Skip to main content

Our corps members earn Texas teacher certification after one year through the Teacher Orientation and Preparation Program (TOPP). TOPP is a State Board of Educator Certification-approved alternative route to teacher certification coordinated by Education Service Center, Region 20. Certification is given after corps members complete the teaching credentials requirements listed below. 

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Pass the TExES certification content exam
  • Pass the TExES certification pedagogy exam
  • Complete Teach For America's summer institute
  • Complete training on classroom management, instructional design and delivery, motivational techniques, and student learning modalities
  • Finish one full year of probationary teaching with demonstrated skills in instruction, planning, assessment, and reflection

Graduate School

Although Teach For America San Antonio does not currently offer a sponsored master's degree program, some corps members successfully pursue a degree program independently.

TFA Training 

The summer before you begin teaching, TFA hosts a one-week induction session in San Antonio. Then, you will complete a five-week institute training in Houston and return to San Antonio for a one-week orientation prior to the beginning of the school year.

Here are some details about this year’s training.

Tentative Training Dates:

Induction: May 28-June 1
Overview of San Antonio context

Institute: June 2-July 5
Intensive teacher training and skill building.

Orientation: July 24-July 27
Prepare you for your first days of school.

Estimated Costs

Teach For America covers room and board for induction and institute.

Cost to corps members:

  • Flight/transportation to induction
  • Transportation to institute (carpool optional)
  • Room and board for orientation (generally corps members have secured their housing for the year at this time)


Here are the coaches for this region that will support you during the corps. We call them Managers of Teacher Leadership Development (MTLDs).

Syedah Asghar - Syedah is a first-year MTLD and support first-year corps members in high school and middle school. Her work focuses on classroom leadership.

Jezzette Rivera - Jezzette is a first-year MTLD and support first-year corps members in elementary school. Her work focuses on classroom leadership.

Alex Bailey - Alex supports second-year corps member development, focused on expanding leadership.

Delia Covo - Delia supports second-year corps member development and is piloting a student and family engagement program this year.