Make an impact on students and schools in the vibrant and passionate community by seeking a teaching job in New York City.
Searching for the perfect teaching position in New York 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 York City and beyond.
Teach For America’s Approach
TFA recruits outstanding leaders from all background 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 and New York nonprofits and businesses, corps members receive initial training, ongoing professional development, and access to an unparalleled resource and support network.
TFA has more than 3,000 corps members, reaching nearly 250,000 students in more than 1,500 schools.
You'll be placed in your preferred region so long as there's space and you meet the local requirements. 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 either have U.S. citizenship, national/legal resident status, or be a DACA recipient or EAD holder. 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.
Working in New York
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 $46,000 to $70,000, 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, benefits, and cost of living in New York.
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 York, you must be enrolled in a master’s certification program throughout your two-year commitment. Our university partnership is with Relay Graduate School of Education.
To help finance tuition, corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards. Learn more on New York 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 York alumni support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
Our Placement Process
TFA places corps members in more than 40 regions throughout the U.S. During the application process, you'll have the opportunity to select up to three regions. Then, after interview week concludes, you'll be invited to change your regional selections, if you desire. Read more about our placement process.
Make an Impact in New York
Since it's founding in 1990, over 7,000 extraordinary leaders have joined Teach For America New York, bringing new creativity and talent into its classrooms and community.
We have created long-lasting relationships with educators, community organizations, and leaders in order to create lasting change in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Corps members and alumni teachers taught more than 160,000 students in the 2018-19 school year, meeting critical needs by teaching in neighborhoods and subjects that struggle to attract talent.
As a TFA New York corps member, you’ll join a network of leaders who reflect the wide diversity of NYC and serves the city in countless ways, including hundreds who serve as school systems leaders, principals, assistant principals, and deans; elected officials; and social innovators and entrepreneurs.