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INSPIRE Texas | Education Certification by Region 4
7145 W. Tidwell Rd., Houston, TX 77092
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Approval to take the EC–12 TExES PPR takes place during the internship or clinical teaching assignment. The PPR exam must be successfully passed to receive a standard teaching certificate.
More information is available onine with TExES registration, preparation, and test dates.