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Victoria Online Initial Certification for Educators (VOICE) Program

Earn certification in as little as 3 semesters for $3750.

*Books and supplies not included.

For those who have a bachelor’s degree and a desire to teach, the VOICE program is an accredited, completely online route to teacher certification for all grades. It is designed to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind and offers many benefits to students, such as online tests with no proctoring fees and no Saturday or evening meetings to attend.

Before you get started, you’ll need

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Pass a Pre-Admission Certification Test (PACT) for admission to the VOICE Program in the following cases:
    • If the applicant has a GPA below a 2.5 or
    • If the applicant has not completed at least 12 semester credit hours in the subject area of the certificate the applicant is seeking (15 hours if seeking certification in math or science above 7th grade).
  • A GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 hours of your previous coursework or a cumulative GPA 2.75 from all college work
  • A letter of standing if you’ve previously participated in an accelerated certification program (ACP)—only students of good standing within an ACP will be admitted to the VOICE program.
  • To provide a criminal history background check. The background check form may be obtained in the Educator Preparation Office (EPO) and should be returned to the EPO in a sealed envelope or mailed directly from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
  • To live within a 75 mile radius of Victoria or Katy to complete the internship or student teaching practicum options.

For a complete discussion of the VOICE program’s admission requirements, visit the program requirements page.

The VOICE program lets you

  • Decide when to enter the classroom—do an internship and work as a teacher while you complete your coursework or complete a practicum during your last semester.
  • Choose what you want to teach—get your online teacher certification in your choice of four areas:
  • Early childhood (EC) through grade six, Core Subject
  • Grade four through grade eight, Core Subject
  • Grade seven through grade 12
    • Math
    • Science
    • History
    • English, Language Arts & Reading
  • EC–12
    • Physical Education
    • Spanish
  • Choose your path —
    • Complete your teacher certification in three semesters if taking the student teaching practicum option;
      or
    • Complete teacher certification in four semesters if taking the paid internship option. 
  • Pay as you go:
    • Cost is limited to expenses for the application fee, six graduate-level courses.
    • Payment is due as costs are incurred for tuition each semester.
    • You are not financially or academically obligated beyond the semester you register for the VOICE program.
    • Qualifying students are eligible for the Troops to Teachers program or the Spouses to Teachers program.

What You Can Earn

Along with Texas teacher certification, you can earn master’s degree credits!

  • Apply up to 12 teacher certification hours toward an MEd in curriculum and instruction at UHV and choose from the following specializations:
    • Elementary education—elementary science, elementary math, or reading specialist (K-12)
    • Secondary Education
  • Complete an MEd in curriculum and instruction with an additional four to six classes.
  • Take remaining master’s courses online, face-to-face, or in blended/hybrid formats.

Where Can This Certification Take You?

Well, where would you like to go? Teachers are needed all over the state of Texas in public and private schools. Our VOICE program students leave well equipped for opportunities and challenges today’s classrooms.

There’s a lot ahead of you. You can go anywhere and do anything—follow a path or forge a brand new one. It’s all up to you, and we’re here to help prepare you for whatever journey lies ahead. But, don’t stop with certification. See other Degree Options below to earn a master’s degree in education.

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Other Degree Options

Consider going the whole route and earn your master’s degree as you get certified to teach. We now have three new master’s degrees with teacher certification. Go to Masters Degrees with Teacher Certification to learn more.

Tuition Rates

VOICE Program students will pay $3750 plus books and supplies for all six courses needed for certification.