Begin Your Path to Teaching Today

We provide five distinct certification pathways for you to become a teacher in Texas.

What Makes Our Programs Unique?

Multiple Pathways

Our five distinct certification pathways accommodate different subject areas, grade levels, schedules, and requirements.

Proven Curriculum

Our training curriculum is designed to ensure your success as a teacher.

Sustained Support

You will receive structured and sustained support throughout your first year of teaching.

Flexible Schedule

Our programs are offered on evening and weekends in a blended (online and face-to-face) format to accommodate your busy life and your preferred style of learning. 

17-Month Programs

Our 17-month teacher certification programs provide professionals from different fields with an alternative to the traditional university route to certification. Future teachers will receive seven months of training prior to entering the classroom and beginning their 10-month internship year. During those seven months of pre-service training, future teachers will receive content preparation to pass the required state content exams, two weeks of field experience in a classroom, and preparation for securing a teaching position.

Elementary

Our Elementary certification program prepares participants to teach Early Childhood (EC) through 6th grades.

Secondary

Our Secondary certification program prepares participants to work in middle schools, high school and All-Level content areas.

Special Education

Our Special Education certification program prepares participants to work with students who have a wide range of learning disabilities.

12-Month Programs

Our 12-month teacher certification programs provide professionals from different fields with an alternative to the traditional university route to certification. This accelerated program is for future teachers who have already passed their state content exam (if applicable). This program begins in July and August so that participants can receive intensive training in order to prepare them for starting with students on the first day of school.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Our CTE certification program is for professionals who already have education, work experience, and/or industry licensure/certification in a certification area. 

All Content Accelerated

Our ACA certification program is for applicants that have already completed their Pre Admission Content Test (PACT) and have had experience in the classroom.

Teaching with Full Pay

As our participants go through their first year of teaching, they are contracted and paid as teachers-of-record with their employing school district and receive full benefits and full-time salary per the hiring district’s salary schedule.

Blended Instruction

Research shows that students prefer and benefit most from blended training and its ability to combine the luxury of personal scheduling with peer-to-peer interaction. About 2/3 of our classes are face-to-face and 1/3 of our classes are online. Our face-to-face classes give you the opportunity to learn and see effective teaching practices in action and then spend time applying the practices to your own instruction. Our online classes build on the foundational knowledge learned face to face and further prepare participants for the pedagogy exam.

Program Curriculum

We ensure that our teachers are prepared with the information and training that is relevant to them and to the teaching profession by alining the curriculum to the state standards established by the State Board for Educator Certification. Our program covers:

Classroom Environment

This comprehensive unit develops a teacher’s ability to create a community of learners based on rapport and mutual respect. 

Instructional Delivery

While emphasizing the “heart of teaching,” the instructional delivery unit focuses on the ability to deliver focused, rigorous, and engaging instruction.

Instructional Design

In addition to covering all aspects of instructional planning, this unit covers identifying key knowledge and skills, designing activities that promote learning and selecting appropriate methods to assess learning.

Professionalism

Professional educators know teaching is a responsibility, not just a job. The professionalism unit covers the areas outside of the classroom including self-reflection, professional growth and ethical and legal responsibilities in teaching.

Attend an info session

Information Sessions are held throughout the year to provide detailed information about the Educator Certification Program (ECP). We offer in person or online information sessions. Anyone interested in learning more about becoming certified as a Texas teacher through our program is welcome to attend.

How do I get started?

1. Choose your program

This decision determines the requirements of the certification area, the program you need to enroll in, and the certification tests you need to take.

2. Check the requirements

Make sure you check the application deadlines and certification area requirements to make sure that you meet the necessary minimum qualifications. 

3. Apply

Complete your online application. You will need a valid email address, your Social Security Number or Resident Alien number, your education, and employment history.