Teachers of ATC-approved courses are expected to hold the same credentials as their community and technical college counterparts who teach equivalent college-level courses as defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Teachers must meet one of the two following eligibility requirements to teach a course for Advanced Technical Credit (ATC):
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.
The Teacher Application consists of four parts:
Education: Include all degrees earned, including major. For proof of your degrees, you must have official transcripts sent directly to the ATC Program from the issuing institution. Non-degreed individuals will not be eligible to teach ATC courses.
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. Official transcripts may be sent from the issuing institution to the ATC Program preferably by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by direct mail to the following address:
Advanced Technical Credit Program
1700 Millrace Drive
Eugene, OR 97403
Professional Certifications and Licenses: Certain ATC courses have additional requirements because their equivalent community and technical college courses prepare students for certification or licensure or are subject to accreditation by an external agency. For example, if you teach "Veterinary Medical Applications," you must have a Veterinary Tech Certificate. For more information on which courses have additional teacher requirements, reference the ATC Statewide Articulated Course Crosswalk. You should list certifications and licenses that are relevant to the courses you plan to teach.
Employment: Include all non-teaching work experience directly related to the teaching discipline(s) of courses you plan to teach.
Course Selection: Select all courses you plan to teach. The ATC Program will screen your eligibility to teach the selected courses.
The ATC Statewide Articulated Course Crosswalk lists all the ATC-approved courses and their equivalent college course(s) for a given school year. ATC-approved courses must cover competencies beyond the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and be enhanced to meet postsecondary requirements before being offered. These enhancements are outlined in the ATC Statewide Articulated Course Crosswalk and/or in Part II Training.
To review the ATC Statewide Articulated Course Crosswalks click here.
The ATC Program offers a prescreening process for high school teachers applying for eligibility to teach an ATC-approved course. Prescreening is an evaluation of a teacher's education and employment credentials to teach a particular course and is conducted based on information provided in the Teacher Application.
Prescreening will only determine potential eligibility. An official transcript must be on file, and ATC Program professional development must be completed before eligibility is determined.