No. After acceptance into the program, each applicant is responsible for securing employment within a district that is a reasonable commuting distance. School district employment must be approved in advance by the TEACH Director.
EACH participants should begin seeking a teaching position early, but not until he/she is highly qualified (having passed the state's specific content area TExES exam or having 24 college hours in the specific content area). Most candidates are hired in May, June, and July.
Can I be exempt from the testing requirements?
What if I was exempt prior to entering college?
All TEACH Program applicants MUST submit passing THEA, SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer scores in order to be accepted into the program (required scores vary - see admission requirements for specific scores required). There are no exemptions or exceptions, even if you were exempt prior to entering college.
What if my transcript is from a foreign country?
All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an SBEC-approved foreign credential evaluation service. For a list of these providers, please click here and view the list on pages 5 and 6 of the document.
What if I have not completed the required number of hours in mathematics?
You are encouraged to contact Randal Hoppens, Division Chair Mathematics & Engineering, Brenham campus and have him evaluate your transcript. Take the required coursework and reapply to the program. Several mathematics courses are offered online for those who may not be able to attend courses on a Blinn College campus.
How can I find out more about the Spanish oral proficiency exam?
You are encouraged to contact Charisse Richardz, Department of Foreign Languages, Brenham campus for more information.
What if I have not completed the required number of hours in science?
You are encouraged to contact Dr. Greg Phillips, Biology and TEACH Instructor, Brenham campus and have him evaluate your transcript. Take the required coursework and reapply to the program. Several science courses are offered at convenient times for those who may not be able to attend courses during the day on a Blinn College campus.
Will I be paid during the internship year?
Yes. You will be paid minimum state base salary. Many school districts pay above state base salary. You will need to consult the district in which you are applying for additional salary information.
Is financial aid available?
Traditional financial aid does not apply to alternative certification; however, career training loans and the College Access Loan (CAL) are available for persons seeking alternative certification. If you are interested in obtaining a career training or CAL loan, please ask the TEACH Program Assistant for more details.
Additionally, Texas Troops to Teachers provides funding for military veterans and long term (10 years or more) reservists and Guard personnel currently in drilling status. More information can be obtained by calling Meryl Ketter at 1-800-810-5484.
What is the refund policy if I am unable to complete the program?
There are no refunds if you are unable to complete the training requirements.