College Graduates: Looking for a New Career? Consider Teaching

Harris County Department of Education is recruiting college graduates for a fast-track, alternative certification program which has a proven track record for success. Online and onsite classes make the program convenient, and flexible payment plans provide affordability. Small classes allow students to gain experience from veteran educators who operate the program.

Teacher candidates gain jobs after the first five to 10 months of intensive training, and HCDE assists with job placement opportunities.

“Our program is built around an extensive network of support to ensure our teachers are prepared to step into the classroom ready to teach from day one,” said Lidia Zatopek, director for Educator Certification and Advancement. “Our one-on-one and small group onsite training is complimented by online support and resources.”

“Teaching is a very stable and rewarding career, and teacher salaries have been on the rise in recent years,” said Zatopek.

Eligible areas of certification provided by HCDE are core subject areas for grades pre-k through 12, including elementary Core Subjects EC-6, secondary math, science, and English, as well as special education, English as a second language and bilingual education.

Teachers receive support and professional development from the program even after they are certified. Teachers gain jobs in school districts throughout Harris County and beyond through the program which has produced award-winning teachers for the past 10 years.

For the past three years, HCDE teacher preparation program supports a 100 percent pass rate as interns complete the state teacher certification exams. In addition, 100 percent of interns gain full certification credentials within two years.  References from teachers completing the program are available upon request.

For more information about upcoming enrollment in the program, email hcdeacp@hcde-texas.org

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