Frequently Asked Questions
TMATE, Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education, is an alternative certification program that enables you to achieve Texas teacher certification through graduate level courses in one year. The program operates on a cycle beginning with summer classes followed by an internship during the fall and spring semesters. During the internship, you will be employed as a classroom teacher-of-record by a school and receive the same salary and benefits as any other first year certified teacher within the district. You will also be enrolled in a graduate level course during both 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 may be applied to 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?
Entry requirements are:
- Bachelor degree or higher
- 12 hours with a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) in a certification area
- Minimum 2.50 GPA in your last 60 hours
- Admission to the Tarleton College of Graduate Studies
- Acceptable scores on the General GRE
- Passing scores on the content area Texas Examinations for Educator Standards (TExES)
- 30 hours of field experience in the intended certification area
- Successful completion of an oral interview and essay
- Entry requirements listed on the TMATE website
Do I have to take the GRE?
Yes. TMATE requires GRE, Graduate Record Exam, as evidence of proficiency in fundamental academic skills. The College of Graduate Studies also requires satisfactory GRE scores for admission to a graduate program.
What will I be eligible to teach?
You must teach in a certification area approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). The complete list of certification areas is displayed at Certification Areas Offered through TMATE.
How do I qualify for a certification area?
Courses shown 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
- 6-12 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.
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).
• Foreign language must pass the Languages Other Than English (LOTE).
When do I take certification examinations?
Prior to beginning the TMATE courses in June, passing scores are required on the content area TExES.
- The BTLPT required for EC-6 Bilingual only must also be passed before summer classes.
- The PPR will be completed during the fall semester of the internship.
- The ESL or the LOTE will be taken during the spring semester of the internship.
May I certify in more than one subject?
No. Your initial Standard Certificate will be granted in the certification area corresponding to your internship.
SBEC Rules allow you to add certification areas following your initial certification.
How long does it take to attain certification?
One year. This duration includes the pre-internship coursework, plus the fall and spring internship.
How much does the TMATE program cost?
Tuition: Estimated cost is $3,600.
Internship Fee: $2,600
Additional expenses associated with obtaining certification:
- Graduate Application Fee and TMATE Evaluation Fee: $50
- TExES Exams: $120 per exam
- GRE: $160
- Probationary Certificate: $52
- Standard Certificate: $77
- Fingerprinting & Criminal History Check: $42.25
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. Contact information for Ms. Elizabeth Johnson, Coordinator, is 254-968-1805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Is any other financial assistance available?
Some other resources are available. A listing is provided on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. From this site you can link to other possibilities including the Texas Workforce Commission and grants.
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 your salary in 10 monthly installments of $260. Your employing district forwards
payments to TMATE.
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, with most work being completed
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 60 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. TMATE will assist you in locating employment, but cannot guarantee you will find a position. Please see the Employment Listings for possible job openings.
Career Services of Tarleton State University provides valuable assistance in obtaining employment as a teacher. They offer a number of services and sponsor a Teacher Job Fair each April.
Will I be certified during the internship?
Yes. TMATE interns teach under 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 a clinical practicum in the spring semester.
What is a “clinical practicum”?
The clinical practicum is similar to student teaching. You will teach for one semester in a school classroom
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, but will be enrolled for 3 semester hours.
Is there a cost for the clinical practicum?
The cost is $1,300, payable in four installment of $325. During the practicum you will enroll for one graduate
course. Tuition and fees are due under Tarleton deadlines for spring enrollment.
How can I get more information?
Study the TMATE website. You may also find it helpful to attend an Information Session at the Fort
Worth location to obtain a full overview of the TMATE program. Information Sessions are scheduled
primarily during the fall and spring. To register online for a session, please click here. You can also contact the
- Fort Worth Coordinator – Dr. Randy Ford – email@example.com – 817-732-7300
What do all the initials stand for?
TMATE – Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education
BTLPT – Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (Spanish)
EC – Early Childhood
ESL – English as a Second Language
GPA – Grade point average
GRE – Graduate Record Exam – please take General GRE
LOTE – Languages Other Than English
NCLB – No Child Left Behind
PACT – Pre-Admission Content Test
PPR – Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities
SBEC – State Board for Educator Certification
TEA – Texas Education Agency
TExES – Texas Examinations of Educator Standards