HISD welcomes aspiring teachers born outside of the U.S. to apply for alternative certification

As a global district in a global city, Houston Independent School District is well-positioned to welcome highly qualified aspiring immigrant teachers to work in areas of critical need. Candidates born outside of the U.S. who require visa sponsorship are invited to join the district’s Alternative Certification Program.

Houston ISD’s Alternative Certification Program is dedicated to recruiting college graduates from diverse educational and career backgrounds who are passionate about making a career change and making a bigger difference in the lives of students. The one-year program is free for candidates who commit to teach in HISD for two years.

A virtual session on how to get started and learn more is taking place Tuesday, March 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register here.

The ideal candidate for a six-year H-1B visa: 

  • Is interested and qualifies to teach a K-12 critical shortage subject 
  • Has a bachelor’s degree or the foreign equivalent
  • Wants to become a teacher with Houston ISD 

Additionally, HISD has one of the most competitive salary compensation packages of any Houston-area school district. A new teacher’s annual salary begins at $61,500. The school district typically offers up to $5,000 stipends for teachers in critical shortage areas.

Interested candidates should apply and submit the online application by February 28, 2023, including the following:

  • Updated resume 
  • Foreign transcripts with a course-by-course evaluation (all transcripts) 
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Minimum TOEFL-iBT scores 
    • Speaking-24
    • Listening-22
    • Reading-22
    • Writing-21

Email Visa@HoustonISD.org for more information.