TMATE Certification

Alternative Certification

The Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education (TMATE) program is an exemplary accelerated teacher certification program in Texas with a mission to encourage, engage, and empower our interns. We partner with school districts to develop Texas teachers that:

  •   build relationships with students, parents, community and teammates;
  •   provide instruction and classroom environments conducive to learning; and
  •   collaborate using student data to ensure all students learn.

TMATE is a year-long graduate program for highly motivated people with a bachelor's degree, who want to become certified Texas teachers. TMATE's reputation as an exemplary teacher certification program makes TMATE participants very attractive candidates for school districts seeking to hire beginning teachers. TMATE is offered face-to-face in Fort Worth and online.

Certification is earned through a combination of intensive course work coupled with a paid, year-long internship in a teaching position within a Texas Education Agency accredited school. There is also a clinical teaching option available for one semester with no pay or benefits. The internship/clinical teaching is jointly sponsored and supervised by Tarleton State University and the participating school district.

Through TMATE, teaching certificates may be earned in the following areas:Core EC– 6 (with ESL or Bilingual); Grades 4 – 8 Core and Content Areas; and Grades 7 – 12 Content Areas. All-level certifications are available in Special Education, Physical Education, Art, and Music. A complete list can be found on the TMATE website.

Program Admission

Applicants must submit a complete TMATE application by the deadline and use the legal name on all TMATE documents. Passing content area TExES scores must be submitted no later than the Friday before the first class of the semester. Applicants will be screened for the TMATE program using an interview, writing sample and the required application components. A rubric will be used to determine if a candidate meets the admissions criteria. The TMATE Advisory Council will determine official program acceptance. Potential students must be accepted into the College of Graduate Studies prior to admission in TMATE as TMATE courses can be applied to a master’s degree.

If applicable, a program transfer form must be submitted with the TMATE application. The potential intern may need to contact the Texas Education Agency to ensure PACT eligibility.

Applicants can be given contingent admission pending degree conferral if they are in the last semester of their undergraduate degree.

Note: There will be a two year waiting period to apply to TMATE for those who have previously applied for admission to the Tarleton traditional teacher education program and were denied by the department screening or by the EPC. This includes any student who applied, began class and withdrew for any reason.

TMATE Entry Requirements

TMATE applicants must present a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution along with the following:

          - Overall GPA or the GPA for last 60 hours must be at least 2.75.

          - The content area must match one of the certification areas TMATE offers. There are no exceptions.

          - Register as a PACT, (Pre-Admission Content Test) candidate in order to secure a TEA identification number needed to take the TExES. 

          - Applicants are to submit a passing content TExES score no later than the Friday before the first class of the semester.

Steps to Apply to the TMATE Program

1. Apply to the College of Graduate Studies and pay the $45 non-refundable processing fee.

          - Online Graduate Application through Apply Texas

          - Provide official transcripts to the College of Graduate Studies from all institutions previously attended (excluding Tarleton).

          - Provide proof of residency (if requested).

          - Submit a 200-300-word essay addressing professional and career goals.

          - Apply for Financial Aid (if needed).

2. Complete the TMATE application and submit with a $20 non-refundable application fee to the TMATE Office.

3. Interview with TMATE program staff and provide a writing sample.

Application Deadlines

Fall - July 31st

Spring - November 15th

Summer - April 15

Required Courses for TMATE Certification

EDUC 5311Methods of Effective Teaching3
EDUC 5314Creating and Managing the Learning Environment3
EDUC 5315Content Methodology3
EDUC 5390Selected Topics in Education3
READ 5370Literacy Development3
Total Hours15

TMATE Program Requirements  

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with TMATE Certification

Field of Study Courses
EDUC 5303Foundations of Curriculum3
EDUC 5338Curriculum Design and Implementation3
EDUC 5398Techniques of Research3
Elective3
Other Required Courses
EDUC 5311Methods of Effective Teaching3
EDUC 5314Creating and Managing the Learning Environment3
READ 5370Literacy Development3
EDUC 5390Selected Topics in Education for TMATE 13
EDUC 5390Selected Topics in Education for TMATE 13
EDUC 5315Content Methodology3
Total Hours30
1

 Course must be taken twice for a total of 6 hours and content must vary with each course.

English with TMATE Certification

Field of Study Courses
Choose 1 of the following:3
Rhetoric and Composition:
Studies in Rhetoric
History of Rhetoric I
History of Rhetoric II
Rhetorical Criticism
Introduction to Visual Rhetoric
Seminar in Professional Writing
Grant and Proposal Writing
Intercultural Technical and Professional Writing
Choose 1 of the following:3
British Literature:
Studies in Modern Fiction
Studies in Literature Before 1500
Modern American and British Poetry
Choose 1 of the following:3
American Literature:
Studies in American Literature
Studies in Modern Fiction
Modern American and British Poetry
Choose 1 of the following:3
Other:
Studies in the English Language
Studies in Comparative Literature
Choose an additional 3 hours from the options above3
Other Required Courses
EDUC 5311Methods of Effective Teaching3
EDUC 5314Creating and Managing the Learning Environment3
READ 5370Literacy Development3
EDUC 5399Internship in Teaching (must repeat for an additional 3 hours)6
or EDUC 5695 Practicum in Clinical Teaching
ENGL 5398Methods of Bibliography and Research Analysis3
or ENGL 5396 Digital Humanities
ENGL 5380Studies in the Teaching of Composition3
Total Hours36

Master of Arts in History with TMATE Certification

Field of Study Courses
21 Hours in Graduate Content Area Courses. Students may be required to take some leveling work before taking History graduate courses. Undergraduate work in discipline will be evaluated prior to admission to program.
Other Required Courses
HIST 5398Historiography and HIstorical Method3
EDUC 5311Methods of Effective Teaching3
EDUC 5314Creating and Managing the Learning Environment3
READ 5370Literacy Development3
EDUC 5695Practicum in Clinical Teaching (Students take 2 semesters of EDUC 5399 or 1 semester of 5695)6
or EDUC 5399 Internship in Teaching

Dr. Laura Estes, TMATE Director
Tarleton State University
6777 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 313
Fort Worth, TX 76116
817-717-3690
estes@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/tmate