Teacher certification program

Teacher Program Overview

Alternative teacher certification in Houston, TX

 
Your journey begins! In as little as one year, you can become a teacher. Our 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, 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 continues, you will work as either a paid teaching intern for one year or as an unpaid clinical teaching assistant to an experienced teacher for 14 weeks. Either way, we have you covered throughout the entire process. INSPIRE TEXAS teacher candidates have unparalleled access to experienced teachers for mentoring and networking.
 
To begin the Teacher Certification program, you will need:
  • A bachelor’s degree (minimum 2.75 GPA) from an accredited college/university in the U.S.
Step 1: Apply

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Complete the online application. The application fee is $50 and is non-refundable. Assemble the following documents, to be mailed to us at least 15 days prior to the application deadline.
 

  1. Official transcript(s), 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 

  • Click here for application requirements for international candidates.
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.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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Step 2: Select Format and begin training

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 online and in-person) instruction. 
 

ONLINE (22 weeks)

Online training is offered 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 (14 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.
 

 

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 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.
 

 
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; however, it is a shorter route to certification than an internship.


During your classroom experience, you will prepare for the TExES examination 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 generalist exams is given after the completion of the English/Language Arts module (approximately 9 weeks for online and 4 weeks for blended instruction) of preservice training. Domestic candidates may choose to take the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) prior to registering for class. Permission for all single-subject exams is given 15 days after preservice training begins.
 

TExES EC–12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR)

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.

For step-by-step instructions to register for the TExES exam, click here.
 
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7145 West Tidwell Road Houston, TX 77092