved private school. You will receive the same pay and benefits of any first year teacher because you are a first year teacher!
Please note that admission to Accelerate Online does not guarantee employment; the hiring decision ultimately lies with school districts/campuses.
Support for any new teacher is critical, and during the school year, you will be assigned a Campus Mentor Teacher and University Supervisor. Both will provide on-going guidance; the University Supervisor will also conduct classroom observations and provide feedback a minimum of four times throughout the year.
Throughout the school year, you will complete assignments that require you to reflect on your progress, needs and goals.
What certifications will I receive and when?
When hired by a district/school, you will receive instructions regarding applying for Probationary Certification or Intern Certification from Accelerate Online staff. A Probationary Certificate or Intern Certificate allows a person to teach for one year prior to being recommended for Standard Certification.
Upon successful completion of the internship year, you will be recommended for Standard Certification in your content area. Instructions for completing the application process for Standard Certification will be sent to you by Accelerate Online staff.
Successful completion means that you
- met all listed program requirements,
- paid all program fees,
- received a recommendation from the University Supervisor,
- and passed all state required testing.
What if I don't get a teaching job?
You can still work towards teacher certification!
- Complete a clinical teaching (unpaid) 14-week placement. This is a one-time-only option.
- Request an internship extension for up to one academic year, for an additional fee of $850. If choosing an extension, Clinical Teaching will no longer be an option.
Are there financial resources available?
Please visit http://accelerate.tamu.edu/financial-resources.