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Learn more about the process for becoming certified to teach in the St. Louis region.

Becoming Certified to Teach

In St. Louis, corps members must obtain a provisional certificate, which is valid throughout their two-year teaching commitment. Provisional certificates are nonrenewable and will ultimately lead to full initial certification, received after two years.


To obtain a provisional certificate corps members are required to:

  • Take and pass the MoGEA test
  • Enroll in a teacher certification program with our university partner
  • Participate in national and regional summer training 

To obtain full initial certification, corps members will take courses at the University of Missouri-St. Louis throughout their time in the corps.

Master's Degree Option

A master's degree is not required to teach in St. Louis. Corps members have the option of enrolling in a master's program as they pursue their teaching certification. 

TFA Training

Summer Institute

The summer before you begin teaching, Teach For America hosts seven weeks of training. The first week will be spent in St. Louis where you will meet your fellow corps members, staff, and some alumni in the region. The purpose of this training is to help you acclimate to St. Louis and orient you to the work you will be doing in your community. The first week of training typically begins during Memorial Day weekend. 

Following this first week, corps members will spend five weeks at a national institute with corps members from other regions. The final week will be spent back in St. Louis where you will prepare for the school year with a focus on building classroom culture, vision, and equity. 

Corps members will be responsible for obtaining flights to and from St. Louis and the national institute. They are also responsible for paying the $50 registration fee for the MoGEA exam. 

Ongoing Support

Each corps member will have access to a coach who will support you during the corps. We call them Managers of Teacher Leadership Development (MTLDs).

MTLDs observe corps members in their classrooms, host individual meetings with people in their cohort, and help with vision setting and building classroom culture.