Teacher Preparation Program


(PTECH): Education and Training (Associate's Degree) Program

ECP Student Handbook

PTECH Benchmarks for TEA (Real Estate & Teaching) PTECH TEA Website

Akins ECHSA Teaching Pathway

Parents Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Missed our Academy Fair and want to know more? Check out this VIDEO about our Akins ECHS Academy!

Here are the Slides you may have missed during our Recruitment Visits & Fair: ECHSA Slides 2022

Akins Early College High School started a new program called (PTECH): Education and Training for the 2020-2021 school year.  Our goal is to accept 40-50 Incoming 9th-grade students who are highly motivated and ready to start an accelerated pathway to becoming Texas-certified teachers within 5-6 years (4 years of high school and 1-2 years of university) instead of going through the traditional track that takes 4 years of high school and 4 years of university. 


Please email omar.gomez@austinisd.org or john.a.rodriguez@austinisd.org (Program Project Specialists) and christine.kesling@austinisd.org (Academy Counselor) for questions. SEE below for the Austin ISD Common application process and timeline. 

The application for the 2023-2024 school year is closed.


The Early College High School program at Akins High School was established in the 2019-2020 school year as the school's 7th Academy (a school within a school model).  It provides an opportunity for students to obtain a two-year transferable college degree while in high school at NO COST to the student or family.  



Important Links & Deadlines for the 2022-2023 School Year

AISD Programs Interest Form (for District)


Austin ISD / Akins ECHS General Studies - Common Application


TBD Fall 2023
Application Submission Priority Deadline:  TBD Winter 2024
Family Commitment Priority Deadline TBD Winter 2024
Decision Letters sent to Parents TBD Winter 2024
Transfer/Transportation Questions - District: https://www.austinisd.org/transfer 


For more information on this program, please contact:

Early College Programs Project Specialist Omar Gomez at omar.gomez@austinisd.org 

Early College Program Project Specialist II John A. Rodriguez at john.a.rodriguez@austinisd.org 

Associate Principal Manuel Garcia at (512) 841-9815 or manuel.garcia@austinisd.org

College Readiness Counselor Christine Kesling at (512) 841-9912 or christine.kesling@austinisd.org