Upcoming Events

Get the most current information on application cycles, upcoming info sessions, paraprofessional training, and more happenings in the ECP.

Now accepting applicants for the 24-25 cohort for Elementary, Secondary, Bilingual and Special Education.

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 first year of teaching, which is the 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.

Certification Timeline:

  • Preservice Training: January – August 2024
  • In-service Training / Internship year: September 2024 – June 2025
  • Recommendation for Standard Certification: June 2025

District Referral Program Still Accepting Candidates

The Region 13 District Referral Program (DRP) is specifically for school districts needing to employ an uncertified applicant during the summer and fall months. This 2-year preparation program is for all content areas and grade levels and applicants must be already in the process of being hired by a district or currently working for a district. This application is open from May – December, with orientation and content preparation available upon acceptance.

Certification Timeline:

  • Accepting applications through October 2023
  • Year 1: Orientation, test preparation, testing, Foundational Teacher Training, Field based experience, pre-service training
  • Year 2: Start teaching on intern certificate, in-service training, field support and mentoring, PPR exam, standard certificate recommendation

Certification Info Session

Join us virtually on October 2, 2023 at 6 pm for a certification info session! Learn about the path to certification from our very own ECP Cohort Leaders. If you cannot attend a live session, visit the Info Session page for future dates and a previous recording.

Topics Include:

  • Program design
  • Qualification requirements
  • Certification areas
  • Critical needs areas
  • Program timelines
  • Certification process and exams
  • Pricing
  • Application process

Paraprofessional Institute

Offered in both in-person and virtual modes

Live, In-person at Region 13

September 27-29, 2023

Virtual Training, through Zoom

October 10-12, 2023

Did you know that we also help Paraprofessionals achieve certification?

Our three-day training consists of an orientation into the roles and responsibilities of educational aides, a breakdown of the stages of learning, a comprehensive look at the writing process, a review of behavior basics, and much more. Participants will enjoy a fast-paced and informative experience that includes group discussion, video assignments, and assessments, certifying that they’re ready for the rewards and challenges of being an educational aide. This training meets the state requirements for a Title 1, Part A Paraprofessional.

This training will be held in-person at Region 13 in Austin, TX September 27-29, 2023

Or attend this training virtually through Zoom, October 10-12, 2023

The Substitute Teacher Academy

Customizable for your district’s needs!

This self-guided online course is for individuals wanting substitute teacher training and for districts wanting to prepare and train new substitutes throughout the school year. Topics in this course include what substitute employment means, crisis management, duties and responsibilities, blood-borne pathogen safety, special education terms and programs, behavior techniques, and classroom management strategies. This course can also be purchased through a license and customized to fit district needs.