CTED Overview

CTED Overview

The Community Teacher Equity Development (CTED) program is an initiative designed to foster inclusivity and diversity in the teaching profession. It aims to remove systemic barriers that can impede access to teacher development programs for all aspiring educators. By establishing robust pathways, CTED supports individuals from diverse backgrounds in becoming certified teachers and encourages their continued presence in K-12 classrooms, enriching the educational experience for all students.

5 Questions about CTED

  • Who are we looking for?
    We are looking for community members, paraeducators, parents, substitute teachers, and school staff who are interested in becoming certified teachers.
  • What is our mission?
    We want to dismantle inequitable barriers that limit access to teacher education programs by creating strong pathways that support diverse candidates’ ability to become teachers of record and remain in K-12 classrooms
  • When can people apply?
    Our recruitment cycle for Cohort 4 is now open! Applicants will receive priority consideration if they apply before February 16, 2024. Applications will close on February 23, 2024. You will find the link to apply below.
  • Where will CTED be focused?
    Our current research practice partnerships are with Aldine ISD, Alief ISD, Houston ISD, Spring ISD, and Houston Federation of Teachers. Each district has a unique teacher recruitment focus that meets the needs of their community
  • Why is this program different?
    Our goal is to advance equity in the teacher development and school systems by nursing culturally responsive and equity-focused educators who:
    A. Effectively teach and reach K-12 students
    B. Engage and partner with parents and families
    C. Are interested in local school communities with the goal of remaining in the profession

Are you interested in applying?

Here are some things to consider:

There are 2 paths for aspiring educators to take to become a part of the CTED Program: 
  • CTED GYO –  Alternative Certification Program (ACP): for working professionals who already have a Bachelor’s Degree and want to be a teacher
  • CTED GYO – Undergraduate Residency Program: a partnership with the University of Houston where you can get your Bachelor’s of Science in Teaching and Learning in 15 months

Final things to consider:

  • CTED currently places teachers in Alief ISD, Aldine ISD, Houston ISD, Spring ISD, and the Houston Federation of Teachers
  • You must have a 2.5 GPA to apply to either program. For the ACP you must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. For the undergraduate residency program you must have at least 60 credit hours completed
  • Applications close on February 23, 2024.