Dallas ISD Alternative Certification has the singular focus of preparing a wave of new educators in Dallas ISD that are equipped with the training and support necessary to maximize the opportunities and face the challenges impacting student achievement.
- In-personProgram Format
- Pre-Test RequiredNo
Dallas ISD Alternative Certification has the singular focus of preparing a wave of new educators in Dallas ISD that are equipped with the training and support necessary to maximize the opportunities and face the challenges impacting student achievement. Great change requires great teachers, and Dallas ISD Alternative Certification is dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to get there. In order to transform the educational landscape for children in Dallas, it is not enough to simply make changes without purpose. We must work together to ensure our children are receiving the education they deserve, and Dallas ISD is committed to ensuring all students in our community are the beneficiaries of an outstanding education. As a program of Dallas ISD, Dallas ISD Alternative Certification supports the efforts of the district by being steadfastly committed to the transformation of teacher preparation. Dallas ISD Alternative Certification is now accepting applicants for cohort 54. Find more information about the application process here.
- In-personProgram Format
- Pre-Test RequiredNo
- DeadlinesProgram Start
- Final DeadlineJul. 20, 2021Summer
- Final DeadlineAug. 14, 2021Fall
Core Subjects (Pre-K-6)
Core Subjects / Bilingual Education Supplemental (Pre-K-6)
Core Subjects / English as a Second Language Supplemental (4-8)
Core Subjects / Special Education Supplemental (Pre-K-6)
English Language Arts and Reading / English as a Second Language Supplemental (7-12)
Physical Education (Pre-K-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
Dallas ISD Alternative Certification looks for individuals who believe every child has the ability to succeed academically and who are committed to improving educational equity across Dallas. Whether you are a recent college graduate who had never considered teaching or a career changer looking to explore a new and meaningful career, Dallas ISD Alternative Certification is ready to support your transition into the field of education.
As a participant in Dallas ISD Alternative Certification, you are responsible for the full academy tuition. The Mentor Teacher Fee and Internship Tuition are the only fees that can be taken in equal installments through paycheck deduction in your first year of teaching, or they can be paid in one lump sum.
If hired as a teacher in Dallas ISD, new teacher salaries begin at $54,000, with future, performance-based increases as determined by the Teacher Excellence Initiative. As an educator in Dallas ISD, your compensation and future opportunities within the district are ultimately driven by the Teacher Excellence Initiative (TEI), DISD’s teacher evaluation system. Dallas ISD Alternative Certification's goal as a program is to develop your skills in preparation for success with TEI, which will enable you to have a rewarding career while also having a positive impact on the lives of children across Dallas ISD.
Program Phases/Pathways Overview
- If you have not taken your subject test, start here— Content Test Training & Preparation
Phase I of the Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program is a supplemental pre-cursor to Pre-Service Training that gives applicants intensive subject test preparation that you'll need for state certification. For a fee of $425, the Non-Pre-Admission Content Test (Non-PACT) pathway helps you prepare to earn passing scores on required state exams. Due to the rigor of the state exams, the Non-PACT pathway is only available to select certification areas.
Click here for more information on which certification areas are available through the Non-PACT pathway.
Pro Tip: To get certified, you’ll have to pass one or more exams that evaluate your knowledge of teaching and the subject area(s) you wish to teach. You may see these exams referred to as the Pre-Admissions Content Test (PACT) and the Texas Examinations for Educator Standards (TExES), but they are exactly the same. The different names just refer to when you take the exam: if it’s prior to admission, it’s referred to as the PACT, but otherwise it’s called the TExES. See our Guide to Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT) & TExES for more details.
- If you've taken your subject test, start here— Pre-Service Training
Phase II consists of Pre-Service Training designed to develop and equip you with research-based teaching techniques.
Participants who choose the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) pathway will skip Phase I of the program and go straight into Phase II. To qualify for the PACT pathway, applicants must take and pass the state subject exam for their desired certification area before being admitted into the Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program.
After Pre-Service Training, you'll be paired with a Mentor Teacher for an internship experience that helps prepare you for the classroom.
- Hands-On Experience
Dallas ISD Alternative Certification is not about helping you serve some students somewhere; it’s about helping you serve students right here in Dallas. Throughout the summer you will participate in an intensive pre-service training program, followed by a year-long internship leading your own classroom in Dallas ISD. Your training will begin with over five weeks of practical, hands-on experience teaching alongside an experienced teacher in a DISD classroom in the mornings, followed by skill-building and coaching sessions in the afternoon. Along the way you’ll learn from the district’s top teachers, all while receiving personalized coaching on the practical skills you’ll need to be a great teacher in Dallas. Those who successfully complete the pre-service training program will be eligible to lead their own Dallas ISD classrooms during a one-year teaching internship, where they will be provided additional training and support.
- Preparation for Diverse Populations
Dallas ISD Alternative Certification wants Dallas students to learn from teachers who reflect the diversity of the community. Those who speak the students’ languages and have an understanding of their backgrounds bring tremendous value to the district—which is why more than half of the teachers Dallas ISD Alternative Certification trains are bilingual. Dallas ISD Alternative Certification provides bilingual teachers with a training experience, and, eventually, a teaching experience, enriched with the joy that comes from serving their community in a personally meaningful way.
- Mentoring and Coaching
Beginning in pre-service training and continuing throughout your internship, Dallas ISD Alternative Certification coaches will be your most critical line of support as you apply skills from training sessions with students in your classroom. All coaches are experienced local teachers and school leaders with a track record of raising achievement in challenging classrooms. Dallas ISD Alternative Certification coaches will observe you regularly in your classroom, providing real-time guidance to improve your teaching. This rich feedback and personalized support will help you grow quickly into an effective teacher.
- Commitment to Improvement
Each student in Dallas ISD enters the classroom with their own background and set of experiences that determine their learning experience. The Dallas ISD Alternative Certification program teaches you skills that will give you the confidence to be an effective teacher for every student as soon as you enter the classroom. Dallas ISD Alternative Certification is for those with courage, compassion, and the dedication necessary to prepare students to be college and career ready.
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
- Two or more races