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Strong Teachers Day One

Please note: The Strong Teachers Day One program is temporarily inactive.

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As a STRONG TEACHERS DAY ONE candidate in GPISD, you will...

  • Get paid from Day 1
  • Have intensive personalized mentoring and coaching from Texas Tech faculty
  • Make $56K+ annually starting January 1st!

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A 6-month, paid student teaching experience prepares you to be a strong teacher on Day 1! The program is a "grow your own" pathway to teaching in specific content areas, in specific partner districts, and powered by Texas Tech University.


Alternative certification has increasingly become the pathway of choice for many teachers in Texas. Although there are quality options, the vast majority of alternatively certified teachers enter the classroom with minimal training and even less support leaving them to figure out the complexities of teaching all alone. This option is quick, but it is costly to the school district, the achievement of students and the career of new teachers.

The College of Education at Texas Tech has designed a better way. Pursue alternative certification in secondary-level (high school) subjects that are in high demand in specific partner districts and become a strong teacher on Day 1!


When can I begin?

While the official application deadline is not until November, there are multiple steps to the process so we encourage you to review the steps and begin them today.

I get paid during the program?!

Yes, if you are admitted to the program, the district will pay you a salary very near the amount paid to new teachers WHILE you are working alongside a mentor in their classroom learning to teach.

What is my commitment to the district?

This is a "grow-your-own" district-based program. The expectation is that you will remain in the district for up to three years after completion of the program

What are the program costs?

There is a $150 application and review of transcript fee. The program costs a total of $6000 with half paid up front when you register for classes, and the other half paid via payroll deduction installments during your student teaching semester.

Do I have to pass a test?

Yes, in order to apply to the program, must receive a passing score on the Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT).

What certification do I earn?

Unlike other alternative certification programs, this program enables candidates to earn standard certification.

What services make this program unique?

You will receive extensive clinical support from experienced educators from the Texas Tech faculty and daily instructional coaching for a full year.

Do you accept candidates with degrees from universities in other countries?

Candidates with degrees from other countries need to meet a number of requirements in order to be considered for Strong Teachers Day One: Download the full list of requirements.

What Military and Veterans Programs does Texas Tech offer?

Information about credit for military can be found on the Military & Veterans Programs website.