Program Fees

We offer an affordable fee schedule that is competitive with other programs and offer a guaranteed $2000 scholarship for any teacher seeking certification in the critical needs areas.

Fee Breakdown

All fees are non-refundable and subject to change. The full schedule of payments will be provided at orientation.

Application Fee – $100

Due at the time of application and required to initiate the application process. Payment must be made when submitting the online application.

Registration Fee – $300

17-month program candidates only. This fee holds the participants spot in the certification program and is due upon acceptance into the program.

Pre-Service Fee

This fee covers the cost of online courses, professional development, materials and textbooks during the pre-service portion of the program.

17 month programs – $1500
Payable in four payments of $375 January – April.

12 month programs – $425
Due prior to attending pre-service training

In-Service Fee

This fee covers professional development, multiple support services, online course modules, materials, and technical support. This fee may be payroll deducted on a prorated monthly basis during the internship year.

17 month programs – $4,070

Prorated in 9 monthly payments starting with onset of internship year

12 month Region 13 CTE, ACAP, & DRP programs – $4,970

Prorated in 9 monthly payments starting with onset of internship year

12 Month Statewide CTE Program -$5,510

Prorated in 9 monthly payments starting with onset of internship year

Critical Needs Scholarship -$2,000

These scholarships are automatically applied for critical needs certification areas ONLY and credited to the In-service Fee.

Additional Fees

Some additional fees you can expect to pay to other agencies:

Criminal History Verification – $37.75

TEA conducts a national criminal history check on all applicants for certification. Texas Education Code (TEC) §22.0831 states “The board shall review the national criminal history record information of a person who has not previously submitted fingerprints to the department or been subject to a national criminal history record information review.”

Fingerprinting – $14

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Certification Examination – $116

The TExES is the test that determines whether or not an individual has the knowledge necessary to be an entry-level educator in Texas.  The TExES must be passed in order to be hired and placed under a certificate.

Intern Certificate – $78

Paid to State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency

Probationary Certificate – $78

Paid to State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency

Standard Certificate – $78

Paid to State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency

Financial Assistance

A variety of financial aid options are available to ECP interns, including scholarships for select certification areas. The following is a list of those options.

Scholarships for Specific Certification Areas

The ECP anticipates there will be scholarship funds available for specific certification areas such as those classified as Critical Needs, to offset a portion of the program costs during the internship year. Individual programs offer different scholarship amounts, so please refer to the individual program’s Fee’s page for details.

Troops to Teachers

This federally funded program is designed to assist military personnel and veterans transition to a new career as public school teachers in “high-needs” schools and districts. Through a network of national, state, and regional offices, participants receive guidance and counseling in various routes and programs leading to teacher certification. In some cases, Troops to Teachers provides financial assistance to eligible veterans.

College Access Loan Program

The College Access Loan Program provides alternative educational loans to Texas students enrolled in an alternative certification program who are unable to meet the cost of attendance. The CAL may be used to cover part or all of the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC); students do not have to demonstrate financial need. This loan program is part of the Hinson-Hazlewood College Student Loan Program administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

A+ Federal Credit Union

This credit union offers a low-interest loan that can be used to help defray the cost of the certification process. Students do not have to demonstrate financial need. Download the brochure or visit A+ online.

What’s Next?

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Find out more about our programs by attending one of our info sessions.

Apply

Apply

Complete our online application and take the first step in becoming a fully certified teacher.