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Alternative Certification Pathway for STEM

Seeking Future Secondary STEM Teachers

In Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

As the University of Houston continues to closely monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the ACP for STEM at UH program will proceed as scheduled. While adhering to federal, state, and local guidelines designed to ensure the safety and wellness of our community, our program will continue preparing highly-qualified STEM educators.

Department of Education
Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The teachHOUSTON program at the University of Houston has launched a new program called the Alternative Certification Pathway for STEM, also referred to as ACP for STEM at UH.

The program targets students in their senior year, as well as post-baccalaureates, who aspire to become secondary STEM teachers.

At teachHOUSTON, we pride ourselves on preparing highly effective, student-centered, teacher leaders in secondary STEM education since 2007. Our success is a combination of our attention to quality and the unique structures of support that nurture students throughout the program and after they graduate.


In this new program, participants receive the expertise, quality and support provided through a traditional program such as teachHOUSTON (a UTeach replication), through an expedited degree plan that allows you to graduate with certification in nine months.

Interested in teaching? Complete our application today for the Spring 2022 cohort.

Apply Here

Deadline: November 26, 2021

About the Program

The program, a partnership between the UH’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Education, is supported by grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education. See our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Length of Certification Program: 9 months

Certification Received: Certifications are available in areas of 7–12 Mathematics (235), 7-12 Physics/Mathematics (243) and 7–12 Science (236).

Instruction Model: Daytime, face-to-face classes (M–F) and field experiences in local public-school districts

Cohort Four to Begin Spring 2022

Up to 20 applicants will be selected for each cohort.

Courses and mentoring will focus on topics such as:

  • Student-centered lesson planning in STEM
  • Classroom management
  • Using technology in meaningful ways with students
  • Developing 21 st century skills

Selection Criteria

Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate students with no more than two semesters of coursework remaining
  • Post-baccalaureate students
  • Must have a strong interest in STEM education

Application Process

Please complete the following interest form to contact us about obtaining your secondary STEM teaching certification.

Apply Here

Deadline: November 26, 2021


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