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Educator Preparation & Certification

Do you see potential in the next generation of Texas students? Bring your passion, knowledge and experience to the field of education through a high-quality Educator Preparation & Certification program.


Here at Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12, we believe it is never too late to make a lasting difference in a child’s life and change his or her life forever. Our focus is not on preparing you for a certification test. We help you cultivate the skills you need to be a leader in education and the confidence to thrive in your career from day one. 

Teacher Preparation and Certification


TEACHEROur Teacher Preparation & Certification Program (TPCP) features flexible scheduling and night classes for candidates who have full time jobs. Typically, candidates will achieve standard certification in approximately 18 months. 

Bring your experience and passion to the classroom as a teacher to engage students, develop their sense of purpose for learning, and provide them an excellent education.


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  • ESC Region 12 facilitates the offering of a Master of Arts in Teaching through Louisiana College. It is a dual enrollment program offered in conjunction with the TPCP program. Students will receive 18 hours of credit toward the 33 hours required to obtain the Master of Arts degree when completing the Pre-service Training of the TPCP program.

     

    The Pre-Service training will be conducted at the Education Service Center Region 12, and the remaining 15 hours will be offered online with Louisiana College.

     

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  • The New Teacher Academy provides support and training for first teachers. Mentor integration and training will also be an integral part of the program. This academy offers training in areas of need and provides one-on-one attention.

     

    Supporting activities include:

    • Monthly support meeting
    • Mentor training and support
    • Classroom Management and Behavior Management
    • Strategies for teaching technology

 


 

Counselor Certification


counselorThe ever increasing needs of children and the expectations of today’s society place a growing demand for educational counselors. ESC Region 12 partners with ESC Region 4 to provide online counselor certification for individuals with an advanced degree.


Practicums can be completed anywhere in the state of Texas. The programs courses are offered online through Region 4. Participants must have a valid teacher certificate and a master’s degree. Cohorts will begin in January, April, July and October each year.

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Contact:

Stephanie Kucera  |  (254) 297-1154  |  skucera@esc12.net

Principal Preparation and Certification


principalThe Principal Preparation and Certification Program (PPCP) provides an alternative to the traditional certification path for ESC Region 12 customers. Educators who enter this program must possess a Master’s degree and have completed at least two years of creditable teaching experience.

Candidates are prepared to be campus-level administrators by participating in classroom presentations conducted by local experts in various areas of education, working with a veteran mentor and by being exposed to a wide variety of field-based experiences in campus administration.

 

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Superintendent Certification


ESC Region 12, in partnership with ESC Region 6, offers a 12-month Superintendent Preparation & Certification Program (SPCP) for current campus and district-level administrators. The focus of the program is to prepare candidates who have proven leadership abilities and a strong desire to serve as superintendent of schools for a Texas public school district.

Coursework is divided between face-to-face sessions and online discussions.

 

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Additional Certification Programs
  • A Master Teacher is an individual who holds a Master Teacher Certificate and whose primary duties are to teach the content and to serve as a content teacher mentor to other teachers. Master teacher certification will result in deeper content and pedagogy knowledge to effectively instruct struggling students and to effectively mentor campus teachers.

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  • Paraprofessionals are critical partners with educators in the classroom. The ESC Region 12 Paraprofessional Academy prepares the individual to meet the highly qualified requirement in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Participants must demonstrate proficiency in the ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics in the context of effective teaching practices and classroom management. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment deeming them highly qualified.

     

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    Contact: Tammy Becker  |  (254) 297-1108  |  tbecker@esc12.net

  • You must first be employed by a school district before being eligible to apply for an Educational Aide certificate. Contact your employing school district for application instructions.


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  • We provide a 20-hour certification course required for new school bus drivers, and an eight hour re-certification course that is required every three years for current school bus drivers. These classes meet the requirements of the Texas Department of Public Safety for all school bus drivers in Texas. Safety issues, responsible driving techniques, student loading/unloading procedures, student management, and emergency procedures are discussed. There is also an overview of state laws affecting school bus transportation. Each participant receives a state approved course guide.

     

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    Texas Department of Public Safety School Bus Forms               

    • ESC Region 12, in cooperation with ESC Region 4, is offering School Bus Driver Re-certification as an online course. Prior to accessing the link for the course, all of the following requirements must be met.

      1. Your school bus driver certification must be current or must not have expired more than 11 months prior to your expected completion date.
      2. You must verify that your district will accept your re-certification from an online course.
      3. Your school district must have an individual approved by ESC Region 12 to serve as proctor for the required exam

      ESC Region 12 Proctor Registration Form

      If your district does not have an approved test proctor, you may access the link above for the required form for your district. Please complete the form and return as directed. Once approved, the proctor will receive directions for completing and submitting the required documents.

       

      Register online.

       

      You will need to pay the fee with a credit card or provide a purchase order. Once you have registered for the course, there are no refunds. You must finish the course in a timely manner. After following all required guidelines and completing the course, you will be provided directions for printing a certificate. 

  • Are you interested in becoming a teacher, but aren't sure which steps to take next? We have your solution. Complete your training at your convenience and save valuable time and money.

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    Contact: Deena Cornblum  |  (254) 297-1126 |  dcornblum@esc12.net

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