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  1. What is Teach for America?
  2. How do I apply with Teach for America?
  3. Can I teach in Oklahoma as a participant in the Teach for America program?

37. What is Teach for America?

Teach for America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.


38. How do I apply with Teach for America?

For more information, refer to the Teach for America Web site http://www.teachforamerica.org.


39. Can I teach in Oklahoma as a participant in the Teach for America program?

Yes. Once you are accepted into the Teach for America program, you could be assigned to teach in Oklahoma as a part of the national program pursuing a collaborative effort with Oklahoma accredited schools. Once assigned by the Teach for America program to teach in Oklahoma, you would need to:

  • Have on file with the Oklahoma State Board of Education a current clear Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and a clear Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint-based criminal history record search. Fee is $59.
  • Be issued an Oklahoma credential (valid for 2 years).

Course work and mentoring are provided by Teach for America. When course work and mentoring are completed, and after completing an application to the Oklahoma State Department of Education and paying the $50 processing fee, an Oklahoma standard certificate will be issued (valid for 5 years).

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Last updated on April 23, 2012