Frequently Asked Questions
What is ACTSA?
Alternative Certification for Teachers in San Antonio is a state approved teacher certification program that has the authority to assist individuals in receiving their teacher certification in Texas without additional university coursework. Our Program Director has worked in alternative certification programs at the University level and was an initial partner in the highly successful actrgv teacher certification program that has certified approximately 1000 teachers in the Rio Grande Valley. actsa has experienced educators from the San Antonio area on their team and will continue to collaborate with actrgv, acthouston, and actdallas.
What is Teacher Certification?
Teacher certification is a program one must complete in order to become a teacher. The state of Texas offers specifically designed programs in order to ensure all educators are at an adequate level of teaching ability. Teacher certification can be achieved through additional university coursework or through an alternative teaching certification program.
What is Clinical Teaching?
Clinical teaching is designed to provide educators with teaching experience through direct involvement with students. This hands on approach allows those trying to become teachers the opportunity to learn through interaction within a classroom setting.
What does Alternative Teacher Certification mean?
Alternative teacher certification is a process one can complete in order to become a teacher. This process differs from traditional teacher certification programs as it does not require additional university coursework. Alternative teacher certification programs are designed to expedite and simplify the process of becoming a teacher.
How do I know that you are legitimate?
The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) has reviewed and approved our program through their rigorous review process. You can visit their website and looked under "Approved Programs" to see our program information.
What is the difference between the certification that I will receive from your program compared to the certification that I may receive from a University based program?
The teacher certification that you receive from actsa is exactly the same as the certification you would receive from any other program. The State does not differentiate between programs on the teaching certificate. The difference between the programs is that with actsa you are not required to take additional, theoretical university coursework. Our program provides a practical approach to teaching, using actual classroom teachers in our training sessions.
Are your program fees comparable to other programs?
Yes. It is important to note when comparing programs that our program costs INCLUDE all fees necessary to become certified. We do not have additional fees such as tuition, books, building use fees, parking fees. We disclose to you all fees required to become certified and our costs include all books, materials and certification fees.
What is the difference between your program and so many of the others?
There are several programs that offer certification in the San Antonio area. Everyone in our office is a certified teacher with classroom or administrative experience or they have worked in the schools with kids. Our training program is done in small groups by actual classroom teachers. We are personal, accessible, and can answer your questions on the spot!
Does your program actually get me a teaching job? Will school districts hire me if I am in actsa?
actsa does not guarantee you a teaching position. We will provide you with the necessary tools and skills to enter the market and seek employment in a school district. Remember, a school districts' first choice is an individual that is certified with experience. Because Texas has a teacher shortage in many areas, districts will and do hire Alternative certification candidates to fill high need areas. We encourage you to visit school district websites to see what their "high need areas" are and if they can recommend a certification program. Ask around- do your homework!
Will I receive college credit for attending this program?
No. We are a private entity and not affiliated with a University system. However, you can receive certificates of Professional Development that may assist you with CEU credits on your campus once you are hired.
I am not sure that I have enough hours in _____ to meet the requirements? I am not sure that my GPA is 2.5? Should I still apply?
In order for us to answer these type of questions, we need to evaluate your transcript. Our program follows the state guidelines very closely and we want to make sure that you meet state guidelines for certification before we recommend you for a specific area. Let our Program Coordinators review your transcripts and calculate your GPA. You can fax a transcript with a cover letter explaining your situation, desired teaching field, and contact information. We will call you back with an answer, usually in the same day. If you are deficient in an area, our program coordinators can counsel you as to what you need to do to meet the requirements.
I will be graduating next semester, can I go ahead and start your program?
Bring in a copy of your transcript, and if you are close to graduation and met certain core subject requirements, we can allow you to participate in the Preparation Session. However, you will not be allowed to secure employment in a school district until a degree is conferred on your final, official, transcript and you have a Letter of Acceptance from our program