Why should I choose Educators of Excellence?
What kind of background do I need?
How do I apply?
What are the e2 Program Costs?
What happens after I apply?
What should I do if my transcripts are from a foreign institution?
What is the time commitment for the e2 program?
What if I have to miss some classes?
Is there financial aid available for this program?
What schools are located in the Austin area?
Does Educators of Excellence place interns?
When will I start teaching and earn a salary?
What salary should I expect to earn?
What if I secure a job outside of the Austin Area? Is there an additional fee?
What tests do I have take?
When will I receive my teaching certificate?

Should you have a complaint against Educators of Excellence, direct a written letter with the issue described.  If your complaint is not met with your satisfaction, following the instructions below:

The official TEA complaint process can be found at www.tea.texas.gov in the banner located at the bottom of the page and then select “Educator Preparation Programs”.

The complaint process allows for an applicant or a candidate in an educator preparation program to seek redress in areas where they feel that the program did not fulfill requirements for certification or for actions that the candidate feels are wrong. Educator preparation programs may also file a complaint about the actions of other programs when it involves a candidate transferring into a program.

 

 

Why should I choose Educators of Excellence?
We have over 70 years of teaching experience!

We offer

  • Quality instruction
  • Early access to schools
  • Exceptional coursework training
  • Support and collaboration
  • Support in finding an internship

Learn more about how we are unique.

Read what they say about us.

 

 

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What kind of a background do I need?
The e2 Program is designed for individuals who do not possess a background in the educational field. The program seeks to meet the needs of potential teachers in the Central and rural South/Southwest Texas areas as well as private and charter schools wishing to increase their knowledge and skills in the areas of English Language Arts & Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, English as a Second Language, Early Childhood or Bilingual Education.

Admission Criteria:
Candidates must meet admission criteria for the program established by e2, which include:
1) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with a grade point average of 2.5* on a 4 point
2) a completed application with all required documents
3) meet degree requirements below OR pass the TExES Pre-admission Content Test (PACT) in the certification area.

Degree requirements:

Early Childhood through 6th grade: total of 24 hrs in English, Math, Science and Social Studies (at least three hours in each area).
Early Childhood through 6th grade Bilingual: total of 24 hrs in English, Math, Science and Social Studies (at least three hours in each area) and show proficiency in the Spanish language.
Early Childhood through 6th grade Special Education: total of 24 hrs in English, Math, Science and Social Studies (at least three hours in each area).
4th-8th English Language Arts & Reading: 12 hours (18 recommended)
4th-8th Mathematics: 12 hours (18 recommended)
4th-8th Science: 12 hours (18 recommended)
4th-8th Social Studies: 12 hours (18 recommended)
4th-8th Special Education: meet degree requirements in content area
7th-12th English Language Arts & Reading: 18 hours (24 recommended)
7th-12th Mathematics: 18 hours (24 recommended)
7th-12th Science: 18 hours (24 recommended)
7th-12th Social Studies: 18 hours (24 recommended)
7th-12th Special Education: meet degree requirements in content area

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TExES Pre-admission Content Test (PACT) – Certification area: Test Code
For more test information, visit the ETS web site

Early Childhood through 6th grade: 191 Generalist EC-6
Early Childhood through 6th grade Bilingual: 192 Bilingual Generalist EC-6
Early Childhood through 6th grade Special Education: 191 Generalist EC-6
4th-8th English Language Arts & Reading: 117 English Language Arts & Reading 4-8
4th-8th Mathematics: 115 Mathematics 4-8
4th-8th Science: 116 Science 4-8
4th-8th Social Studies: 118 Social Studies 4-8
4th-8th Special Education: pass TExES Exam in content area
7th-12th English Language Arts & Reading: 231 English Language Arts & Reading 7-12
7th-12th Mathematics: 235 Mathematics 7-12
7th-12th Science: 236 Science 7-12
7th-12th Social Studies: 232 Social Studies 7-12
7th-12th Special Education: pass TExES Exam in content area



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Each transcript will be reviewed and evaluated individually.

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How do I apply?
Please click here to download an application.

Candidates will be required to:
submit a completed application along with resume
submit an application fee of $50 online
submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
submit three professional reference forms (included in application packet)
undergo an interview process to determine candidate acceptance into the program

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What are the e2 Program Costs?

Courses
Cost
xApplication Fee
$50.00
xPedagogy & Professional Responsibility Course
$1,500.00
xContent Course*
$1,500.00
x ESL
$350.00
x Fee for Special Education
$600.00
x Bilingual
$600.00

xTeaching Component

xxOne-Year Paid Internship**
xxOR
xx12-week Clinical Teaching

 


$3,500.00
$2,500.00

(All fees are subject to change. See Refund Policy below)

We accept money orders and most credit cards.
Payments can be made online
If you will be applying for financial aid, all items must be completed prior to the first day of class.

*Includes labs and materials. Students use their own graphing calculators in the Math Course.
**Payment Options for Paid Internship:
1) Payment in Full
xxOR
2) Pay As You Go Plan:
Payments will be broken down into equal installments and drafted from your payroll check throughout the school year.

Additional fees (also subject to change) paid to other agencies include:
$42.25 SBEC Fingerprinting / Criminal History paid to State Board for Educator Certification
$9.95 Fingerprinting Service Fee paid to L1- Identity Solutions
$120.00 TExES PPR Exam paid to Educational Testing Service
$120.00 TExES Content Exam paid to Educational Testing Service
$52.00 Probationary Certificate paid to State Board for Educator Certification
$77.00 Standard Teacher Certificate paid to State Board for Educator Certification

Fees for private/parochial school teachers will be adjusted for their classroom experience.

Refund Policy
Refunds will be made as follows:
70% Prior to 2nd class meeting
0% after 2nd class meeting
Request for refunds must be made in writing to e2. Refund requests require approximately 30 days to process.
Deposits that are due on the day of the Program Orientation are non-refundable. This deposit reserves your place in the cohort.

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What happens after I apply?
All completed applications will go through a preliminary review process by the e2 staff.
Qualified applicants will be contacted to arrange a face-to-face interview by the e2 trained staff, in order to assess motivation to teach. The e2 staff will notify every applicant via email on the date listed as “Acceptance Letters Mailed” (refer to the cohort schedule).

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What should I do if my transcripts are from a foreign institution?
All transcripts from foreign institutions must be translated showing a detailed evaluation, complete with suggested transfer equivalencies and GPA. Please contact Foreign Credentials Services of America at (512) 459-8428 or visit http://www.fcsa.biz/ for more information on foreign transcript evaluation.

Or visit the list of agencies approved by the State Board for Educator Certification.

In addition, these candidates will be required to take the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment). Our institution code is 445.

 

 

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What is the time commitment for the e2 program?
Successful completion of our program can be achieved within 18 months. You could be teaching in as little as 6 months. Courses will be scheduled during the evenings throughout the year.

Interns will be required to complete a Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility Course (PPR) consisting of 80 hours of class work, a Content Course consisting of 120 hours of class work and a Teaching Component (Paid Internship or Clinical Teaching) in an accredited school, which will be supervised by a TxBESS trained certified Texas classroom teacher. During the coursework portion of our program, teacher candidates will participate in 100 hours of hands-on classroom experience in a school with a certified classroom teacher.

 

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What if I have to miss some classes?
Regular and punctual attendance is required of all. Recognize the importance of timeliness; it is an expression of commitment and respect. Come to class on time and stay for the entire period. Notify the instructor ahead of time if you must be absent for any reason. Eighty percent (80%) attendance is the minimum requirement for an individual to receive a Certificate of Completion from the Program. The Program does not recognize any absence from class as an “excused absence”. Teacher Candidates are considered absent if they are not present for class during normal classroom hours regardless of the circumstances.

 

 

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Is there financial aid available for this program?
Yes, the most popular option:
The College Access Loan Program provides alternative education loans to Texas students who are unable to meet the cost of attendance. The CAL may be used to cover part or all of the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC); students do not have to demonstrate financial need . However, the amount of federal aid for which you are eligible must be deducted from the cost of attendance in determining the CAL loan amount.
Visit College Access Loans for more information.

Visit our Financial Aid page to explore other options.

If you will be applying for financial aid, all items must be completed prior to the first day of class.

 

 

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What schools are located in the Austin area?
Click here to find a list of schools that are located in the Austin area.

 

 

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Does Educators of Excellence place interns?
For the Paid Internship:
Each teacher candidate is responsible for securing his or her own job in the Austin or San Antonio area ISDs, charter schools or TEA accredited private schools. It is common for many school districts to fill teaching positions in late summer July or August.

The schedule of the coursework portion of our program is specifically designed for teacher candidates to maintain their current employment.

For Clinical Teaching:
If an intern decides to apply for the Clinical Teaching Component, they will be place at the discretion of the partnering school district.

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When will I start teaching and earn a salary?
As soon as you secure a job with a partnering school district. Generally, teachers are paid the last day of each month. Typically, first year teachers receive their first paycheck at the end of September.

In order to be eligible for interviews with partner school districts, you pass the content portion of the TExES exam. Under the Federal No Child Left Behind law, interns must demonstrate content knowledge mastery through successful completion of the TExES exam.

 

 

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What salary should I expect to earn?
All school districts are required to pay a salary in accordance with the State Minimum Salary Schedule. Please contact individual school districts to inquire about their salary schedules and benefits package.

 

 

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What if I secure a job out of the Austin or San Antonio area? Is there an additional fee?
With approval from your e2 supervisor, you may secure a job outside of the Austin area. You will be subject to an out of area fee to defray the expense of staff travel. This fee starts at $500, depending on the miles traveled and will be added to the paid internship portion of the program costs.

The Austin area, as defined by Educators of Excellence:
The Austin area is less than 25 miles from the capitol building, 1100 Congress Austin, Texas 78701

 

 

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What tests to I have to take?

TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards)
Interns must pass the appropriate content test prior to being eligible for employment.

TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards)
Interns must pass the appropriate Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities test in order to be recommended for standard certification.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Required for any intern whose degree is from a non-English speaking institution.

Click here for test dates.

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When will I receive my teaching certificate?
The Paid Internship:
The Educators of Excellence will issue a Probationary Certificate to candidates at the beginning of their Paid Internship.

In order to be eligible for the Paid Internship, each candidate must meet the follow criteria:

  • successfully complete PPR and Content Coursework
  • successfully complete 100 hours of observation / teaching in a classroom
  • pass Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities exam and the TExES content exam

After teaching for one year on a probationary status, with approval from their Principal and e2 supervisor, the intern will be recommended for full certification.

Clinical Teaching:
After teaching 12-weeks, with approval from their mentor teacher, partnering school district and e2 supervisor, the intern will be recommended for full certification.

 

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