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Educator Certification

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Region 6 Education Service Center provides several certification programs for individuals as well as certification services for school districts.

Region 6 Education Service Center (ESC) is pleased to announce a new partnership for the Teacher Alternative Certification Program.

Beginning September 1, 2021, iteachTEXAS will be providing their nationally accredited certification program in conjunction with the Region 6 ESC.  This alliance will allow Region 6 to expand the certification areas for the districts in the service center area, provide immediate access to courses and training, and reduce the cost of certification for future teachers. 

Therefore, effective September 1, 2021, applications will no longer be accepted for the Region 6 Teacher Preparation and Certification Program.  This program will officially close on August 31, 2022.

To find out more about the iteachTEXAS Teacher Alternative Certification Program please click here for information regarding the iteachTEXAS/ESC6 Information Sessions.

To complete an application with iteachTEXAS, please visit www.iteach.net.  Don’t forget to enter your promo code:    “Region 6 2021”

If you have additional questions, please contact John Omelan, Regional Director, at john.omelan@iteach.net

Please click on one of the links below to find out more information regarding the various Alternative Certification Programs and Services offered at Region 6 ESC.

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Certification Cooperative

Contacts:

Jada Mullins – Coordinator for Administrative Services
jmullins@esc6.net
936-435-8360


Information required by Texas Education Code and Texas Administrative Code

Exit Policy

In accordance with Texas Administrative Code (19 TAC §228.20(h)), effective October 15, 2020, all Educator Preparation Programs must have a published exit policy for the dismissal of candidates. Region 6’s Exit Policy may be found here.


Complaint Procedures

If you believe you have a complaint against a Region 6 educator preparation program, please contact the Coordinator of Educator Quality and Development. Complaints will be heard and resolved informally, if possible.

If the complaint is not resolved at the program level, you may file a formal complaint with Region 6 Education Service Center. Complaints at this level must follow Region 6 policy requirements.

If a complaint is not resolved at the Region 6 Education Service Center, you may file a complaint with the Texas Education Agency by clicking here (TEA complaint website).

 

Teacher Shortage Areas and Student Loan Forgiveness Information:

The 2021-2022 teacher shortage areas for Texas are:

  • Bilingual/English as a Second Language - Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Special Education - Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Career and Technical Education - Secondary Levels
  • Technology Applications and Computer Science - Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Mathematics - Secondary Levels

U.S. Department of Education - Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide 1990-present. 

The 2022-2023 teacher shortage areas have been approved by the US Department of Education. The approved shortage areas for 2022-2023 are as follows:

  • Bilingual/English as a Second Language – Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Special Education – Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Career and Technical Education - Secondary Level
  • Technology Applications and Computer Science – Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • English Language Arts and Reading – Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Mathematics - Secondary Level
  • Science – Secondary Level

Student Loan Forgiveness information

 

Credit for Military Service Member or Military Veteran Coursework

Candidates who are current military service members or military veteran candidates may receive credit towards the required training or education hours for Educator Preparation Program (EPP) completion provided that the military service, training, or education is directly related to the certificate being sought.

To request a review for transfer of military service, training, or education hours, please submit a formal request to jmullins@esc6.net. Your request should include your certification class (Principal or Superintendent) and documentation of the service, training, or education that you would like considered. Some examples of acceptable documentation include course descriptions, certificates of completion, etc. Your request will be reviewed by the program committee. A decision will be provided to you in writing.

 

Credit for Non-Military Coursework

Non-Military. ESC Region 6 Educator Preparation Program has developed and implemented specific criteria and procedures that allow: Candidates who are not military service members or military veterans to substitute prior or ongoing service, training, or education, provided that the experience, education, or training is not also counted as part of the internship, clinical teaching, or practicum requirements, was provided by an approved EPP or an accredited institution of higher education within the past five years and is directly related to the certificate being sought.

 

To request a review for transfer of training or education hours, please submit a formal request to jmullins@esc6.net. Your request should include your certification class (Principal or Superintendent) and documentation of the service, training, or education that you would like considered. Some examples of acceptable documentation include course descriptions, certificates of completion, etc. Your request will be reviewed by the program committee. A decision will be provided to you in writing.