Make an impact on students and schools by seeking a teaching job in the Greater Delta, which includes opportunities in both rural and small-urban school districts in Arkansas and Mississippi.
Are you searching for a teaching position in Mississippi or Arkansas for the school year?
Consider Teach For America (TFA).
TFA recruit leaders from all backgrounds and career sectors to be TFA corps members—this includes people who’ve previously taught, recent college grads, and people transitioning to a career in education. As a corps member, you’ll have a unique opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives and serve the community of the Greater Delta.
Teach For America’s Approach
Corps members commit to teaching for two years, in the districts and schools most impacted by educational inequity. Corps members are full, salaried employees of local public schools, confronting both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities for kids. Many opt to continue teaching after their two-year TFA commitment ends. During their time with TFA, corps members develop into strong classroom leaders who go beyond traditional expectations to advance students’ academic and personal growth, while helping to strengthen schools.
In partnership with nonprofit organizations and businesses throughout the Greater Delta, corps members receive initial training, ongoing professional development, and access to an unparalleled resource and support network.
Teach For America has 6,200 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
You do not need to have a background in education to be considered for a position with Teach For America. However, you must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. As well, you must have U.S. citizenship, national/legal resident status, or be a DACA recipient.
In addition to these eligibility requirements, we seek people who 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.
Teaching in the Greater Delta: Mississippi and Arkansas
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 range from $32,000 to $38,000 for new teachers in the Greater Delta.
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 as a corps member, plus take a look at details on the cost of living in Mississippi and Arkansas.
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 corps member in the Greater Delta—whether you’re teaching in Arkansas or Mississippi—you do not need to pursue a master’s degree. However, if you would like to pursue a master’s degree, you can take advantage of online programs such as those offered Johns Hopkins University or begin a master’s program at a traditional brick-and-mortar institution during your second year as a corps member.
If you do choose to pursue your master’s, be aware that corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards and partial tuition reimbursement benefits from their district. Learn more about certification and training in the Greater Delta.
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 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 Greater Delta support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
School and School System Leaders
Teach For America’s 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 Greater Delta
Teach For America has been in the Greater Delta for more than 25 years, first with separate regions, and now as a consolidated region that serves both Mississippi and Arkansas.
Teach For America Greater Delta’s networks is 700-strong, and made up of corps members, alumni, and staff, all working to transform our educational system and provide greater opportunities in the classrooms and schools of Mississippi and Arkansas.
As a corps member, you may find yourself working in a rural or small-urban school district. The region’s districts stretch from Little Rock to Lake Village, Holly Springs to Jackson. As part of TFA Greater Delta., you’ll work to meaningfully expand opportunities for students, using your background and leadership skills to drive students to academic success and transform lives.