Graduate Programs and Career Pathways

SAISD is committed to providing multiple avenues and ongoing support for professional growth for our instructional staff.

Below is an overview of graduate programs and leadership programs available to teachers, educators and leaders in our District. Click on the University links below to see instructions on applying.

SAISD will provide full tuition coverage for the graduate programs.

Participants will be responsible for the application fee, student fees and textbooks every semester.

Individuals selected agree to diligently pursue and obtain a Master’s degree while continuing full-time employment with SAISD. Upon completion of the degree, participants agree to remain in SAISD for 3 consecutive, complete academic years.


Graduate program overview


Our Lady of the Lake University logo
Tracks available:  Integrated Science Teaching | Reading Specialist | Bilingual
Eligible staff:  TIF campus teachers with 2+ years of experience
Duration:  36-hours (2 years), starting Fall 2019
Class-time:  1 course/long semester, 2 courses in summer. Classes meet once/week for 2.75 hours @ OLLU.
Deadline:  March 17, 2019

Relay GSE logo
Tracks available:  Math | ELA | Science 
Eligible staff:  Middle and high school teachers with 2+ years of experience
Duration:  4 semesters + Master’s defense work, program begins Summer 2019
Class-time:  Class meets once/week for 2.5 hrs., and (1) half-day Saturday/month at Relay
Deadline:  March 17, 2019

TAMU-SA logo
Tracks available:  Reading (and Teacher Certifications) | Bilingual Education (TIF campuses teachers with 2+ yrs. exp.)
Eligible staff:  Teachers and Implementation Specialists with 2+ years of experience
Duration:  36-hours (2 years), starting in Fall 2019
Class-time:  2 courses/semester (8 wks each). Classes meet once/week for 2.5 hours at an SAISD location
Deadline:  March 17, 2019

UTSA
Tracks available:  Bicultural-bilingual education concentration
Eligible staff:  TIF campus teachers with 2+ years of experience
Duration:  36-hours (2 years), starting in Fall 2019
Class-time:  Classes meet once/week for 2.75 hours at SAISD location (summer classes are held at UTSA DT campus)
Deadline:  March 17, 2019

Pathway to Teaching

A low-cost pathway to a teaching certification, master’s degree and job placement. Open to all majors.

Relay GSE logo
Eligible staff: Instructional assistants, paraprofessionals and substitute teachers who already have earned a Bachelor’s degree
Duration: Two years: 1st year leading small groups and working your way to instruct entire class for a period of time. 2nd year as Lead Teacher.
Master's degree: Opportunity provided to Relay Teaching Residents

Relay GSE logo
Eligible staff: Special Education or general education teachers who would like to become certified in SPED
Duration: Two years: 1st year Promise Teachers will teach Special Education. 2nd year Promise Teachers will continue to teach Special Education and will have the opportunity to apply for Master Teacher in Special Education.

 Pathway to Leadership

Tuition-free leadership programs provide the training, coaching, framework, and real-world experience individuals need to build capacity for instructional leadership as a teacher leader or as a school administrator. Training may include virtual and on-site coaching.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders Program
Eligible staff: Teacher leaders, instructional coaches, assistant principals, coordinators or directors
Duration: 1 year, SY 2018-19
Deadline: Applications period for 2019-2020 school year will reopen in fall 2018


Relay GSE logo
Eligible staff: Teachers or Assistant/Associate Principals
Qualifications:
       
-Bachelor's degree
-Valid Texas Teaching Certificate with required endorsements for subject and level assigned
-Valid Principal or Mid Management certification
Position Start Date: 2018-2019 School Year

Trinity University logo Trinity University Leadership Collaborative (Principal Certification Program and Master of Education in School Leadership)
Eligible staff: Assistant and associate principals
Qualifications:
       
- Selected candidates commit to working in an SAISD Eastside Promise Neighborhood campus for two years, including the initial residency year, and three additional years within the District.
- During year of residency, participants serve as Peer Assistant Teachers on an Eastside Promise Neighborhood campus, teaching students and supporting campus administration while undergoing coursework toward their degree.
Cost: $15,000 (after tuition scholarships and forgivable loans of $38,000)
Duration: 14 months

UTSA UTSA Urban School Leaders Collaborative (Master of Education in Educational Leadership)
Eligible staff: Teacher leaders, instructional coaches, assistant principals, coordinators or directors
Qualifications: Candidates are recommended by their peers or supervisors and go through a selection process designed by the university.
Duration: 18 months