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Point 2: Coursework

Alterative Certification Program candidates (ACP) complete courses listed on their certificate plan.  Some of those courses will count toward either a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with Teacher Certification or a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification.  Students are encouraged to apply to the graduate program and complete their master's degree after receiving their certification.  Your ACP advisor can assist you in determining if it is best to start out non-degree seeking, teacher certification or degree seeking.  The completion of both is based on individual circumstances and goals.   Candidates will receive a Certificate Plan for teaching certification completion from the ACP Office. 

Please note: Per Texas Education Code 21.0452(b)(5), starting fall 2019 A&M-Texarkana will assess all students entering the alternative certification program using a pretest that will determine student level of competency in standards for 1) TEA technology standards for all teachers and 2) ISTE standards for educators.

Based on pretest results, student will be instructed to enroll in instructional technology (ITED) course that will support growth in technology for teaching. The following courses include:

ITED 511 – Teaching with Emerging Technologies OR, for students with more advanced knowledge, more advanced special topics courses that include coding or game design.

So how do you start?


  1. Review the Curriculum Map and certificate plan below. 
  2. Contact the ACP Office for advisement on certificate plan and program questions.  acp@tamut.edu or 903-223-3132.
  3. If degree seeking, meet with master's degree advisor to develop a plan to complete Master's degree. 

Link to Curriculum Map

Sample Certificate Plan

If circumstances change, student is responsible for scheduling a meeting with the Alternative Certification Program (ACP) Advisor and Degree Advisor (if degree seeking) to update certificate and degree plans. Some course work completed for certification will count towards a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction OR Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies (see Admission for degree information). 

Questions? Call 903/223-3132 or email acp@tamut.edu.

  • 7101 University Ave
  • Texarkana, TX 75503
  • p: 903.223.3000
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