Eligibility & Admission

  • To be eligible for Odessa Pathway to Teaching, candidates must: ​

    • ​Have a bachelor’s degree ​
    • Have a 2.5 or better GPA (overall or in the last 60 credit hours of your undergraduate degree)​
    • Demonstrate content area proficiency via credit hours or subject area PACT exam​
    • Provide official copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
    • Meet all legal requirements to work in the United States ​
    • Be able to pass a drug test and background check​
    • TEA Guidance (Click Link for More)
    • Pass the TOEFL exam by December 4, 2020 (if required)

    After meeting basic eligibility requirements, applicants will be required to participate in and pass several components of an in-person interview. For more details on the selection process, visit the How To Apply section.

    As an Odessa Pathway to Teaching apprentice, you may pursue certification in one of the following eight areas:

    • Core Subjects EC-6 (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts)
    • Core Subjects 4-8 (English, Math, Science, Social Studies)
    • English Language Arts and Reading 7-12
    • Math 7-12
    • Science 7-12

    At this time, these are the only certification areas offered to OPT participants. While certifications like Special Education, Bilingual, and Spanish are in high demand, our program focuses on the subject areas most needed by our district and that can be supported by our high-quality coursework and coaching. If you are interested in certifications outside of the certifications listed above, you may take the TExES exam to add that certification once you’ve obtained a standard certificate in one of the approved areas through OPT.