Teaching Here

Why Choose Arkansas?

Maggie Hess - 2015 Corps Member

Every day I have the chance to learn something new about my small, Southern town and the people who live here in a way that shows I'm new but I'm welcome."

Adrian Dhanaraj - 2013 Corps Member

…I’ve had the opportunity to get to know students who are some incredible human beings, and I’ve been able to share with them [what] I know about being able to get ahead in a world that has been unjustly set up to oppress them. … These young people overcome incredible odds to bravely pursue their education each day, and it is a privilege to be a part of their pursuit.”

Seon Britton Arkansas - 2013 Corps Member

My passion has not just led me to a career path, but a life path. Waking up every morning to be in a classroom in which I learn as much as my students continues to ignite the fire in me that will drive me to fight for the rights of others."

What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $32,000 - $36,000.




No Formal Partnerships


Two years

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • How is teaching certification structured in this state/region?
  • What costs are associated with certification?
  • Is a master's degree required?
  • I have a bachelor’s degree. Can I teach?
  • If I attain certification by completing the subject area examination, do I still have to complete any professional development?
  • What are the acceptable degree majors?

Certification will be obtained within two years through Teach For America – Arkansas. Teach For America is a state-approved route to alternative certification.

All corps members have the opportunity to become fully certified with standard five-year licensure in at least one subject during their two years, and initial licensure is dependent upon passing a series of tests that must be taken before the summer training institute. You must take and pass at least one standard teacher certification exam in the summer before you begin teaching. Upon your acceptance and confirmation into the Arkansas region, you will be given preparation materials and step-by-step directions on registering and taking your exam. This exam can be taken in various locations across the United States.

The state of Arkansas also requires corps members to participate in all of Teach For America – Arkansas’s professional development activities, as well as enroll in the nine graduate credit hours earned during the Teach For America summer training Institute.

Your certification will be obtained within two years through Teach For America – Arkansas. Teach For America is a state-approved route to alternative certification.

Your initial, two-year certification is free. Conversion to your standard five-year license at the completion of your corps commitment costs $75. Your other costs include testing and payment for background checks.

No. However, many corps members have opted to obtain a master’s degree during their corps commitment, taking advantage of both in-person and virtual programs (in-state and out-of-state), and have received degrees in a variety of fields, ranging from school leadership to history education. Some options include: Teach For America’s partnership with the Johns Hopkins Graduate School of Education, the Arkansas IMPACT Fellowship through the University of Arkansas, and the University of Central Arkansas.

A bachelor’s degree alone does not make you eligible for employment, though specific coursework is not required. You must have a minimum GPA of 2.7, clear all required background checks, and pass applicable exams.

Yes, you have to complete professional development throughout your corps commitment.

All degree majors are acceptable.

Placement School Locations

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Elementary
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English Language Arts
  • Math
  • Music (Band, Choir)
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

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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