Teach at IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA you’ll have the support and resources to do your best work.

Who We're Looking For

IDEA teachers represent a diversity of backgrounds and experience. We look for and hire the best candidates for our students. Here are some of the most important criteria we look for: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree related to content area from an accredited four-year educational institution; state certification is preferred but not required for most opportunities  
  • Experience working with school-aged children, preferably in a classroom setting  
  • Proven track record of success in a professional setting  
  • Unwavering belief that a college education is possible for all children, and a commitment to developing a school-wide culture that fosters a productive, enthusiastic learning environment  
  • Openness to observation and critical feedback with a desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher  

Hiring Process

Complete Application

Fill out our online application thoroughly for your best chance of selection.

Phone/Video Interview*

Our process is differentiated based on the position for which you’ve applied as well as your background and experiences.

Final Interview

An in-person interview will be scheduled. Sample lessons, Q&A, and possible school tour will be included. 

Offer Letter

A successful in-person interview results in an offer letter.


If you accept the offer, pending a background check and the co-sign of the HR department, you’re hired!


*Additional Content Assessment (select positions only): For some positions requiring highly specialized content knowledge, candidates may be asked to complete a content assessment. This may occur prior to the final interview, or as a part of the final interview.

At IDEA, we want you to grow professionally.

Teacher Career Pathway

After close to ten years with this program, we have close to 400 Master Teachers who impact not only their own classroom, but all of our Team and Family through their example. The Teacher Career Pathway was created to make IDEA a place where teachers feel valued for their invaluable role in our movement to send all students to and through college. As teachers are promoted up the pathway, they receive increased professional development, influence, recognition, and compensation.

Go to our benefits page to see what we offer to our IDEA teachers.

substitute opportunities

Are you interested in joining the IDEA Team & Family as a substitute teacher?
Select the button below to find the application for your region of choice.


Yes, our job listings are campus specific. Our regional staffing team will consider your application holistically and may encourage you to consider additional locations should they be a better match.

Absolutely! IDEA encourages all its staff to enroll their children at IDEA. Your child will get placement in a lottery at your chosen IDEA school. We prioritize current students, siblings, and team member’s children.

Most teaching opportunities do not require certification; however, certification can strengthen your application. Special Education and Physical Education roles require certification in the state you are applying for.

Yes, of course. Salaries increase with every full year of lead teaching experience an individual has.

Yes! In Texas, all full-time staff are automatically enrolled in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and currently contribute 7.7% of wages. In Louisiana, we offer a 403(b) that staff members may contribute to.

Open Positions

Please click below to view all current vacancies and for the 2023-24 school year. Within the application, you can indicate if you want to be considered for the current school year as well. These positions will be updated weekly. We recommend reading each job description carefully to ensure you are applying for the role you are best suited for.