What is 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.

    Spring 2021 Cohort
    Regular Deadline to Apply: January 22, 2021

    Program Start Date: February 9, 2021

    Contact Us:

    Email: HCDEACP@hcde-texas.org
    On Twitter @HCDETeachNow
    Facebook /HCDEECA

Teacher Program Process, Fees, and Payment

  • Areas of Certification

  • Teacher Admissions Minimum Prerequisites

  • Step 1: Application Process

  • Step 2: Interview Phase

  • Step 3: Issuance of Admissions Letter or DNQ Letter

  • About Our Grants

  • Teacher Program Fees

  • Make a Payment


  • Job Placement Assistance in securing teaching assignment
  • Instruction and Support Personal attention, small group instruction from education content experts, and ongoing mentorship before, during and after certification
  • Reputation At HCDE we are dedicated to serving educators since 1889
  • Convenience Coursework in evenings, weekends, face-to-face and online
  • Cost Competitive pricing with installment payments
  • Savings Grant opportunities and veteran's discount
  • Track Record TExES PPR EC-12 exam average pass rate of 99% for the past 7 years