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    Chart Your Course to a Rewarding Teaching Career.

    Earn your teaching certificate with the Odessa Pathway to Teaching.
    Aspiring educators will receive:

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    Innovative Training
    that prepares you to create and deliver engaging lesson
      Personalized Coaching
    & Support

    to help you hone your teaching skills
      Real Teaching Experience
    in an Ector County ISD classroom

    A Rewarding Career
    with a starting salary
    of $50,000

  • About You.

    We’re looking for aspiring teachers who are ready to give Ector County students the outstanding education they deserve. You don’t yet have a teaching certificate, but you’re looking for a rewarding career, know the power of a great teacher, and want to make a difference for kids in Ector County.

    About Us. 

    We are Ector County ISD educators and instructional leaders with years of classroom experience. We’ve designed a specialized training program that focuses on the most important skills effective educators bring to their classrooms. We believe a great education can make a difference in the lives of students and their community. We know that Ector County ISD is a growing district, and we’re committed to preparing great teachers to meet our community’s needs.

    Your Training.

    As an Odessa Pathway to Teaching apprentice, you’ll receive:

    Innovative training. Your training starts in the summer with intensive in-person workshops, online classes, and practice teaching in an Ector County ISD classroom. You’ll learn from the latest research and best practices to develop a strong foundation of skills to boost students’ academic success.

    Personalized coaching. Everyone has the potential to become a great teacher. Coaching and feedback helps apprentices recognize and practice the skills and techniques effective educators use to help students learn. Our coaches are experienced teachers of teachers and are committed to helping you succeed.

    Real teaching experience. Professional athletes don’t just read about their sport, they practice—relentlessly. We believe practice teaching in the classroom is a critical part of becoming an effective educator. In the fall, you’ll begin teaching in your own classroom with the ongoing support from mentor teachers, colleagues, and school leaders.

    Testing support. The Odessa Pathway to Teaching does not require apprentices to pass the Pre-Admission Certification Test (PACT) before being accepted into the program. However, you must pass the same test before you earn certification. Apprentices will be given ongoing testing support to help them prepare for these tests.  

    Certification and Career.

    At the end of your summer training, you must demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve learned to continue in the program. You’ll show how the techniques you’ve practiced can lead students to deeper learning and academic success.

    Apprentices who meet this high bar will be assigned their own classroom in the fall and begin their full-time career as a teacher. The current salary for first-year teachers in Ector County ISD is $50,000.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered eligible for the program:

    • Have bachelor's degree by May 15, 2019
    • Have a 2.5 or better GPA (overall or in the last 60 hours of completed coursework)
    • Meet all legal requirements to work in the United States
    • Be able to pass a criminal background check and drug test
    • Not have previously participated in a certification program

    Program Costs.

    This year, tuition and fees for the Odessa Pathway to Teaching total $39,50. School year internship fees of $3,900 are only due once an apprentice is hired and can be paid off in interest-free monthly installments over the course of their first teaching year.

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    School Year Internship Fee






    The application for the Summer 2019 Cohort of the Odessa Pathway to Teaching is now closed. Click HERE fill out the interest form to be notified when the application for the next cohort opens.


    Upcoming Info Sessions

    Sign up to attend one of our in-person or virtual info session to learn more about the program. Click the links below to RSVP.



    Refreshments will be provided. 

    Thursday, February 21st 5:00-6:00pm 

    ECISD Special Education Annex 

    804 N Sam Houston Ave, Odessa, TX 79761

    Monday, March 4th 5:00-6:00pm 

    ECISD District Offices Conference Room A/B 

    802 N Sam Houston Ave, Odessa, TX 79761 


    Sign up to attend one of our virtual webinars. 

    Tuesday, February 19th 5:30-6:30pm 

    Thursday, February 28th 5:30-5:30pm 

    Monday, March 4th 5:30-6:30pm 



    Refer a Candidate

    Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for the Odessa Pathway to Teaching? Fill out the Odessa Pathway to Teaching referral form with their contact information, and we’ll be in touch!