In 2009, the Oklahoma State Legislature passed a law enabling Teach For America to become a certifying agent in the state. As a result, our Teach For America Greater Tulsa region provides a low-cost certification program that is differentiated for the needs of our corps.
Becoming Certified to Teach
Before we can place any corps member into a classroom, they must obtain an Oklahoma teaching license. Teach For America Greater Tulsa offers a low-cost certification program. To ensure our corps members are highly qualified, as required by Oklahoma state law, our corps members must complete the following steps:
- Take and pass at least two subject area exams
- Provide official degree-conferred transcripts for all bachelor's and master's degrees
- Pass a background check through the State Department of Education fingerprinting process
- Complete Teach For America ongoing programming
Breakdown of Certification Costs
- $120 per subject area exam (two exams required)
- ~$54 for background check
- ~$50 for degree-conferred transcript (varies by university)
Greater Tulsa partners with several universities to offer affordable programs available to our corps and alumni. However, a master's degree is not required to attain a teaching license.
- University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
- University of Tulsa
- Oklahoma State University
- Northeastern State University
- John Hopkins University
- Columbia University
- Lehigh University
Teach For America Training
The summer before you begin teaching, Teach For America hosts a five-week training session in Tulsa. Here are some details about this year’s training.
What to Expect: Between mid-June to late July, our Greater Tulsa corps attend the Tulsa National Institute. There, corps members teach summer school to nearly 4,000 Tulsa Public Schools students. During this five-week intensive institute, corps members develop their teaching and leadership skills and receive coaching support by Corps Member Advisors (CMA).
Estimated costs: Corps members must transport themselves to regional induction which occurs the week prior to the start of Tulsa National Institute.