The Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) Program provides a pathway for high school students to begin earning college credit toward a certificate or degree.

Login to your ATC account

Teachers applying for eligibility to teach an ATC-approved course should proceed to their dashboard, the one-stop-shop to take action on all items related to ATC-course eligibility. To access an existing account or register a new account, click the login button in the top right corner of your screen now.

Submit a teacher application

ATC Teacher Eligibility Requirements

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):

Requirement 1: The teacher must have a baccalaureate degree or higher with a major in the teaching discipline.
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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.

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.

Teacher Application

The Teacher Application consists of four parts:

  1. 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 transcripts@atctexas.org or by direct mail to the following address:

    Advanced Technical Credit Program
    1700 Millrace Drive
    Eugene, OR 97403

  2. 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.

  3. Employment: Include all non-teaching work experience directly related to the teaching discipline(s) of courses you plan to teach.

  4. Course Selection: Select all courses you plan to teach. The ATC Program will screen your eligibility to teach the selected courses.

ATC Statewide Articulated Course Crosswalks

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.

ATC Prescreening Process

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.

Complete ATC professional development

ATC Program professional development consists of two parts. Part I Training provides an overview of the ATC Program. Part II Training is a course-specific professional development training required for teachers seeking eligibility to teach a particular ATC course. Part I and II Trainings are both completed online.

Part I Training

The Part I Training provides a general overview of the ATC Program and is required of all teachers applying for eligibility to teach an ATC-approved course. Topics include eligibility requirements, ATC Program requirements, articulation, including how students receive college credit through the ATC Program, and the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS).

Teachers complete Part I Training once. Should changes to the ATC Program necessitate changes to Part I Training, teachers may be required to complete it again and would be notified of a timeline.

Part II Training

Part II Training is a course-specific professional development training required for teachers seeking eligibility to teach a particular ATC course. Topics include ATC participation, comparison of the secondary and postsecondary curriculum, and secondary course modifications and enhancements to align to the college-level course. Part II Training also includes information on software, suggested websites, evaluation methods, and relevant college and career information.

Teachers complete Part II Training every three years for each course they plan to teach.

Await decision on eligibility

The ATC Program will review your application, verify education history with an official transcript(s), and confirm successful completion of ATC Program professional development to determine eligibility.

Teacher meets requirements: If a teacher meets all the requirements for a course, email notification will be sent from the ATC Program, eligible courses and their effective and expiration dates will be posted to the Certificate of Eligibility, and the Teacher Dashboard will be updated to reflect course eligibility status.

Teacher doesn’t meet requirements: If the information provided in the Teacher Application shows that the teacher does not meet the requirements for a course, email notification will be sent from the ATC Program with an explanation and the Teacher Dashboard will be updated to reflect course eligibility status.