Teaching Here

Teaching Here

Neighborhood Highlights

  • Virginia Highland
  • College Park
  • Historic West End

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.




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 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

Cost Of Living


Salaries range from $27,000 - $44,000.




Georgia State University


One or two years

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • English/ Language Arts
  • Science
  • Math
  • Spanish
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education

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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.
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Certification Information

Common Certification Questions

Certification can be earned in one to two years through Teach For America or Georgia State University. Our Teacher Leadership Development Program (an in-house certification program) is one year. Georgia State University’s certification program plus M.A.T. degree is two years and one summer.

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. There are two different options that can be pursued to meet this requirement:

  1. Teacher Certification Pathway (TCP): Our in-house alternative certification program. This option takes two years to complete and costs approximately $2,000.
  2. Georgia State University (GSU): Certification program plus M.A.T degree program takes two years and one summer to complete and costs at least $12,000. Their tuition varies slightly from year to year.


Yes, if certification is pursued through Georgia State University.

Georgia State University