HUMAN RESOURCES - Alternative Certification
NEISD searches for the most qualified, fully-credentialed candidates for principals’ consideration in filling teacher vacancies. With the challenge of meeting No Child Left Behind (NCLB) “highly qualified” standards, in addition to the requirements for credentials mandated by the Texas Education Agency, the vast majority of teachers hired in our district possess full state certification at the time of employment. These candidates will always be given preference in the screening and selection process for employment.
However, in identified “critical needs” areas, NEISD principals may also give consideration to candidates who have been admitted to those Alternative Certification Programs (ACP’s) with official approval and sanction by the Texas Education Agency. There are also a few local and regional Post-Baccalaureate programs leading to Masters Degrees and Teacher Certification in “critical needs” areas whose candidates are given consideration by NEISD.
NEISD will only consider ACP teacher candidates* for the following “critical needs” shortage areas to complete field experience/clinical teaching requirements.
- Special Education
- Languages Other than English
- Bilingual/English as a Second Language (All Level)
- Technology Applications
- Computer Science
- Health Science Technology
- Family Consumer Science Education
- Technology Education
- Deaf Hard of Hearing
* ACP TEACHER CANDIDATES MUST HAVE TAKEN AND PASSED THE CONTENT AREA TExES CERTIFICATION EXAM IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT.
Additional information regarding Teacher Certification, including state approved ACPs, can be found on the Texas Education Agency website at Educator Certification Online System. Other helpful links include: College for Texans and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.