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Application Deadlines

Fall Priority
July 31
August 1
Spring Priority
November 15
December 1
Summer Priority
February 15
April 1

Application Process

  1. Meet TMATE Entry Requirements
  2. Admission to Tarleton State University College of Graduate Studies
  3. Complete the TMATE Program Application Process


The Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education (TMATE) program, was established in 1986 and was one of the first university-based approved alternative teacher certification programs in Texas. Since then thousands of people have made successful career transitions into the teaching profession through TMATE.

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

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1. Pre-internship Coursework

Pre-internship coursework will be completed in one semester and is geared for the working adult. Classes are hybrid.

  • Zoom sessions are held in the evenings from 6:30-9:15pm.
  • Class frequency and evening will be determined by the professor and the semester of the coursework.
  • Courses are hybrid (some zoom & some online) or online. See the TMATE Handbook for specific details. 
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2. Successfully complete the coursework.

  • The Student Handbook provides information regarding all aspects of the TMATE program. The acknowledgment form must be signed and returned before classes begin.
  • The FERPA Form must be signed and returned to the TMATE office before classes begin.
  • If you are transferring from Tarleton’s undergraduate program (formerly known as TIMS), please review the Student Handbook.
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3. Secure a teaching position or clinical teaching.


  • Full teacher pay & benefits
  • Teach during the fall & spring
  • Mentor teacher and TMATE staff provide advice and encouragement
  • Probationary/Intern Certificate issued
  • Interns take one class per semester

Clinical teachers

  • No teacher pay or benefits
  • One semester fall or spring
  • Mentor teacher and TMATE staff provide advice and encouragement
  • Clinical teachers take 6 hours of coursework during the clinical semester
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4. Satisfactorily conclude internship/clinical teaching

Interns/clinical teachers are recommended for the Standard Texas Teaching Certificate upon successful completion of the 18 hours of coursework & certification requirements.