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Corps members in Ohio have access to a little bit of everything: Great food, professional sports, a deep history, and world-class arts, culture, and entertainment. Below are some other considerations to help you decide if the Ohio region is a good fit for you!

Eligibility Requirements

Corps members need to meet the following requirements to obtain their teaching license:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • In Ohio, you must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 to receive your Resident Educators license. In Kentucky, you must have above a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA to get your provisional certification.
  • Successfully complete Teach For America Institute Training
  • Maintain active membership in Teach For America
  • [For corps members placed in a school in Ohio]  Pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators subject area exams that match their subject assignment from TFA prior to their first day of teaching.
  • [For corps members placed in a school in Kentucky] Pass the Praxis II subject area exams that match their subject assignment from TFA prior to their first day of teaching. 
  • [For all Ohio corps members] Pass an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and FBI criminal background check.

LGBTQ+ Legal Protections

The state of Ohio only has legal protections against discrimination for public employees only, and only for sexual orientation. There are local legal protections against employment, housing and public accommodations discrimination in 31 municipalities and 1 country in Ohio including Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Dayton,and Cincinnati.  

Teach For America Ohio is home to the head of the LGBTQ+ Community Initiative. It's also home to one of 11 PRISM chapters—Teach For America's network for LGBTQ+ corps members and alumni—and offers multiple supports to our LGBTQ+ community.

Regional supports also exist to help corps members start any new affinity groups that they feel are necessary.

Learn more about LGBTQ legal protections in Ohio. 


TFA Ohio is a DACA region and can and does place corps members with DACA status in our schools within Ohio.

ADA Accommodations

The Americans with Disabilities Act bans discrimination based on disability and requires employers, businesses, and state and local governments to take reasonable steps to accommodate people with disabilities, both in Ohio and in Kentucky.