Preparing our city's future educators
Teach Forward Houston is a ground-breaking and prestigious fellowship developed in partnership between the forward-thinking leaders of the Houston Independent School District and the University of Houston. Together, we are working to ensure our schools are staffed with highly effective teachers who have a vested interest in improving their community through education. The fellows of Teach Forward Houston will earn a Bachelor of Science in Teaching and Learning at University of Houston, before returning to the greater Houston community for a minimum of four years as an HISD classroom teacher and instructional leader on the front lines of education.Click to Learn More
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston’s College of Education prepares graduates to change the world through teaching, leadership, health promotion, counseling, and research. Currently, over 2,600 students pursue more than 30 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, both on campus and online.
Our programs exceed national standards for excellence, including accreditation by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the American Psychological Association (APA). Our graduate online programs are ranked #1 in the nation by US News & World Report. Our undergraduate elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs are ranked in the top 5 nationwide by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) Teacher Prep Review.
To afford HISD students the opportunity to excel at and graduate from a Tier I university prepared to have a powerful impact on their community as a classroom teacher and leader. Teach Forward Houston teachers will enter their classrooms with the foundational knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary to maximize student achievement and character development. Ultimately, this will ensure that ALL HISD students, regardless of race or socio-economic background, are equipped to succeed in college and life.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the Teach Forward Houston program?Teach Forward Houston (TFH) is a ground-breaking and prestigious fellowship developed in partnership by the forward-thinking leaders of Houston Independent School District and University of Houston. Together, we are working to ensure our schools are staffed with highly effective teachers who have a vested interest in improving their community through education. TFH Fellows will earn a B.S. in Teaching and Learning at the University of Houston, and ultimately return to the greater Houston ISD community for a minimum of four years as an HISD classroom teacher and instructional leader on the front lines of education.Why should I be interested in this program?If you have ever had a desire to teach and work with elementary or middle school students, are interested in attending a Tier 1 university, need help with tuition, and are interested in giving back to your community as part of a groundbreaking initiative, this is the perfect program for you. You will be part of a prestigious fellowship earning a Bachelor of Science in Teaching and Learning at University of Houston while also completing the requirements for a teaching certificate to teach either elementary or middle school children in Texas. In addition, TFH Fellows will receive coaching, mentoring, professional development opportunities, and continued support throughout the program.How many fellows will be accepted to the program in Fall 2019?There will be up to 50 candidates accepted into the program as TFH Fellows beginning in the Fall of 2019, with the goal of building a cohort of strongly qualified candidates who meet established selection criteria.What financial assistance will I receive?HISD will pay $2,500 per semester for a total of 6 semesters. To qualify, all applicants to TFH are required to complete the FAFSA or TAFSA application.What are the requirements?Teach Forward Houston evaluates prospective fellows holistically, considering the following: the prospective fellow is an HISD senior with a good academic record as evidenced through test scores, GPA, and other factors. Additionally, prospective fellows must demonstrate participation in extracurricular activities and/or have served in leadership roles, and should have a deep desire to give back to their community through education. All prospective fellows must fulfill the admission requirements for University of Houston prior to being accepted into the Teach Forward Houston program. For more details on the application process, please visit this link: www.houstonisd.org/tfhhowtoapply.What supports can I expect throughout the program?Teach Forward Houston Fellows will receive program supports throughout their experience in the four-year degree program. HISD supports will include, but are not limited to tuition assistance; designated summer-internship opportunities; prioritized hiring support; coaching and mentoring; cohort activities; and targeted and specialized professional development opportunitiesI have several hours of college credit. May I apply?Yes, each student’s credit hours will be evaluated upon acceptance to the program.May I seek another major while enrolled in the program?Students planning to teach elementary or middle school will complete their primary major in the College of Education in order to satisfy requirements to be certified as a teacher in the State of Texas. The University of Houston does allow students to complete double majors or earn an additional bachelor’s degree; however, this is highly dependent on the amount of dual, AP, and IB credits with which each student enters the program. TFH Fellows pursuing these options will be expected to maintain satisfactory progress toward a four-year degree and enrollment in all Teach Forward coursework with their cohorts.What happens at the conclusion of my teaching commitment?While TFH Fellows will be free to choose the future direction of their career, we believe that the high-quality preparation and support the fellowship provides will position fellows for a sustained and successful career in teaching. Once selected as fellows, the TFH Fellows become lifelong members of a network of intellectual leaders.Contact usFor more information, email us at TeachForwardHouston@HoustonISD.org.
Teach Forward Houston is recruiting bright, highly motivated HISD seniors to join a prestigious fellowship, earning a BS in teaching and learning at the University of Houston. Fellows will return to their communities for four years in a high-impact and meaningful career as a classroom teacher and instructional leader on the front lines of education.