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Teach For America Houston
Teach For America Houston

Teach For America Houston


Teach For America’s (TFA) mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of the nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. For more than two decades, Teach For America has been a pacesetter for education reform in the city of Houston.The same entrepreneurial spirit that made Houston the world's energy capital has propelled efforts in education and we've been a big part of it. 

Thousands of corps members have taught in Houston’s lowest-income schools, reaching nearly 200,000 students collectively and becoming some of the city's most prominent education leaders.The city is currently home to thousands of Teach For America alumni, many of whom are still in the field of education—teaching, serving as principals, administrators, or school and district leaders. These school and district leaders—along with a cadre of alumni in other sectors and several non-profit organizations targeting educational inequity—are pushing Houston to live out its promise to transform outcomes for underserved students. TFA Houston currently work with three alternative certification partners in Houston. Placement in these certification programs is dependent on which school district you will teach. Teach For America Houston partners with John Hopkins University and Relay Graduate School of Education to offer our corps members a master's degree in the field of education.

  • College or University
  • Houston, TX

Institution Links

  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid Office
  • Online Application
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Having been a classroom teacher, I am also uniquely positioned to elevate the voices of our children, teachers, school leaders and communities toward thoughtful systemic solutions.

Tonyel Simon

Teach For America Houston


Texas Certification Licensure

  • 12 months

    Program Duration

  • In-person

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


Relevant Links


Program Info

By joining Teach For America, you will lead alongside a powerful network of 53,000 other individuals from all backgrounds and sectors. Like you, they are driven by their own ambition and passion to change our country and empower the next generation. There is no perfect fit for Teach For America. Corps members come from more than 700 universities, represent dozens of college majors and fields, and have varied experiences that contribute to their success in the classroom. What connects them all are common mind-sets, skills and work styles. Corps members' unique backgrounds make TFA diverse and give you an unparalleled opportunity to grow as a leader.

To help ease the transition from college or your current job into the corps, Teach For America offers need-based transitional funding packages to eligible corps members. You can apply for a need-based transitional funding package at the time of your final interview and again after being admitted to the corps. Details and deadlines are provided on the application. You may also be eligible for additional financial benefits and discounts. Partnerships with AmeriCorps, education-related companies and private retailers make these incentives possible for Teach For America corps members and alumni. As a Teach For America corps member, you will be a full-time, salaried employee of your school district or charter school. Your salary and benefits will be the same as other beginning teachers working for the same employer. Starting salaries in Teach For America – Houston range from $51,000-$53,000. Teach For America's certification program takes one year and costs $4,500-$5,000, which is automatically deducted from first-year teaching salaries.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadlines

    Program Start

  • Oct. 16, 2023

  • Dec. 03, 2023

  • Jan. 28, 2024

  • Mar. 04, 2024

  • Mar. 04, 2024

  • Apr. 08, 2024


Application Fee & Annual Tuition

Learn how to get$100 Back
and apply for a$1000 Scholarship

  • $5,500

    In State Tuition

  • $0

    Application Fee

Ways to Lower Your Costs

No cost offsets reported by Teach For America Houston at this time.Check outExplore Financial Aidto find other scholarships and other financial support in Houston.


Core Subjects (4-8)
Core Subjects (Birth-6)
English Language Arts and Reading (4-8)
English Language Arts and Reading (7-12)
Mathematics (4-8)
Mathematics (7-12)
Science (4-8)
Science (7-12)

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

Program Hallmarks


  • American Indian or Alaskan Native

  • Asian

  • Black

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

  • White

  • Two or more races








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