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Learn more about the process for becoming certified to teach in the Southwest Ohio region.

Becoming Certified to Teach

Southwest Ohio corps members receive either of the following licenses:

  • Four-year Resident Educator License in Ohio
  • Three-year provisional license in Kentucky

The license that you receive is dependent on which state you get hired.

Requirements

In order to qualify for the Ohio Resident Educator License, all corps members are required to:

  • Pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators subject area exams that match their subject assignment from TFA prior to their first day of teaching
  • Provide two copies of their degree-conferred transcript from an accredited college or university
  • Pay a $160 fee to the Ohio Department of Education for each subject area certification applied for
  • Pass a FBI and state background check
  • Complete Teach For America Institute Training

In order to qualify for the Kentucky provisional license, all corps members are required to:

  • Pass the Praxis II subject area exams that match their subject assignment from TFA prior to their first day of teaching
  • Provide two copies of their degree-conferred transcript from an accredited college or university
  • Pass a FBI and state background check
  • Complete Teach For America Institute Training

Master's Degree Option

University of Cincinnati Teacher’s College

Teach For America partners locally with the University of Cincinnati Teacher’s College for an optional master’s degree program in the following disciples:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership
  • Literacy & Second Language Studies
  • Special Education

Corps members and alumni of Southwest Ohio receive approximately a 25 percent tuition discount and can complete the program in two years. Average total cost of tuition is $13,800 with the 25 percent discount. You can apply AmeriCorps education grants to federal loans that you incur during the program.

Johns Hopkins University (Online)

We also partner virtually with Johns Hopkins University to provide corps members and alumni the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in teaching. Cost is roughly $23,000 total over the course of the two years, and you can apply Americorps education grants to the cost. Learn more about the Johns Hopkins program.

The following programs can be completed in two years:

  • Johns Hopkins Master of Science in Teaching
  • University of Cincinnati programs in Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education, and Literacy & Second Language Studies.

The Educational Leadership track at the University of Cincinnati is two years, but you must be a second year teacher to enroll.

TFA Training

Summer Institute

Before you begin teaching in your own classroom, you’ll attend a multi-week summer institute and attend additional programming. Southwest Ohio corps members go to Atlanta for institute.

Ongoing Support

All corps members are also constantly supported by one of our Managers of Teacher Leadership and Development with classroom visits and one-on-one training sessions every two-to-four weeks. All corps conferences also serve as group training sessions once a month during the school year.