Teaching Here

Teaching Here

Neighborhood Spotlights

  • Oklahoma City
  • Tulsa
  • Lawton
  • Muskogee

USA Today recently ranked OKC the 3rd best place in the country for millennials.  With a low cost of living, hot housing market, relatively small traffic footprint and re-development of local neighborhoods into hubs of arts and social life, Oklahoma City is quietly one of the best places to live anywhere in the country.  The revitalized Bricktown district next door to the home of the OKC Thunder is a great place to hang out after catching a game.  

In addition to the city center, the metropolitan area spreads out to the suburbs of El Reno, Edmond, Moore and Norman. OKC is the largest metropolitan area in the state, with over 1.2 million people.  OKC Public Schools (OKCPS) is the largest and most diverse school district in the state as well, serving nearly 43,000 students, nearly 89% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Tulsa, home to nearly a million people, strikes the perfect balance between the down-to-earth Oklahoma vibe and a larger city.  Known for its exceptional philanthropic and venture capital communities, Tulsa has consistently ranked at or near the top of Forbes’ ‘Best Places for Young Entrepreneurs’ list for years and its downtown district caters especially to young professionals.

It’s also an exciting time to join the fight for educational equity in Tulsa – the city’s school district (2nd largest in the state) has made solid system-wide progress in the last few years and has a brand-new Superintendent who has unequivocally stated her commitment to closing the achievement gap in Tulsa schools. Joining her in that fight are our region’s alumni: 17 principals, assistant principals and deans, 3 administrative leaders, and dozens of teaching alumni actively engaged in leadership development.  Tulsa is also Oklahoma’s primary incubator of great charter schools – many of them founded by TFA alumni in the last several years.  

To cap it off, Tulsa has become a national model for pioneering and piloting early childhood education initiatives, of which our corps and alumni have played a role in leading. 

Lawton is Oklahoma’s 3rd largest city and home to one of the largest army bases in the country – Fort Sill.  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. 

Believe it or not Muskogee is a port city (yes, even in landlocked Oklahoma!) that sits at the crossroads of three major rivers and has been a center of trade for over a century. It is also the headquarters of the Muskogee Creek Nation – one of Oklahoma’s largest tribes. Located less than an hour from Tulsa, it is TFA – Oklahoma’s smallest placement city, and one that serves more Native students than any other.

The Community Action Project

Cost Of Living


Average salary is $33,000




University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa, John Hopkins University (online)


Possible in less than one year

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Math
  • Science
  • Pre-Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten
  • Elementary
  • Bilingual Education
  • Special Education 

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Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
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Certification Information

Common Certification Questions

How is teaching certification structured in this state/region?
Certification can be obtained after passing a content-specific test (Praxis II or OSAT) and completing all Teach For America expectations and programming.

Is a master's degree required?

Partner Universities?
We have two excellent graduate degree partnerships with universities local to both OKC & Tulsa.  These programs offer streamlined application processes for 2nd year corps members and alumni, and the requirements are a 3.0 college GPA & participation/completion of the corps experience.  There is currently no GRE requirement – though this is subject to change.

  • University of Oklahoma – (Tulsa Campus only): Masters in Educational Administration and Curriculum Studies (EACS) Cohorts start Fall/Winter semesters. Corps members are encouraged to wait to matriculate until the beginning of their 2nd year.
  • University of Central Oklahoma (OKC) – Masters in Education Administration. This is a cohort learning model in partnership with OKC Public Schools where participants will complete a set of graduate coursework with the same group of educators over the course of 2 years.


  • Johns Hopkins University – Online M.S. in Education program aligned to the Teaching As Leadership framework that TFA uses in its training and coaching


Certification can be obtained in two to three years depending on route taken. Two years for a Masters Degree (Specialized Alternative Certification - SAC); three years for the non-masters degree route (Alternative Baccalaureate Certification - ABC).