Make an impact on students and schools by seeking a teaching job in South Louisiana.
Are you searching for a teaching position in South Louisiana for the school year?
Consider Teach For America (TFA), which offers a unique opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives and serve the community in the five counties that make up TFA’s South Louisiana region.
Teach For America’s Approach
TFA recruits outstanding leaders from all backgrounds and career sectors to become TFA “corps members.” That includes people who have previously taught, people transitioning to a career in education, and people who are just graduating from college.
Corps members commit to teaching for two years, in the districts and schools most impacted by educational inequity. Corps members are full, salaried employees of local public schools, confronting both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities for kids. Many opt to continue teaching after their two-year TFA commitment ends. During their time with TFA, corps members develop into strong classroom leaders who go beyond traditional expectations to advance students’ academic and personal growth, while helping to strengthen schools.
In partnership with local universities such as Louisiana State University, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in South Louisiana, 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 TFAs 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.
Working in South Louisiana
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 $36,000 to $44,500 for new teachers in South Louisiana.
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 as a corps member, plus take a look at details on the cost of living in South Louisiana.
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
Through a partnership with Louisiana State University, second-year corps members may pursue a master’s degree in any subject area tuition-free (does not include the cost of fees). This tuition exemption does not extend to Louisiana State University’s veterinary, law, or medical schools and covers a portion of the costs associated with the university’s professional master’s in business administration.
Learn more about certification and training in South Louisiana.
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 Louisiana support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
Alumni in the Area
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 South Louisiana
South Louisiana was one of Teach For America’s six founding regions. The state’s education system is often ranked lowest compared to other states, and it’s an area of the country that’s profoundly impacted by educational inequity.
Since the region was founded, more than 1,000 leaders have served in South Louisiana—many of whom continue to work toward long-term change in the state. As a corps member, you’ll serve in one of the following five parishes: East Baton Rouge Parish, Ascension Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish or St. Helena Parish. The South Louisiana region is made up of an urban center and surrounding rural communities.
As a corps member, you’ll join a network of hundreds of changemakers in the region—alumni and corps members. Together with the community, nonprofit leaders, policymakers, and education advocates, you’ll work to transform the educational system in classrooms and schools. As part of TFA South Louisiana, you’ll work to meaningful expand opportunities for students, leveraging your background and leadership skills to drive students to academic success.