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Compass Alternative Certification Teacher Academy of Dallas ISD
Why Compass
Training & Certification
Program Requirements
COMPASS: Alternative Certification Teacher Academy
Final Application April 30, 2015
We are COMPASS Alternative Certification Teacher Academy and are dedicated to identifying top talent from our community and preparing them to become effective teachers, despite the challenges of our large urban school district.

We are looking for people across our community to join our efforts to transform Dallas ISD. We need more people to think differently and act courageously to improve academic achievement for our students.

Join Our Program - Final Application Deadline April 30, 2015
  • Training
    • We are an intensive training program that prepares you to be an outstanding teacher in Dallas ISD. Our program is centered around effectiveness, and we develop you through hands-on, practice based instruction.
  • Focus 
    • We have a laser-like focus on essential teaching skills that comprehensively equip our first year teachers. We hone in on top talent with a passion for education.
  • Practice
    • We use a hands-on training approach; focused less on lecturing and more on exercises that facilitate meaningful growth. Our participants master the most effective techniques.
  • Coaching  
    • Our coaches provide real-time solutions to assist in your development; incorporating observation and assessment for positive feedback and coaching.
  • Certification
    • We offer the eligibility to receive a standard teacher certification in one year. Our program recommends the most qualified teachers for certification.
  • Guaranteed Position
    • We back our certification with a guaranteed position for a critical needs assignment within Dallas ISD. Our program distinguishes itself as a change agent for success, with results that matter.


Summer 2015 Cohort

Application open

January 15th to April 30th

Interviews and Auditions

March through May

Submit TExES Content Exam Results

May  1st, 2015

Selections Made

May 2015

Submit TOEFL iBT Results (applicants with non-U.S. degree only)

June 5th, 2015

Pre-Service Training & Learning Labs

June 8th through July 24th, 2015

Take ESL Supplemental exam (non-Bilingual EC-6 only)

August 2015

Take TExES Bilingual Supplemental exam (Bilingual EC-6 only)

August 2015

Begin internship

August 2015

Take TExES ESL Supplemental or BTLPT exam

Fall Semester

Take TExES PPR exam

Spring Semester

Complete internship

June 2016


Bilingual EC - 6
Generalist EC - 6 (SpEd)
Generalist 4-8 (ESL)
Dual Math & Science
Opportunities for scholarships (includes tuition & other fees)
Salary advance during pre-service training


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