Teaching Here

Why Choose St. Louis?

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Darius Rucker (St. Louis '12)

Moving to St. Louis from Florida was perfect for me. The city was not overwhelming; there were plenty of new experiences to be had and many places to create change in the local community. I am proud to have lived here for the past five years!

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Lorrie Corrder (St. Louis '14)

I wanted to work in Saint Louis because of the rich diversity of human beings living in the city. My neighbors include families who have lived in the same house for generations, transplants from across America like myself and rich mix of immigrants from Pakistan, India, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Latin America.

What You Need to Know


Average starting salary is between $34,000 - $39,000.




Optional two year program


Required two years

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • Master's Degree Options
  • Partner Universities

In St. Louis, corps members must obtain a provisional certificate, which is valid throughout their two-year teaching commitment. Provisional certificates are nonrenewable and will ultimately lead to full initial certification, received after two years.

To obtain a provisional certificate corps members are required to:

  • Take and pass the MoEGA test.
  • Enroll in a teacher certification program with our university partner.
  • Participate in our regional training program, the Summer Experience.

To obtain full initial certification, corps members will take courses at the University of Missouri-St. Louis throughout their time in the corps.

In addition to obtaining a teaching certificate, each corps member has the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in education within their two-year commitment.

Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?


Is a master's degree required?


University of Missouri – St. Louis

Placement School Locations

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • High School Science
  • High School Math
  • High School English
  • Middle School Math
  • Middle School Science
  • Middle School English/Language Arts
  • Elementary – All Subject Areas
  • Early Childhood Education
  • World Language – Spanish/French
  • Social Studies

Get to Know Our Partners

Community Spotlight

North Campus is both an organization that strives to foster a community focused on learning, and the name of an actual community centered on education. Located in north St. Louis City, North Campus includes the O’Fallon neighborhood and sections of the Penrose and College Hill neighborhoods. The organization strives to build out a pipeline of academic success from birth through college graduation by providing a college campus feel for all the children living within the three neighborhoods it serves. By providing academic tutoring, enrichment courses, vision screenings, or simply a hot meal to students within the community, North Campus builds the college environment within its neighborhoods through not only offering these special services, but also by fostering a unifying goal among residents – to learn.

Teach For America-St. Louis and North Campus have a special relationship. Two program leaders are 2012 Teach For America-St. Louis alumni, and many other alumni and corps members volunteer as after school tutors or teachers in North Campus’s summer program. Additionally, many students living in the North Campus area attend school where Teach For America places corps members. This means that throughout the day a child may be taught by a Teach For America teacher, and return home to participate in tutoring or enrichment activities that are led by others within the Teach For America community.


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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