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Apprentice Teacher with Odessa Pathway to Teaching

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January 18, 2021
November 30, 2020
At least $54,250

Are you ready to transform your academic and professional expertise into a high-impact career? Become a certified teacher with Odessa Pathway to Teaching.


Program Overview

Odessa Pathway to Teaching (OPT) is a 15-month alternative certification program operated in Ector County ISD to prepare aspiring teachers to lead our students to academic success. Certification is available in Core Subjects EC-6, Core Subjects 4-8, Mathematics 7-12, Science 7-12, or English Language and Reading 7-12.


Our Culture

In Ector County, we know the impact a great teacher can make on a child’s life. We strive to train effective educators who are committed to creating inclusive classrooms with high expectations, supporting achievement for all students in ECISD. We believe essential skills and perspectives can come from all backgrounds, so no prior teaching experience or education coursework is necessary. However, strong applicants should:

  • Crave feedback and strive to be the best they can be at any challenge they undertake,
  • Think on their feet and quickly devise solutions to unexpected challenges, and
  • Want to work hard and have fun while bringing passion and joy to their classrooms that inspires achievement and a real love of learning.

Does that sound like you? Read below to learn more about our benefits and eligibility requirements!

 

The Benefits

Participants enrolled in Odessa Pathway to Teaching will benefit from:

  • Targeted TExES Test Preparation: Odessa Pathway to Teaching is a non-PACT program, meaning that applicants do not need to pass a Pre-Admissions Content Test to be accepted into the program. Once accepted, OPT apprentices receive free access to a suite of test preparation and support, including online test preparation resources, in-person test preparation sessions, and full-length practice tests.
  • Guided Practice and Coaching: We don’t send our apprentices into the classroom without guided practice and we don’t leave their ongoing development up to chance. During our intensive, full-time Pre-Service Training, apprentices observe and lead instruction in real ECISD summer school classrooms with the support of Mentor Teachers and Talent Development Coaches. During the Internship Year, ongoing coaching and support is provided by Mentor Teachers, Instructional Specialists, and Talent Development Coaches, all to ensure our teachers can master the most essential schools and positively impact student achievement.
  • Full Salary and Benefits: Apprentices who successfully complete Pre-Service Training and are hired into an ECISD classroom for the 2021-2022 school year will complete their Internship Year while earning a fully teacher salary -  $54,250 plus comprehensive benefits.

 

Required Qualifications

We are seeking diverse candidates from a variety of backgrounds to join our program. Though no prior teaching experience is required, Odessa Pathway to Teaching candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission: ​

  • ​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)


Expectations

Because of the expedited timeline required to complete Odessa Pathway to Teaching, it is essential that participants can commit to participating in several required program components. Below is a high-level list of the key time commitments to consider, but please note this list can change to meet apprentice and program needs.

  • Must attend in-person test prep sessions one night a week and one Saturday a month from January 2021 to May 2021.
  • Must participate in full-time, five-week Pre-Service Training from May 2021 – July 2021.
  • Must complete online coursework and attend all skill-building sessions and workshops during the Internship Year (the 2021-2022 school year). 

Are you ready to transform your academic and professional expertise into a high-impact career? Become a certified teacher with Odessa Pathway to Teaching.


Program Overview

Odessa Pathway to Teaching (OPT) is a 15-month alternative…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Entry level

Location

Odessa, TX

How to Apply

Please visit our website to submit your application. Official copies of all transcripts from all institutions you've attended will be required for admission. Please begin requesting those as soon as your application is submitted.

Please visit our website to submit your application. Official copies of all transcripts from all institutions you've attended will be required for admission. Please begin…

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