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Aspiring Teachers Gain Grants, Training Through HCDE Alternative Certification Program

Summer info sessions held to recruit college grads and mid-career professionals for fall 2012

Harris County Department of Education Alternative Certification is recruiting recent college graduates and mid-career professionals interested in becoming teachers through the Transition to Teaching grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Teacher candidates gain a reimbursement for certification training of $3,600 along with professional development and two years of support beyond the initial certification.

The grant called Mobilizing National Educator Talent (mNET) was acquired in partnership with the Ohio State University. Candidates are required to teach core subjects in high-need school districts for two years after completion of certification.

Information sessions about the opportunity are being held on the following dates: June 12 or June 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sessions are held at HCDE, 6300 Irvington Blvd., lobby level, room 100.

To register, e-mail or call (713) 696-1348.

More information is available through .

Eligible areas of certification are core subject areas for grades pre-k through 12, including generalist EC-6, math, science, English, special education and bilingual education.

The $774,722 grant spans from 2012 to 2016, serving 70 teacher interns. The teacher preparation program is backed by Harris County Department of Education’s 123-year track record of supporting teachers in Houston and greater Harris County.

“Our program is built around the principle that teacher preparation and support are paramount,” said Lidia Zapotek, HCDE Alternative Certification Division director. “Our one-on-one and small group training is complimented by online support and resources,” she said.

“We support our teachers financially through the grant process, but we also provide personal support through a focus on quality versus quantity,” Zapotek said. “As teachers achieve certification, we continue to work with our teachers and provide professional development for two additional years.”

To date, statistics from the HCDE Alternative Teacher Certification support a 100 percent pass rate as interns complete the state teacher exams. In addition,100 percent of interns are certified as teachers within two years. References from teachers completing the program are available upon request.

About HCDE:
Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, and Head Start programs.

We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public.

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Carol E. Vaughn
Communications/Media Relations Manager
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd., Houston TX 77022
713-696-0756 office
281-660-9205 cell
281-744-4303 Blackberry

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