Make an impact on students by seeking a teaching job in the resilient and spirited Oklahoma City.
Searching for the right teaching position in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma. With placements in Oklahoma City, Lawton, and Tulsa, TFA is working to ensure students in the state have the opportunities they deserve.
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 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, local nonprofit organizations, and businesses around the state, corps members receive initial training, ongoing professional development, and access to an unparalleled resource and support network.
TFA has more than 7,000 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 TFA's 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.
Working in Oklahoma City
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. The average salary for a starting Oklahoma public school teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $38,000 (following recent teacher pay raise legislation).
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.
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
After your first year of teaching in Oklahoma, you may choose to begin a master’s degree with one of our university partners. Corps members have opted into programs at the University of Oklahoma–Norman Campus, Johns Hopkins University (online), University of Central Oklahoma, and Cameron University in Lawton. Read more about these programs and getting certified to teach in Oklahoma as a corps member.
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 Oklahoma City support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
TFA corps members and alumni currently serving the students of Oklahoma City and Lawton
Our 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 Oklahoma
As a TFA teacher in Oklahoma City, you’ll collaborate with other educators and community leaders to strengthen schools and be a force for change in the region. You’ll work to expand opportunity for children in transformative and culturally responsive ways.
Currently, TFA Oklahoma City supports 88 TFA corps members and has an additional 100 TFA alumni working in education in the region. The majority of TFA Oklahoma City corps members work in city schools, but there is also a growing presence in Lawton. Lawton is Oklahoma’s third largest city and home to Fort Sill. Corps members in Lawton serve a large military family community and an area with a rich Native history.
The educational equity ecosystem in Oklahoma is poised to make phenomenal progress for children in poverty. TFA is proud to be a part of driving that change. Join our effort to improve the present reality for students attending public schools in Oklahoma by applying to Teach For America today.