Make an impact on students and schools by seeking a teaching job in the TFA’s Southwest Ohio region, serving students and communities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky.
Are you searching for a teaching position in Southwest Ohio for the school year?
Consider Teach For America (TFA), which offers a unique opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives and serve the communities of Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky. Teach for America has been in the Southwest Ohio region since 2012.
Teach For America’s Approach
We recruit outstanding leaders from all backgrounds and career sectors, including prospective college graduates, people who have previously taught, and people who are transitioning to education from another field, to become TFA “corps members.”
Corps members commit to teaching for two years, in the districts and schools most impacted by educational inequity. Corps members are 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 University of Cincinnati Teacher’s College, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Southwest Ohio, 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 Southwest Ohio
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.
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 Southwest Ohio.
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 partners locally with the University of Cincinnati Teacher’s College for an optional master’s degree program in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Literacy & Second Language Studies, or Special Education.
If you do choose to pursue your master’s, be aware that corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards and partial tuition reimbursement benefits from their district. Plus, TFA Southwest Ohio corps members and alums receive approximately a 25 percent tuition discount at the University of Cincinnati Teacher’s College and can complete the program in two years. Learn more about certification and training in Southwest Ohio.
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 Southwest Ohio 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 Southwest Ohio
Since 2012, Teach For America Southwest Ohio has worked alongside partners in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky to create opportunities for kids in underserved communities.
As a corps member, you’ll work in a rapidly expanding region, that includes schools in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton in Ohio, and Covington and Newport in Kentucky. Depending on your placement, your priorities will shift: For some communities, the pressing priority is to give students access to AP teachers, while in others, increasing the percentage of students who graduate high school in four years is the priority.
You’ll join TFA Southwest Ohio’s network of 300 corps members and alumni who are working together to transform our education system in classrooms, schools, and throughout communities. You’ll partner with students, families, businesses, local leaders, and the community at large to give all children in the region access to the freedom that comes with an excellent education. As part of TFA Southwest Ohio., you’ll work to meaningfully expand opportunities for students, using your background and leadership skills to drive students to academic success and transform lives.