Make an impact on students and schools by seeking a teaching job in Las Vegas, a city that’s so much more than slot machines and glitz.
Are you searching for a teaching position in Las Vegas?
Consider Teach For America (TFA), which offers a unique opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives and serve the community in Las Vegas.
Teach For America’s Approach
TFA recruits outstanding leaders from all backgrounds and career sectors to become TFA “corps members.” That includes people who have previously taught, people transitioning to a career in education, and people who are just graduating from college.
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 local universities such as University of Nevada, Las Vegas, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Las Vegas, 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 TFAs 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 candidates with 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 Las Vegas
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. The average starting salary for new teachers in Las Vegas is $40,900.
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 Las Vegas.
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
While obtaining a master’s degree is optional for corps members in Las Vegas, almost all corps members choose to complete a few additional classes beyond the teacher certification to earn their M.Ed. from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The full program costs to complete the M. Ed is approximately $13,000.
If you opt 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 Las Vegas.
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 Las Vegas support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
Alumni in the Region
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 Las Vegas
Clark County is the fifth largest school district in the United States. Teach For America has been a presence in the region since 2004, partnering with the Clark County School District, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas Sands, Inc., NV Energy, and many other organizations to improve outcomes and opportunities for community’s children.
As a corps member, you’ll join a network of corps members and alumni working to tackle educational inequity in Las Vegas. You’ll be part of a tight-knit community, joining fellow corps members as well as alums and school and business leaders at community dinners and town halls. As part of TFA Las Vegas, you’ll work to meaningfully expand opportunities for students, using your background and leadership skills to drive students to academic success and transform lives.