The Advanced Technical Credit
Texas Program

The ATC Texas Program provides a pathway for high school students to earn credit toward a college technical certificate or degree. ATC courses are offered at public high schools in Texas and articulate to courses at Texas community and technical colleges. They address relevant career and technical education content and instruction and offer enhanced curricula to meet rigorous college-level requirements.

ATC Texas is a joint initiative of the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Navigating the ATC Website

After logging into your account, you will land on your dashboard, from which you take action on all items related to ATC-course eligibility.

If you have trouble logging in, you may be using the wrong password. On the login page, click "Forgot Password" to reset your password. If you are unable to reset your password using the prompts on the login page, please send an email to support@atctexas.org with your full name and date of birth.

The Certificate of Eligibility lists all ATC-approved courses that teachers are eligible to teach, along with their effective and expiration dates.

If certain courses are missing from your Certificate of Eligibility, your ATC application may still be under review. It may take up to thirty days after completion of Part II Training before eligible courses are posted to your Certificate of Eligibility. If additional materials are requested, it may take longer. After your application is processed, email notification will be sent from the ATC Program, your Teacher Dashboard will be updated to reflect your course eligibility status, and eligible courses and their effective and expiration dates will be posted to your Certificate of Eligibility.

After your application is processed, your Teacher Dashboard will be updated to reflect your course eligibility status, and eligible courses and their effective and expiration dates will be posted to your Certificate of Eligibility.

You may not see certain courses because these were not approved. If you are determined ineligible to teach a particular course, your Teacher Dashboard will be updated to reflect your course eligibility status. Please regularly check your Teacher Dashboard.

Part II Training requires a separate registration and login at another website. It can be accessed from your Teacher Dashboard.

We recommend using Firefox as your browser when completing Part II Training. The browser and device used to complete Part II Training needs to support Adobe Flash Player.

For other technical questions please contact atcsupport@tccta.org.


About ATC Eligibility Screening

The ATC Texas Program is not connected with state teacher certification. A teacher can be eligible to teach an ATC-approved course without being certified by the Secondary Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), and vice versa. Because the purpose of ATC courses is to give students the opportunity to earn college credit at community and technical colleges for courses taken in high school, teachers of these courses are expected to meet or exceed education and employment background requirements of their community college counterparts. Eligibility requirements for the ATC Texas Program, therefore, are often different from those for state teacher certification.

If the ATC Texas Program determines that you are ineligible to teach a particular course for ATC, your students cannot get college credit for this course through the ATC Texas Program. The ATC Texas Program is not the same as the Secondary Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), which certifies teachers in Texas to teach in public schools. Your students can still receive high school credit.

The ATC Texas Program may request more information to determine if a teacher's education and employment credentials meet the ATC requirements and those defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for college faculty. Certain ATC courses have additional requirements because their equivalent community college courses prepare students for licensure or certification or are subject to accreditation by an external agency. More information may be requested to verify that these additional requirements are met.

Based on a review of your education and employment credentials, including the information submitted in your Teacher Application and your official transcript, you do not meet the requirements to teach a particular course for advanced technical credit. You may be eligible to teach other courses for advanced technical credit.


About ATC Teacher Eligibility Requirements

Teachers must meet one of the three following requirements to be eligible to teach a course for advanced technical credit (ATC), as well as any instructor requirements listed on the ATC Texas Course Crosswalk:

Requirement 1: The teacher must have a bachelor's degree or higher with a major in the teaching discipline.
OR
Requirement 2: The teacher must have a minimum of an associate degree and three (3) years of verifiable non-teaching work experience directly related to the teaching discipline. Some of the work experience must have occurred during the past three (3) years.
OR
Requirement 3: The teacher must have a minimum of an associate degree and three (3) years of verifiable non-teaching work experience directly related to the teaching discipline. If the work experience occurred more than three (3) years ago, the teacher must demonstrate the completion of non-ATC professional development in the teaching discipline in the past three (3) years.

Teaching discipline: Subject area for the ATC course you wish to teach. For example, the teaching discipline for "Principles of Marketing" would be marketing; the teaching discipline for "Court Systems and Practices" would be criminal justice.

Education Credentials: For proof of their degree, teachers must have official transcripts sent directly to the ATC Texas Program from the issuing institutions.

Employment Credentials: For proof of work experience, teachers are asked to submit a full work history as part of the Teacher Application.

The ATC Texas Program aims to help students earn credit at community and technical colleges for courses taken in high school. To offer these courses, high school teachers instructing ATC courses are held to the same or higher education and employment background requirements as their community and technical college counterparts who teach equivalent college courses. The ATC Texas Program reviews teacher education and employment credentials to assure participating community and technical colleges that teachers meet the ATC requirements and those defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for college faculty.

Certain ATC courses have additional requirements because their equivalent community college courses prepare students for licensure or certification or are subject to accreditation by an external agency. Teachers may be asked to provide additional information if teaching one of these courses.

Please review the ATC Texas Course Crosswalk to determine if the course you wish to teach has additional instructor requirements.

The ATC Texas Program requires official transcripts to confirm that high school teachers of articulated courses meet the minimum Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requirements.

An official transcript is one that has been received directly from the issuing institution. It must bear the institution's seal, an appropriate signature, and a date. Only transcripts that show a degree received are required; it is not necessary to send transcripts showing coursework with no degree.

Official transcripts may be sent from the issuing institution to the ATC Program, preferably by email to transcripts@atctexas.org, or by direct mail to the following address:

Advanced Technical Credit Texas Program
1700 Millrace Drive
Eugene, OR 97403