We know many of our district partners are curious regarding the scope and impact of TEA’s pending changes to certification regulations. Rest assured Texas Teachers is prepared to incorporate these changes into our program, and we will continue to provide the quality and number of teachers necessary for your classrooms.
Below is a partial summary of pending changes:
Starting September 1, 2017:
If a candidate is both hired and recommended for a certificate before September 1, 2017, they will not be affected by the points below, unless they later require an additional Probationary/Intern Certificate. We will work with you to ensure all eligible Texas Teachers candidates hired this summer are recommended for their certificate before this critical deadline. Starting September 1, 2017:
TEA has increased testing accountability systems for all EPPs, and programs will be more restrictive in the number of test attempts we can allow our candidates. Effective immediately, candidates who fail a content exam twice will need to be reviewed and assessed before we approve a third attempt or any attempts thereafter. Granting these approvals will be done on a case-by-case basis.
In response, we are including a high degree of test preparation curriculum in our updated training (see Texas Teachers Curriculum update), and we will provide increasing support to ensure our candidates are successful in passing their exams.
Texas Teachers is excited to host our first Virtual Job Fair this March 29th! The job fair will include an online, cloud-based platform that makes it convenient for teacher candidates and recruiters to participate from anywhere. Texas Teachers’ candidates will participate in 1-on-1 text-based chats with district HR representatives from around the state using their desktop, phone, or tablet. Outlined are some of the highlights below:
The first virtual job fair will be held on March 29th from 9:00AM – 1:00PM CST. Registration is required for both school districts and candidates. For more information please contact Ariel@texasteachers.org or call 877-342-1202.
Your important roles are challenging and multi-faceted. So, when it comes to recruiting and hiring great teachers for your students, we want to help in every way possible. Your survey feedback consistently expressed the need for more information regarding the status of candidates in our program.
Soon, we will be able to provide you with customized reports of our candidates that have declared employment with your district. With these reports, we will work together to verify the Texas Teachers you hire are ready to enter the classroom in August. You will also be able to track the progress of your current Texas Teachers interns, ensuring they are on track to receive their Standard certificates at the end of the year.
We will notify you as soon as these reports are live, and are excited to share this information more effectively than ever before.
This past month, we held webinars led by our Director of Curriculum Ann Kucera modeling the exciting new changes. In case you missed it, click here to watch a replay!
Based on feedback from previous webinar participants, we are planning to host two webinars in the coming months
We are excited to share more on these future topics, and you will receive webinar invitations once they have been scheduled.
In January, we will launch the all-new Texas Teachers curriculum designed to create a greater engagement with our prospective teachers to ensure they are ready to teach and succeed! Specific changes include:
These courses reflect the “latest and best practices” in educator preparation to ensure our teachers have all the tools they need to be the absolute best. Check out our curriculum tour video!
We know many of our district partners are curious regarding the scope and impact of TEA’s pending changes to certification regulations, which are likely to be adopted at the December SBEC meeting. Rest assured Texas Teachers is prepared to incorporate these changes into our program, and we will continue to provide the quality and number of teachers necessary for your classrooms.
For more information regarding these changes, please visit our new FAQ page, which we will continue to update in coming months. Below is a partial summary of pending changes:
Starting December 27, 2016:
Starting September 1, 2017:
TEA has increased accountability systems for all EPPs, and programs will be more restrictive in the number of test attempts we can allow our candidates. In response, we are including a high degree of test preparation curriculum in our updated training, and we will provide increasing support to ensure our candidates are successful in passing their exams.
Over nearly 12 years, Texas Teachers has certified over 42,000 teachers for Texas schools. We had a record-setting 2015-16 year, certifying over 6000 first year teachers in 75 certification areas! And for 2016-17 we are on pace to have 7000 new teachers entering the classroom, with over 5800 hired just through October.
Texas Teachers also strives to certify teachers across a wide range of important certification areas. Here are some highlights regarding our efforts to meet your needs in recent years:
New Teachers Certified Since January 2014
We remain committed to providing Texas districts an effective pool of diverse candidates. See the 2 studies below, proving we’re up to task!
Texas Teachers has partnered with Jia Jia in an effort to recruit Chinese candidates with a strong educational background in teacher shortage areas. Jia Jia, based out of Frisco, TX, has both cultural ties and professional experience with a solid network of top Chinese universities that are producing quality graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Texas school districts struggle to find qualified teachers for these subjects, paying teacher stipends that place starting salaries well over $50,000, while the TEA offers student loan forgiveness programs as incentive.
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