District Referral

Designed specifically for school districts needing to employ an uncertified applicant for a difficult-to-fill position during the spring or summer months.

About the Program

The Region 13 District Referral Program (DRP) is a 12-month accelerated preparation program for all content areas and grade levels.  This program holds all of the same requirements as our traditional educator certification program; however, it is unique in that an applicant MUST be referred to the program by a school principal or district.

Application Process

  1. The hiring district must complete the referral form. The hiring principal or HR department submits the completed form to the ECP Certification Department.
  2. Once given an application code, the applicant will complete the online application and pay the $100.00 non-refundable fee.
  3. Submit official college transcripts from ALL colleges to the ECP Certification Department.

    • Official transcripts must be received in an unopened envelope sealed by the college or university.
    • If your degree is from a foreign institution there will be additional transcript requirements.
  4. Submit required PACT Test Scores.
  5. If Selected, submit the Pre-Service Fee by due date.

Send ALL documents to: Educator Certification Program, Education Service Center Region 13, 5701 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78723

 Certification Options

Core Subjects

The Core Subjects EC-6 certification area will allow a participant to teach english language arts and reading (ELAR), math, science, social studies, music, art, health and physical education in Early Childhood through 6th grade.

ESL Core Subjects

The ESL Core Subjects EC-6 certification area will allow a participant to teach English, language arts and Reading (ELAR), math, science, social studies, music, art, health and physical education, Early Childhood through 6th grade to English Learners.

Bilingual Core Subjects

The Bilingual Core Subjects certification area allows participants demonstrating proficiency in Spanish to teach English language arts and Reading (ELAR), Spanish language arts and reading (SLAR) math, science, social studies, music, art, health and physical education, Early Childhood – 6th grade in a bilingual environment.

Dual Certification

The Dual Certification allows a participant to become certified in bilingual core subjects EC-6 and special education EC-12.

Middle Level

The middle level certification area will allow a participant to teach various subject areas in grades 4-8. Subject areas include math, science, social studies or english language arts and reading.

Secondary Level

The secondary level certification area will allow a participant to teach various subject areas in grades 7-12.

All Level

The all level certification area will allow a participant to teach various subject areas in grades EC-12. Subject areas include art, physical education, dance, music, theater, health and languages other than english (LOTE).

SPED EC-12

The SPED EC-12 certification area will allow a participant to teach in a variety of classroom settings in Early Childhood through 12th grade. These classroom settings include preschool program for children with disabilities (PPCD), life skills, resource, inclusion and behavior programs.

Certification Options

View all the certification options available

Program Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

Candidates must have a degree earned from and conferred by an accredited institution of higher education.

Min 2.5 Grade Point Average

Minimum 2.5 GPA on all coursework or 2.75 in the last 60 semester hours of completed coursework.

Official College Transcripts

Request your official transcripts be sent to the ECP office.

Pre-Admission Content Test

Applicants for this cycle must submit evidence of a passing score on the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT).

Application

Complete our online application with all required documents.

Requirements

View your program's specific certification requirements

Curriculum

Our certification program curriculum is aligned with Texas Education Agency standards and educational best practices.  All curriculum is taught by certified staff and content area experts.

Training

About 2/3 of our classes are face-to-face and 1/3 of our classes are online. Participants employed by schools within the Region 13 service area, as well as those from schools within a 100-mile radius of Austin, attend classes at the Education Service Center Region 13 in Austin.

Participants will be required to attend training that will continue to build on instruction learned during pre-service training. 

In addition to the pre-service training, ACA program participants will receive training specific to their certification program which includes:
  • delivering engaging instruction
  • integrating content specific strategies into lesson design
  • developing and using student assessments
  • understanding student diversity and instructional differentiation
  • preparing for formal classroom observations
  • preparing for TExES PPR exam
  • preparing for TExES content exams
  • implementing Marzano’s high yield strategies
  • developing and using a variety of questioning strategies
  • integrating the core principles from The Fundamental Five

    Technology

    In the Secondary certification program, technology is an integral part of curriculum and instruction. Our program emphasizes:
    • incorporating the effective use of current technology in instruction
    • evaluating students’ technologically produced products and projects
    • utilizing technology applications in problem-solving situations and project-based learning activities
    • using developmentally appropriate instructional practices, activities, and materials to integrate the Technology Applications TEKS into the curriculum
    • managing technology platforms to increase communication with student families on academic and behavior progress