The Effective Teacher Fellowship (ETF), Houston ISD’s Alternative Certification Program (ACP), was established in 1985 making it one of the most experienced educator preparation programs in Texas. Throughout our history, we have worked to introduce individuals from non-educational backgrounds and careers to the fulfilling task of increasing student achievement in the nation’s seventh largest school district.
Beginning a career in education with the Effective Teacher Fellowship is easy. Simply apply to our program via the online application, be prepared to submit official transcripts for review, and participate in a structured interview during one of our ongoing selection events. The advantage of our application process is that it is linked to HISD’s own—making all of our interns automatically eligible for positions within the district without going through a separate teacher selection process.
The costs associated with ETF are comparable with those of other alternative certification programs throughout the state. One of the added benefits of our program is that there is absolutely NO application fee to start! The total cost of our program is $4,600 (excluding fees for state content exams, certificates, and fingerprinting). The cost of our program goes towards intake processing, pre-service training, and the continued in-class support and in-person training that you will receive throughout your internship year. Once you begin your internship in the classroom, the bulk of the program fee will be withdrawn from your paycheck over the course of 20 pay periods.
Together with our simple application process and reasonable rate, our program is designed to ensure that interns have continued support throughout their entire enrollment in the program. This includes providing resources such as online training for the TExES content exams as well as several professional learning courses based on HISD’s current Instructional Practice and Professional Rubric. We also provide dedicated Instructional Coaches that will give you one-on-one support throughout your internship as a first year teacher. In addition, we are continuously working to provide a number of grant opportunities that can potentially cover a percentage of your program costs.