Frequently Asked Questions
TMATE, Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education, is a one year alternative certification program. The program begins with summer classes followed by an internship during the fall and spring semesters. Successful completion of the internship and the associated coursework results in a recommendation for the Texas Standard Teaching Certificate.
Credits earned through TMATE can count toward a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction through Tarleton State University.
How do I apply?
Why do I need to make a separate application to the College of Graduate Studies?
In order to enroll in the graduate level TMATE courses, you must be admitted to Tarleton State University though the Graduate Office. The credits you will earn may be applied to a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.
What is the deadline to apply?
What if I will not graduate until after the application deadline?
If you will graduate in May, you may be admitted contingent on satisfactory completion of current courses and conferral of a degree.
What are the entry requirements?
What will I be eligible to teach?
You must teach in a certification area approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The complete list of certification areas is displayed at Certification Areas Offered through TMATE.
How do I qualify for a certification area?
Courses on your transcript(s) will be used to determine your certification content area.
12 semester hours in a specific content area with 2.75 GPA are required for:
- 4-8 content areas
- 7-12 content areas
- EC-12 content areas
12 semester hours with 2.75 GPA in a combination of math, English, science and social studies are required for:
- EC-6 Generalist
- 4-8 Generalists
- EC-12 Special Education
Is a test required to qualify for a certification area?
Yes. After TMATE has approved you for a certification area, you must pass the corresponding content area TExES examination. The exam must be passed as a prerequisite for enrolling in the summer TMATE courses. Study guides for each TExES are available at the Preparation Materials tab on the ETS website.
How do I register to take the TExES?
Register for the content area TExES exam(s) as a Pre-Admission Contest Testing Candidate, PACT.
If you qualify for more than one certification area, you may take more than one content area TExES. Qualifying for multiple certification areas will increase your employability. However, initial certification will be granted in only one certification area, the area in which you complete the internship.
Are additional TExES examinations required for certification?
Yes. In addition to the content area TExES, all interns must pass the Pedagogy and Professional Professional
Responsibilities (PPR) TExES which will be taken during the internship.
Additional TExES exams are required for the following:
• EC-6 Generalist and 4-8 Generalist must pass the English as a Second Language Supplemental (ESL) TExES.
• EC-6 Bilingual must pass the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) and the Bilingual Supplemental.
• Foreign language must pass the Languages Other Than English (LOTE).
May I certify in more than one subject?
No. Your initial Standard Certificate will be granted in the certification area corresponding to your internship.
TEA regulations allow you to add certification areas following your initial certification.
How long does it take to complete certification?
One year. This duration includes the pre-internship coursework, plus the fall and spring internship.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. During the summer TMATE students are eligible to apply for financial aid. Please visit the Financial Aid
website for information or call 254-968-9070. Short term loans (under Forms) are available during each of the summer
sessions as well as the long semesters.
What is the FAFSA school code for Tarleton State University?
What funds are available for applicants related to the military and their dependents?
Your GI Bill benefits may cover certification testing fees and some program expenses. Please visit the Tarleton Military Veterans Services Center for information on benefits provided. 254-968-1805
The Texas Troops to Teachers website is another source of information. 1-800-810-5484
Are any scholarships available to TMATE interns?
The College of Graduate Studies awards a $500 scholarship to graduate students enrolling for their first
semester of graduate work. To qualify, you must declare your intent to earn a graduate degree and be
enrolled for at least 6 graduate semester hours. Additional scholarships are available on a competitive basis.
Please visit the Scholarship Office website.
What is the Internship Fee and how will I pay it?
The Internship Fee of $2600 supports the costs associated with supervising and mentoring TMATE interns.
The fee is deducted from the teacher's salary in 10 monthly installments of $260.
Are the classes online?
The three summer classes are primarily face to face instruction, but are augmented with online components.
The fall and spring classes have 3 or 4 face-to-face meetings on Saturday.
When and where are the classes?
The beginning summer classes start in early June and conclude mid-August. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All TMATE classes meet at the SW Metroplex location, 6777 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76116.
Where may I teach?
TMATE interns may apply in any accredited private or public school within an approximate 150 mile radius of Fort Worth. Schools located beyond this radius may be considered on a case by case basis.
How do I get a teaching position?
You must apply to accredited public or private schools within the TMATE service area for a position in your certification area.
Will I be certified during the internship?
Yes. TMATE interns teach with a Probationary Certificate during the internship year.
Are TMATE interns “Highly Qualified”?
Yes. Interns are “Highly Qualified” as defined by No Child Left Behind.
What if I don’t get a teaching position?
In the event you do not locate employment, you have three options.
1. In some instances, interns are hired mid-year and begin the internship with the spring semester. If
this is the case, you must complete a fall internship before certification requirements are fulfilled.
2. Request your admission to TMATE to remain active for an additional year, thus allowing you to
secure a year-long internship beginning in the fall of the following academic year.
3. Complete certification requirements by serving as a clinical teacher in the spring semester.
What is “clinical teaching”?
Clinical teaching is similar to student teaching. For one semester in a school under the mentorship of a certified teacher and under the supervision of Tarleton faculty. Tarleton will facilitate your placement for the clinical practicum. You will not be employed or paid during the practicum. More information can be found at Clinical Teaching.
Is there a cost for the clinical teaching?
The cost is $1,300, payable in four installment of $325, as well as tuition for the internship course.
How can I get more information?
Attend an Information Session at the Fort Worth location to obtain a full overview of the TMATE program. Information Sessions are scheduled
during the fall and spring. To register online for a session, please click here. You can also contact the
- Dr. Laura Estes – email@example.com – 817-732-7300