How to Become a Teacher in Dallas
To become a teacher in Dallas, you must have a bachelor’s degree and be certified by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification. Certification typically involves completing an approved teacher education program and passing the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES). The main school district in the city is the Dallas Independent School District, which is the second-largest school district in Texas.1 Many private and charter schools in Dallas also require certification. See the private and charter school section for more information. The job outlook is good for teachers in the Dallas area as kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teaching openings are expected to grow by 17.4% through 2024.2
Dallas School District Steps for Becoming a Teacher
To earn a teaching certificate in Texas, you will need to either complete an approved bachelor’s degree in education with a teaching preparation component, known as the traditional path, or a bachelor’s degree followed by an approved educator program, known as the alternative path. See the certification section for more information on these different ways to become certified. Prospective teachers with the Dallas Independent School District will need to follow these steps to be considered for a teaching position:
Step 1: Complete the application.
To begin the hiring process, complete the online application. You will need to provide a resume and complete two essays and a data analysis exercise as well as pass certification and background checks. Check the school board’s website for any upcoming job fairs where you can complete an application in person.
Step 2: Be interviewed by a school leader or panel.
Next, you will be invited to a phone interview with the Recruitment and Selection team and a group interview depending on the position. Typically, in a group interview, you should expect group discussions and activities as well as a brief personal interview. If you pass this stage of the process, you may be invited to principal interviews or hiring events at Dallas schools that have current job openings.
Step 3: Complete the hiring process.
Once you are offered a position with the school system, you will need to complete the hiring process, including administrative tasks and human resources paperwork. The district also has an orientation program, the New Teacher Academy, that you will attend before your first day.
How to Become a Substitute Teacher with the Dallas School District
To become a substitute teacher in the Dallas Independent School District, you will need to have a high school diploma and at least 60 college credits, although a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification are preferred. Substitute teachers must be available to teach at least three days per week or 10 days each month. You can apply online and send your resume and official transcripts to be part of the substitute teaching pool.
Dallas Teacher Certification Requirements
All prospective Dallas public school teachers must possess a bachelor’s degree, complete an approved educator preparation program, and pass the state’s certification exams to become certified to teach in Texas. Upon successful completion of the state certification exam, teachers must fill out a state application for a teaching certificate and submit a fingerprint-based background check. Learn more about certification requirements through our Texas Teaching and Certification Resource.
Aspiring teachers who possess a bachelor’s degree but did not complete formal teacher preparation must complete an alternative certification program. Candidates may be permitted to teach under a provisional certificate while earning the proper credentials. To learn more about the alternative path to teaching in Dallas, check out our guide to alternative teacher certification in Texas.
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Private and Charter School Teacher Requirements in Dallas
Private and charter schools in Dallas may have different requirements for hiring teachers than the public school system. Though the majority of private and charter schools require prospective teachers to possess a bachelor’s degree, Texas teacher certification is not always required to work in non-public schools. These schools may set their own guidelines for teacher hiring requirements.
Private and Charter Schools
Visit the following websites for private and charter schools in the Dallas area to find teaching jobs outside the public school system. Below are some links to prominent schools to help you get started.
Private Schools in Dallas
- Dallas Academy
- Lakehill Preparatory School
- The Hockaday School
- The Winston School
- Ursuline Academy of Dallas
Charter Schools in Dallas
- A.W. Brown Fellowship-Leadership Academy
- Dallas Can Academy
- Golden Rule Charter School
- KIPP: Dallas-Fort Worth
- Pegasus School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Dallas Teacher Salary and Jobs Outlook
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average teacher salary in the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan area in 2015 was slightly above the statewide average and slightly below the national average.3,4,5 Kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers all earned averages between $53,170 and $55,330 annually in the Dallas area compared to between $51,160 and $53,640 in Texas overall and between $54,510 and $60,440 nationally.3,4,5
Teaching positions in all school levels in Dallas are expected to grow by over 5,000 through 2024 with the largest number of new positions becoming available at the elementary school level (2,540), followed by secondary school (1,580) and middle school (1,220).2 These estimated openings are in addition to replacement openings.2
Dallas Teaching Jobs Boards
Look for job openings in the Dallas area online on teaching job boards. Here are a few to check out.
- Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
- Catholic Diocese of Dallas
- Texas Charter Schools Association
- Dallas Independent School District
Check out our Jobs Board to search for teaching jobs in Dallas now.
Additional Resources for Teaching in Dallas
- Dallas Independent School District
- Texas AFT – American Federation of Teachers
- Teach for America Dallas-Fort Worth
1. About Dallas ISD: https://www.dallasisd.org/Page/335
2. Texas Labor Market Information, Dallas County WDA Long-term Occupation Projections: https://texaslmi.com/LMIbyCategory/Projections
3. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_19124.htm
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Texas: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tx.htm
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, United States: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#25-0000