What is Teacher Certification?
Harris County Department of Education provides the highest quality instruction and support for educators enrolled in our teacher alternative certification program.
Coursework sessions are conducted in classroom and blended settings with instructors who are content and pedagogy experts. Teacher candidates also spend time observing practicing classroom teachers in partnership schools before their paid internship begins.
Throughout the program, candidates are actively involved with the subject matter content and are provided a mentor at their campus. During the critical one-year internship period, candidates are supported by experienced field supervisors who assist them in content knowledge and instructional skills, leading to increased student achievement.
HCDE Alternative Certification program is a Texas Education Agency accredited educator preparation program under the Accountability System for Education Preparation (ASEP)
To apply for the HCDE Teacher Alternative Certification program, please see our admission criteria.
TExES exam average pass rate of 99% for the past 7 years
Grant opportunities and veteran's discount
Competitive pricing with installment payments
Coursework in evenings, weekends, online and face-to-face
At HCDE we are dedicated to serving educators since 1889
Instruction and Support
Personal attention, small group instruction from education content experts, and ongoing mentorship before, during and after certification
Assistance in securing teaching assignment
Areas of Certification
Core Subjects EC-6
Bilingual Core Subjects EC-6
ESL Core Subjects EC-6
Special Education EC-12
English Language Arts & Reading 4-8
English Language Arts & Reading 7-12
Life Science 7-12
About Our Grants
EFs4ELs (Educators and Families for English Learners) Grant in partnership with the Ohio State University.
U.S. Department of Education, Transition to Teaching Program
Provide pre-service and in-service teachers in high needs school districts with professional learning to improve instruction for English learners.
Cohort 1: 20 pre-service teachers (recruited in spring 2018)
Be accepted into the HCDE Teacher Certification Program
• $1,000 credit towards ACP program fee
• Remain in good standing in HCDE’s Teacher Alternative Certification Program;
Note: Details related to the EFs4ELs Grant are fully described in the contract agreement; all participants are required to sign upon admission to the grant.