Lancaster, TX – Lancaster ISD is pleased to announce our substitute teacher partnership with Dallas College. A premier district in the Best Southwest, Lancaster ISD is made up of 7,500 students and 900 employees. As the first K-12 STEM district in the state of Texas, the district has continuously advanced by creating a pipeline to area colleges and universities for STEM majors and careers.
Our district continues to create new avenues in education as one of only three districts in Dallas County chosen for this unique venture. Lancaster ISD will partner with Dallas College to recruit substitute teachers. Jeffrey Miller, Ed.D, Dean, Student and Faculty Empowerment proudly stated that “The substitute teacher partnership between Lancaster ISD and Dallas College School of Education will not only provide the district with more qualified substitutes, it will also provide a seamless pathway for education students into the new bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Dallas College.” As our partners in education, substitute teachers are critical to the success of our district and student achievement.
We take pride in not only offering advancement opportunities for our students but our employees as well. Our district has many substitutes who aspire to become teachers, and this program will offer a pathway for them to reach their goals. In doing this, we will support and retain those who want to grow in our district and, as a result, help our district grow. As they grow as educators through substitute teaching, Dallas College students will also have the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching through the Dallas College education pathway. This is the first bachelor’s degree program in education offered by a community college in Texas.
In addition to a bachelor's degree, there are a variety of courses, certificates, and degrees that prepare students for post-secondary teacher preparation. The Texas A&M University-Commerce Education and Human Services Academy at Dallas College provides another degree pathway to Dallas students interested in education. Those looking to support children without serving as full-time teachers can earn their teacher assistant certificate for a successful career in education.
With the help of the substitute teacher program, Dallas College students will acquire the necessary resources for basic teaching techniques, classroom management skills, pedagogy, and more. They will build a broad skill set that will prepare them for future careers in education.