Your Journey to Become a State Teacher Begins!
Learn How to Become a Teacher in Houston, Texas
Your journey to completing an alternative certification program begins! In as little as one year, you can become a Texas-certified state teacher. The Region 4 Inspire Texas Teacher Certification Program offers a comprehensive approach toward preparing you for Region 4 classrooms 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 state teacher continues, you will work as either a paid full-time 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. Our state teacher candidates have unparalleled access to experienced state teachers for mentoring and networking. If you've been asking yourself how to become a Region 4 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:
It All Starts with Completing Your Online Teacher Certification!
Complete the online application. The application fee is $95 and is non-refundable. Submit the following documents to Region 4 Inspire Texas at least five (5) days prior to the application deadline.
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 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 Region 4 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.
Region 4 Inspire Texas 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 the 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 the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to assist with the appropriate accommodation.
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.
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.
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.
Region 4 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. Region 4 Education Preparation 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.