The UMSL College of Education has been a University Partner with Teach For America since 2006. Teach For America has a mission - to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.
TFA recruits outstanding recent college graduates from all backgrounds and career interests to commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. TFA corps members are placed in the Kansas City area each year. As the University Partner, UMSL provides corps members with the necessary coursework to earn teacher certification in two years. Most corps members complete additional coursework and earn a Master's degree in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education.
- Applicants for any post-baccalaureate certification program must already hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
- Any teacher candidate aspiring to enter the Teach for America accelerated path must first pass the Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) appropriate to her or his area of certification.
- Candidates who enter the Teach for America pathway are required to hold a full time placement as teacher of record in an urban Missouri public or charter school.
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Resources for Teach For America Corps Members
The University makes available many resources on the current student page. Likewise, the College of Education makes available many resources on its Advising page. Explore these pages to maximize the help, guidance, and support you receive as a student in the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.