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Make an impact on students and schools by seeking a teaching job in the beautiful city of San Diego, California.

Searching for the right teaching position in San Diego 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 in San Diego.

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 National University, nonprofit organizations, and businesses around San Diego, 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.

Redefine Your Career

Learn more about teaching in San Diego, and apply to teach as part of the Teach For America corps today.


Working in San Diego

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 for new teachers in San Diego range from $40,000 to $47,000, 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. Read 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 San Diego partners with National University to offer our corps members the option to pursue a master’s degree. While all San Diego corps members enroll at National University to earn their preliminary teacher credentials, many continue to work towards a graduate degree after becoming credentialed. Please note that your graduate degree may require a third year to complete.

To finance tuition, corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards and partial tuition reimbursement benefits from their district. Learn more about San Diego’s certification and training.

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 San Diego support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.


Students growing up low-income in San Diego. Only 36% of all 8th grade students are performing in math at a proficient level; the number drops to 22% for low-income students.

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 San Diego

Teach For America began its partnership with San Diego in 2013 with just 19 teachers who served 1,100 student. Since then, more than 100 TFA corps members have worked in San Diego schools, and more than 400 alumni now live and work in the city. 

As a TFA teacher in San Diego, you’ll work in the sixth largest school district in the nation to drive students in underserved areas to academic and personal success. You’ll work in neighborhoods such as City Heights to transform student’s lives.

It’s an exciting time in the vibrant city of San Diego, but much work is still to be done to make educational equity a reality. Join our city-wide effort to meaningfully expand opportunities for all students attending public schools in San Diego by applying to Teach For America today.

Apply Today

Make an impact on students. Apply to be a corps member with Teach For America today.