Teacher Preparation

Texas Teachers Expands Alternative Teacher Certification Program

Texas Teachers, an alternative teacher certification program based in Texas, is expanding to other regions of the United States with its new Teachers of Tomorrow program.

Texas Teachers began as Texas Teachers of Tomorrow in 2005, and over the last 11 years the company has certified more than 35,000 teachers in the state of Texas through its online and blended learning programs. "Our program has been an integral part of district recruitment plans in Texas — we supply over 6,000 certified teachers annually to our partner schools," said Vernon Reaser, CEO and founder of Teachers of Tomorrow, in a news release.

The company is now expanding that program to other states with the launch of its new Teachers of Tomorrow program and website. Dave Saba, chief development officer of Teachers of Tomorrow, and his team are meeting with education leaders in several states with the goal of introducing the alternative teacher certificate program in those regions.

Reaser said teacher shortages are reaching critical levels in many states, and the Teachers of Tomorrow program aims to help address that problem. The company cites declining enrollment in college of education majors and an increase in teacher retirements, student enrollment and the need for STEM, special education and bilingual teachers as the reasons for the shortage. The company claims it has "the infrastructure, expertise and proven record to help fill teacher vacancies with highly-qualified individuals who want to serve their communities in the classroom."

Further information about the program can be found on the Teachers of Tomorrow site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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