Stephen F. Austin State University

Post Baccalaureate - Alternative Certification

The Offices of Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification

SFA Offers the following Master's Degrees that lead to Initial Certification;

Master of Arts Degree with Certification (Certification for grades 7-12 and EC-12)

Dr. Scott Slough, Program Coordinator


Master of Education in Special Education with Certification as an Educational Diagnostician

Dr. Paige Mask, Program Coordinator


Master of Education in Special Education

Dr. Paige Mask, Program Coordinator


Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education (Certification for grades EC - 6 and 4 - 8)

Dr. Kimberly Welsh, Program Coordinator


Alternative Certification Information

Admission Requirements:

(Special Education MAY require the GRE. See Dr. Paige Mask in Special Education for more details.)

There are three components to getting certified to teach:

After you are admitted with the PACT complete you will receive a letter from Dr. Mize stating you are highly qualified under the terms of No Child Left Behind. With this letter you may apply for jobs.

State requirements prior to teaching include 30 observation hours and 80 hours of course work. This means you will take two online classes prior to being in a classroom. In addition if you are completing the internship you will take an online internship class, and will be supervised and mentored until you have been recommended for your standard certificate - minimum 180 days. If you have not been accepted into our program or hired for a teaching position until after June 15 of a calendar year, you will qualify as a "late hire". In this case you may complete your 30 observation hours within 90 school days of the teaching assignment. (For more information see Texas Administrative Code 228.35)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is all coursework online?

Is there financial aid for this program?

How do I start?

Do I need the meningitis vaccine?


To complete the Master's Degree requirements after certification, please contact one of the the following advisors: