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Learn more about the process for becoming certified to teach in the Twin Cities region.


Our corps members earn their certification and master's through St. Mary's University - Twin Cities.

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Up-front Testing costs: $200 
  • Up-front certification costs: $200 
  • Ongoing certification costs: $18,000 

You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award.

Master's Degree Option

Our partner St. Mary's University offers a master's program, but it requires additional coursework. Most corps members complete their master's degree in the year following their two-year commitment.

TFA Training

The summer before you begin teaching, Teach For America hosts a five-week training session in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Costs to expect at our training are travel, professional attire, and school supplies.

Once you begin teaching, our coaches—we call them Managers of Teacher Leadership Development—will support you during your time in the corps.