Program Fees

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After you have met with us to determine your eligibility, you will want to plan ahead for these fees:

NOTE about fee payments:  
We accept credit card, debit card, personal check, or Money Order.
No cash payments!

PROGRAM FEES:
1.  Application Fee - $75.00

This non-refundable fee is not charged until after you personally meet with us and we have determined your eligibility to participate in the program.  You will want to download an Application from the "Application" link and bring it to your appointment.  Eligibility is based upon completed application, interview, review of university transcript(s), and Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Skills assessment.  Once eligible, we will provide you with a Letter of Approval allowing you to plan the next steps in becoming a certified teacher.

2.  Preparation Program Institute Fee - Still $600 ! 
After you have passed the TExES Content Test by PACT for your desired certification area, you are ready to enroll and begin the Preparation Program Institute.  The $600 fee must be paid prior to the start of the Institute of your choice (daytime or evening). It includes all books, materials, TExES test prep resources, interview workshops, etc. There are no hidden or extra fees with our program!  Financial aid may also be provided through the VA, Troops to Teachers, or College Access Loans.  Scroll down for information.

*** Technology Fee ***
Beginning March 15, 2017, applicants admitted to ACT will be charged a Technology Fee that is collected by our program and sent to the Texas Education Agency.  This is included in the $600 Preparation Program Institute fee.

3.  Upon completing the Preparation Program Institute, you are now ready to gain classroom experience.  it is now up to you to choose the route to teacher certification that best fits your needs:  Internship OR Clinical Teaching

  • Internship Fee - $3,650 - $3,850   Pay up front and receive a $200 discount!
    Enter the teaching profession as a full-salaried teacher of record to complete your two-semester internship.  You are not responsible for this big fee until you have secured a teaching position, signed a teaching contract, and are earning a teacher’s salary. At that time, we will work with your school or school district to have this fee payroll-deducted throughout your two-semester internship. Some, but not all school districts allow for payroll deduction.

    OR
  • Clinical Teaching Fee - $3,000   Pay up front and receive a $200 discount!
    For those selecting the Clinical Teaching route, you will be placed in a school by ACT Houston for your 14-week clinical teaching practicum.  You will receive guidance and support from an ACT Field Supervisor, while spending each day in the classroom with a certified teacher who is dedicated to your success in receiving a Standard Teaching Certificate at the end of the 14-week clinical teaching assignment.

The fees above are all that you will pay to ACT Houston/Dallas/Austin.  No hidden charges!
For your convenience, fees can be paid by credit card, debit card, personal check, or money order.  
No cash payments accepted!


IMPORTANT NOTE:  INTERNSHIP / CLINICAL TEACHING PRACTICUM FEE
 
No matter when you complete the steps prior to Internship or the Clinical Teaching Practicum,
your Internship or Clinical Teaching Fee will be the fee that is in place at the time when you start Internship or Clinical Teaching Practicum.
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There are other fees for Texas teacher certification.  These include:

Fees paid to Educational Testing Service (ETS) for required educator exams:
     $134.30 TExES Content Test
You are required to take the TExES Content Test for your desired grade level and subject area, prior to enrolling.  Register for the TExES Content Test of your choice by PACT (Pre-Admission Certification Test) at:  https://www.texes-ets.org/custom/public/pp_ev_pac.php  
Tests are available on computer, called CAT (Computer Administered Test);however, some have limited administration dates.  Also, some certification areas such as EC-6 & 4-8 Bilingual and LOTE (Languages Other Than English) require additional tests.
     $134.30 TExES Pedagogy & Professional Responsibility (PPR) Test
This test over the art and science of teaching is usually taken after your TExES Content Exam. As always, our program provides thorough test preps for this test.  The PPR Exam is available on computer (CAT) at any time. 

Remember that both the TExES Content and PPR exams are required for completion of your certification requirements and the ACT Houston/Dallas/Austin program.
IMPORTANT NOTE:  Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit FAQs
As of September 1, 2015, candidates are limited to five attempts to take a certification test. Any and all attempts prior to 9/1/2015 count as the first attempt.  The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the examination and four retakes. The five attempts include any of the test approval methods (PACT, EPP, out of state, charter, and CBE). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is implementing this change to Texas Education Code §21.048 in response to House Bill 2205, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015. For more information, please see the Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit FAQs.
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Fees paid to the Texas Education Agency (TEA)

*** Technology Fee ***
Beginning March 15, 2017, applicants admitted to ACT will be charged a $55 Technology Fee.  This fee is collected by ACT and sent to the Texas Education Agency.
    

     $52.00 for your Probationary Certificate
All beginning teachers in Texas must hold a Probationary Certificate in order to step into the classroom. Once you sign your teaching contract, you will apply and pay online for your Probationary Certificate that is valid for your two-semester internship.  This is not required for Clinical Teachers. 
     $39 (+ $10 digital print) for your Fingerprint Fee
Before beginning to teach, interns and clinical teachers must be fingerprinted and undergo background checks. This fee and service are handled by SBEC.
     $78.00 for your Standard Certificate
Upon successful completion of the two-semester Internship / 14-week Clinical Teaching Practicum, you are ready to apply and pay online for your Standard Certificate. Congratulations! You have reached your goal and are now fully certified to teach anywhere in the state of Texas.

NEW REQUIREMENTS/FEES FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR:
**Candidates hired after September 1, 2017 for the 2017-18 school year who have passed the TExES Content Test(s) required for their certification area will be recommended for an INTERN certificate that is valid for one year and is non-renewable. 
$75 Intern Certificate Fee 

**Candidates hired after September 1, 2017 for the 2017-18 school year who have passed the TExES Content Test(s) required for their certificate area AND the TExES #160 EC-12 Pedagogy & Professional Responsibility (PPR) Test will be recommended for a PROBATIONARY certificate that is renewable for one year. 
$75 Probationary Certificate Fee

Looking for Financial Aid ?

As a private alternative certification, ACT Houston/dallas/Austin has limited sources for offering financial aid. However, please consider the following:

COLLEGE ACCESS LOAN through the Hinson Hazlewood Act.
For complete information & application:
http://www.hhloans.com/index.cfm?objectid=21A41908-C7D3-A868-66FB91774CF078CB 
Prior to applying for the College Access Loan, you must be approved for the ACT Houston/Dallas/Austin program and have paid your application fee.
Then contact Dr. Bobette Dunn at 214-267-2222 or 1-877-286-0024 for loan certification.

STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS for Federal Stafford Loans
You may qualify for $17,500 in loan forgiveness. For complete details: http://www.staffordloan.com/repayment/federal-student-loan-forgiveness.php 

MILITARY – Are you in the military or have been in the military? Are you the spouse of a military person? You can use your VETERANS BENEFITS or POST 9/11 BENEFITS for the ACT Houston program
For information call: 1-888-GI BILL 1 (1-888-442-4551)

Or you may qualify for the TROOPS TO TEACHERS program.
For information call: 1-800-810-5484 or visit: www.texastroopstoteachers.org

We regret that MyCAA for spouses of military is no longer available!
Spouses of military previously could receive funding (up to $6,000) for the ACT Houston program through MyCAA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts) Program.  www.militaryonesource.com/MOS/FindInformation/Category/MilitarySpouseCareerAdvancementAccounts.aspx

 

 

 

How to Become A Teacher in Texas

Five Easy Steps that begin with a phone call!

Step 1: Appointment to determine your eligibility

Step 2: TExES Content Exam for your certification area

Step 3: Preparation Program Institute & Field-based Experience

Step 4: Choose your route to teach! Internship OR Clinical Teaching Practicum

Step 5: Receive your STANDARD TEACHER CERTIFICATE!

Begin your teaching career NOW!