*** Final Deadline: Sunday, March 3rd, 2019.
No matter your background—whether you are a professional considering a career change, or a recent/soon-to-be college graduate—your unique experiences and skills can be tremendous assets inside of the classroom. Teach For America recruits outstanding and diverse leaders to become “corps members.” As a TFA corps member, you will be a full-time, salaried employee of the district or school where you teach. You will receive training and ongoing leadership development, as well as join a network of over 60,000 talented leaders who are seeking to effect systems change across our country, with the opportunity to make a profound and meaningful impact on the students you teach and the community that you serve.
Since 1990, TFA corps members and alumni have brought tremendous energy, imagination and impact into classrooms across rural and urban communities in the US. Together, we are driving impact across the country to achieve our vision that one day all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
What Teach For America Offers
Becoming Certified to Teach
While a background in education isn’t a prerequisite for you to apply to Teach For America, all corps members are required to meet state-level teaching requirements in order to qualify and maintain their license to teach. Most corps members are considered “nontraditional” teachers, since they haven't completed a traditional course of study in education before starting in the classroom. This means you will need to earn a temporary teaching license in order to qualify for teaching jobs in your assigned region.
While your temporary teaching license will help you qualify to teach in the fall, most regions will also require you to work toward full teaching certification. The process for becoming certified typically takes one to two years and begins as soon as you accept your offer to join the corps. Each state has different specific requirements and rules regarding earning credentials.
You will be responsible for paying for the cost of exams and any additional costs of licensing.
Where You Will Teach
Teach For America works in 51 communities across the country. We call them “regions,” and they range from large cities to rural communities. Regions are where our corps members forge connections and cultivate relationships—with each other, with their communities, with schools and families, and of course, with students. These connections enable our alumni and corps members to make lasting change in kids’ lives, and ultimately, to change the course of communities and our country.
Our 51 Regions
West: Bay Area, California Capital Valley, Colorado, Hawai'I, Idaho, Las Vegas Valley, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington.
Southwest: Dallas-Fort Worth, Greater Tulsa, Houston, New Mexico, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio.
Midwest: Chicago/Northwest Indiana, Detroit, Greater Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, South Dakota, Southwest Ohio, St. Louis, Twin Cities.
New England: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island.
East: Baltimore, Buffalo, D.C. Region, Delaware, Greater Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York.
Southeast: Alabama, Appalachia, Charlotte-Piedmont Triad, Eastern North Carolina, Greater Delta (Mississippi & Arkansas,) Greater New Orleans, Jacksonville, Memphis, Metro Atlanta, Miami-Dade, Nashville-Chattanooga, Orlando, South Carolina, South Louisiana.
Summer Training Session
All incoming corps members are required to attend a summer training session or “institute” before they begin teaching. Institute is a rigorous, hands-on experience based on a proven model that combines intensive training with immersive teaching practice and coaching. Your time at institute will prepare you with foundational knowledge, skills, and experiences, which you’ll continue to develop and hone throughout your time as a corps member.
Most institutes take place over five weeks during the summer and are held in regions across the country. While your food and housing expenses are covered during institute—either directly or through a stipend—you will be responsible for covering the costs of traveling to and from institute. During your application process, you will have an opportunity to apply for transitional funding to cover these costs.
You can find more info on transitional funding here:
Final Application Deadline
Please submit your completed application before the final deadline date: 3/3/19
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $33,000.00 to $58,000.00 /hour