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Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth can help corps members become certified to teach!

The majority of corps members joining Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth will join the corps as "non-certified" corps members, and will work directly with the Onboarding Team to pass all required tests, enroll in an educator preparation program, and complete all actions necessary to be certified as a teacher in Dallas-Fort Worth. This same team will work with you directly if you hold—or will hold—a standard teaching certificate (whether it's issued by the state of Texas or otherwise) to ensure that your credentials are in order before the start of the academic year.

Our region works with three alternative certification partners:

  • Southern Methodist University’s Teacher Preparation Program
  • Texas Wesleyan University’s Teacher Preparation Program
  • Relay Graduate School of Education's Teacher Preparation Program

The alternative certification program is dependent upon a number of factors, including the school district corps members are employed by as well as partner needs.

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • All corps members must take and pass one or more Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exams, depending on teaching assignments before arriving for summer institute.
  • 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.
  • Estimated start up certification costs range between $300-500.
  • Ongoing certification costs range from $4500-6000, but can be offset almost entirely by using your AmeriCorps Education Award, resulting in very little out of pocket certification costs. All three certification partners allow corps members to defer payment until receiving their Education Award.

Graduate School

Second-year corps members and alumni may pursue a master’s in education with a variety of focus areas through any 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
  • Relay Graduate 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

TFA Training

The summer before you begin teaching, Teach For America hosts a five- to seven-week training program that includes learning experiences and summer school teaching. For Dallas-Fort Worth corps members, summer institute is located in Houston, Texas.

Teach For America provides corps members’ housing and meals, as well as transportation to all required programming. Corps members do not receive a salary during this time.