A Step-by-Step Guide to Alternative Teacher Certification in Texas

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Are you considering a career change and want to become a teacher in Texas? Alternative certification is an excellent option for those who want to transition into teaching without returning to school for a traditional teaching degree.

In Texas, alternative certification is a flexible way to become a certified teacher, and this guide will help you navigate the process and achieve your goal.

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Step 1: Choose Your Desired Grade Levels/Subjects

The first step to earning your alternative teacher certification in Texas is determining what grade levels and subjects you want to teach. This will help you narrow down the programs that fit your needs and interests.

Step 2: Research Alternative Teacher Certification Programs

Once you have a clear idea of what you want to teach, research alternative certification programs in Texas to find one that meets your needs. The Educator Certification Program (ECP) offers several certification pathways, so you can find the one that fits your schedule, learning style, and coursework requirements.

Step 3: Meet Program Requirements

Before enrolling in a program, ensure you meet the admission requirements. Each program has specific criteria, such as minimum education levels, work experience, and background checks, so review them carefully.

Step 4: Develop a Certification Plan

You will need to develop a certification plan with the program once you have been accepted. This will include structured content preparation, testing, 30 hours of field-based experience, and 150 hours of pedagogy training.

Step 5: Secure a Teaching Position

Once accepted into the certification program, you will need to secure a teaching position in your desired grade level and subject area.

Step 6: Apply for an Intern Certificate

After securing a teaching position, you can apply for an Intern Certificate, which is valid for one calendar year. Your certification program must also recommend you for the certificate.

Step 7: Complete Certification Program Requirements

You can begin completing the requirements of your certification program after obtaining your Intern Certificate. This includes remaining coursework, training, and exams. You must complete a minimum of 300 hours of training.

Step 8: Have a Successful Internship Year

Your goal is to have a successful internship year, where you will put your training into practice and show your mastery of the content and skills required to be a certified teacher.

Step 9: Pass the PPR Exam

Once you have completed all certification program requirements, you must pass the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam. This exam tests your knowledge of teaching strategies and professional responsibilities, such as classroom management and student assessment.

Step 10: Apply for a Standard Teaching Certificate

After passing the PPR exam, you can apply for a standard teaching certificate. Your certification program must also recommend you for the certificate.

Congratulations! You have now successfully earned your alternative teacher certification in Texas. You will receive an email from TEAL letting you know you have been recommended for your standard certificate.

In conclusion, earning your alternative teacher certification in Texas is a rewarding and challenging journey. By following these steps, you will be well on your way to becoming a certified teacher and positively impacting students’ lives.

Amy is the Coordinator for the Education Certification Program at ESC Region 13.

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