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"After researching the competitor, it was clear that ACT was a reputable company. Hearing the different opinions of the school district HR people, it was clear to me that ACT was a very respected program."

– David

"The emphasis placed on the classroom management training really paid off. Figuring out the content is a evolving thing, but showing up with a solid classroom management plan made life easier."

– Sarah

"The feedback received from my Field Supervisor was pivotal in providing an outside perspective as well as providing me a neutral person to vent to."

– Tony

"I have already recommended this company to other individuals. This program is clearly out to help new teachers and is not focused on simply taking your money."

– Tammy

"I chose ACT because of their training timeframe, their ability to help with finding a job, and their cost effectiveness."

– Raul

"The Field Supervisor is great. They are always available to help and give feedback."

– Bob

"ACT made it easy for me to get my certification while staying with my former employer as long as possible."

– Jim

CPE

Have a Standard Certificate for teaching issued in Texas?
Need CPE credits to renew your certificate?
ACT can help!

Standard certificates were first issued on Sept. 1, 1999, and replaced the lifetime provisional certificates. Texas no longer issues lifetime provisional certificates. An educator with a standard certificate in Texas is required to renew his or her standard certificate(s) every five years.

Visit the Texas Education Website for the most current information on certificate renewal:
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5572

ACT Distance Learning is an approved CPE provider and offers a variety of topics and activities that can be applied toward certificate renewal.  These CPE activities are easily accessible and assist educators in staying current with best practices in our schools today. 

Click on the current topic for CPE credit to read more about the activity and necessary steps to get signed up to earn CPE credit.

Have questions?

Call Dr. Queen at 210-877-1975 or email at rqueen@actsanantonio.com

Current Topics for CPE Credit

Reading Strategies for Success

20 CPE credits

$200

This is a research based online module that candidates will need to access and complete several activities to engage struggling readers at every level. Candidates will need the following book:

Thompson, J. G. 2013. The first years teacher’s survival guide, 3rd edition. 
San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

You may purchase the book from ACT for $30 and we will mail it to you.

Assessment:  At the end of the module, candidates will take an online Reading test and must score 80% within 2 attempts. Candidates will also need to email / scan in several documents that are created throughout the module as evidence of completion.

  1. Paypal – pay online now
  2. Complete CPE Information Sheet (click here)
  3. Assignment outline and handouts will be emailed right away and arrangements made if a text book is needed.
  4. Upon completion of the activity, all necessary documents will be returned (via email, fax or regular mail) to ACT for evaluation.
  5. ACT will email CPE certificate when documents have been processed.

Research Based Instructional Strategies

15 CPE credits

$150

This is a research based online module that candidates will access and complete several activities to gain an understanding of Robert Marzano’s instructional strategies for the classroom. Candidates will need the following book:

Thompson, J. G. 2013. The first years teacher’s survival guide, 3rd edition. 
San Franscisco:  Jossey-Bass.

You may purchase the book from ACT for $30 and we will mail it to you.

Assessment:  At the end of the module, candidates will complete activity assessments and email / scan them to ACT staff.

  1. Paypal – pay online now (payment with book … payment without book)
  2. Complete CPE Information Sheet (click here)
  3. Assignment outline and handouts will be emailed right away and arrangements made if a text book is needed.
  4. Upon completion of the activity, all necessary documents will be returned (via email, fax or regular mail) to ACT for evaluation.
  5. ACT will email CPE certificate when documents have been processed.

Harry Wong / Behavior Management

15 CPE credits

$150

This is a book study on How to be an Effective Teacher:  The First Days of School, by Harry and Rosemary Wong. You will need the book to complete the study. This book is available in many public libraries and school libraries. It would be a great resource to add to your professional library. If you can not find the book, you may purchase it online from any bookstore or from our office for $30 and we will mail it to you. This activity will require you to read, reflect, and observe a classroom teacher for a minimum of 6 hours.

Assessment:  At the end of the module, you will need to email / scan in several documents that are created throughout the module.

  1. Paypal – pay online now  (payment with book … payment without book)
  2. Complete CPE Information Sheet (click here)
  3. Assignment outline and handouts will be emailed right away and arrangements made if a text book is needed.
  4. Upon completion of the activity, all necessary documents will be returned (via email, fax or regular mail) to ACT for evaluation.
  5. ACT will email CPE certificate when documents have been processed.

Harry Wong / Lesson Mastery

15 CPE credits

$150

This is a book study on How to be an Effective Teacher:  The First Days of School, by Harry and Rosemary Wong. You will need the book to complete the study. This book is available in many public libraries and school libraries. It would be a great resource to add to your professional library.  If you can not find the book, you may purchase it online from any bookstore or from our office for $30 and we will mail it to you.   This activity will require you to read, reflect, and observe a classroom teacher for a minimum of 6 hours.

Assessment:  At the end of the module, you will need to email / scan in several documents that are created throughout the module.

  1. Paypal – pay online now  (payment with book … payment without book)
  2. Complete CPE Information Sheet (click here)
  3. Assignment outline and handouts will be emailed right away and arrangements made if a text book is needed.
  4. Upon completion of the activity, all necessary documents will be returned (via email, fax or regular mail) to ACT for evaluation.
  5. ACT will email CPE certificate when documents have been processed.

Creating a Teacher Website

10 CPE credits

$100

Create a professional teacher website that will be valuable to you as a personal page that will highlight essential elements necessary for your classroom.  This website can easily be transformed into a classroom website once you are in the classroom.

Assessment:  Step by step directions will be given to create a website on Weebly.com that is free to set up.  A checklist will outline approximately ten components that will need to be created and included on the teacher website  (ex: teacher resume, introduction letter, classroom behavior management plan, …)  Upon complete of the website, submit a link to your created page for evaluation and evidence of completion.

  1. Paypal – pay online now
  2. Complete CPE Information Sheet (click here)
  3. Assignment outline and handouts will be emailed right away.
  4. Upon completion of the activity, all necessary documents will be returned (via email) to ACT for evaluation.
  5. ACT will email CPE certificate when documents have been processed.

Technology in the Classroom:

10 CPE credits

$50

Explore Youtube to view elements of technology that are being used in today’s classrooms.

Assessment:  Upon completion of viewing videos, provide a reflective summary of each video.

  1. Paypal – pay online now
  2. Complete CPE Information Sheet (click here)
  3. Assignment outline and handouts will be emailed right away.
  4. Upon completion of the activity, all necessary documents will be returned (via email) to ACT for evaluation.
  5. ACT will email CPE certificate when documents have been processed.

Interactive On-line Workshops

5 CPE credits

$25

Thirteen ed online has created a series of workshops, Concept to Classroom, that are eligible for CPE credits once approved by an administrator.

Write a professional, reflective summary of the workshop and we can provide approval for CPE credits.

Check out their website for workshop details: http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/index.html

Workshop Descriptions

  • After-School Programs - From Vision to Reality
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Curriculum Redesign
  • Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning
  • Cooperative and Collaborative Learning
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Interdisciplinary Learning in Your Classroom
  • Making Family and Community Connections
  • Tapping into Multiple Intelligences
  • Teaching to Academic Standards
  • WebQuests
  • Why the Net? An Interactive Tool for the Classroom
  1. Paypal – pay online now
  2. Complete CPE Information Sheet (click here)
  3. Assignment outline and handouts will be emailed right away.
  4. Upon completion of the activity, all necessary documents will be returned (via email) to ACT for evaluation.
  5. ACT will email CPE certificate when documents have been processed.

Professional Book Studies:

5 CPE credits

$25

Read and reflect on an educational reference that will enhance classroom performance and you can earn CPE credits. Professional references must be approved beforehand. 

  1. Paypal – pay online now
  2. Complete CPE Information Sheet (click here) and wait for book approval
  3. Assignment outline will be emailed right away.
  4. Upon completion of the activity, all necessary documents will be returned (via email) to ACT for evaluation.
  5. ACT will email CPE certificate when documents have been processed.

Code of Ethics:

2 CPE credits

$25

Complete the TEA video series on ethical behavior for teachers in the classroom.

Assessment: Complete series related questions and reflection piece.

  1. Paypal – pay online now
  2. Complete CPE Information Sheet (click here)
  3. Assignment outline will be emailed right away.
  4. Upon completion of the activity, all necessary documents will be returned (via email) to ACT for evaluation.
  5. ACT will email CPE certificate when documents have been processed.

Strategies for Classroom Success:

100 CPE credits

$495

Candidates will participate in our complete hybrid model of classroom preparation. Instruction will be provided through 1) two online modules and 2) the option of face to face instruction or independent learning. Comprehensive techniques and strategies will encompass the entire classroom with activities and assignments in the following areas:

  • Research based instructional strategies
  • Classroom and behavior management
  • Curriculum and lesson planning
  • Reading strategies for success
  • Equity for Learners with special needs
  • Classroom technology
  • Job skills and interviewing

Candidates will need the following book:
Thompson, J. G. 2013. The first years teacher’s survival guide, 3rd edition. 
San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

This book is included in the purchase price and will be mailed to you.

Assessment: Complete all modules and create a teacher website from easy to follow directions that will document required evidence of module completion.

  1. Paypal – pay online now
  2. Complete CPE Information Sheet (click here)
  3. Assignment outline will be emailed right away.  Text book to be mailed.
  4. Upon completion of the activity, all necessary documents will be returned (via email link ) to ACT for evaluation.
  5. ACT will email CPE certificate when documents have been processed.