Find out about teaching jobs in Buffalo, a city experiencing a resurgence.
Are you looking for a teaching position in Buffalo for the school year?
Consider Teach For America (TFA) as one of your options. With TFA, you’ll have a unique opportunity to make a difference in the Buffalo community. We welcome applications from people who have taught, professionals considering a career change into education, and college students looking for work after graduation.
Teach For America’s Approach
TFA recruits outstanding leaders from all backgrounds and career sectors to become “corps members.” All 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 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 local universities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses around Tulsa, corps members receive initial training, ongoing professional development, and access to an unparalleled resource and support network.
Teach For America has more than 6,000 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.
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Working in Buffalo
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.
Salary and Benefits
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 Buffalo start at $32,000 (and 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. You may also be eligible for additional financial incentives available exclusively to TFA corps members. Learn more about financial aid, including transitional funding packages.
Master’s Degree Option
Teach For America Buffalo partners with Canisius University so that corps members can get their master’s degree in the field of education. To finance tuition, corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards and partial tuition reimbursement benefits from their district. Learn more about certification and training for Teach For America Buffalo.
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. Learn more about life after the corps.
Alumni living in the area
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 Buffalo
The community in Buffalo has never been more focused on the state of its public schools and the urgency to improve them. Teach For America has only worked in Buffalo for a few years, and already has begun to expand the educational opportunities that are available for the city’s students.
As a corps member, you’ll teach in one of Buffalo’s schools, using your background and leadership skills to drive students to academic success and transform lives. Learn more about TFA Buffalo, and start your application to join the work today.