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Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the questions below to learn more about Teach18, program costs, and training.

About Teach18

1. What is Teach18’s association with Region 18 Educational Service Center (ESC)?

Teach18 is the official alternate route certification program of Region 18 ESC. Teach18 is a TEA-approved program, licensing teachers to serve students in 33 districts and 7 charter schools in the West Texas region.

2. How long is the program?

The Teach18 Teacher Certification Program lasts approximately 12 months. It begins with training and concludes once participants have passed their PPR exam following the end of the school year.

3. Which subject area certifications does Teach18 offer?

With Teach18, you can currently become certified in Core Subjects EC-6, Core Subjects 4-8, Secondary Math, Secondary Science, and Secondary English Language Arts. You can obtain supplementary certification in Bilingual Education and Special Education.

4. Can I earn certification in more than one subject area?

As part of this program, you can become certified in one subject area. You may also opt to become certified in one of the supplemental subject areas (Bilingual, English as a Second Language, or Special Education).

5. How do I complete the program and become a certified teacher?

To finish the program, you must complete training, all required school year coursework, and pass your content exam (TExES) and PPR exam.

6. What happens if I don't pass the state content exam?

If you do not pass the state exam, you may not enter the classroom or be the teacher of record. A TExES content exam is required to obtain an Intern certificate.

7. I’m a principal with Region 18 interns at my school. Do the program changes affect our school?

No. There are no significant changes for schools staffing Teach18 interns. For the upcoming school year, we encourage you to continue submitting referrals, but please be mindful of the new deadlines. 

Requirements & Admission

1. How do I apply?

Complete an application here.

2. When are the application deadlines?

The 2018-19 application is closed. Subscribe to be notified when the 2019-20 application opens.

3. What are the Teach18 admission requirements?

To be admitted to Teach18, applicants must: 

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrate content area proficiency through a TEA-approved method 
  • Have a 2.5 or better GPA
  • Be eligible for exemption from the Texas Success Initiative requirements
  • Meet all legal requirements to work in the United States
  • Pass a criminal background check before the start of school

4. What documents are required for admission?

To be admitted to Teach18, you must submit: 

  • Official copies of all transcripts
  • References 
  • Required background and fingerprinting check documents 

5. Can international applicants apply?

Yes. For more information on international applicants, please review requirements here.

6. What if I don’t have enough semester credit hours in my content area?

To be admitted, you must have 12 semester credit hours in your content area, or 15 semester credit hours if you are seeking licensure in math or science at or above 7th grade. If you do not meet the semester hour requirement, you must pass the TExES exam in your content area to be admitted.

7. What if my GPA is too low?

You must have a 2.50 GPA on all coursework, or a 2.5 GPA on the last 60 hours of completed coursework. If you do not meet the GPA requirement, an exception can be made in extraordinary circumstances, allowing admission if you pass the TExES exam in your content area.

8. What happens after I apply?

After you apply, your application will be reviewed for basic eligibility requirements. After review, you will be contacted with further instructions regarding the selection process.

9. How long does it take to review my application?

Your application will be reviewed within five business days. If you are advanced in the application process, you will receive next steps after the application deadline by which you submitted.

10. How will I know if I have been admitted?

If you are admitted to Teach18, you will receive official notice of your acceptance via email within one week following your interview.

Costs & Financial Aid

1. How much does the program cost?

For 2018-19, our training tuition is $5,800. This will cover the full cost of the 12-month program, including access to high-quality training materials, personalized coaching, and ongoing support to earn your certification. 

Additional costs include:

  • $35 nonrefundable application fee
  • $78 probationary certificate fee
  • $39 fingerprinting and background check
  • $131 TExES exam fee (per exam)
  • $78 Standard Teacher Certification fee 

Our Training

1. What is Teach18's training?

Our training is a 5-week, intensive jumpstart to your teaching career. Focusing on the core skills needed to be an effective teacher, our training design provides participants with real classrooms for in-person practice in the morning, followed by skill-building sessions in the afternoon. With the guidance of mentor teachers and coaches, participants practice teaching, build skills, and receive targeted feedback prior to being approved to enter the classroom.

2. Can I work while I complete training?

You will be expected to attend full day-long sessions during our training, including several weeks of hands-on classroom experience with West Texas students. This will be an opportunity to experience the rigors of classroom instruction and lesson planning in a supportive environment. Given the workload you will take on, we strongly advise interns against taking on additional responsibilities during training.

3. Does Teach18 provide housing during training?

Housing options are offered to participants living outside of the Midland/Odessa area. Optional housing will be available through Midland College, and participants must make arrangements directly with Midland College. Contact information will be provided upon admission to Teach18. 

4. Is training required?

Yes. Our training is required to be eligible to continue through and complete the Teach18 program.

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