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.

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    2021-2022 Teacher Program Admissions Timeline

    Fall 2021 Admissions

    • Early Bird Special* Application: May 1 – June 30, 2021 (*$100 application fee is waived)
    • Regular Application Opens:  July 1, 2021
    • Regular Deadline to Apply: August 31, 2021
    • Program Starts: September 30, 2021

    Spring 2022 Admissions information coming soon!

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