Alternative Certification Pathway

To ensure that all teachers have the knowledge and skills needed to be effective with our students, YES Prep has created the Teaching Excellence Program, an alternative certification pathway.

A new teacher development and certification program, Teaching Excellence provides rigorous and relevant training and individualized support that accelerates the development of new teachers. Proven and adopted by schools aiming for higher standards, Teaching Excellence is responsible for more than 350 teachers serving YES Prep, KIPP Houston, Spring Branch ISD, BakerRipley (formerly known as Neighborhood Centers Inc.), Raul Yzaguirre Schools for Success, and Uplift Education.

The How
graphic showing time commitment of 2.5 weeks of orientation, biweekly one-on-one meetings with a coach, and monthly professional learning opportunities

The Cost
TE costs $7,750 with candidates committing 4,750 of that cost

The Requirements
If you are interested in applying to be a teacher in any of the following content areas and are not certified, please review the required credit hours and register for the associated Pre-Admissions Content Test (PACT). In order to be formally admitted into the Teaching Excellence ACP program, the following requirements must be met:

  • Take and pass PACT Content Exam assigned to you by Teaching Excellence in your initial email

OR

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a conferred degree (or last 60 hours of a conferred degree)
  • A minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for certification sought (unless math or science, which need 15 credit hours)

For more information on the PACT exam, please see below.

Middle School Courses

Teaching Assignment or Content Courses Required Credit Hours *PACT Exam
MS Math/Math Enrichment/Math Numeracy Lab 6-8 12 combined hours of ELA, SS, Math, and Science Core Subjects 4-8 or Math 4-8
MS Science 6-8 MS 12 combined hours of ELA, SS, Math, and Science Core Subjects 4-8 or Science 4-8
MS Social Studies 6-8 MS 12 combined hours of ELA, SS, Math, and Science Core Subjects 4-8 or Social Studies 4-8
MS English/Reading Intervention 6-8 MS 12 combined hours of ELA, SS, Math, and Science Core Subjects 4-8 or ELAR 4-8
Special Education All grades 12 combined hours of Math and Reading (English/Literature) Special Education EC-12

High School Courses

Teaching Assigment or Content Courses Required Credit Hours *PACT Exam
HS Science Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Life Science 15 credit hours of science course work Science 7-12
Life Science 7-12 (biology teachers only)
Physical Science EC-12 (physics, physical science, chemistry teachers only)
HS English English I, II, III/AP Lit, IV/AP Lang 12 credit hours of English course work ELAR 7-12
HS Math Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, AQR, Pre-Cal/Cal 15 credit hours of math course work (includes only college-level courses listed as "Math" on your transcript) Math 7-12
HS Social Studies World Geography, World History, US History, AP Government, Econ/Gov. 12 credit hours of History course work Social Studies 7-12
History 7-12
Special Education All grades 12 combined hours of Math and Reading (English/Literature) Special Education EC-12

Elective/Foreigh Language Courses

Teaching Assignment or Content Courses Required Credit Hours *PACT Exam
Spanish MS or HS Spanish 12 credit hours of Spanish course work LOTE Spanish EC-12
French MS or HS French 12 credit hours of French course work LOTE French EC-12
Mandarin or Chinese MS or HS Mandarin or Chinese 12 credit hours of Mandarin or Chinese LOTE Mandarin Chinese EC-12
PE or Health MS/HS PE or Health 12 credit hours of Physical Education course work Physcial Education EC-12
Technology MS or HS Technology 12 credit hours of Computer Science/Programming Technology course work Technology Applications EC-12
Music, Orchestra, Choir MS or HS 12 credit hours of Music course work Music EC-12
Theater MS or HS Theater 12 credit hours of Theater course work Theatre EC-12
Art MS or HS Art 12 credit hours of Art, Art History course work Art EC-12
Dance MS or HS Dance 12 credit hours of Dance course work Dance 6-12

*The required credit hours can be overridden by the passage of a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT). If you take and pass the appropriate PACT exam, YES Prep is not guaranteeing you a job offer. Since these admission requirements are mandated by the state and affect all Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs), passing the PACT exam in the subject area that you are interested in teaching will make you a more viable applicant for these types of positions and ensure that you are able to pursue alternative certification.

Formal Admission is only final when communicated to you directly by your Certification Program, which has the ultimate discretion on which exams and credit hours will be accepted towards the Formal Admission requirements. The information on this page is subject to change at any time, without notice. 
 

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