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Old 01-02-2011, 11:25 PM
 
Location: houston
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I am a chemist who is seeking a career change..I am interested in becoming a science teacher ( in houston)and just started researching the alternative certification programs....there are so many and can't tell which is better?! HELP PLEASE..and after reading a few posts here i am not sure now that the alternative route would be the best choice..also is it true that these programs' promises of an intern psoition are fake?? i would appreciate any advice
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Do A+ Texas Teachers. That's who I am doing it with. They are legit! It is a very independent program though. You will spend most of your time studying for the state test. You will also be required to attend seven all day seminars as well as sit in on 30 hours of instructional period at a middle or high school.

Keep in mind this is the criteria that English teachers must fulfill. I'm sure that science may have their own requirements. But you get the general idea of the program.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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get a recommendation thru Region 4. They are the first people to contact when going thru this process.
http://www.esc4.net/
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land
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get a recommendation thru Region 4. They are the first people to contact when going thru this process.
http://www.esc4.net/
Westres1 is 100% correct. Effectively serving as the local branches of TEA, the local Education Service Centers (in Houston's case Region 4) are the best places to inquire first about alternative certification programs.

Please note that your chemistry background likely places you in the in-demand category, but that this may not be the best time for others with less math/science or special education oriented backgrounds to pursue alternative teacher certification. The state's financial problems will likely lead to a slashed budget for the upcoming biennium, making teacher layoffs and hiring freezes a likely scenario.
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