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.
I joined TFA because of the mission. I believe in equality and that all kids deserve an excellent education. I also knew that TFA would prepare me to excel at whatever I decided to do afterward. I knew TFA would be an experience that I would benefit from for a lifetime.
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.
Biology, Grades 7-12
Chemistry, Grades 7-12
Comprehensive Special Education, Grades K-12
Elementary, Grades 1-6
English, Grades 7-12
General Science, Grades 7-12
Mathematics, Grades 7-12
Physics, Grades 7-12
Program Semesters/Steps Overview
- Two-Year Continuum of Teacher and Leadership Development
- 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
- Hands-On Experience
Our program uses a residency model in that you are teaching while earning credits toward your certification.
- Preparation for Diverse Populations
Throughout our training and development, we offer cultural competence and diversity training. Plus you'll be joining the most diverse network of leaders in education in our nation.
- Mentoring and Coaching
Across your two-year program, you will be matched with a coach who will partner with you in your learning and growth through classroom observations and skill development.
- Commitment to Improvement
One of our core values that you'll experience daily is "Learn Continuously." We see this value thriving in the classrooms of our members: We operate with curiosity and embrace new ideas to innovate and constantly improve. We take informed risks and learn from successes, setbacks and each other.
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
- Two or more races