Master of Education with Non-Traditional Teacher Certification (MENTC)


The Master of Education for Non-Traditional Teacher Certification (MENTC) is a cohort program designed for those who desire a “change of career” into the field of education. This two year program is designed to increase the number of qualified teachers in teaching areas such as: special education, bilingual education, technology applications, and intermediate and secondary math and science. Students who meet entry requirements complete 12 to 18 hours of graduate coursework during the first year of the program and take the necessary content TExES exam(s) in order to meet NCLB requirements for teaching during the second year of the program.

The total number of credit hours for the program is forty-two hours. Six of the forty two hours are a professional internship where the student is supervised by university faculty. Students are allowed to complete their internship in a public, private, or charter school setting and become the teacher of record.

The uniqueness of this program is that it allows individuals to complete requirements for initial teacher certification and earn a Master of Education degree.  MENTC was started in 1996 and is well respected as an alternative teacher preparation program by area school districts.  In 2002, Northside ISD partnered with OLLU in a five year Transition to Teaching grant to prepare teachers in high need areas including special education, bilingual, math and science to teach in high need schools.  To date, almost three hundred students have completed certification requirements in various disciplines and a master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.

In 2003, Our Lady of the Lake University’s teacher preparation program was recognized by the State Board of Educator Certification as one of the top ten teacher preparation programs on teacher retention (over 76% of OLLU graduates remained in teaching more than five years).

In 2005, OLLU was awarded a Teacher Quality Recruitment grant.  MENTC students pursuing bilingual, math, science and special education are encouraged to apply for the CoMeT-R grant.  Please go to for additional information on the grant.

In 2006, OLLU was awarded a Robert Noyce grant to support initial teacher certification in math and science.  Please check with the Center for Science and Math Education for additional information on this grant.

In 2008, Intercultural Development and Research Association (IDRA) partnered with OLLU for a second Transition to Teaching grant with a focus on preparing math and science teachers with bilingual or ESL supplemental certification.  Scholarship assistance is also available for this certification program.  Dr. Jerrie Jackson can provide additional information on this grant.

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