The Region 4 Teacher Apprenticeship Program aims to strengthen, diversify, and stabilize the teaching workforce by recruiting and retaining prospective teachers.
Region 4 partners with school districts throughout the state to establish and sustain the Teacher Apprenticeship Program, while meeting the unique needs of each district community.
Joining the Teacher Apprenticeship Program is an investment by the apprentice teacher, the mentor teacher, and sponsoring school district as it creates a pathway into a thriving, well-supported teaching career.
Apprentice vs. Resident
The Teacher Apprenticeship Program offers two distinct entry points toward certification. A teacher apprentice is a candidate who enters the Teacher Apprenticeship Program while working toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Depending on the sponsoring district’s program parameters, the apprenticeship program can begin as early as graduation from high school, where the candidate is working toward a bachelor’s degree and certifications simultaneously, while gradually gaining paid, on-the-job experience. An example of this gradual progress, by credit hours earned, is explained more below:
A teacher resident is a candidate who has earned a babachelor's degree and commits to a paid, year-long teacher preparation program under the guidance of a mentor teacher. During the residency year, candidates also have the opportunity to complete their credential coursework and clinical practice in the assigned classroom. Diverse classroom experiences are also offered to the candidate through designated substitute teaching days.
Obtaining a Teacher Apprenticeship Program Residency
There are multiple ways to obtain a Teacher Apprenticeship Program residency. Participating school districts host interest meetings for prospective applicants to learn more about the program and about grade-level and content-area opportunities.
Interested candidates may also contact the Region 4 Inspire Texas office at 713.744.6323 or e-mail TeacherApprenticeship@esc4.net to inquire about the current Teacher Apprenticeship Program apprenticeships and residencies by district.