Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program (RTAP)

  • Are you interested in becoming a teacher's aide or a teacher?


    Do you need to work and go to college at the same time?


    Would you like to work in a setting that prepares you for your future teaching career?


    ESC 19 is officially recognized as a Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program! RTAP is working with our  ESC 19 Head Start  in partnership with ESC 19's Teacher Preparation and Certification Program. An apprenticeship involves -

    • On-the-job learning under a master or senior worker
    • A wage while completing on-the-job training
    • Classroom instruction
    • Nationally recognized credential at successful completion

    Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program

    Apprenticeships also come with funding opportunities that can pay for on-the-job training, wages and other supportive services such as child-care and tuition. (Funding opportunities are available to candidates that meet certain eligibility and income requirements.)


    Candidates that are part of the apprenticeship will be attending college at EPCC or UTEP, depending on where they are at in their educational journey. They will also be working full-time at one of our ESC 19 Head Starts as a teacher assistant alongside a highly-skilled Head Start teacher. As a teacher assistant, candidates will receive professional development to help them be successful in the classroom. Candidates may choose to work towards their Associate's degree and complete the Teacher Aide Apprenticeship which is a 2-year program. Candidates wishing to pursue a Texas teaching certificate will continue to the K-12 Teacher Apprenticeship which is a 3-year program. The K-12 Teaching Apprenticeship requires candidates to complete a Bachelor's degree and attend the ESC 19 Teacher Preparation and Certification Program. 


    We hosted a community event for interested individuals on Saturday, November 4th at the Starlight Event Center. We had many individuals from our community attend. Our partners from the program were present and they were able to share how they are able to support our candidates. Our partners and how they will support candidates are below-

    The recording of our event is below if you were unable to attend and you can learn more about the application process and apprentice requirements by visiting our Overview page

    Ready to apply for Head Start positions and to start your career path to becoming an early childhood or elementary teacher? Click here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am currently a Head Start Teacher Assistant. Can I apply to the apprenticeship?

  • How soon can I start?

  • Is the apprenticeship paid?

  • Will the apprenticeship accommodate my schedule at UTEP or EPCC?

  • Can I choose which Head Start campus to work at?

  • What Head Start location will I be placed at?

  • I am ready to apply. Where will the application be posted?

  • Do I need to have my Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree to begin?