Teacher Certification

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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

View our Educator Certification and Division Complaints Procedure

Contact Us:

Phone: 713-696-1348
Email: HCDEACP@hcde-texas.org
Twitter @HCDETeachNow
Twitter @HCDELeadNow
Facebook /HCDEECA


Track Record

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

Job Placement

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

Mathematics 4-8

Science 4-8


English Language Arts & Reading  7-12

Mathematics 7-12

Science 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)
Cohort 2: 20 pre-service teachers (recruited in spring 2019)
Cohort 3: 20 pre-service teachers (recruited in spring 2020)
Cohort 4: 20 pre-service teachers (recruited in spring 2021)


Be accepted into the HCDE Teacher Certification Program
Seeking a bilingual or English as a second language (ESL) certification – either as an initial certification or an additional certification


• $1,000 credit towards ACP program fee
• Additional professional development for working with English language learners
• Preparation for TExES ESL Supplemental or Bilingual Supplemental exams


• Remain in good standing in HCDE’s Teacher Alternative Certification Program;
• Complete additional professional development courses for working with English Language learners through HCDE and The Ohio State University;
• Complete either ESL test preparation classes, or Bilingual Supplemental and BTLPT test preparation classes;
• Pass either the English as a Second Language exam, or Bilingual Supplemental and BTLPT exams;
• Complete one year of teaching as a teacher-of-record in an accredited school approved by HCDE Teacher Alternative Certification Program to fulfill state internship requirement; and
• Successfully complete HCDE Teacher Alternative Certification program and be recommended for Standard Certificate by program director.


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.