Texas Engineering Extension TEEX (new!)

#14 Texas Engineering Extension Service—TEEX
Limited Transfer

What:  free college credits in Cybersecurity open to anyone!

What:  inexpensive college credits in Forensics open to anyone!

NEW:  on April 8, 2019, TEEX received ACE approval to offer their online forensics courses to the public for college credit!  This page now has TWO sections, one for Cybersecurity and one for Forensics!

Type of Credit:  ACE Credit (What is ACE?)


TEEX Cybersecurity (1-10 college credits) 


Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) offers ACE-approved courses recommended for college credit in cybersecurity. These are DHS/FEMA funded and therefore free for the general public to take.  This program expires 11/30/2021

In February, TEEX and ACE did a switch-up on how these courses are evaluated for credit.  If you’ve already taken TEEX (before December 2018) you can take them AGAIN and the new college credit values – be aware that your old credit will also still be part of your ACE transcript so you may need to ask your target college to use the new credits instead of the old ones.

There are 2 options for claiming your Cybersecurity credit.

OPTION 1 (Original Method) TEEX for Cybersecurity

3-10 credits

Even with the change, I’m leaving this original method here because it is actually still an option, but if you complete the TEEX courses this way, you have to complete a lot more courses to earn the credit. (see below).  This method uses the umbrella course names (Cyber 101, 201, 301) on your ACE transcript instead of the individual course names.

Under this method, you would have 3 courses on your ACE transcript (Cyber 101, 201, and 301) worth 10 credits.

  • Cyber 101 – Cybersecurity for Everyone (was 2 credits –> now 4 credits)
    • Must complete all 3:
      • ARW168 Cyber Law and White Collar Crime
      • ARW174 Cyber Ethics
      • ARW175 Information Security for Everyone
  • Cyber 201 – Cybersecurity for IT Professionals (was 2 credits –> now 3 credits)
    • Must complete all 4:
      • ARW138 Network Assurance
      • AWR139 Digital Forensics Basics
      • ARW173 Information Security Basics
      • ARW178 Secure Software
  • Cyber 301 – Cybersecurity for Business Pro (was 2 credits –> now 3 credits)
    • Must complete all 3:
      • ARW169 Cyber Incident Analysis and Response
      • ARW176 Disaster Recovery for Information Systems
      • ARW177 Information Risk Management

OPTION 2 (NEW Method) TEEX for Cybersecurity   *suggested method*

1-11 credits (1 upper level)

Complete each course individually and submit each to ACE for college credit.

  • ARW168 Cyber Law and White Collar Crime, 2 credits
  • AWR174 Cyber Ethics, 2 credits
  • ARW175 Information Security for Everyone, 1 credit
  • ARW138 Network Assurance & AWR 139 Digital Forensics Basics, 1 credit
  • ARW173 Information Security Basics, 1 credit
  • ARW178 Secure Software, 1 credit 
  • ARW169 Cyber Incident Analysis and Response, 1 credit
  • ARW176 Disaster Recovery for Information Systems, 1 credit
  • ARW177 Information Risk Management, UPPER LEVEL 1 credit

Sign up for free Cybersecurity courses here

After you are enrolled, use this login URL to take the classes: https://my.teex.org

Each course consists of reading long modules and taking many quizzes.  Approximate time needed to complete EACH course:  1 day-3 days.


TEEX Forensics/Criminal Justice

(1-13 college credits) 


FSA107 Basic Property Technician, 3 credits, $45
FSA113 Basic Criminal Investigation, 2 credits, $75
FSA114 Death Investigation, 3 credits, $75
FSA115 Foundations of Fingerprint Comparison, 3 credits, $45
FSA116 Foundations of Forensic Photography, 1 credit, $45
FSA118 Foundations of Courtroom Testimony, 1 credit, $45

FSA304 Fingerprint Processing on Difficult Surfaces, NO CREDIT, free
FSA300 Investigative Tools and Equipment, NO CREDIT, free

Non-Credit Paid Courses

TEEX offers many online courses that I have not included because they carry a fee and do not provide college credit.  However, if your teen is interested in: communications, corrections, electric power, electronics/semiconductor manufacturing, explosives training, fire, forensics, law enforcement, safety and health, school safety, security, supply chain distribution management, water and wastewater, and WMD terrorism be sure to check out their full online course catalog!

It is possible to complete the Frontline Forensics Certificate for only $50.  All four courses are offered online.  Note that this certificate is not for college credit but you could award 1/2 high school credit.

Some courses have prerequisites. 

Though these don’t carry college credit, you can award high school credit for all of them!

This content is reprinted in part from Chapter 2 of Homeschooling for College Credit 2nd Edition.

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Sources of FREE College Credit

Creating an ACE Account for your Homeschooled Teen

30 Ways to Earn College Credit