Elementary Teacher Certification

Begin your rewarding career as an elementary teacher. Application for the 2023-2024 cohort is now open.

Become A Certified Elementary Teacher

The ECP Elementary Certification Program trains and supports participants seeking Core Subjects Early Childhood (EC) – Grade 6 certification. Our 17-month certification process includes:

  • TExES test preparation
  • curriculum and instruction aligned to the Texas Teacher Standards
  • current instructional practices for elementary educators

Our Elementary Certification Program is appropriately rigorous in preparing you for the reality of teaching.  Participants develop reflective habits to refine their practice beyond their first year of teaching.  It is our honor to be a part of the beginning of a teacher’s career and walk beside you on your certification journey.

Elementary 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 (EC) through Grade 6. 

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, in Early Childhood (EC) through Grade 6 to English learners.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental exam can be added to a certification area to help participants learn the foundations of ESL education, cultural awareness, family and community involvement, language concepts, language acquisition, and ESL instructional strategies to use in the classroom.

Bilingual Core Subjects

The Bilingual Core Subjects certification area will allow a participant to teach English language arts and reading (ELAR), and Spanish language arts and reading (SLAR), math, science, social studies, music, art, health and physical education in Early Childhood (EC) through grade 6, in a bilingual environment. Participants must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish to qualify.

Dual Certification

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

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.

Content Area Proficiency

Candidates must meet the content area proficiency requirements specific to their program.

Application

Complete our online application with all required documents.

Requirements

View your content area'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, Elementary participants will receive training specific to their certification program which includes:

  • delivering engaging instruction
  • 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
  • the science of teaching reading
  • facilitating guided reading, writing and math
  • integrating science and social studies content into lesson planning
  • managing stations in the elementary classroom
  • training specific to Early Childhood (Pre-K), Primary (1st – 2nd), Intermediate (3rd – 6th)
  • overview and integrations of read aloud and balanced literacy

Technology

In the Elementary 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

What’s Next?

Info Sessions

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

Apply

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