Harris County Department of Education is hosting a series of information sessions for college graduates who are interested in teaching careers through the HCDE Teacher Alternative Certification Program. The free sessions will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on July 17 or 30 or Aug. 9, 15, 21 or 29 at HCDE located at 6300 Irvington Blvd., Houston, Texas.
“We recruit recent college graduates or mid-career professionals who exhibit passion for teaching and learning, sensitivity, enthusiasm, heart, a sense of humor, and are fiercely committed to working with all students,” said Lidia Zatopek, director of HCDE Alternative Certification.
Grants are available for financial support through the reimbursement of up to 75 percent of program costs if teachers commit to work in high-need school districts and high-need schools for two years.
The program features flexibility by offering courses in the evenings and weekends with both online and face-to-face instruction. Small group instruction and ongoing mentorships are the hallmark of the program which is taught by education content experts. Classes begin in October 2013 or February 2014.
The teacher preparation program at HCDE has a 100 pass rate on teacher certification finishers based on the 2011-2012 accountability report. HCDE has provided education programs to school districts and the general public since 1889.
For more information about the sessions, call (713) 696-1348 or register for the free information sessions by date at http://wms.hcde-texas.org.
About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 25 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, Early Childhood Intervention 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. Visit us at www.hcde-texas.org.
Carol E. Vaughn, Communications/Media Relations Manager
713-696-0756 office, 281-660-9205 cell