Teaching in Oklahoma Through Teach for America

The following are requirements for teaching in Oklahoma through the Teach for America organization.

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.

How do I apply with Teach for America?

For more information on how to apply, refer to the Teach for America Web site.

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 will need to:

Recent certification or dual fingerprinting (background check) needed, unless you are already certified in Oklahoma. For the most up to date information refer to Fingerprints/Background Checks Information.

Certificate Issuance

Course work and mentoring are provided by Teach for America. An Oklahoma standard certificate will be issued (valid for 5 years) when:

  • course work and mentoring are completed,
  • completing an application to the Oklahoma State Department of Education and
  • paying the $50 processing fee


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Last updated on January 26, 2023