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Requirements for US Citizens or Permanent Residents with a college degree from an accredited US university 
 
To apply, all applicants must have:
  • Overall GPA of 2.50: Overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50 overall on Bachelor's degree conferred
  • Must pass appropriate TExES content examination for desired certification area.
  • FOR PUERTO RICO CANDIDATES: Must Pass All Four Parts of the TOEFL-iBT
    • Pass the oral portion of with a minimum score of 26 (Institution Code: 8613)

                                   Compass Testing Guide


Important note for TOEFL takers:
Please note that there are testing windows to sign up, take, and receive TOEFL scores depending on your location. We encourage prospective applicants to sign up early by visiting the ETS website here. Applications missing TOEFL results will be considered incomplete. 

  
Once a candidate has applied, the next steps include:
  • Application screening
  • Interviews and other screening methods to determine the educator preparation candidate's appropriateness for the certification area

NOTE: 

  • Prospective applicants who have completed another educator preparation program in the same certification field are ineligible for admittance.
  • Prospective applicants who have been employed for three years in a public school under a permit or probationary certificate are ineligible for admittance.
Requirements for non US Citizens, Puerto Rican residents, prospective applicants with a valid Social Security Number, or prospective applicants requesting an H1B Visa Sponsor 
Applicants from out of country must meet program requirements
  • Overall GPA of 2.50: Overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50 overall on bachelor degree conferred
  • Must Pass Appropriate TExES content examination for their desired certification area. 
  • Must Pass All Four Parts of the TOEFL-iBT
    • Pass the oral portion of with a minimum score of 26 (Institution Code: 8613)
                              Compass Testing Guide
 

Important note for TOEFL takers:
Please note that there are testing windows to sign up, take, and receive TOEFL scores depending on your location. We encourage prospective applicants to sign up early by visiting the ETS website here. Applications missing TOEFL results will be considered incomplete
 

Once a candidate has applied, the next steps include:
  • Application screening
  • Interview and other screening instruments to determine the educator preparation candidate's appropriateness for the certification area
 NOTE:
  • Prospective applicants who have completed another educator preparation program in the same certification field are ineligible for admittance.
  • Prospective applicants who have been employed for three years in a public school under a permit or probationary certificate are ineligible for admittance. 
  • Prospective applicants who have met the minimum academic criteria through credentials from outside the United States that are determined to be equivalent to those required by this section (using the procedures and standards specified in Chapter 245 relating to Certification of Educators from Other Countries) are eligible for admittance.
  

Tuition and Fees 

As a participant in Compass, you are responsible for academy tuition, which will total $3,600. $300 is due prior to the start of Pre-Service Training .
 
The remaining $3,300 can be taken in equal installments through paycheck deduction in their first year of teaching or paid in one lump sum.
 
Payments can be made in the form of a money order or cashier’s check made out to Dallas Alternative Certification Department, and can be mailed to 9400 N Central Expressway Suite 1400 Dallas, TX 75231.

 
Ways to Pay for Training
  • Automatic Payroll Deduction*
    • Applicants who are selected into the program will be automatically enrolled into payroll deductions. Please note that you must successfully complete the program and meet all the requirements in order to be eligible for this option. If you withdraw from the program or you do not successfully complete it, you are responsible for covering all costs.
  • Loans or Scholarships
    • If you are interested in pursing a loan to assist with tuition expenses, you must do so independently, as eligibility varies.
    • Please click HERE for information on a scholarship from the Texas Retired Teachers Association.
    • Troops to Teachers: Funding may be available for United States military veterans. Interns should reach out directly to Troops to Teachers to learn more.
    • Additional scholarships are sometimes made available to Compass interns through North Texas workforce entities. More information will be shared directly with those eligible for this assistance.
    • The Texas Education Agency maintains a list of financial aid sources for those interested in teaching. Feel free to explore these as you wish.
 
Certification and other costs
You are responsible for all costs associated with examinations and certification fees through Texas Education Agency and State Board of Educator’s Certification including fees for any required exams or licensure filing fees. In addition, Dallas ISD requires all educators to have their fingerprints processed for a background check as part of the enrollment and district hiring process; you are responsible for any costs associated with district or school hiring requirements. Altogether, these fees typically total approximately $370.

Expense Summary
Please refer to our detailed expense summary for a comprehensive overview of costs associated with pre-service training, licensure and district hiring
 

NOTE:
The cost estimates are provided as a guideline for interested applicants and are subject to change without notice.

 


Fees Paid To Dallas ISD

Pre-Assignment Training 

payable by cashiers check or money order prior to orientation

$300.00

Post-Assignment Training

payroll deducted in equal increments over 12 months 

$3,300.00

Total Cost of Fees Paid To Dallas ISD

$3,600.00

 

 

Fees Paid To Other Organizations


TExES Content Exam

 

$131.00

TExES PPR Exam

$131.00

BTLPT (Bilingual interns only)

$131.00

Bilingual Supplemental Exam (Bilingual interns only)

$131.00

ESL Supplemental Exam (non-Bilingual interns only)

$131.00

Probationary Teaching Certificate

$52.00

Fingerprinting

$49.75

Standard Teaching Certificate

$77.00

TOEFL-iBT test (out of country applicants) Institution Code for Score Reporting: 8316

$160.00

Total Cost of Fees Paid To Other Organizations

$438.75 - $860.75 

Note: All of the above costs are based on the 2016-17 school year and are subject to annual increases. 
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