Make an impact on students and schools in the vibrant and proud state of New Jersey by pursuing a teaching job with Teach For America.
Searching for the perfect teaching position in New Jersey for the school year?
Teach For America (TFA) could be a great option for you. Whether you’ve taught for several years, you’re making a career change into education, or if you’re just graduating from college, TFA is a unique opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives and serve New Jersey.
Teach For America’s Approach
TFA recruits outstanding leaders from all backgrounds and career sectors to become TFA “corps members.” Corps members commit to teaching for two years, where they are full, salaried employees of local public schools and confront both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities for kids. Many corps members choose to continue teaching after their two-year TFA commitment ends.
Corps members develop into strong classroom leaders who go beyond traditional expectations to advance students’ academic and personal growth, while helping to strengthen schools. They work in the districts and schools most impacted by educational inequity.
In partnership with universities like Relay Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, other local nonprofit organizations, and businesses throughout New Jersey, corps members receive initial training, ongoing professional development, and access to an unparalleled resource and support network.
There are more than 7,000 corps members in 51 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 people 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.
Redefine Your Career
Working in New Jersey
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.
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 typically range from $43,000 to $52,000, depending on the grade and subject level you teach.
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 about salary and benefits.
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 TFA teacher in New Jersey, you will have the option to pursue a master’s degree at the Relay Graduate School of Education or Rutgers Center for Effective School Practices. To finance tuition, corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards and partial tuition reimbursement benefits from their district. Learn more about working towards a master’s degree and obtaining your certification on New Jersey certification and training.
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 other 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 New Jersey alumni support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
TFA corps member and alumni working in New Jersey
Our Placement Process
TFA corps members teach in 51 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 Baltimore
After more than 25 years of partnership with New Jersey, the state is now home to more than 1,400 corps members and alumni, including 500 alumni teachers.
Corps members and alumni teach in our classrooms, lead our schools, advocate for fair education policies, and work with community-based organizations in and around Newark, Camden, Passaic and Paterson Counties, and many other New Jersey communities.
As a TFA teacher in New Jersey, you will join a highly supportive network that reflects the racial and economic backgrounds of its students. Corps members stay dedicated to this mission of educational equity in New Jersey too—after their two-year commitment, 85 percent stay working in education or related fields that deeply impact opportunities for students.