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Program History

The Region 7 EPP was established in the early 2000s to allow professionals from various careers to become teachers through a TEA-accredited alternative route to certification. Over the last 20 years, the Region 7 EPP has transitioned from fully face-to-face courses to hybrid (both face-to-face and virtual training) to our current virtual program that provides flexibility and convenience while preserving the high standards of quality we have always upheld.


Teacher candidates will learn how to contribute to public schools using a cohort module. You will collaborate and network with specialists and other candidates attending courses at similar times. Each candidate will also work one-on-one with a trained and experienced field supervisor to provide coaching, support, and resources through open and honest communication. Lastly, we offer training for your on-campus mentor assigned to support you throughout your internship.

Mission Statement

Our greatest impact is ensuring a certified teacher in every classroom within Region 7, ready and equipped to transform their aspiration of nurturing each student's learning, growth, and success into a reality.

Vision Statements

The Region 7 EPP is committed to training teacher candidates to become:  
  • high-quality, fully-certified educators who improve student achievement by applying appropriate teaching techniques.
  • leaders who exhibit integrity, maturity, ethical conduct, and honesty.
  • growth-minded professionals who seek to be lifelong learners who assume responsibility for professional teaching practices and performance.
  • professionals who collaborate with colleagues and parents to contribute to or make a difference in students' lives.
  • providers of a physically and emotionally safe environment for children to learn and grow.


Located at 1909 North Longview Street, Kilgore, TX 75662, the Region 7 EPP serves 95 school districts, 7 charter schools, and 13,305 square miles in 17 East Texas counties. The school districts and charter schools being served by the Region 7 ESC EPP can be found at the Region 7 Area School List website.