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A Career Built for Growth
Learn how your decision to step into education connects you with varied and exciting career paths.
Learn how your decision to step into education connects you with varied and exciting career paths.

What are you interested in?

  • Teacher talking with colleagues

    Classroom Leadership

  • Principal at a Dallas ACE campus

    School Leadership

  • Community activist, Taylor Toynes, talks to a mother

    Policy, Advocacy, Activism and Academia

Classroom Leadership

Let’s be honest, teachers are leaders. As you hone your skills in the classroom and build expertise, you can help fellow educators with their leadership journey. There are many ways to grow professionally without giving up the classroom.

  • Grade-Level Chair

    Act as the liaison to the administration on behalf of the group; set up and facilitate regular meetings to collaborate on curriculum, assessment, and policies; provide support to the other teachers and help to create a positive atmosphere.

  • Master Teacher

    Help create a professional community of support and growth; share and model best practices, provide coaching to new teachers, open your classroom for observations, and advise school or district leaders.

  • Mentor Teacher

    Mentor a student teacher who is still in training or an early-career teacher, and help them with their development as an educator.

  • Instructional Specialist

    Become a literacy or math specialist and support other teachers at your school by modeling great instruction, providing coaching, helping with instructional planning, and facilitating skill-building sessions.

  • Advanced Certification and Schooling

    Go back to school and earn another degree or join an elite network of expert teachers by earning National Board Certification.

School Leadership

The opportunities to grow beyond your classroom responsibilities are huge. Your professional pathway could expand to everything from overseeing the budget to monitoring the performance of the entire teaching staff.

  • Counselor

    Advocate for students in all areas, including academic achievement, social development, preparation for college and future careers.

  • Teacher Coach

    Through observation of classroom practices, provide evidence-based guidance to help fellow teachers achieve improvement in certain areas.

  • Assistant Principal

    Report to the principal in assist in realizing a shared vision for success.

  • Dean of Students

    Work with others, including counselors, nurses, parents, and the principal on behalf of student interest while helping create a positive school climate.

  • Principal

    Set an academic vision and supervise staff to reach it; build culture and establish relationships with students and parents; provide professional development plans for teacher growth.

Policy, Advocacy, and Academia

Further your commitment to education by sharing your perspective and experiences with new audiences. Your career may naturally lead to a role where you are advocating for an issue, pursuing policy positions, and/or moving into academic research.

  • Policy Staff

    Help research and inform educational policy decisions through policy positions at the Mayor’s Office, a County Office of Education, Texas Education Agency,  U.S. Department of Education, or the legislative branches at the state or federal level.

  • Academia

    Further your studies by obtaining a PhD. This pursuit may lead to many outcomes, including conducting research to find better ways to help students learn, or preparing the next generation of educators through lecturing or professorship.

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A career in education is anything but static. It’s filled with growth, options, and opportunities. Keep exploring and a get a personalized roadmap to think through next steps that fit your stage and circumstances.


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