Make an impact on students in a close-knit community that’s full of history by seeking a teaching job in Alabama.
Searching for the perfect teaching position in Alabama for the school year?
Teach For America (TFA) could be a great option for you. That's true if you’ve taught for several years, you’re making a career change into education, or you’re just graduating from college, TFA is a unique opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives and serve Birmingham, Selma, Greensboro, and beyond.
Teach For America’s Approach
TFA recruits outstanding leaders from all background and career sectors to become TFA “corps members.” Corps members commit to teaching for two years, where they are full, salaried employees of local public schools and confront both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities for kids. Many corps members choose to continue teaching after their two-year TFA commitment ends.
Corps members develop into strong classroom leaders who go beyond traditional expectations to advance students’ academic and personal growth, while helping to strengthen schools. They work in the districts and schools most impacted by educational inequity.
In partnership with universities like Samford University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, other local nonprofit organizations, and businesses across Alabama, corps members receive initial training, ongoing professional development, and access to an unparalleled resource and support network.
More than 7,000 corps members in 50 regions, reaching more than 400,000 students in 2,500 schools.
While specific regional placement is not guaranteed, 80 percent of TFA's applicants are assigned to their most preferred location. We know that your personal location preferences are important. Read more below about our placement process.
Corps Member Eligibility
In order to be considered for a position with TFA, you must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and U.S. citizenship, national/legal resident status, or be a DACA recipient. You are not required to have a background in education.
In addition to these eligibility requirements, we seek people have a deep belief in the potential of every child, a strong record of achievement, and perseverance in the face of challenges, among other key values and experiences. Read more about the characteristics of strong corps members.
Working in Alabama
As a corps member, you will be required to complete steps to become highly qualified in the subject(s) you’ll teach and work toward full teaching certification during your two-year commitment. Learn more about earning your teaching license and getting hired at a school.
You’ll receive a salary and benefits from the school district, charter school, or pre-K center where you work.
You’ll be paid the same as other beginning teachers working for the same employer. Salaries typically range from $38,000 to $44,000, depending on the grade and subject level you teach.
As a full-time TFA teacher, you are entitled to medical benefits through your school or district. Plans and costs vary, depending on where you teach. Read more on Salary & Benefits.
You may also be eligible for additional financial incentives exclusively available to TFA corps members. Learn more about financial aid, including transitional funding packages.
Master’s Degree Option
Many TFA teachers in Alabama work towards a master’s degree while in the classroom. If you teach elementary, you are required to pursue your master's degree, while its optional for secondary teachers. Teachers have elected to take master's courses at various local universities. Learn more about Alabama’s Certification & Training.
After Two Years
After your two-year commitment with TFA, you may choose to stay in the classroom for additional years of teaching. Some TFA alumni go on to work in school leadership, and many others go on to impact educational equity from another other sector.
We are dedicated to making sure you have the resources and support you need to lead and continue to work towards change, with a dedicated TFA Alabama alumni support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
TFA alumni working in Alabama to impact education
Our Placement Process
TFA corps members teach in 50 regions. After applying and interviewing for TFA, you’ll have the opportunity to rank the regions where you prefer to teach.
Our placement process is designed to assign you to the region(s) you’re most interested in as best as possible, since we know that landing in a region that matches your priorities is important. A majority of applicants are placed in one of their top regional choices.
After applying, you must select and rank 10 TFA regions where you want to teach, one of which must be a region we’ve designated as “high priority.” Read more about our placement process.
Make an Impact in Alabama
After launching our partnership with Alabama in 2010, more than 200 TFA alumni now live and work in the state, following in the footsteps of the activists who came before them and working toward equity and civil rights for all people.
We partner with educators, community organizations, and civic leaders in both rural and urban parts of the state to improve educational outcomes for students. Birmingham is home to our largest group of corps members, but nearly one-third of Alabama corps members live in rural areas such as Selma, Perry County, and Hale County.
As a TFA teacher in Alabama, you will get small town intimacy with easy access to a big city and the great outdoors. Learn more about what it means to work and teach in the Alabama community.