Excellence In Teaching

FAQS

1. I am currently enrolled in another alternative certification program.  Can I transfer to EIT®?

A. Yes, TEA has provisions for a candidate to transfer from one program to another when necessary. However, it is not advisable for a candidate to continually change programs.

2. How do I transfer?

A. There is an Official form called the ASEP Data Reassignment Form which is available through the EIT® Program Office. Just come by our office. We will be happy to guide you through the process.

3. I have heard from several teachers that they struggled to earn a passing score on their TExES certification exams. Where can I go for additional support and tutoring?

A. TexEd Prep® has a proven 90% passing rate for those who come to them for additional support and tutoring. They offer effective tutoring for the TExES exams. Since EIT® is a division of TexEd Prep®, there is a hyperlink on the EIT® webpage. TexEd Prep’s telephone number 956-854-4058

4. My colleagues told me that I had to take exams, and they are really tough to pass. What happens if I don’t pass?

A. The state requires that candidates pass a minimum of two exams: the content exam for the certification they are seeking and have been approved as well as the pedagogy and professional responsibility exam that matches the certification sought and approved. If working towards Bilingual Certification, there is an additional exam. You have a total of three years to pass all three and earn a Texas Standard Teaching Certificate. If a candidate fails to earn a passing score on any or all of the exams, they can retake them as often as scheduled within the three year period.

5. Why should I select EIT® over other alternative certification programs?

A. One of the elements that makes EIT® distinct is the faculty members who will be teaching fulltime hold earned doctorates in curriculum and instruction. In addition, they have had broad experiences in education ranging from years of experience to levels of experience from Pre-K through post-graduate. Finally, everyone associated with EIT® has an enduring passion for and absolute commitment to successfully preparing highly-qualified and culturally-sensitive teachers. 

6. Who can enroll in the EIT® program?

A. Applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited university may apply to be selected into the EIT® Program.

7. What is the cost?

A. The program cost is $3,450.00. This does not include state fees or other applicable fees.

8. How do I enroll in Excellence In Teaching® (EIT®)?

A. Call 956-854-4085 to speak with an EIT® Program Director. You can also come by the office located at 1508 East Business Highway 83, Suite D, Weslaco, Texas.

9. When can I apply?

A. EIT® accepts applications year round.

10. What information do I need to bring to the program office to get enrolled?

A.  In order to save time and energy, please bring your transcripts. You will also need an active e-mail account. And there is a $20.00 application fee that will have to be paid.

11. How will you inform me of my selection into the program?

A. EIT® sends selection letters through e-mail.

12. How qualified are the instructors?

A. Fulltime faculty have earned their doctorates in curriculum and instruction, hold multiple valid lifetime Texas teaching certificates, and have taught in both private and public schools in the state of Texas.

13. How long will it take to get finished?

A-13 Depending upon your individual progress, the state allows for three years for an individual to work under probationary certification. EIT® has worked diligently to offer several different tracks to best meet candidates’ busy schedules.

14. What support will I have?

A. From the moment you inquire about the program, EIT® personnel are there to assist you in whatever way they can to make the journey accessible, effective, successful, and joyful. We provide field supervisors, and the state requires you be assigned a qualified campus mentor. We also hold several required events that provide additional support while you are actively enrolled in the program.

15. How many hours is the EIT® Program?

A. Total program hours required by the State are three hundred (300). In accordance with state law, total required program hours through EIT® are three hundred (300).

16. Some of my friends that were enrolled last year in other alternative programs told me that they did not have to observe classrooms or complete so many courses. Why is the EIT® Program requiring observations and 300 clock hours?

A. These are the new requirements set by the state regulatory agency, and EIT® is obliged to comply with any and all such policies.

17. Do I need to have a computer?

A. You need to have quick, easy access to a working computer that has current programs (97-2003 at the latest), such as MS word and a printer that works.

18. Do I need have an e-mail account?

A.  You must have an e-mail account, and it needs to be active and available to EIT® personnel while you are in the program.

19. Do I have to observe classrooms?

A.  The state requires that teacher candidates observe in classrooms using structured formats. There are thirty (30) pre-service field-based observation hours required by the state. Other classroom observations occur during the internship.

20. What is the curriculum?

A. There are four modules of courses in the EIT® Program.  Each module is designed to prepare teacher candidates for the classroom as well as support teacher interns when employment is found.

            Understanding the Basics (80 Hours)
            Understanding Learners (72 Hours)
            Understanding Diversity (72 Hours)
            Understanding the Pedagogy (46 Hours)

21. When I complete all my observations and coursework and find a teaching position, do I earn my teaching certification?

A.  Although EIT® provides the opportunity to enter the teaching profession, there is no specified guarantee of successful completion of the program, certification, or future employment. 

22. Can I earn certification in more than one area?

A.  If you are seeking certification in more than one area, you will need to counsel with an EIT® Director to see if this is advisable and possible.

23. Can I switch subject areas after I am enrolled?

A. If you change your mind about the subject area, you need to speak with an EIT® Director. Currently, those candidates who have become interns cannot switch subject areas because they have already been cleared to work towards a specific certification field based upon their transcripts and prior experiences.

24. Does EIT® offer refunds of fees?

A.  No refunds are offered at EIT®.

25. Does EIT offer installment plans?

A. There are several options for payment available through EIT®. Please call the office to set an appointment with an EIT® Director.

26. What happens if I do not meet the minimum GPA?

A.  If you do not meet the minimum GPA or other entrance requirements, EIT® will notify you in writing via e-mail of the details about what you need to do to meet the minimum entrance requirements.

27. How long is my application kept active?

A.  EIT® will keep your application active for at least one year. After one year the entire application process begins again, including payment of all fees.

28. I have heard that the Generalist EC-4 and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility EC-4 will no longer be offered. When does this take effect? What happens if I have already registered with an alternative program and have applied for a probationary certificate under this? Why the change?

A.  The Generalist EC-4 and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility EC-4 will be replaced with the Generalist EC-6 and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility EC-6. The first time both of these tests will be offered is June 2009. EC-4 will no longer be offered after August 2010. EIT® has already been approved for the Generalist EC-6 certification. We believe that this wider range (from EC-4 to EC-6) makes a teacher candidate much more marketable in the education field. If a candidate feels it is likely that s/he may not be able to pass the required Generalist EC-4 by August 2010, s/he may consider transferring into a program that is already certified to offer the Generalist EC-6.

29. I was told that if I graduated with a bachelors degree from a school of education, such as UT, I cannot be admitted into an alternative educator preparation program (EPP). Is this accurate?

A.  The state provides opportunities for a graduate from a school of education, such as UT, to be considered as a possible candidate for an EPP if the graduate (a) still needs to pass content and/or the pedagogy and professional responsibility (PPR) exams or (b) has passed the content test in a certification field and has yet to pass the PPR and is willing to change certification fields, such as many graduates are doing. If you have passed the content test for Bilingual Generalist EC-4 or Generalist EC-4 and want to change to the more marketable Bilingual Generalist EC-6 or Generalist EC-6 certification, you may apply to an EPP because the state considers it a different certification field. Currently, EIT® is the only EPP in the Rio Grande Valley that is approved, accredited, and certified by TEA and SBEC to offer these two highly demanded certification fields.