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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. 

  • College or University
  • Houston, TX
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“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.”

Stephanie Acker

INSPIRE TEXAS
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INSPIRE TEXAS Post-Graduate Certification Program
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INSPIRE TEXAS Post-Graduate Certification Program
  • Hybrid
    Program Format
    Combination of in-person and online courses.
  • Pre-Test Required
    No
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Program Info

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. 

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  • Hybrid
    Program Format
    Combination of in-person and online courses.
  • Pre-Test Required
    No
Upcoming Deadlines
  • Deadlines
    Program Start
  • Rolling Deadline
    Sep. 23, 2020
    Fall
  • Rolling Deadline
    Oct. 21, 2020
    Fall
  • Rolling Deadline
    Nov. 18, 2020
    Winter
  • Rolling Deadline
    Dec. 30, 2020
    Winter
  • Rolling Deadline
    Jan. 20, 2021
    Winter
  • Rolling Deadline
    Feb. 17, 2021
    Spring
  • Rolling Deadline
    Mar. 24, 2021
    Spring
  • Rolling Deadline
    Apr. 21, 2021
    Spring
  • Rolling Deadline
    May 19, 2021
    Summer
  • Rolling Deadline
    Jul. 07, 2021
    Summer
  • Rolling Deadline
    Aug. 04, 2021
    Summer
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Cost Offsets
Students at INSPIRE TEXAS have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with INSPIRE TEXAS to see if you can, too!
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Scholarships

For students that choose to pursue bilingual education, secondary math or secondary science, there is a 44 percent reduction in preservice training fees.

Certifications
Certifications
Provides information on the types of credentials one can gain by becoming certified to teach through this specific program of interest.
Arabic (Pre-K-12)
Art (Pre-K-12)
Business & Finance (6-12)
Chemistry (7-12)
Core Subjects (4-8)
Core Subjects (Pre-K-6)
Core Subjects / Bilingual Education Supplemental (4-8)
Core Subjects / Bilingual Education Supplemental (Birth-6)
Core Subjects / English as a Second Language Supplemental (4-8)
Core Subjects / English as a Second Language Supplemental (Pre-K-6)
English Language Arts and Reading (4-8)
English Language Arts and Reading (7-12)
English Language Arts and Reading / Social Studies (4-8)
Family & Consumer Sciences (6-12)
French (Pre-K-12)
German (Pre-K-12)
Health (Pre-K-12)
Hindi (Pre-K-12)
History (7-12)
Hospitality, Nutrition and Food Sciences (8-12)
Human Development and Family Studies (8-12)
Italian (Pre-K-12)
Japanese (Pre-K-12)
Journalism (7-12)
Life Science (7-12)
Mandarin Chinese (Pre-K-12)
Mathematics (4-8)
Mathematics (7-12)
Mathematics / Science (4-8)
Music (Pre-K-12)
Physical Education (Pre-K-12)
Physics / Mathematics (7-12)
Physics / Science (6-12)
Russian (Pre-K-12)
Science (4-8)
Science (7-12)
Social Studies (4-8)
Social Studies (7-12)
Spanish (Pre-K-12)
Special Education (Pre-K-12)
Speech (7-12)
Technology Education (6-12)
Theatre (Pre-K-12)
Turkish (Pre-K-12)
Vietnamese (Pre-K-12)
Human Development and Family Studies (8-12)
Italian (Pre-K-12)
Japanese (Pre-K-12)
Journalism (7-12)
Life Science (7-12)
Mandarin Chinese (Pre-K-12)
Mathematics (4-8)
Mathematics (7-12)
Mathematics / Science (4-8)
Music (Pre-K-12)
Physical Education (Pre-K-12)
Physics / Mathematics (7-12)
Physics / Science (6-12)
Russian (Pre-K-12)
Science (4-8)
Science (7-12)
Social Studies (4-8)
Social Studies (7-12)
Spanish (Pre-K-12)
Special Education (Pre-K-12)
Speech (7-12)
Technology Education (6-12)
Theatre (Pre-K-12)
Turkish (Pre-K-12)
Vietnamese (Pre-K-12)

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

INSPIRE TEXAS has a rolling admission program wherein candidates can start a cohort cycle every month of the year or a blended face-to-face cohort three times a year. The teacher certification program is divided into two distinct phases:
  • Preservice Training

    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).

  • Practicum

    Candidates that have successfully completed the preservice training may choose to pursue a paid, full-year internship at a campus/district of their choosing, or a 14 week, unpaid clinical teaching assignment with a district chosen in partnership with INSPIRE TEXAS. During the practicum, interns and clinical teachers are supported, observed and evaluated based on guidelines established by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). All interns and clinical teachers are required to complete additional coursework and state-mandated testing during the practicum.

Program Hallmarks

  • Hands-On Experience

    INSPIRE TEXAS provides all candidates with opportunities to work closely with students, teachers and schools prior to receiving their standard certification. All candidates must successfully complete 30 hours of field-based state mandated experience for multiple grade levels and subjects prior to beginning their practicum. INSPIRE TEXAS candidates are expected to work with students from differing backgrounds and abilities, including with those who may be economically disadvantaged.

  • Preparation for Diverse Populations

    INSPIRE TEXAS is proud of its diversity. Each year, over half of our applicants are persons of color, providing their potential students with outstanding role models. Required coursework includes topics and courses such as bilingual, ESL and special education. In addition, candidates learn to work with students that are gifted and talented.

  • Mentoring & Coaching

    INSPIRE TEXAS program is committed to mentoring and coaching. INSPIRE TEXAS employs dozens of field supervisors across the state to coach and guide new interns and clinical teachers. Our field supervisors are vetted for excellence in transforming organizations and supporting new teachers. As former teachers, administrators and superintendents who have impacted their community through service and dedication, many field supervisors have been honored by districts as Principals of the Year or have had campuses named after them. With a low supervisor-to-student ratio, our coaches can ensure that new teachers receive the attention they expect and deserve.

  • Commitment to Improvement & Excellence

    INSPIRE TEXAS is always seeking to exceed the expectation of its stakeholders.  We constantly seek feedback from customers through our Fresh Desk phone system and course surveys and webinars; we survey our students through the participation in a statewide consortium and we evaluate feedback from campus level stakeholders through the annual survey of new teachers. In addition, INSPIRE TEXAS exceeds state standards by meeting twice yearly with districts, business leaders and local colleges to share the current state of the organization and seek input on the quality of admission, preparation and instruction of INSPIRE TEXAS candidates. 

  • Cost of Program

    Application Fee: $95 

    Preservice Training:  $1,300 

    • Preservice Fee is payable in 5 installments 
    • $100 discount applied to fee if paid in full at registration 

    Once you begin your teaching assignment as a salaried intern or clinical teacher, the following fees go into effect: 

    • Internship Fee: $4,180
      • Payments begin once candidates start their full time teaching assignment 
    • Clinical Teaching Fee: $2,300
      • Clinical Teaching Fee is payable in monthly installments over the duration of the teaching assignment
      • Application Fee: $100 
      • $100 Application Fee is applied toward the clinical teaching fee unless the candidate cancels the placement
Stats
1,807
Total Enrollment
2.75
Entry GPA Min Grad Eligibility
3.45
Entry GPA Med
710
Program Completers
58.00%
Acceptance Rate
Gender
  • Male
  • Female
  • 22%
  • 78%
Ethnicity
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races
  • 1%
  • 2%
  • 21%
  • 25%
  • 0%
  • 48%
  • 3%
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