Make an impact on students and schools within the Lakota community by seeking a job in South Dakota.
Are you interested in a teaching position in South Dakota for the upcoming school year?
Consider joining Teach For America (TFA), which offers a unique opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives and serve the South Dakota community. TFA accepts applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including prospective college graduates, people who are making a career change into education, and those who have taught for several years already.
Teach For America’s Approach
TFA recruits outstanding leaders from all backgrounds and career sectors to become TFA “corps members.” Corps members make a commitment to teach for two years, and are full, salaried employees of local public schools, confronting both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities for kids.
Many corps members 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, nonprofit organizations, and businesses, 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 South Dakota
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 South Dakota start at $30,000, 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.
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
Corps members in South Dakota can choose to pursue a master's degree through the University of South Dakota (USD) and Black Hills State University (BHSU).
To finance tuition, corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards and partial tuition reimbursement benefits from their district. Find out more about certification requirements in South Dakota, along with training through TFA.
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 South Dakota 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 South Dakota
All corps members in South Dakota teach on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Lower Brule, or Standing Rock reservations, and nearly all students are Lakota. As a corps member in South Dakota, you’ll work shoulder-to-shoulder with community members in an effort to increase college-readiness, cultural awareness, and identity-rooted pride for Native students.
As a corps member, you’ll use your background and leadership skills to drive students to academic success and transform lives.