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High-Quality Alternative Teacher Certification

Have a bachelor’s degree and want to teach? Participate in the UH Alternative Certification Program for Aspiring Teachers. Our award-winning faculty will prepare you to get certified as a teacher in Texas. You’ll receive expert coaching to support you in the classroom — while you earn a full-time salary! Choose the UH ACP, where high quality matters so you can help all your students thrive.

FREE to apply! $200 enrollment fee upon acceptance.

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  • Developed by the UH College of Education’s award-winning teacher education program
  • Hybrid: Face-to-face and online professional development delivered by UH faculty
  • Intensive coaching and mentoring from experienced educators
  • Strong school district partnerships to ensure alignment
  • Cohort model to allow for shared learning with other participants
  • Earn a full-time salary while working toward certification

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (by start date)
  • 2.50 GPA
  • Interest in teaching in the participating school districts
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  • FREE to apply!
  • $200 enrollment fee upon acceptance
  • $9,000 total cost*
    • $4,500 covered by the partner school district
    • $4,500 covered by candidate through payroll deduction
*Estimated cost contingent on district partnerships

Get Started as a Teacher: Fill out our interest form.


Fast fact: First-year teachers can earn $60,000 a year in the Houston region’s largest districts.

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Contact Us

Have questions? Let us know!

Clinical Professor Amber Thompson
Associate Chair of Teacher Education
UH College of Education

Clinical Professor Shea Culpepper
Director of Teacher Education
UH College of Education