During preservice training, the teacher certification candidate will take four required classes: Curriculum and Instruction, English Language Arts and Reading, Foundations of English as a Second Language (ESL), and Foundations of Teaching. Candidates training to be bilingual or special education teachers will take a Foundations of Bilingual/Special Education Course. Candidates will also complete additional coursework that includes state mandated field based experiences and content area exam(s).
INSPIRE TEXAS is one of the largest public alternative certification programs in the state of Texas. Based out of the Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, INSPIRE TEXAS provides online and face-to-face certification for teachers, principals, and superintendents throughout every region in Texas. For over 25 years, INSPIRE TEXAS has educated a diverse and dedicated group of individuals with the sole purpose of ensuring that the school children of Texas receive the best instruction and leadership possible. Over 19,000 thousand candidates—from all walks of life—have trusted their certification to the INSPIRE TEXAS program and Region 4.
Working collaboratively with schools districts, charters and the Texas Education Agency, INSPIRE TEXAS has achieved national recognition as one of the Top Ranked Elementary and Secondary Alternative Certification by the National Council on Teacher Quality. Our rigorous coursework exceeds state standards through Quality Matters© certification. Supervision from highly trained, locally connected, former administrators and leaders provides the foundation for classroom success well beyond the first year of teaching. Throughout the state our program continues to provide students some of the best teachers and leaders in Texas as exhibited by campus and district teacher of the year accolades. Numerous leadership positions are filled with INSPIRE TEXAS certified counselors, principal and superintendents.
“There is a very personable side to the program that is amazing. This isn't something you do on your own and they just mail you a certificate. They walk you through, they make you feel comfortable, they encourage you, they invite questions and it makes all the difference.”
The mission of the INSPIRE TEXAS Educator certification by Region 4 alternative certification program is to prepare confident educators who inspire Texas children to develop their potential. We believe that if the teacher is confident in their skills, then the students will have confidence in their teachers. If the students believe in you, the INSPIRE TEXAS teachers can push them to reach their true potential and make the world a better place.
The INSPIRE TEXAS program is ideally suited for the busy professional that does not want to trade convenience for quality. Rooted in best practices and supported by quality instruction by recognized local educators, INSPIRE TEXAS candidates are challenged to be better than their peers. Candidates learn how to create dynamic lessons, deliver enthusiastic instruction and include students from all backgrounds in the educational process.
Once they have completed training and have secured employment, INSPIRE TEXAS supports their new teachers with some of the state’s best field supervisors. Field supervision is the heart and soul of the program—nurturing, dynamic and knowledgeable—our field supervisors are successful former administrators with deep local ties to districts. Their sole purpose is to ensure that the new teacher receives only the best support during their induction year of instruction.
For students that choose to pursue bilingual education, secondary math or secondary science, there is a 44 percent reduction in preservice training fees.
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
- Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
- Special Education and Teaching
- English/Language Arts
- Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics
- Foreign Language
- French Language
- German Language
- Social Studies/History
- Physical Education
- Social Studies
- Spanish Language
- Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts
- General Education
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
- Two or more races