Teaching Here

What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $46,000 - $50,000.




Southern Methodist University (Optional program)


One year required

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
  • Is a Master's degree required?

Certification Programs

Our region works with two alternative certification partners:

  • Southern Methodist University’s Teacher Preparation Program
  • Texas Wesleyan University’s Teacher Preparation Program

The alternative certification program is dependent upon the school district corps members are employed by.


Testing & Coursework

All corps members must take and pass one or more Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exams, depending on teaching assignments, along with several courses in order to obtain full certification within their first year of teaching.



While the cost of alternative certification and personal preparation for tests are the responsibility of incoming corps members, support from regional staff along with study sessions and guides are available to ensure success throughout the certification process. 

Second-year corps members and alumni may pursue a Master’s in Teaching and Learning through either of the following university partners:

  • Southern Methodist University (SMU) master’s program at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development
  • Texas Wesleyan University’s School of Education

Alumni may pursue an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with Urban School Specialization through the following university partner after their two-year corps commitment:

  • Southern Methodist University (SMU) in partnership with the Teaching Trust 


Placement School Locations

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Elementary (PreK-5)
  • Bilingual Elementary (PreK-5)
  • Middle School English Language Arts & Reading (6-8)
  • Middle School Math (6-8)
  • Middle School Science (6-8)
  • Middle School Social Studies (6-8)
  • Secondary Science (9-12)
  • Secondary Social Studies (9-12)
  • Secondary English Language Arts & Reading (9-12)
  • Secondary Math (9-12)

Neighborhood Tour

  • Deep Ellum
  • Bishop Arts/North Oak Cliff

Located just east of downtown Dallas, Deep Ellum is considered the arts and entertainment headquarters for the entire city. Corps members living in Deep Ellum enjoy affordable apartments with live music venues, art galleries, and local restaurants right outside their front doors. A new public rail station connects the neighborhood to destinations including Downtown, Uptown, and Fair Park.

This up-and-coming neighborhood is full of boutique merchants, galleries, and outdoor festivals and fairs. This area is ideal for foodies looking for local and new flavors. The DART rail and D-Link connects this district to downtown and other areas of the city. You can find apartment complexes, houses, and duplexes throughout the area.

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What's Left Over
Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
One Time Summer Start Up Costs
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