Make an impact on students and schools by seeking a teaching job in Phoenix, a city that’s home to a diverse and thriving community.
Are you searching for a teaching position in Phoenix 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 the Phoenix community.
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 local universities such as Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, nonprofit organizations, and businesses around Phoenix, 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 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.
Redefine Your Career
Working in Phoenix
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 range from $34,000 to $41,000 for new teachers in Phoenix.
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
Teach For America Phoenix partners with Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College. Corps members receive a discount to Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College InMAC program, where they can take online and in-person classes. The corps member cost for the entire master's degree is a flat rate of $12,000.
To finance tuition, corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards and partial tuition reimbursement benefits from their district. Learn more about certification and training in Phoenix.
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 Region support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
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 Phoenix
Teach For America has been in Phoenix for 25 years. We have 1,000 alumni in the area, and 84 percent of them work in roles impacting education or low-income communities. As a corps member, you’ll join a passionate community of leaders dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students in the city of Phoenix and across the state of Arizona.
Unlike many other cities, which have a unified school system, the Phoenix metro area is made up of more than 50 individual school districts and several dozen charter schools. Our school district and charter school partners are located in the rapidly growing communities of Glendale and Avondale on the western edge of Phoenix, central city neighborhoods, and Mesa in the East Valley.
As a Teach For America Phoenix teacher, you’ll work in these communities to meaningfully expand opportunities for students. You’ll use your background and leadership skills to drive students to academic success and transform lives.