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Explore Programs in Dallas-Fort Worth
Selecting a teacher preparation program that is a good fit and prepares you well is an important decision. While there is no magic formula, there are steps you can take to find the best fit for you.
Selecting a teacher preparation program that is a good fit and prepares you well is an important decision. While there is no magic formula, there are steps you can take to find the best fit for you.

Get Certified in Dallas-Fort Worth

You can search for and find over 30 educator preparation programs that serve the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These programs vary in many ways, including program size, cost, duration, student demographics, requirements, certification type (traditional vs. alternative) and more. 


As you compare options, consider if the program:

  • Offers hands-on pre-service experience in the classroom, where you observe and practice with a teacher who is effective and experienced?
  • Prepares you to work with diverse student populations and be well prepared to meet the unique academic, social and emotional needs of individual students?
  • Provides an experienced mentor/coach to provide meaningful feedback during your certification process?
  • Shows commitment to continuous improvement and collecting, sharing and using data to improve features of their educator-preparation programs for the benefit of students?

Featured Programs

These programs have extended profiles with additional detail about their missions, designs and student outcomes.

  • Strong Teachers Day One: Bilingual Residency Program

    Strong Teachers Day One is a new fast-track residency program to allow aspiring bilingual elementary teachers to get paid while they train to become teachers and start teaching full-time this Fall. The program is a partnership between Dallas ISD and Texas Tech...
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  • University of North Texas at Dallas

    UNT Dallas teaches teachers differently. Our Emerging Teacher Institute (ETI) focuses on training future teachers to meet the academic, social and emotional development of all students, while staying mindful of their own physical, mental and emotional...
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  • Dallas ISD Alternative Certification

    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...
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  • The University of Texas at Dallas

    Follow your passion for learning and make an impact on the next generation when you become a teacher through the Teacher Development Center at the University of Texas at Dallas! Becoming a teacher takes preparation and planning. To ensure the highest professional standards, the state of Texas and...
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  • Texas Woman's University

    The teacher education program at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) prepares outstanding professional educators who make a difference in their communities. TWU see educators as not only teachers, but as leaders and advocates in service to others as well. TWU students gain not only the professional...
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  • Dallas Teacher Residency

    Dallas Teacher Residency (DTR) is a homegrown Dallas program created by educators, for educators. As the first urban teacher residency program in North Texas, in partnership with Texas A&M University – Commerce, DTR employs the teacher residency model - an innovative model of teacher training that...
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  • Relay Graduate School of Education

    The Relay Teacher Pathways program, an initiative of Relay Graduate School of Education, is a teacher development center that offers unique teaching programs for undergraduate and graduate students to explore the teaching profession and develop as a new generation of transforming teachers. Relay...
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  • The University of Texas at Arlington

    The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Education strives to promote a collaborative culture of excellence in research, teaching and service. Our goal is to provide students with unique experiences built on high standards and encourage them to think critically and...
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  • Teach For America - Dallas-Fort Worth

    Teach For America is looking for promising leaders to take on educational inequity. In DFW, you have the opportunity to join one of the largest Teach For America regions in the nation and impact more than 65,000 students across 101...
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  • University of North Texas - Denton

    UNT is more than a place; UNT is a state of mind. Knowledge grows here. Ideas become discoveries. And opportunities are boundless. At UNT, you’ll get a great education surrounded by faculty and students who inspire and help you succeed. ...
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  • Dallas Baptist University

    The College of Education at Dallas Baptist University (DBU) aims to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning into their calling as educators locally and around the world. Representatives from various academic disciplines of the University, school district...
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  • Urban Teachers Dallas-Ft. Worth

    Become a highly effective teacher with thorough training and support! Urban Teachers trains teachers with a clinical residency and 100 hours of coaching. When teachers successful complete the program, they receive a Master's from Johns Hopkins, three certifications, including special ed and ESL,...
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  • TechTeach Across Texas One Year Fast-Track Program

    TechTeach Across Texas One Year Fast-Track Program is a clinically intensive, competency-based program aimed at improving K-12 student achievement, strengthening new teachers’ instructional skill upon entry into their careers, and fostering within them the qualities important for helping them...
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  • Region 10 ESC

    The Region 10 Teacher Preparation and Certification Program (TPC) provides a way for selected college graduates to become teachers without graduating from a traditional teacher education program. Mid-career candidates and others may have significant teaching and workplace experience and may benefit...
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  • Southern Methodist University

    Students at SMU's Annette Caldwell School of Education & Human Development make many positive changes in their communities. They are educators who challenge ideas and expand minds. SMU’s teaching and research are grounded in multiple perspectives that encompass behaviorist, cognitive,...
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  • Texas Wesleyan University

    Texas Wesleyan University aspires to be a values- and student-centered university where motivated students prepare for graduate school and leadership in professional careers. The Undergraduate Department of Education is committed to the preparation of reflective professionals who are...
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  • Texas A&M University - Commerce

    The mission of Texas A&M University’s Teacher Education Program is to develop exemplary educatorswho engage in student-centered teaching practices, ethical behaviors, and the continuous study of learning and...
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Other Programs Serving Dallas-Fort Worth

These additional programs have developed many teachers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


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