Alternative Certification Observation
The State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) requires a minimum of thirty (30) hours of observation prior to the beginning of internship. Documentation of the thirty hours of observation must be submitted to the AC Office prior to recommendation for a probationary certificate.
The primary goal of the observation hours is to help students gain an understanding of the expectations of teachers in a modern society, and make an informed decision on whether or not teaching matches his/her career aspirations.
Observation must take place in the EC-12 School setting in a recognized TEA school and it is recommended that observation take place at the level and teaching field of the certification you are pursuing.
You may contact a school in your area and request a placement for observation or you may follow the AC Observation Application (below) and we will assist with a placement once you have made application to our AC program. A criminal history background check (CHBC) will need to be submitted prior to requesting a placement for you. The appropriate links/forms for CHBC may be found on the application page.
Criminal Background Check — Important Information!!!
Most school districts require a criminal background check be performed before allowing an observer in the district. If a background check is required, it is YOUR (applicant's) responsibility to complete the required form. You may access the forms by clicking on the link Criminal History Investigation Forms or pick one up in the Teacher Certification Office, Ed North, Room 202. It is IMPERATIVE the criminal background forms be completed. Your application will NOT be processed/sent to the district without the required criminal background form. IF YOUR DISTRICT IS NOT LISTED, COMPLETE A GENERIC FORM.
Criminal History Investigation Forms
RETURN TO: Teacher Certification Office, Ed North, Room 202