Bilingual Teaching Cohort
HISD and UST Program
Date: 04/13/2014
Denise Hooker-Ware
Sr. Mgr. Recruitment & Selection, Talent Acquisition
A Promising Partnership
HISD is partnering with University of St.
Thomas to launch the HISD Bilingual
Teaching Cohort program.
Program Overview
• Full Program Components Include:
– Complete 3 semesters coursework (Summer 2015- Spring 2016)
– Participate in Saturday test preparation sessions to prepare for
– Complete 30 hours of pre-service training (Summer 2015)
– Take and pass appropriate exams to become bilingual certified
EC-6 Generalist exam (Required to be eligible to teach in August 2015)
Bilingual Supplemental exam
BTLPT certification exam
PPR exam
– Interview with principals to secure teaching positions (not
Program Overview
• 3 Semester coursework consists of 15-hours
Summer 2015: July 6th – July 24th
• Theories of Language Acquisition (3 hours)
Fall 2015:
August 24th - December 7th
• Instructional Strategies in Bilingual Dual Language (3 hours)
• Dual Language Methodology (3 hours)
Spring 2016:
January 19th - May 7th
• Teaching the Spanish Language Arts / Bi-literacy Strategies
(other languages) (3 hours)
• Exceptionality (3 hours)
Eligibility Requirements
• Bilingual Teaching Cohort Participants Must:
– Must be an HISD employee
– Must have a 4-year degree with an overall 3.0 GPA (or 3.0 in the
last 60 college hours)
– Demonstrate proficiency in a second language (Spanish preferred)
– Complete a language proficiency assessment and structured, inperson interview
– Employee must commit to teaching bilingual education as teacher
of record on a TIF 3 or TIF 4 campus (see attachment)
– Employee must commit to teaching for 3 years minimum upon
graduation from the program
Program Participants
• Participant Benefit:
– HISD will pay for coursework tuition and general program materials
– Program stipend will be awarded in the amount of $3000
• contingent on successful completion of program milestones
– Graduate coursework will count towards full Master’s of Education
degree with University of St. Thomas (if pursued on voluntary
*Courses taken through UST / HISD partnership could lead to a Master´s of Education degree in Dual Language, with a
completion of 21 additional hours (7 courses) at the candidate’s expense
• Participant Agreement:
– Candidate must sign a participant agreement
– Candidate must work to secure a bilingual teaching position at a
designated TIF 3/ TIF 4 campus
Application and Selection Process
• Deadline April 26, 2015
• Step 1:
– Complete AppliTrack application
– Upload all official transcript(s) of all college / university level studies*
– Complete a 250 word essay expressing passion for teaching bilingual students.
*(Official, sealed copies are required for the university contingent on acceptance into a cohort.)
If candidate meets the minimum application requirements
• Step 2:
– Complete a language proficiency assessment
• Step 3:
– Complete a structured in-person interview
20 -25 final cohort participants will be selected
Key Dates for Summer Requirements
• Attend four (4) EC-6 Generalist certification
exam prep sessions on Saturdays
May 9th
May 16th
May 30th
June 6th
• Summer Observation Hours
– Dates during summer school
• Take EC-6 Generalist certification exam
– June 7th – 24th
Teaching in 2015-2016 School Year
• In order to be eligible to teach in a designated
classroom as a bilingual teacher of record, the
following must be completed:
Complete 30 hours of pre-service training Summer 2015
Participate in four (4) EC-6 Generalist certification prep sessions
Pass EC-6 Generalist Certification Exam
Apply for Probationary Certificate
Apply online to bilingual teaching positions at any of the
designated TIF campuses
Mentorship and Induction
• A series of supports will be provided throughout the
program cohort experience including:
Mentorship begins during Summer Coursework
New Teacher Academy – 1st week in August
Multilingual Support and Resources - ongoing
Key Teacher (Bilingual) - ongoing
Campus Mentor - ongoing
Thank you
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