Program requirements

We look for applicants who:

  • Are passionate and service oriented with students' best interests in mind
  • Value the time and perspectives of colleagues and administrators
  • Have set high expectations for themselves personally and professionally
  • Are receptive to feedback in order to grow as a classroom teacher
  • Practice flexibility and resiliency when faced with challenges and setbacks
  • Understand that student achievement is the forefront of all we do
  • Are willing to reach out to students, families, and communities to build strong relationships and foundations
  • Embraces and supports new ideas that promote student and teacher growth
  • Demonstrate professionalism during all written correspondence and oral communication with ACT-RGV.


Your degree must be from an accredited institution of higher education as required by the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Administration Code.

You may search for accredited institutions at the United States on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) website.


This will be determined in one of the following ways:

Minimum 2.50 GPA (your undergraduate GPA as posted on conferred degree transcript), or
Minimum 2.50 GPA in last 60 hours.


In addition to meeting the basic admissions requirements, you must have all required content-related tests passed prior to enrollment.  


ACT-RGV will review your TEA account and take the following into consideration when evaluating for admission:

  • Previous Educator Preparation Program participation
  • Certification testing record


If you are currently enrolled in another alternative certification program and would like to transfer, please provide a transcript of all titled coursework with hours earned for review.


If you are currently completing your final semester of coursework toward a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education as required by Texas Education Agency and the Texas Administration Code, and you currently meet the identified admission requirements, then you may be eligible for admission on a contingency basis.

To qualify for contingency admittance, you must provide the following documentation along with your application by the  deadlines:

We offer training three times a year: Fall, Spring, Summer.

 An applicant may be accepted into an alternative certification program on a contingency basis pending receipt of an official transcript showing degree conferred and have passed all content related tests.  An applicant admitted on a contingency basis may begin program training, but shall not be recommended for a certificate until the bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education has been conferred. 

The contingency admission will be valid for only the fall, spring, or summer semester for which the contingency admission was granted and may not be extended for another semester. The end of each semester shall be consistent with the common calendar established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Contingent candidates who wish to transition into full program admission must meet all general admissions requirements and must provide ACT-RGV an official transcript reflecting a conferred degree prior to receiving full acceptance documentation.


Graduates from a university outside of the United States or U.S. territories must provide:

Proof of oral English language proficiency on the Internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) test, with  a minimum speaking score of 24, listening score of 22, reading score of 22, and writing score of 21 or proof of graduation from a country whose official language is English. 

TEA provides a list of foreign credential review companies that will be accepted by ACT-RGV.  The evaluation must include a U.S. equivalency for each credential, a course-by-course analysis, and a GPA of credit hours.