Make an impact on students and schools by seeking a teaching job in Rhode Island, a small state with a big personality.
Are you looking for a teaching position in Rhode Island?
Teach For America (TFA) could be a great option. As part of TFA, you’ll have an opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives and serve the diverse, culture-filled Rhode Island community. TFA welcomes candidates from all backgrounds—recent grads, people considering a career change into education, and experienced teachers.
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 like Rhode Island College, nonprofit organizations, and businesses around Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island
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.
Salary and Benefits
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 $42,000-$47,000 for new teachers in Rhode Island, but vary 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. Learn 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
Teach For America Rhode Island partners with three schools—Brown University, Providence College, and Rhode Island College—to offer corps members a master’s degree in the field of education. 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 Rhode Island.
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 Rhode Island support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
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 Rhode Island
Since 2010, Teach For America Rhode Island has recruited, trained, and supported nearly 250 educators who are focused on improving educational outcomes for students across the state. As a corps member, you’ll work in partnership with veteran teachers, community organizations, and local universities as part of a movement to end inequity in education.
The majority of corps members teach in Providence, which places you just an hour’s drive from Boston and three hours from New York City. As a TFA Rhode Island teacher, you’ll use your background and leadership skills to drive students to academic success and transform lives.