Austin ISD Teacher Academy (ATA) Program
The Region 13 ATA Program is an innovative and unique partnership between the Austin Independent School District (AISD) and the Region 13 Educator Certification Program. Approximately 10 years ago, AISD officials decided to use the services of Region 13 for teacher certification rather than develop their own program. This 17-month program is designed specifically to train teachers for Austin ISD in the critical needs areas of math, science, bilingual education, and bilingual special education.
Teach in AISD
Applicants accepted into the Educator Certification Program (in the selected certification areas) will have an opportunity to decide if they want to join ATA and will interview with AISD HR representatives and principals prior to their internship.
If selected for ATA, teachers are given a two-year unassigned contract to teach in Austin ISD.
Critical Needs Scholarship
ATA interns receive the ECP critical needs scholarship of $2000 paid toward program fees during the internship year.
Lower In-service Fees
AISD pays the remainder of in-service fees for ATA participants in exchange for agreement to teach in on a high needs campus and remain with the district for a period of 2 years. Note that this benefit is based on district budget considerations and is subject to change.
Upon successful completion of the internship year, program requirements and state licensing requirements, participants will earn a standard teaching certificate in their teaching assignment/certification area.
Is the ATA Program Right for You?
Review the following requirements to see if you are a good fit for the ATA program and the unique challenges of a high needs campus.
Two Year Commitment
ATA participants must make a 2-year commitment to their campus in order to receive full program benefits. You will still earn your standard certificate by the end of teaching year 1. The 2-year commitment is to remain with the district for at least 2 years.
ATA is open to individuals interested in teaching in Austin ISD. Austin ISD has approximately 130 campuses and serves more than 80,000 students.
- Apply to the ECP program that matches your certification area.
- Once accepted into the Region 13 Educator Certification Program, interested individuals will be given the opportunity to interview with AISD principals and HR representatives for selection for the Austin Teacher Academy.
- Once selected for ATA, continue your training with ECP with the confidence of knowing that you have a hired unassigned contract with Austin ISD for the coming school year. This means that you have signed a contract and are guaranteed a job, but it is not for a specific teaching position yet. Later in the spring or early summer, begin interviewing for your specific teaching position as they open up and get ready for the school year to begin.
Please note that you will be accepted to the Region 13 Educator Certification Program (ECP) BEFORE you are considered for ATA, and that whether you are selected for ATA or not, you will remain an active member of the Educator Certification Program once selected. The decision to apply for ATA does not need to be made prior to applying to ECP. As an ECP participant, you may apply for teaching positions in any Region 13 district including AISD.