Teacher certification program

Teacher Program Overview

Visual Guide for Region 4 State Teacher Certification in Houston, TX

 

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Your journey to completing an alternative certification program begins! In as little as one year, you can become a Texas certified state teacher. The INSPIRE Texas Teacher Certification Program offers a comprehensive approach toward preparing you for the classroom with the flexibility to suit your budget and your schedule. Along the way to becoming a state teacher, you can choose which type of training works best for you: online instruction or blended instruction (a combination of online and in-person classes).
 
As your training to become a teacher continues, you will work as either a paid fulltime teaching intern for one year or as an unpaid clinical teacher alongside an experienced teacher for 14 weeks. Either way, we have you covered throughout the entire process. INSPIRE TEXAS state teacher candidates have unparalleled access to experienced state teachers for mentoring and networking.  If you've been asking yourself how to become a teacher in Houston, TX, you've found the perfect solution for your next major career move with our alternative certification program!

To begin the ONLINE Teacher Certification program, you will need:

  • A bachelor’s or advanced (if applicable) degree (minimum 2.​75 GPA) from a regionally accredited university
To be eligible for admission, an applicant shall have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75. The GPA shall be calculated from an official transcript as follows:
  1. 2.75 on all coursework previously attempted at an accredited IHE
  2. or 2.75 in the last 60 semester credit hours on all coursework previously attempted at an accredited IHE
If you are working towards becoming a professional educator, Inspire Texas can help you gain the required accreditations. Our Houston, TX agency offers a variety of state teacher certification programs for all grade levels and subject matters, as well as alternative teacher certifications. Explore the options below and feel free to contact us for more information. When you are ready to take the next step in your educational career, click "APPLY NOW" and we'll help you get started on completing all your state and alternative teacher certifications!
 
It All Starts With Completing Your Online Teacher Certification!
 
 
Step 1: Apply

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Complete the online application. The application fee is $95 and is non-refundable. Submit the following documentsTo Inspire Texas at least five (5) days prior to the application deadline.
 

  1. Official transcript(s) emailed to transcripts@inspiretexas.net or mailed/dropped off in sealed envelopes, of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.75 GPA
  2. Service record, if you have prior teaching experience

  3. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your transcript(s) returned to you

    PLEASE SEND ALL MATERIALS TO:  
    INSPIRE Texas | Education Certification by Region 4
    7145 W. Tidwell Rd., Houston, TX 77092 

  • If you hold a degree from outside of the U.S., please click here for international candidate application requirements.
NOTE:  You have up to 60 days to complete the online application once it is started.
 
After your application is submitted and documents received, you will be notified of your acceptance into the program and the certification areas for which you are eligible.
 

All candidates are required to go through a criminal history background check. Region 4 and INSPIRE TEXAS reserves the right to disqualify an applicant who has a criminal history record. Per TAC §227.1 (d) The EPP has informed applicants and candidates of the required information regarding criminal history. The applicant will be notified when the report is run, and Inspire Texas receives the results. In addition, the applicant has the right to request their results. Candidates who defer the program and re-enter after six (6) months will go through a new criminal history background check. 

Please note: Applicants who have committed and been convicted of a criminal offense, per the Texas Administrative Code §227.1 (d)(1), may be ineligible for certification as a teacher in the State of Texas.
Per the Texas Administrative Code §227.1 (d)(1), applicants have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency to determine if a convicted criminal offense has rendered them ineligible. Full information on this process may be found at: https://tea.texas.gov/texas-educators/investigations/preliminary-criminal-history-evaluation-faqs

 

 

 
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Step 2: Select Training Type

Teacher certification step 2

Inspire Texas Teacher Certification pre-service training is offered multiple times a year. You can choose either online instruction or blended (a combination of both online and in-person) instruction. 
 

ONLINE (16-31 weeks)

* Depending on area of certification (EC-6/4-8 Core Subjects, 4-8 ELAR, and ELAR/SS 31 weeks, Single/Dual 16 Weeks).

 

Online training is offered monthly (twelve times a year). It is fully supportive and instructor led, and it provides flexibility as you complete your certification coursework. You can complete this program anywhere there is web access, allowing you to work at your own pace.

 
BLENDED (12-27 weeks)
* Depending on area of certification (EC-6/4-8 Core Subjects, 4-8 ELAR and ELAR/SS 27 Weeks, Single/Dual 12 Weeks)
 
Blended training, a combination of face-to-face (via zoom) classes with experienced instructors and online coursework, is offered three times a year. Networking with colleagues and getting one-on-one time with your instructor are both benefits of blended instruction.
 
 

 

After selecting your training format, you may register for preservice training classes. Click here for training schedules and deadlines. After your preservice training is completed, you will begin your classroom experience.
 
Courses meet the needs of diverse learning styles. Should further accommodations be necessary for disabilities, please contact our offices at 713.744.6323 or info@inspiretexas.net. We will be happy to assist with the appropriate accommodation.  
 
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Step 3: Begin Classroom experience

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After completing pre-service training AND passing THE CORRESPONDING CONTENT TExES EXAM, you will then have an opportunity to complete either a 1-year paid internship or a 14-week unpaid clinical teaching assignment.
 

INTERNSHIP

You will apply for and accept a salaried position in an accredited Texas public, private or charter school of your choice. As you work toward completing your certification requirements, you will serve as a teacher of record with the roles and responsibilities of a first-year teacher, including a first-year teacher salary, any benefits provided by the district or charter school, and Teacher Retirement System (TRS) enrollment.

 

 

 
CLINICAL TEACHING

You will teach alongside an experienced, certified teacher as a clinical teacher for 14 weeks. Clinical teaching is a guided assignment that allows you to practice before you teach. Clinical teaching is unpaid and no district benefits are provided; however, it is a shorter route to certification than an internship. Candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching.
[19 TAC §227.1(b)(2)]

 
During your classroom experience, you will prepare for the edTPA assessment to obtain your Standard Teacher Certificate.
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Step 4: Get Certified

Teacher certification step 4

The final stage is here! You are required by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification to pass a minimum of two tests for obtaining teacher certification. Specific certification areas require additional tests.
 

TExES Content Exam

All teacher candidates must pass this designated state certification content exam. Test permission for all content exams is given after the completion of the English/Language Arts and Reading Course (approximately 11 weeks for online and 4 weeks for blended instruction) of preservice training. Candidates may choose to take the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) prior to registering for class. 
 

edTPA

INSPIRE TEXAS has candidates actively piloting the edTPA during internship and clinical teaching assignments. This pilot group is completing coursework, webinars, and writing seminars that correspond to the edTPA rubrics and handbooks. The candidates must submit authentic records of practice including lesson plans, instructional materials, student artifacts, classroom videos, and classroom assessments. INSPIRE TEXAS has actively participated in all three years of the edTPA Pilot. The edTPA Pilot process has provided an opportunity to engage in the continuous improvement process with our entire school community.


 
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