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    We admit new candidates on a monthly basis.  All P.a.C.E. applicants seeking certification shall have:

     Checkmark A bachelor's degree earned from and conferred by and accredited institution of higher education (IHE); or
    Checkmark 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; 
     Checkmark A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on all coursework before admission; 
     Checkmark 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; or a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in the core subjects content area for the certification the candidate is seeking mathematics and science at above Grade 7;
      Candidates are required to meet the content hours collectively in the Core Subject certificate category.  The subject areas that make up the Core Subjects certificate include English/Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Fine Arts, and PE.
     Checkmark A passing score on a comparable content certification examination which the applicant seeks admission (TXPACT); 
      (If the candidate does not meet the minimum 12-15 semester hours, the candidate will be required to take and pass TXPACT in the content the candidate seeks.)
     Checkmark Not previously been admitted into an alternative certification program;
     Checkmark Demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics;
     Checkmark 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

     Checkmark 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.


    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 Administrative Leadership, School, and Community Support
    Naomi Arnold
    Project P.a.C.E. Program and Certification Specialist
    Office: 956-984-6101
    Cindy Barrera
    Project P.a.C.E. Program Bookkeeper
    Office: 956-984-6036
    Linda Rodriguez, Director
    Educator Preparation Programs
    Office: 956-984-6037

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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