Teaching Here

Why Choose Oklahoma City?

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Shawna Taets (Oklahoma ‘14)

Oklahoma City is always happy that you are here--I feel entirely welcomed by this community and the people within it, and they are so invested in building up this city and making it great.

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Brandon Wold (Oklahoma ‘14)

If you want to go somewhere where you can have an immediate impact on what's going on around you, Oklahoma City is the place to be.

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Noah Sandoval (Oklahoma City '14)

I have decided to continue to teach in Lawton, Oklahoma because in this fight for educational equity—in this fight for my kids, their families, and this community—two years isn't enough. Two years is just the beginning.

What You Need to Know

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Average salary is $33,000

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Required

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  • University of Oklahoma (O.U.) (Hybrid program)
  • John’s Hopkins (Online)
  • University of Central Oklahoma (Face-to-face)
  • Cameron University (Format varies)

See below for details about each program.

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Possible in two years

Becoming Certified to Teach

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  • Overview
  • Is a Master's degree required?
  • Which universities does TFA Oklahoma City partner with?

Program Requirements

To become certified to teach in Oklahoma, corps members must pass two content-specific tests (Praxis II and OSAT) and complete all development and certification requirements with Teach For America Oklahoma City. It is the corps member’s responsibility to pay for these exams as well as to prepare enough to pass them. Certification can be obtained in two years

Master's Degree Options

After their first year of teaching, corps members can begin a Master’s Degree with one of the universities partnered with TFA OKC. Expand below to see specific options and program offerings.

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University of Oklahoma (O.U.) – Norman Campus (Hybrid online/face-to-face class model)

  • Masters in Educational Administration and Curriculum Studies (EACS)

Additional partnership benefits:

  • Streamlined application processes for second-year corps members and alumni
  • No GRE requirement (subject to change)
  • Admission fee waiver
  • Granted in-state tuition cost

Johns Hopkins University (Online)

The program with JHU is designed specifically for Teach For America corps members currently in the corps.

  • Master’s Degree in Education Studies with a focus on Teaching Leadership or Policy

University of Central Oklahoma (Face-to-face)

 Located nearby in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Cameron University (Format Varies)

Located in Lawton Oklahoma. Offers three different tracks:

  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Education
  • Master of Education in Reading

Placement School Locations

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Elementary
  • English
  • Math
  • Science

Neighborhood Spotlights

As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, Oklahoma City is never short on post work entertainment and destinations. Many corps members, alumni, and staff naturally gravitate toward the diverse set of districts in and around the city, finding places to hang out, unwind, and connect with people in the community. Here are just a few of the places we love in Oklahoma City.

  • Midtown OKC
  • Plaza District
  • Lawton
  • Paseo Arts District
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Located just north of the central business in downtown Oklahoma City, Midtown is home to some of the city’s most distinct shopping, restaurants, bars, and professional services. If that isn’t enough for you, Midtown also hosts the largest food truck park in the United States with H&8th Night Market.

 

Formerly an end-stop on the Oklahoma City trolley system, the Plaza District first appeared on the city’s map in the 1920s as a commercial niche along 16th St. Since that time, the Plaza District has become a hub of creativity and haven for local business. James Cross, a ’13 Oklahoma City Alum, says,

The Plaza has been my home for three years now, and it truly feels like home. I have established great relationships with the owners/employees at local favorites like The Mule and DNA Galleries, and they always make you feel welcome. It's great to live so close to such a unique and beautiful sub-community of OKC where I can go out on a Friday and catch up on work on a Saturday at District House. 

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Lawton is Oklahoma’s third largest city and home to Fort Sill, one of the largest army bases in the country. Corps members in Lawton serve a large military family community and an area with a rich Native history. It is also the home of the Comanche, Apache & Kiowa Nations. Lawton is next door to the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, the oldest wildlife refuge in America, and one of the state’s premier playgrounds for outdoors enthusiasts.

 

Where else can you go to see 22 galleries and over 80 visual, culinary, and performing artists all within a couple blocks? The Paseo Arts District, lined in Spanish Revival architecture, has long been the destination of choice for lovers of art and entertainment.

 

Alumni Spotlight

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Houston 2005
Founding Principal, Santa Fe South The Hills
I did not join the corps with an awareness of educational inequity. My six years at my placement school made it real for me. Righting this injustice is what has kept me in the field of education for the last 10 years.

Community Spotlights

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Teach For America-Central Oklahoma believes that in partnership with family and community, we will help fuel an educational ecosystem in central Oklahoma that excels at preparing all students for 21st century leadership through a holistic K-12 learning experience, in pursuit of greater, self-determined opportunities in schooling and in life beyond the classroom. 

This directly positions CMs’ classrooms to serve as proof points of our work and mission on their campuses, demonstrating what our students are capable of, when we have strong relationships and partnerships with families and communities.   

  • Sharing Tree
  • Urban League
  • OCCC Family & Community Education Center (FACE)
  • OKC Beautiful
  • GEAR UP
  • Possibilities Incorporated

Sharing Tree is a metro-area nonprofit that serves families in need by providing a dignified shopping experience at no cost. Their facility is stocked with clothing, household items and basic necessities, laid out like a department store where visitors can “shop” year-round. Most of the goods are donated, the store is primarily staffed and stocked by volunteers, and all clients are referred by one of their partner agencies.

 

Since 1946, the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City has worked to bring social and economic equality to impoverished citizens in their community. Their mission is to assist African Americans, other minorities, and the poor achieve social and economic equality. They work to accomplish this mission through advocacy, research and program services in five major areas:

 

Located on the Southside of Oklahoma City, OCCC is a leader in serving the adult education and job readiness needs of the community's diverse members. With programming that includes computer skills training, Internet knowledge, resume writing, and job interview preparation, most of which are provided in a multitude of languages, the center continually evolves its offerings to respond to community needs. FACE also offers a host of other classes. Students who attend Oklahoma City Community College can enroll their children around their class schedule, whether it is in the mornings or the evenings. Other programs at the center will include summer camps for children in first through eighth grades; adult enrichment classes such as dance, languages, computers and music; and ACT preparation workshops

 

OKC Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the image and appearance of Oklahoma City through education, programs and community engagement. OKC Beautiful believes the appearance of our city directly impacts its economic viability as well as affecting the quality of life and self-image of its residents.

 

Oklahoma GEAR UP is a federally funded program administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. GEAR UP contains a college access information plan that targets seventh- through 12th-grade students, their parents and teachers and includes new, innovative ways of providing information about college to Oklahoma residents. Since 2011, GEAR UP has provided 24 school districts more than $6.5 million in partnership support for college access activities such as college campus tours, onsite professional development, parent events and college access student services. In 2014-15, a total of 18,980 students were served through GEAR up services. 

 

Possibilities helps people gain the skills to work together for lasting change, rather than giving away food or material aid. The result is self-reliance, rather than dependence on external aid. Possibilities Inc. partners primarily within the inner city of Oklahoma City in low to moderate income areas. Possibilities partners with people to help them identify their own hopes and dreams, and then provides training and technical assistance to make those dreams a reality.  As a result, participants determine the nature of the community change initiatives and the direction of Possibilities’. Possibilities Inc.  tackles the issues of community decline with a unique and innovative approach. They promote understanding and embraces conflict that arises from differences.  The program brings people of different social, economic, racial and generational backgrounds together to experience a truly inclusive community that openly addresses issues of power and privilege. 

 

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