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Accelerated Certification Program

UTSA Accelerated Certification Program

UTSA is approved by the Texas Education Agency to offer teacher candidates various routes to teacher certification. The Accelerated Certification Program (ACP) is a track that allows students who have earned a Bachelor's degree or higher to obtain Texas teacher certification at the elementary and secondary level. The accelerated certification program is considered by TEA as an alternative route.

A $35 TEA fee will be charged to the teacher candidate's account. This fee is absorbed by the Texas Education Agency and is not used by the University of Texas at San Antonio. It is a one-time, non-refundable fee that will be charged at the time of admission.


 Requirements for Admission to the ACP:

1.Attend a Teacher Certification Information Meeting.

2.Be Admitted to UTSA.

3.Maintain your preferred email address.

4.Hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.

5.Meet minimum GPA requirements of 2.75 or better in the cumulative GPA or 2.75 in the last 60 hours.

6.Pass the PACT test in the designated content area. Please see below plans for further information.

7.Complete 12-15 hours of content coursework. Math and Science certification will require 15 hours.

8. Display English Language Proficiency*
*Teacher Candidates who did not receive a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States will be required to take the TOEFL IBT in order to demonstrate proficiency. Required score for TOEFL IBT is Speaking-24, Listening-22, Reading-22, Writing-21.

9.Read and sign the Code of Ethics.

10.Read and Sign the Criminal History Policy.

11.Pass the Teacher Candidate Admission Quiz with a 72 or higher.

12.Complete the Teacher Certification Screening Interview (https://utsa.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0eyfyqPukjTvZUF)

13.Submit an application to the UTSA Accelerated Certification Program. This is obtained at the Teacher Certification Information Meeting.

Certifications offered through ACP:

7-12 English Language Arts
7-12 Life Science
6-12 Physical Science
7-12 Science
7-12 Social Studies
7-12 History
7-12 Speech
7-12 Math
EC-12 Health
EC-12 Physical Education
EC-12 Special Education
EC-12 Art
EC-12 Spanish
EC-12 German
EC-12 French
EC-12 Music

Graduate Initial Certification:


EC-6 Bilingual

4-8 Math/Science

4-8 English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies