How a 90 Day Exception helps school districts fill critical teaching needs
In today’s tight job market, employers in all industries are scrambling to find great people and fill openings quickly. With the employment rate hitting 96.2% in Texas in March (Bureau of Labor Statistics), school districts are especially in need.
Roughly, thirty thousand (30,000) new teachers are needed every year in Texas. Texas colleges only produce approximately 14,000 of these, leaving alternative certification programs to supply the balance. As the start of school approaches in August, districts become increasingly frantic.
In response to this, under Chapter 228 of the Texas Education Code, a late hire exception was added to provide more opportunities to fill positions.
A 90 Day Exception is created for candidates that are formally admitted to Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) within 45 days of the first day kids will start school.
The code defines this as:
(subsection 22) Late Hire – An individual who has not been accepted into an educator preparation program before the 45th day before the first day of instruction and who is hired for a teaching assignment by a school after the 45th day before the first day of instruction or after the school’s academic year has begun. (Texas Education Code)
What does this mean?
Pass a Content Test!
For candidates that have passed their content exam but have not been formally admitted to an Educator Preparation Program before July 12th, the Texas Education Agency allows those candidates to be hired by school districts without first completing their pre-service training and classroom observation hours.
Once a candidate is hired, the candidate is given 90 days to complete the training requirements in order to retain their intern teaching certificate and their position with the school district.
To qualify for the 90 Day Exception, you will need to apply to Teachworthy as soon as possible, receive your certification plan and finally pass your content exam.
Teachworthy 90 Day Exception includes:
- APPLYING FOR FREE (UNOFFICIAL COMPLETED BACHELORS DEGREE TRANSCRIPTS AT A MINIMUM ARE NEEDED, MINIMUM GPA OF 2.5)
- DEVELOPING A CERTIFICATION PLAN WITH YOUR DEDICATED PROGRAM ADVISOR
- PREPARING FOR YOUR CONTENT EXAMS THROUGH OUR PARTNER, CERTIFY TEACHER, AT A 50% DISCOUNT
- GAINING ACCESS TO OUR WEB-BASED LEARNING TOOLS WHILE YOU STUDY
*Additional information will be emailed to when you submit your application.
If you are not sure what grade-level or subject you want to teach, your Teachworthy Program Advisor will guide you through the selection process. They will share with you what content areas are in the highest demand and see what best fits your college coursework.
Get started as soon as possible!
If teaching this fall is in your plans, this 90 Day Exception may be the path that leads to you making an incredible impact on your students.
Hear what Richard Marroquin has to say, once a candidate with Teachworthy and now a Principal in Harlandale ISD: