Region 4 - Aldine Independent School District

Overview of Aldine ISD

The Aldine Independent School District (ISD) is an award-winning school system located in northern Harris County, TX. Aldine ISD has 70 schools, including 31 elementary schools, 9 intermediate schools, 9 middle schools, 4 ninth grade campuses, 4 traditional senior high schools, and one senior high magnet school that offers 19 different academic programs. Students in this district also have the opportunity to enroll in the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, beginning in 10th grade.

Aldine ISD has been recognized on both the state and national level for excellence in education. In 2006, Aldine ISD won the TX Award for Performance Excellence. According to the Texas Education Agency, Aldine ISD ranks among the state’s highest performing school districts. The district has also been ranked as one of the top school systems in the state for educating minorities. Nationally, Aldine ISD has received several awards, including recognition for excellence in urban education.

Teaching in Aldine ISD

Interested in teaching in Aldine ISD? The school system has a number of available positions, especially for teachers who are fluent in Spanish. Beginning teachers can earn a salary of up to $40,500. Critical needs supplements are available for teachers who are willing to teach in certain specialized areas. Bilingual instructors, for example, can earn up to a $4,000 per year bonus, depending on the number of bilingual classes they teach. Because the student population is greater than 60% Hispanic, Aldine ISD offers an incredible opportunity for bilingual teachers to connect personally with some of their struggling students and to make a meaningful difference in their lives. High school math, science, and reading teachers can also earn a critical needs supplement of up to $3,000. Special education teachers can earn up to $3,000 extra, while ESL teachers can earn up to $2,000 and Montessori teachers up to $1,500. See the following school district website for more information, including details about critical needs supplements:

Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program

If you are interested in teaching in Aldine ISD or any other Texas school system but do not have a teaching certificate, an alternative certification program may be an attractive option. The Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program (WCACP) allows individuals to begin the process of obtaining a teaching license from the comfort of their own homes. This program, conducted 100% online, allows future teachers to work at their own pace toward receiving certification at any school district in the state of Texas.

The program uses online curriculum, chat sessions, and videoconferencing to prepare students for a one-year teaching internship that will be completed at a school district, accredited private school, or charter school. Students may enroll in some of the modules concurrently with their internships, so candidates who work on the program full-time can receive their certification in a little over a year. During the teaching modules, students will work with a variety of program components including journaling, group projects, and interactive face-to-face videoconferencing. These projects allow the candidates to experience more personal interaction that will be critical to their success in the classroom setting.

To receive admission into the WCACP, candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The program requires a minimum 2.5 overall GPA from undergraduate studies or a 2.5 GPA from a student’s last 60 hours of undergraduate or graduate level work. Students may also be asked to take other assessments to determine competency in certain subjects, such as English and math, especially if they graduated from a university outside of the United States.