Try Out Teaching in DFW
Teaching is incredibly rewarding work, but it’s not for everyone. Not sure whether it's for you? Don't worry, we’ve compiled a list of regional opportunities to explore this challenging but invaluable profession.
Teaching is incredibly rewarding work, but it’s not for everyone. Not sure whether it's for you? Don't worry, we’ve compiled a list of regional opportunities to explore this challenging but invaluable profession.

Why gain experience working with students?

Participating in activities that let you work with students, such as summer internships or volunteer programs, is a great way to try teaching out before committing yourself to the career. Here we've compiled a list of opportunities in the region, grouped by education stage for eligibility, that will allow you to explore the profession. Although these opportunities vary in terms of when they are offered (summer, year-round) and compensation (paid, volunteer), all of them are designed to help you gain experience and preparation for the teaching profession. 

    Opportunities for Current High School Students

    • Breakthrough

      Breakthrough operates summer and school-year programs to assist under-resourced students. High schoolers with a passion to work with children have the opportunity to serve as teaching assistants.

    • Ready, Set, Teach!

      Ready, Set, Teach! is a two-year internship that provides training on effective teaching practices. Interns at participating high schools plan and direct individualized instruction.

    • TAFE

      With over 275 chapters state-wide, the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) provides middle and high school students an opportunity to explore the teaching profession.

    Opportunities for Current College Students and Graduates

    • AmeriCorps

      AmeriCorps offers summer and year-round education service opportunities in DFW. Members are compensated with a living allowance and education award.

    • Apollo Tutors

      Apollo Tutors recruits scholars passionate about mentoring students. Compensation ranges from $15-$20/hour.

    • AVID Tutors

      Advanced Via Individual Determination (AVID) tutors provide direct instructional and social/emotional support for their students. Compensation is $15/hour.

    • Breakthrough

      Breakthrough operates summer and school-year programs to assist under-resourced students. Aspiring teachers serve as fellows under the guidance of professional teachers and earn a $1500 stipend.

    • Children's Defense Fund

      CDF Freedom Schools seeks to empower under-resourced students. Servant Leader Interns have the opportunity to lead a small class, collaborate with dedicated staff and earn a $2700 stipend.

    • City Year

      City Year recruits diverse individuals to serve in high-need schools. Members provide instructional support, run after-school clubs, and earn a living allowance and education award.

    • EAGLE Scholars

      EAGLE Scholars, a college-readiness program for 7th-12th grade students, recruits AmeriCorps interns to lead activities, participate in field trips and inspire students on the path to college.

    • Enriched Schools

      By facilitating the process of hiring qualified substitute teachers, Enriched Schools ensures that a child is learning every day. Guest Educators teach when they can—and they are enriched for a lifetime.

    Opportunities for Everyone

    • Dallas Public Library

      The Dallas Public Library offers individuals the opportunity to participate in their Study Buddy program, in which volunteers can provide mentorship and homework help to K-5 students.

    • EAGLE Scholars

      EAGLE Scholars recruits volunteers to teach a college readiness curriculum once a month, tutor students once a week, host monthly book clubs, and edit scholarship essays for high school students.

    • Readers2Leaders

      R2L is seeking Reading Buddies for their summer program. Throughout this six-week program, volunteers foster a love of reading in their students using R2L's proven model of literacy achievement.

    • Reading Partners

      Focusing on students who are behind in reading, Reading Partners volunteers provide under-resourced students with individualized reading support via the Reading Partners curriculum.

    • Wesley Rankin After-School

      The Wesley Rankin After School Program runs from 3:00-6:00 PM during the week for students grades K-8. Volunteers help students with homework, lead clubs, and serve as tutors in the reading intervention program.

    • Wesley Rankin B3X

      B3X is Wesley Rankin's summer enrichment camp for 1st-8th grade students. Volunteers provide instructors support and help facilitate engaging activities for students.

    • Town North YMCA

      The YMCA Outreach program assists under-resourced students during the summer and school-year. Volunteers help students with hands-on activitie and help with one-on-one tutoring and reading.

    Looking for more?
    Another great way to explore the profession is to attend events or conferences about education. This will give you the opportunity to meet and connect with other aspiring educators and professionals in the field. Check out our Events page for upcoming events and conferences in the Dallas-Fort Worth area!

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