Make an impact on students and schools by seeking a teaching job in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Twin Cities.
Are you searching for a teaching position in the Twin Cities?
Consider Teach For America (TFA), which offers a unique opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives and serve the community in the Twin Cities.
Teach For America’s Approach
TFA recruits outstanding leaders from all backgrounds and career sectors—new graduates, people who have previously worked in education, and people transitioning to a new career—to become “corps members.”
TFA’s corps members commit to teaching for two years, in the districts and schools most impacted by educational inequity. Corps members are full-time, 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 St. Mary's University School of Education, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in the Twin Cities, 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 the Twin Cities
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 $30,000 to $40,000 for new teachers in Twin Cities.
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 the Twin Cities.
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
Corps members in the Twin Cities earn their certification and master's through St. Mary's University - Twin Cities. The master’s program requires additional coursework beyond what’s needed to get certified. Most corps members complete their master's degree in the year following their two-year commitment.
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. Learn more about certification and training in the Twin Cities.
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 Twin Cities support staff. Learn more about life after the corps.
Graduating teachers returning to the classroom in 2018
Alumni serving as principals
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 TFA’s placement process.
Make an Impact in the Twin Cities
Teach For America Twin Cities recently celebrated 10 years working alongside partners in the region to create opportunities for students in underserved communities within St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The Twin Cities region has a big goal: putting 7,000 students per year from low-income areas on the pathway to college by 2022. Are you interested in working to improve educational equity in the region?
As a corps member you’ll join a passionate community of alumni and corps members all united in working to transform our education system in classrooms, schools, and throughout communities. As part of TFA Twin Cities, you’ll work to meaningfully expand opportunities for students, using your background and leadership skills to drive students to academic success and transform lives.