Teach For America invites outstanding recent college graduates and professionals from all fields to join a national corps of teachers willing to commit two years to serve in high-need urban and rural public schools. Corps members train to meet the needs of local children and develop leadership skills to take on challenges in any setting. Members receive a full salary, benefits, student loan assistance, and future graduate school and employment opportunities.
In 2006, Arizona State University and Teach For America–Phoenix created a partnership that advances Teach For America recruitment, alumni leadership, and corps member support and development. The ASU–TFA partnership, which extends throughout the university, is headquartered in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.
Teach For America recruitment
An ASU–Teach For America collaboration increases the number of ASU graduates serving in the corps in Phoenix and around the nation. Each year, top ASU seniors receive letters encouraging them to apply to the corps and take advantage of support from President Michael Crow's office. The collaboration also includes a team comprising key stakeholders from ASU and Teach For America that meets regularly to discuss the recruitment of students into the corps and additional avenues for partnership.
Teach For America's ASU Recruitment Manager regularly meets with interested undergraduate and graduate students from ASU to share more about the corps and support them throughout the application process.
The Teach For America–Phoenix Pre-Service takes place in Phoenix-area elementary, and secondary schools. MLFTC instructors co-teach with the Teach For America staff, providing new corps members with the skills to become successful teachers in urban and rural schools.
Teacher support and development
Teach For America–Phoenix corps members are encouraged to consider ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to get the coursework needed to obtain teacher certification. The college tailors these programs to the unique and valuable experience of corps members. All courses are delivered remotely to meet the needs of working professionals.
- MEd Elementary Education (teacher certification)
- MEd Secondary Education (teacher certification)
- MEd Special Education (teacher certification)
- Teacher Certification graduate certificate
All of these programs qualify for the Arizona Teachers Academy at ASU tuition scholarship for students who commit to teaching in Arizona after graduation.
Teach For America–Phoenix and ASU are dedicated to retaining Teach For America alumni in Arizona and attracting corps alumni from across the country to take on leadership roles as advocates for children in this state. Since 2007 ASU has offered five fellowships annually to Teach For America alumni, enabling them to pursue graduate degrees in educational leadership from Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.
Application Process for Fellowship Candidates
- ASAP: Complete “Intent to apply” form to ensure you receive timely and most updated communications about the process.
- Fall 2024 Information sessions and application materials for the 2024-2025 school year will be available by August 2024. Please contact Carminia Muñoz (email@example.com) with any questions.
- What to expect: - Application materials include resume, letter of intent, school-based scenarios responses and two letters of recommendation.
- The selection committee reviews applications and selects up to ten finalists to interview. The selection committee will include representatives from Arizona State University, Teach For America, and current or recent school administrators.
- From the group of finalists selected, five candidates are notified that they have been selected to receive the award.
Teach For America
Alumni School Leadership Fellowship: Carminia Muñoz, Carminia.Munoz@teachforamerica.org
All other inquiries: TeachForAmericaPhoenix@teachforamerica.org
ASU–Teach For America partnership
Elizabeth Frias, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Instructor, firstname.lastname@example.org