Teaching Here

Teaching Here


What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $42,000 - $45,000 (Pre-K Corps Members - $30,000)




Georgia State University (TFA partnership option)


The state of Georgia has Tiered Certification. Renewable teaching certification can be acquired upon successful completion of your teacher certification program. Programs typically take 1-2 years to complete.

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • Where do you place corps members?
  • Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
  • Is a master's degree required?
  • Which universities do you partner with?

Georgia’s certifying body, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC), requires that all teachers who do not yet have a teaching certificate be enrolled and in good standing within a Georgia-approved certification program. Currently, certification programs in Georgia are completed over the course of your two year commitment as a corps member. Depending on the program, certification can cost approximately $5,000 to $15,000. 

  • Atlanta Public Schools - 18%
  • Fulton County Schools - 35%
  • Clayton County Schools - 44%
  • Charter Schools - 3%

Yes, if certification is pursued through Georgia State University.


Georgia State University.

Placement School Locations

School Level & Subject Placements

School Level Placements

  • 45% - Elementary School 
  • 30% - Middle School 
  • 25% - High School 

Neighborhood Highlights

  • Virginia Highland
  • College Park
  • West End Historic District

Virginia Highland

Tucked away just east of Midtown is Virginia Highland, a meandering collection of restaurants, shops, and quaint residential streets that many of our corps members call home. A historic neighborhood originally established as an early 20th century "streetcar suburb," the area gets its name from the two avenues that intersect at its core. Popular for dining, shopping, and socializing, Virginia Highland also boasts several parks, including the recently expanded Piedmont Park. Corps members living in Atlanta find that while the Highlands really light up on the weekends, it's also a great spot for a midweek break in the form of team trivia or a sharing a drink at one of the many local cafes and bars.


College Park

Situated 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta and home to the world’s busiest airport is College Park. It also has Georgia's second largest convention center, an eclectic mix of great restaurants, and beautiful historic homes, and all just minutes from downtown Atlanta. This historic community offers the amenities and conveniences of a big city combined with the charm of a small southern town. Many corps members call College Park home, as it’s conveniently located near several of our placement schools.

West End Historic District

West End Historic District is located in the southwest section of Atlanta and is bounded by Interstate 20 to the north. From humble trolley stop and railroad beginnings, the West End has grown into a vibrant community and is where the Atlanta BeltLine, the 33-mile trail system, first became a reality. It’s also home to the West Hunter Street Baptist Church, which has been one of Atlanta's leading black churches for decades and since 1961 was led, until his death, by the Reverend Ralph David Abernathy, a close friend and confidante of Martin Luther King, Jr., who participated in most of the civil rights campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s. West End, as its name suggests (named after London's theater), is also a mecca for artists and was chosen by Creative Loafing in 2010 as Best Neighborhood For Artists. In recent years there has been a resurgence of pride and interest by West End residents. In 1974, they formed the West End Neighborhood Development, Inc. to improve the socioeconomic position of the community and its residents, and increase interest and awareness of the historic neighborhood. As West End was once described as one of Atlanta's most socially diverse and culturally rich communities, it is again returning to the tradition of its past.


Community Spotlight

Teach For America - Metro Atlanta has partnered with The Woodward Fund and Brookview Elementary School to create a proof-point of impact through robust and thoughtful partnership across a community. Together, we will work to dramatically increase the literacy levels of early learners (grades pre-K through three) at Brookview Elementary, setting them on a course of high achievement throughout their school careers. Read more.

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What's Left Over
Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
One Time Summer Start Up Costs
Estimated Start Up and Certification Costs