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PACE - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Please read through the MAT/PACE Information/Application packet for specific program information.
How is MAT/PACE different from the traditional method of preparing teachers?
The State Board of Education and The Higher Education Coordinating Board have authorized West Texas A&M University to offer MAT/PACE as accelerated teacher preparation program in conjunction with a master’s degree. Because MAT/PACE operates under the guidelines of alternative certification, degreed individuals have the opportunity to obtain teacher certification within 16-18 months. Upon completing certification, candidates may continue their studies and complete the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
How do I apply to the MAT/PACE program?
Determine the content/grade level of the target certificate and take the applicable Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) prior to program application, if possible, through the Pre-Admission Content Testing system. Submit the TExES score report or a copy of the ticket confirming test registraiton, with the application, fee, two passport photos, and sealed certified transcripts. Once the application has been evaluated, the applicant will be notified of program approval status. 
 
I have applied and received my certification plan? What do I do next? 
Sign and return the confirmation page within 30 days of receipt and call to schedule an advising appointment, (806) 651-2599, with a program adviser.  
Upon notification of program pre-approval, apply to WT’s Graduate School to begin professional development course work during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Submit complete the online interview, and upon completion of 30 clock hours of field-based experiences, submit the Field Experience Reflection Survey.
 
What if I do not have an overall or content area GPA of 2.75? Do I have any options?
You can work with a MAT/ PACE adviser to correct your GPA deficiencies. The quickest way to bring up your GPA is to repeat classes in which you did poorly. If you are not pre-admitted due to GPA issues, you cannot begin education course work until the 2.75 overall GPA has been reached.
 
What is the difference between pre-approved versus fully admitted to the program?
Pre-approved applicants may begin course work and complete 30 hours of early field-based experiences. However, a pre-approved candidate cannot take EDPD 6331 and is not eligible for a supervised teaching experience (clinical teaching or internship). A fully admitted candidate has passed the TExES content test under the PACT system, has completed/submitted the 30 hours of early field experience, and has completed or is enrolled in 6 SCH of professional development course work. Fully admitted candidates are allowed to complete all course work and may pursue completion of a supervised teaching experience (clinical teaching or internship).
 
Why am I required to complete early field-based experiences?
School society is ever changing. Each applicant needs to experience the present day school atmosphere before making a final commitment to teaching. In addition, the applicant can gain valuable information from the observation and interactive experiences. Also, 30 hours of field-based experiences prior to internship or clinical teaching is a requirement of Texas Administrative Code.
 
Do I have to do clinical teaching for my supervised teaching experience?
No. Fully admitted candidates may choose to finish through two options, clinical teaching or internship. Please refer to the information/application packet for a description of each option.
 
Under full admission, can I be hired as an intern teacher and be designated as teacher of record?
Yes, fully admitted candidates may teach on a Texas probationary certificate, and must be assigned as teacher of record to teach a full day in the grade level and content area of the certificate.
 
Must an emergency situation exist before a district can employ a CERT candidate as an intern?
No. Districts may fill vacancies with interns at their convenience, just as they would with any qualified candidate.
 
Who supervises the MAT/PACE intern while in residence at the school district?
The intern will be under the direct, ongoing and shared supervision of the building administrator, MAT/PACE personnel, a field supervisor, and a mentor teacher. This cadre of individuals will provide instructional and professional support, assistance, and supervision. They will also evaluate the success of the intern's teaching experience.
 
How do PACE/MAT candidates secure jobs?
Eligible candidates should begin applying with school districts early, but usually not before March.
  • WT's Career Services holds an Educator Expo (job fair) each spring, which is an excellent opportunity to meet principals, superintendents, and personnel directors from the area.
  • Open a personnel file with WTAMU Career Services, (806) 651-2345, and access the website for resume writing and interviewing assistance.
  • Substitute teaching, if possible, is an excellent method of “getting known” in the school(s).
  • Region 16 (Amarillo) and Region 17 (Lubbock) Educational Service Centers have listings of teaching positions on their websites.
  • Fully admitted candidates may request to be placed on the online list of eligible candidates. This list is shared with school districts to help meet their staffing needs.
Please note that candidates are responsible for obtaining their own teaching internship. Entering into our program does not guarantee a teaching position in the future.
 
What are the high demand fields for internship? What is the largest, non-demand field for internship?
The highest demand areas are bilingual elementary and high school math, science, and foreign language. These areas usually have the smallest candidate pool across the state. The largest candidate pool across the state is EC-6 Generalist.
 
Is financial aid available for this program?
Since the MAT/PACE program is a graduate degree program, qualified candidates may receive student financial aid. All inquiries regarding financial aid should be directed to the WT’s Office of Financial Aid, (806) 651-2924, Old Main, Room 108. 
 
What could cause my removal from the program?
Students may be removed for the following reasons:
  • Unprofessionalism
  • Concerns by school personnel
  • Falsification of personal/academic information
  • Felonies/Misdemeanors charges subject to action by the Texas Education Agency
  • Failing grades in course work and/or falling below a 3.0 in course work