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Teacher Certification

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Region 5 Education Service Center‘s Teacher Certification Program provides an opportunity for college graduates to become certified teachers through an educational internship program.

Upon acceptance into the program, interns complete initial coursework to prepare them for classroom teaching in their chosen field(s). As ‘teachers of record,’ interns are salaried and receive benefits as first year teachers. The year of internship counts as a year of experience. Continued admission in TCP is contingent upon successful completion of program requirements.

The intern teacher has the support of the TCP team and Region 5 ESC content consultants and will be assigned a mentor teacher by the school district. The State Board of Education requires that school districts provide time for the mentor teacher and the intern to observe one another and to confer on a regular basis.

Intern teachers are evaluated by the district’s appraisal system. After successful completion of all program requirements, the intern is recommended for certification to the State Board of Educator Certification.

The Teacher Certification Program may be amended at any time to meet the needs of the program or as necessary to comply with state or federal laws.

We start a new cohort in February, May and September.  Below are the deadlines for each cohort.  

Cohort Start Date Deadline for All Documents
February January 15
May May 15
September August 15


Please note that transcripts will be shredded six months after we receive them.  

NOTE:  Some certification areas require you to take and pass a PACT test before joining our program.  The “TCP Certifications Offered” document below will list the certification areas that require a test before joining.  Please read before submitting your application.  

We will contact you via email once your official transcript and three recommendation forms have been received.  

Region 5 ESC

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Ramona Johnson
Administrative Facilitator
(409) 951-1826


Cindy Moss
Educator Certification Program

(409) 951-1854

Teacher Certification