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Explore personal considerations to help you decide if the Washington region is a good fit for you.

Endless Options in the Evergreen State

One of our favorite things about Washington state is the variety of landscapes and geography that offers endless hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. Enjoy woodsy escapes within the city at Carkeek Park and Greenlake. Or venture further to Mt. Rainier, Rattlesnake Ridge, and Mount Cleman. Take in spectacular water features at Lake Crescent, Columbia River, Palouse Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls just beyond.

This state provides an endless amount of options for lovers of the great outdoors. If you're a fan of the indoors though, Washington still does not disappoint. There are a number of engaging and informative museums, delicious food from all over the world, and a thriving arts scene.

Below are some other considerations to help you decide if the Evergreen State is the place for you.

Basic Requirements

Background Check

Once placed in the Washington region, every corps member must be fingerprinted and be able to pass background check in order to teach in any school here.

U.S. Citizenship Status

Due to the hiring restrictions of many of our partner schools, Teach For America may only admit candidates into the corps who are: U.S. citizens, Nationals, Legal permanent residents, or Deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) recipients.

Eligibility to Teach

If you are not yet certified, we use the following guidelines to determine eligibility for subject placement:

  • Elementary: requires a bachelor's degree in any subject
  • Middle School Math: requires one year of college level calculus (AP score of 3 counts on both assessments)
  • High School Math: requires candidate to have majored in math
  • Science (Middle School or High School): requires candidates to have majored in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Earth & Space Science or a similar subject.
  • ELA (Middle School or High School): requires candidate to have majored in English
  • History/Social Studies: requires candidate to have majored in History or Social Sciences (with at least half of their total earned credits to be history credits).

Transferring Your Prior Teaching Certificate

Prior teaching certificates are accepted in Washington state. For applicants who are already certified, we can accept any of the above subject placements, as well as SPED and ELL. Further information on transferring certifications to Washington can be found on the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website.