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Teach For America Appalachia is the certifying agent for corps members in Kentucky. Corps members receive a temporary, provisional certificate during their two-year commitment and are eligible to earn a full credential during their third year in the classroom.

Becoming Certified to Teach

In order to receive the provisional certificate, a corps member must:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree
  • Pass the necessary Praxis content knowledge tests
  • Receive a job offer
  • Remain in good standing with Teach For America throughout the duration of their two-year commitment.

If you join our corps with an out-of-state teaching certificate already earned, you will need to pay $85 to transfer your license. There is no certification charge if you already possess a Kentucky teaching license.

Master's Degree Option

Corps members may choose to work toward a master’s degree while in Appalachia, but the region has no formal partnerships with universities. If you plan to continue teaching in Kentucky after your TFA commitment is complete, you will need to earn a master's degree within a certain number of years.

Training

The summer before you begin teaching, you are required to participate in several weeks of training both in Kentucky and in Mississippi. Here is an overview of the summer training:

Induction (first week of June)

  • Held in Kentucky
  • Housing/meals covered
  • You are responsible for travel to and from location 
  • Programming focused on the regional context of educational equity and the role you will play.

Institute (five weeks in June/July)

  • Held at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS
  • Housing/meals covered
  • You are responsible for travel to and from location 
  • Programming immerses you in the daily act of teaching, and furthers your understanding of education in a rural area.

Orientation (third week in July)

  • Held in Kentucky
  • Housing/meals covered
  • You are responsible for travel to and from location
  • Programming focused on preparation to begin in the school year; you'll begin to draft a vision for your classroom and prepare for your first days.  

Estimated Costs

  • Praxis test: $250 (more if you take tests in additional content areas)
  • Professional attire, if not currently owned: $250
  • Travel to induction: $50-350 (depending on starting point)
  • Travel to institute: $70 (less if carpooling)
  • Travel to orientation: $80 (less if carpooling)