How to Become a Teacher in San Antonio
In 2015, there were almost 29,000 teachers in the San Antonio area and the Texas Workforce Commission projects 31% growth in kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school openings in the area through 2024.1,2 The largest employer of teachers in the area is the San Antonio Independent School District, which accepts applications for teaching positions throughout the year. Candidates for teaching jobs within the district must hold current Texas teacher certification. To earn certification prospective teachers must complete a bachelor’s degree and an approved teacher preparation program as well as pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES). Eligible candidates can apply for teaching jobs with the San Antonio Unified School District online. Jobs in charter and private schools are also available throughout the city and may have different requirements; see the Private and Charter Schools in San Antonio section further below.
San Antonio School District Steps for Becoming a Teacher
To be considered for a teaching position with the San Antonio Independent School District, you must have a teaching certificate. You can apply for certification through Texas State Board for Educator Certification. You can complete the requirements through the traditional route of completing a bachelor’s degree with a teacher preparation component or the alternative route of completing a post-graduate teacher preparation program if you already have a bachelor’s degree. See the certification section for more details. Teaching candidates who have certification must complete the multi-step application process outlined below to work for the San Antonio ISD:
Step 1: Complete your application.
Fill out an online application for the desired position that matches your skills and teachable certification. You will be required to upload the necessary documentation, including a resume, official transcripts, and a copy of your teaching certificate. Candidates with previous teaching experience are required to provide copies of three recent performance reviews.
Step 2: Attend an interview with a school leader or panel.
If your application is a match for a position, you may be invited to an interview with the hiring school. You may be asked to bring supporting documents, such as a resume or sample lesson plans at this time.
Step 3: Complete the hiring process.
Once you have been offered a position with the school system, you will need to complete administrative paperwork and other requirements. As per Texas law, newly hired candidates will be required to submit a fingerprint-based background check.
How to Become a Substitute Teacher with the San Antonio School District
To apply for the substitute teaching pool in the district, apply online. The minimum requirements are a high school diploma and cleared fingerprint background check. You may be invited to an interview or be asked to submit supporting documents depending on the position.
San Antonio Teacher Certification Requirements
To become a teacher in San Antonio public schools, an individual must hold the appropriate teaching certificate. To be eligible for certification, teachers must provide evidence of successful completion of a bachelor’s degree, a teacher preparation program, and the relevant TExES exam(s). Certification is finalized upon completion of a background investigation and fingerprinting. The traditional way to fulfill these requirements is by completing a bachelor’s degree and an approved teacher preparation program. To learn more about the traditional path to teacher certification in Texas, visit our Texas teacher certification guide.
Individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education can still earn the necessary credentials to teach in Texas by completing an alternative educator preparation program, such as a one-year certificate or a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Texas alternative teacher certification can allow prospective teachers to teach in the San Antonio Independent School District while completing the necessary coursework. Learn more through our guide to alternative teacher certification in Texas.
San Antonio Independent School District
141 Lavaca St
San Antonio, TX 78210
Private and Charter School Teacher Requirements in San Antonio
Private and charter schools may have different hiring requirements than those of the San Antonio Independent School District. To work in San Antonio charter schools, teachers are not always required to hold state certification but are required to pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES). Private school teachers are exempt from Texas teacher certification requirements. However, individual schools may prefer to hire certified candidates.
Private and Charter Schools
Take a look at private and charter school websites to learn more about their hiring practices and requirements. Here are some well-known schools in the San Antonio area.
Private Schools in San Antonio
Charter Schools in San Antonio
San Antonio Teacher Salary and Jobs Outlook
According to 2015 data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, San Antonio teachers can expect to earn average salaries comparable to Texas averages. Kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers in San Antonio all earned averages between $51,990 and $53,750 compared to statewide averages between $51,160 and $53,640.1,3 These ranges are below the national averages, which fall between $54,510 and $60,440; however, this may be accounted for in part by the lower cost of living in Texas.4
The job outlook for teachers in the Alamo Workforce Development area is excellent, with the kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teacher occupational group projected to see jobs growth of 31% through 2024.2 Replacements will add to the job opportunities available to San Antonio teachers during this time period.2 Elementary school teacher are expected to see the greatest number of average annual openings each year (675), followed by secondary school teachers (480) and middle school teachers (325).2
San Antonio Teaching Jobs Boards
Teaching jobs are posted throughout the year for opportunities in San Antonio public, private, and charter schools. Search online job boards to find positions in San Antonio that match your skills.
- Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
- Archdiocese of San Antonio Catholic Schools
- Texas Charter Schools
- San Antonio Independent School District
Check out our Jobs Board to search for teaching jobs in San Antonio now.
Additional Resources for Teaching in San Antonio
- San Antonio Independent School District
- San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel
- Teach For America San Antonio
1. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metropolitan Division: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_41700.htm#25-0000
2. Texas Labor Market Information: https://tracer2.com/?PAGEID=67&SUBID=114
3. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Texas: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tx.htm#25-0000
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, United States: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#25-0000