Make an impact on students and schools in the diverse and passionate state of Connecticut by seeking a teaching job through Teach For America.
Searching for the perfect teaching position in Connecticut 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 if you’re just graduating from college, TFA is a unique opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives and serve the state of Connecticut.
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 Quinnapiac and Johns Hopkins University, other local nonprofit organizations, and businesses across the state of Connecticut, 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 Connecticut
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 $40,000 to $45,000, 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 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
As a TFA teacher in Connecticut, you will have the option to pursue an online master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University. To finance tuition, corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards and partial tuition reimbursement benefits from their district. Learn more on Connecticut Certification and 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 Connecticut alumni support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
TFA alumni who work toward educational equity in education, health, public policy, law, and other sectors across Connecticut
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 Connecticut
Since launching our partnership in 2006, Connecticut is now home to more than 800 total TFA corps members and alumni. We have created long-lasting relationships with educators, community organizations, and leaders in order to create lasting change in the New Haven, Hartford, and Bridgeport communities.
As a TFA teacher in Connecticut, you might find yourself on a path like Syeita Rhey’s (Connecticut ’07), who learned about educational inequity firsthand growing up in Hartford’s foster care system and is now in her eleventh year of serving her hometown as an educator. You might also choose to follow in the footsteps of Monica Maccera (D.C. ’95) or Julie Goldstein (Los Angeles ’90), two of more than 17 alum principals we have in our state, or Maria Viggiano (Los Angeles ’06), a Bridgeport native who returned to lead policy and advocacy efforts.