Program Overview


Transformation Waco is an innovative partnership between Waco ISD and Prosper Waco to provide students with the education they deserve. Each of the five Transformation Waco schools uses its flexibilities and resources to dramatically improve outcomes for students.

The Transformational Urban Educator Program is an alternative certification pathway for experienced professionals or recent graduates seeking to become a highly effective teacher through hands-on training. This highly-selective program will only accept and certify the highest-potential candidates with the time and energy to fully commit to a rigorous graduate-level program.

Over the course of the two-year program, you will earn a master’s degree and teaching certification through a cohort-based learning experience while leading a classroom. You will receive personalized support from experts to gain the skills you need to become a highly effective educator, and join an elite group of educators who learn, teach, and inspire in Waco. Transformation requires commitment, so we ask our aspiring educators to commit to serving in a Transformation Waco school for at least 5 years.


Program Benefits 


degree & certification

Transformational Urban Educators will earn a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Tarleton State University through the Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education (TMATE) program. TMATE provides a program of study where participants will earn a masters and alternative certification through a cohort-based learning experience in a hybrid online and in-person environment. The full cost of tuition is covered for Transformational Urban Educators.



Transformational Urban Educators will earn at least a $46,000 annual salary with competitive health benefits and the possibility of earning additional stipends after the first year. A stipend will also be provided for summer programming.


professional development

Transformational Urban Educators will participate in a yearlong urban teacher training program facilitated by the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL). During the training year, participants will work with a carefully selected and trained mentor teacher in the classroom and receive intensive professional development that will enhance effectiveness.

Program partners


Earn a certification in:

• Elementary Education
(Core Subjects Early Childhood - 6th grade)

• Elementary/Middle Education
(Core Subjects 4th - 8th grade)

• Bilingual Education

• Special Education
(Early Childhood - 12th grade)

how to apply for the 2019 cohort


The Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by the Transformation Waco team on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates will receive an invitation to interview no later than April 5.

  • During your interview, you may be asked to deliver a sample lesson and speak with program representatives about your experience, qualifications, and passion for teaching.

  • If accepted, you will be invited to summer programming (this does not guarantee a teaching placement).

  • Upon successful completion of summer programming and passing your content exam, you will be eligible for hire by a Transformation Waco school in the 2019-20 school year.

Summer Programming

  • Summer programming is a full-time (8am-5pm) commitment over the course of 8 weeks, starting June 6, 2019 with a break for the week of July 4th.

  • Selected candidates will receive high-quality professional development, practical teaching experience in summer school, and support for passing the certification content exam.

  • Selected candidates will receive a stipend for summer programming.