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Did you know Ector County ISD has its own alternative teacher certification program?

Odessa Pathway to Teaching, ECISD’s alternative teacher certification program, is currently recruiting for the Summer 2021 cohort. More information is shared below and on the program website, and interested applicants are encouraged to attend an upcoming info session. Read below for more details.  

OPT Virtual Info Session 

When: Thursday, November 19, 2020 

Time: 5:30-6:45pm 

RSVP: Sign up here to receive a link to join the virtual info session 


Want to learn more about the program now? Read below for a basic overview of program details and the requirements to be eligible for admission. 

OPT is a 15-month alternative certification program. OPT starts with the Enrollment Period is January, provides in-person, hands-on support through five weeks of Pre-Service Training from May to July, and then eligible candidates enter the classroom as soon as next school year in August 2021. Program participants can become certified in Core Subject EC-6, Core Subjects 4-8, English Language Arts and Reading 7-12, Math 7-12, or Science 7-12. More information about the program structure and requirements can be found on their website under Training and Cost

Intensive support is provided through the entire program. Whether it’s through targeted test prep, in-person teaching and training, or ongoing coaching and feedback, program participants receive consistent support from district Talent Development Coaches, Instructional Specialists, and Mentor Teachers. We focus on the fundamentals and ensure participants have the support and resources needed to grow. Visit our website to learn more about our Support Staff

There are key qualifications required to be eligible. Because it is an alternative route certification program, interested applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  • 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​
  • Pass the TOEFL exam by December 4, 2020 (if required)

If this sounds like a program that interests you or that you would qualify for, you are encouraged to visit the program website to learn more and start an application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis so the sooner you apply, the sooner can find out if you’ve been admitted.  


Contact with any questions.