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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 can be prepared to educate high school students from grades 6 through 12 in carpentry, automotive technology, cosmetology and masonry. Begin your new teaching career 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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ADMISSION

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 associate 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

Trades and Industry Educator Certification :: Admissions Option 1

Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Graduate School Application and Documents

Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Educator Certification” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Note: Acceptance into the Graduate School does not give automatic admission into the Alternative Certification Program.

Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

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

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Purpose

Describe your preparation for graduate work, your academic interests and goals in no more than 500 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 2. Submit Alternative Certification Application and Documents

Submit Application

Submit your application through Alternative Certification Application

  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Note: When the application is sent, also submit your test scores and a resume.

Statement of Qualifications Form

Complete the Statement of Qualifications and return to the Teacher Certification Program, [email protected]

Interview and Essay

Complete an admission interview with an Alternative Certification program representative.

At the time of the interview, submit a one-page essay titled “What Inspired Me to Become a Teacher”.

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

Decision Letter

Once the interview is complete and all documents have been reviewed, a decision letter will be sent to the applicant offering acceptance into the program or denying admittance.

If accepted, the candidate will return the signed letter to [email protected] within seven days

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for FAFSA and TAFSA financial aid through the state and federal governments during the admission application process. Use code 003565.
  • Apply for outside scholarships once you are admitted to A&M-Commerce.
  • Check your financial aid and scholarship info through myLeo > Student Resources > Financial Aid Information.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Trades and Industry Educator Certification :: Admissions Option 2 and 3

Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Undergraduate Application and Documents

Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new undergraduate admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”
  • Select Application Type as “Transient” then the major is “Non-degree”.
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Note: Acceptance into the Undergraduate School does not give automatic admission into the Alternative Certification Program.

Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Option II

  • An associate 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

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Purpose

Describe your preparation for graduate work, your academic interests and goals in no more than 500 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 2. Submit Alternative Certification Application and Documents

Submit Application

Submit your application through Alternative Certification Application

  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Note: When the application is sent, also submit your test scores and a resume.

Statement of Qualifications Form

Complete the Statement of Qualifications and return to the Teacher Certification Program, [email protected]

Interview and Essay

Complete an admission interview with an Alternative Certification program representative.

At the time of the interview, submit a one-page essay titled “What Inspired Me to Become a Teacher”.

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

Decision Letter

Once the interview is complete and all documents have been reviewed, a decision letter will be sent to the applicant offering acceptance into the program or denying admittance.

If accepted, the candidate will return the signed letter to [email protected] within seven days

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for FAFSA and TAFSA financial aid through the state and federal governments during the admission application process. Use code 003565.
  • Apply for outside scholarships once you are admitted to A&M-Commerce.
  • Check your financial aid and scholarship info through myLeo > Student Resources > Financial Aid Information.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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YOUR PATH TO COMPLETE THE CERTIFICATION

Step 1. Complete Observation Hours and Coursework

Observation Hours

  • Complete 30-hours of required field experience in the content area or grade level you are pursuing.
    • Submit the completed log sheet and reflection questions to the Teacher Certification Office.
    • You cannot begin your teaching assignment until this is complete.

Pre-Internship Training Requirement Courses

  • Complete 4 of the 6 alternative certification courses prior to a paid internship or clinical teaching.
    • You must have a minimum of 3.0 on all coursework.

Pass the TExES content test

  • The Trades and Industry test is combined with the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Test, #270, which you’ll need to pass.
  • Note: Registration in EDCI 515 or EDCI 415 is required during a paid internship or clinical student teaching. For those of you who have not completed a bachelor’s degree will need to be enrolled in EDCI 415.

Step 2. Complete Teaching Assignment Requirement

Choose one of the following two options:

  • Complete two-semester paid internship as a teacher of record.
    • Candidates will apply for positions through the district or region service center.
  • Complete a one-semester unpaid clinical student teaching assignment.
    • The alternative certificate program representative will assist with your application and placement.

During the first semester of your teaching assignment, you must enroll in EDCI 515 or EDCI 415.

Supervision and Fees

All paid interns and clinical student teachers will be supervised by a University Supervisor and Campus Mentor.

  • An internship fee of $1000 per semester is assessed during paid internship/clinical student teaching.

Step 3. Completion Checklist

  • Complete any remaining courses.
  • All tuition and fees for the university, certification agency and program must be paid prior to obtaining certification.
  • Contact the Educator Certification Office during your final semester.
    • They will verify that all requirements are completed.
    • After the verification, you will receive information about how to apply 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
  • ETEC 524 Introduction to Educational Computing
  • EDCI 515 Evidence-Based Learning (to be taken during internship)

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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