Strong Teachers Day One - Alternative Certification Program

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    Paid to Prepare -- Prepared to Succeed
    A Certification Program that will make you a Strong Teacher on Day One

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    A 6-month, paid student teaching experience prepares you to be a strong teacher on Day 1! The program is a “grow your own” pathway to teaching in specific content areas, in specific partner districts, and powered by Texas Tech University.


Certifications Offered

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    Earn a certification in secondary-level mathematics, science, or Spanish.

  • Alternative certification has increasingly become the pathway of choice for many teachers in Texas. Although there are quality options, the vast majority of alternatively certified teachers enter the classroom with minimal training and even less support leaving them to figure out the complexities of teaching all alone. This option is quick, but it is costly to the school district, the achievement of students and the career of new teachers.

    In partnership with Texas Tech University, school districts have designed a better way. Pursue alternative certification in secondary-level mathematics, science, or Spanish to become a strong teacher on Day 1!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can I begin?
    Application deadline is early November. The program starts on the first workday after New Years.

    I get paid during the program?!
    Yes, if you are admitted to the program, the district will pay you a salary very near the amount paid to new teachers WHILE you are working alongside a mentor in their classroom learning to each.

    What is my commitment to the district?
    This is a "grow-your-own" district-based program. The expectation is that you will remain in the district for up to three years after completion of the program

    What are the program cost and services?
    Payroll deduction over 12 months, clinical support and face-to-face, daily instructional coaching for a full year

    Do I have to pass a test?
    Yes, in order to apply to the program, must receive a passing score on the Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT).

    What certification do I earn?
    Unlike other alternative certification programs, this program enables candidates to earn standard certification.