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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 before June 1
  • 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
  • Columbia University
  • Lehigh University
  • John Hopkins University

About John Hopkins University 

Developed by Johns Hopkins faculty and TFA alumni, this dynamic Master of Science in Education – Educational Studies (MSEd) degree program offers more than traditional teacher preparation: It provides transformational teaching skills that reach far beyond the classroom. The curriculum offers three pathways, depending on your career plans: school leadership, teacher leadership, and policy leadership. The curriculum is designed to build upon the skills you develop through the TFA program to increase your impact on your students and community. Available to all regional corps members and alumni currently teaching in the classroom. For more information, visit the JHU website or contact the admissions team at or at 1-877-JHU-SOE1.

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.