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An alternative career path: the Teach For America program

Ever considered giving back to your country through teaching?

Teach For America is a non-profit program that places recent college graduates in teaching positions in under-served schools, both urban and rural, across the United States. These are two year terms that come with multiple benefits. There is an urgent need for teachers with math, science, and engineering backgrounds – you could be a part of the solution to this issue!

There are many benefits for those who are chosen from a competitive applicant pool. “Corps members receive robust training and support to help them lead their students to success and receive a competitive salary, health insurance, and retirement benefits through their schools for their critical work. After two years, they join a growing force of alumni in education, policy, law, medicine, and other sectors who are leading some of the most successful efforts to ensure that all children have the opportunity to receive an excellent education.” As a corps member, you would also receive $5,350 each year toward your federal student loan repayments, teacher training and certification or future graduate school costs. For those with outstanding student loans, those loans would go into forbearance and the interest would be paid for the two years they are corps members.

Additionally, Teach For America has over 200 graduate school and employer partnerships, which include exclusive scholarships for certain graduate schools and programs. There are currently more than 20,000 Teach For America alumni who also serve as a solid networking base as you continue your career exploration beyond your two-year commitment.

As a corps member, you will be placed in one of 39 urban and rural areas across the country. For an interactive map of these sites, check out:

To apply, you must have the following:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (needs completed prior to beginning a summer training session)

  • A 2.50 minimum overall GPA at graduation

  • US Citizenship or National/Permanent Resident Status



The first step to apply is to complete the online application. If you would like more information regarding this opportunity, please see the following website:, or email:

"In helping others, we help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us."
-Flora Edwards


Authored by Jena Pugh.

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