• Project P.a.C.E. - Preparing and Certifying Educators

    Admission Criteria

    Am I Eligible? Admissions Criteria

     Checkmark   All P.a.C.E. applicants seeking certification shall have:

    • A bachelor's degree earned from and conferred by and accredited institution of higher education (IHE); or currently enrolled in and expected to complete requirements for obtaining a bachelor's degree at the end of the semester in which admission to the program occurs; 

    • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on all coursework before admission

    • Completed a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification the candidate is seeking except for mathematics and science at above Grade 7; for the candidate seeking mathematics or science above Grade 7, a minimum of 15 semester credit hours is needed;

    • For candidates who do not have the minimum semester credit hours, a passing score on a comparable content certification examination, specific to the certificate content subject area being sought by the applicant -  TXPACT.

    • Not previously been admitted into an alternative certification program;

    • Demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics;

    • Demonstrate English language proficiency skills;

    • Meet the required experience and preparation for CTE certification;
      (Click here to learn more about the Region One ESC CTE Program


    • Submit all official transcripts and certifications that apply for evaluation prior to submitting an application. Coursework and/or training begins once the applicant is formally or contingently admitted into our program.

    We admit candidates on a monthly basis. Click here for our calendar of timelines.

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    What you need to know about a required criminal history background check:

    Pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching, internship and employment as an educator; and pursuant to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §227.1(d), an applicant or a candidate who has been convicted of an offense may result in ineligibility for issuance of a certificate on the completion of the program.  An applicant or a candidate may exercise the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter.  For more information about a preliminary criminal history evaluation, access TEA link at https://tea.texas.gov/texas-educators/investigations/preliminary-criminal-history-evaluation-faqs.


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  • Division of Leadership and Community Impact
    Janie Salinas
    Project P.a.C.E. Educator Preparation Assistant
    Office: 956-984-6036
    Linda Rodriguez, Director
    Educator Preparation Programs
    Office: 956-984-6037
    Dr. Gisela Saenz, Administrator
    Educator Preparation and Development Programs
    Office: 956-984-6070
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Last Modified on October 31, 2023