Alumni Career Paths in Austin

Aug 25, 2020

Are you interested in working in the greater Austin area? Find out details on teacher certification, the Texas Education Agency, and nonprofit careers in the Austin area.

Are you considering a move to Austin? There are more than 250,000 students attending schools in the greater Austin area, and the capital city offers a variety of career paths in education.

Austin Is Home to the Texas Education Agency

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) oversees the state’s primary and secondary public education system. The state agency has more than 800 employees. Several are TFA alums, including two deputy commissioners (Lily Laux and Megan Aghazadian).

The City Has a Thriving Nonprofit Community

Many alumni also work in educational nonprofits in Austin, advocating for education policy changes at Empower Schools, Raise Your Hand Texas, the Texas School Boards Association, and the Texas Charter Schools Association.

Technology Has a Major Presence in Austin

In recent years, Austin has attracted every major tech company and hosts campuses for Apple, Dell, Samsung, Google, Facebook, Indeed, and Oracle. Teach For America alumni are integrating education and tech at companies such as Austin Coding Academy, EVERFI, and GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group).

Certification & Training

To teach in Texas, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. As well, you’ll need to complete an approved Educator Preparation Program. Finally, to teach in the state you’ll need to certification exams, have a background check, and submit an application.

School Districts in Austin: 

  • Austin ISD
  • Del Valle ISD
  • Round Rock ISD
  • Leander ISD
  • Manor ISD
  • Eanes ISD
  • Pflugerville ISD
  • Hays CISD
  • Lake Travis ISD

Charter Schools Serving the Austin Area:

  • Austin Achieve (founded and led by TFA Alum)
  • KIPP Texas (founded by TFA Alum)
  • Idea (led and founded by TFA Alum)
  • NYOS
  • Wayside
  • Austin Discovery
  • Harmony
  • Austin Can
  • Valor
  • Jubilee
  • Montessori for All (founded and led by TFA Alum)
  • Responsive Ed Solutions