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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)

Graduate School

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 Partnerships

  • 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.