- Pre-training study
- Summer training and student teaching
- Cultural competency and diversity training
- Teacher certification and graduate coursework in partnership with Johns Hopkins University
- Ongoing one-on-one coaching
- Access to a network of teachers and alumni
Teach For America works in partnership with urban and rural communities in more than 50 regions across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, Teach For America is a force of 56,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence and to lead. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network.
What You’ll Do
You will lead a classroom in Bridgeport, Hartford or New Haven, Connecticut. You will work in partnership with colleagues, families and community members to go beyond traditional expectations and have a profound impact on your students’ academic and personal growth. TFA corps members teach a multitude of subjects from pre-K through grade 12, including (but not limited to) science, math, computer science, humanities, language arts, English, reading, special education, Spanish/bilingual education, ESL, history, social studies and many more. In addition to the impact you’ll have on your students, you will gain context, clarity and conviction to lead a life of impact from any sector or field you choose.
What You’ll Get
Throughout your two years in the corps, you will have access to an unparalleled resource and support network, including ongoing training and development. After your initial summer training, you’ll be hired by a school district in your placement region and receive the same salary and benefits as other beginning teachers. As a TFA alum, you will have a diverse network of colleagues ready to support and lead alongside you. You’ll also gain access to numerous graduate school and employer partnerships who value the leadership and experience gained during the corps, and will position you to continue your impact and accelerate your leadership trajectory.
You can apply for financial aid to assist in your transition to Teach For America and your first paycheck in September of the academic year.
Teach For America partners with AmeriCorps. For eligible members of Teach For America, enrollment in AmeriCorps allows for members to access a federally-funded Education Award. Learn more: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/segal-americorps-education-award
Teach For America corps members are hired by local schools and are compensated as employees by their school. Salary begins in the mid $40,000s.
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
- Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
- English/Language Arts
- French Language
- Social Studies/History
- Spanish Language
- General Education
Program Semesters/Steps Overview
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
- Two or more races