Educator Certification and Advancement (ECA)

  • The ECA division offers two classes of Texas educator certificates: an initial teaching certificate and two professional certificates - principal and superintendent. 

    Teacher Program offers eleven certification areas for degreed individuals who would like to pursue a teaching career and become state-certified educators. The program consists of pre-service and paid internship phases and runs between 16 to 21 months which includes one full year of teaching as a teacher of record employed by a local school district. Applicants may apply any time during the year for our fall and spring cohorts. Graduates of our Teacher Program have been recognized on  state and national levels. 

    Principal Program offers currently certified educators an opportunity to advance their credentials and earn Principal as Instructional Leader EC-12 state certificate through the Principal Academy. A ten-month accelerated program consists of weekend seminars, practicum, and action research. The program also prepares candidates to pass the state exam and assume leadership roles at district and campus-based levels. Graduates of our Principal Program serve as educational leaders in the Houston metropolitan area, in Texas, and other states. 

    Superintendent Program, launched in the fall of 2019, offers currently certified educators an opportunity to advance their credentials and earn Superintendent EC-12 state certificate through the Superintendent Certification Institute. A ten-month accelerated program consists of weekend seminars and job-embedded practicum. The program also prepares candidates to pass the state exam and assume executive leadership role of district superintendent.

    The 2020 ECA Board Presentation is now available (opens in new tab).

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  • HCDE Educator Certification and Advancement (ECA) division is an educator preparation program accredited by the Texas Education Agency under the Accountability System for Education Preparation (ASEP). 

    ECA recruits, trains, supports, and certifies a cadre of high-quality individuals for both initial level teaching certificates and professional level certificates to meet the staffing needs of school districts in Harris County.

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