Make an impact on students and schools by seeking a teaching job in the Bay Area, including Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, and San Jose.
Searching for the right teaching position in the Bay Area for the school year?
Teach For America (TFA) could be a great option for you. Whether 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 the Bay Area.
Teach For America’s Approach
TFA recruits outstanding leaders from all backgrounds 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 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 Loyola Marymount University, nonprofit organizations, and businesses around the Bay Area, corps members receive initial training, ongoing professional development, and access to an unparalleled resource and support network.
TFA has 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 the Bay Area
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 for new teachers in the Bay Area range from $43,000-$52,000, but vary 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 and 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
National University offers a Master's in Education with several concentration areas at no additional cost after completing their credentialing program. If you choose to get a master's you can do so during your last semester in the program which will allow you to finish your corps commitment with both a preliminary credential and a master's degree. The master's is an additional 2-3 courses depending on your content area. For those in a bilingual placement, you will automatically receive a master's degree in bilingual education in addition to your credential.
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 Bay Area support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
TFA Alumni who live and work in the Bay Area, which includes hundreds of teachers, dozens of school leaders, and countless others impacting the lives of students every day
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 the Bay Area
The Bay Area is home to nearly 7 million people and some of the most beautiful mountains, beaches, and bridges our country has to offer. Corps members teach in 69 traditional schools and 49 charter schools throughout Redwood City, Richmond, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose.
As a Bay Area corps member, you’ll be part of a passionate and driven group of leaders fighting for students in these communities. This includes TFA alum Matthew Duffy (New York ’95), who serves as the superintendent of the West Contra Costa Unified School District, Demetrio González (Bay Area Corps ’13) United Teachers of Richmond (UTR) President, and dozens of principals and school administrators around the region. Watch our TFA Bay Area video series to learn about the progress these leaders are making in the area.
You can also learn more about the neighborhoods Bay Area corps members serve and our partners in the work on Our Community page.