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Become a Trades Instructor

You have extensive training in the world of trade and industry that you can use to teach local high school students. Build on your work experience and qualifications through our trades and industry educator program from A&M-Commerce. In under two years, you will be prepared to educate high school students from grades six through twelve in carpentry, automotive technology, cosmetology and masonry. Begin your new career in teaching today!

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Combination
Total Credit Hours

18 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Trades and Industry Educator Certification :: Admissions

Admissions Requirements

Before you apply you must meet one of the following qualifications:

Option I

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Two years of full-time wage-earning experience within the past ten years in an approved occupation for the classes you ll be teaching

Option II

  • An associates’ degree from an accredited institution
  • Two years of full-time wage-earning experience within the past ten years in an approved occupation for the classes you will be teaching

Option III

  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Five years of full-time wage-earning experience within the past ten years in an approved occupation for the classes you will be teaching

Plus, one of the following

  • Current licensure by a state or nationally recognized accrediting agency in any approved occupations for the classes you will be teaching OR
  • A passing score on the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute.

If you hold a Bachelors Degree

Apply to Graduate School

  • Complete the online application to the Graduate School and select Educator Certification.
  • Pay $50.00 non-refundable admission fee
  • Submit all official undergraduate transcripts to the Graduate School

If you hold a High School Diploma or Associate’s Degree

Apply and gain admission to Undergraduate

  • Complete the online application to Undergraduate School
  • Select Application Type as “Transient” then the major is “Non-degree”.
  • Pay $50 non-refundable admission fee
  • Submit all official transcripts to the Undergraduate Department

Apply to the Career and Technical Education Alternative Certificate Program

Complete the Statement of Qualifications form

Interview and Essay

  • Complete an admission interview with an educator preparation program coordinator that will use a rubric for evaluations.
  • Complete a one-page double spaced essay titled “What Inspired me to Become a Teacher”, which will be used as part of your interview and be placed in your file.

Note: If unable to attend the interview in person, the essay must be e-mailed to the coordinator before the scheduled interview time.

Decision Letter

  • The coordinator will e-mail the candidate with their decision.
  • A letter of invitation will need to be signed and returned within seven days to complete the admission process.
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Trades and Industry ACP

To Complete the Alternative Certificate Program

Observation

  • Once admitted you can begin your 30-hours of required field experience in the content area/grade level you are pursuing. You cannot begin your teaching assignment until this is complete. The candidate will submit the completed log sheet and reflection questions to the Teacher Certification Office.

Complete Pre-Internship Training Courses

  • Complete 150 hours of training (Four Certification courses) prior to a paid internship or clinical teaching.

Note: See curriculum for required courses

Pass the TExES content test

  • This is the TExES content test for Trades & Industry. The Trades & Industry test is combined with the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities test which is Test #270.

Note: EDCI 515 or EDCI 414 registration is required during a paid internship or clinical student teaching. Students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree will need to be enrolled in EDCI 415.

Pay all Required Fees

Complete Internships or Clinical/Student Teaching Requirement

  • Candidates must complete either;
    • Two-semester paid internship as a teacher of record.
      • Candidates will apply for positions through the district or region service center.
    • OR One-semester of clinical student teaching assignment.
      • Candidates will complete an application.
      • The Alternative Certificate Program representative will assist with their placement.
  • All teaching candidates will be supervised by a University Field Supervisor and Campus Mentor.
  • A teaching fee of $1000 per semester is required during your teaching assignment.
  • You must enroll in EDCI 515 or EDCI 514 during the first semester of your teaching assignment.

Apply for Teacher Certification

  • During their final semester, candidates must contact the Educator Certification Office to verify that all requirements are complete and to receive information about applying for certification via the Texas Education Agency.

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Trades and Industry Curriculum

CURRICULUM

Required courses if you hold a bachelor’s degree (15 hours)

  • EDCI 514 Management and Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners (to be taken first)
  • EDCI 517 Reading and Learning K-12
  • EDCI 519 Response to Intervention Applied to Exceptional Learners
  • RDG 516 Foundations of Reading
  • EDCI 515 Evidence-Based Learning (to be taken during internship)
  • ETEC 524 Introduction to Educational Computing

Required classes if you don’t hold a bachelor’s degree (15 Hours)

  • EDCI 414 Management and Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners (to be taken first),
  • PSY 300 Learning Processes and Development
  • RDG 380 Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools
  • ETEC 424 Integrating Technology into the Middle/Secondary Curriculum
  • RDG 417 Reading and Learning in the Content Area
  • EDCI 415 Effective Teaching in a Diverse Environment (to be taken during student teaching)

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