What You Need to Know
Why Choose San Antonio?
Becoming Certified to Teach
- Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
- Is a master's degree required?
- Which universities do you partner with?
Our corps members earn Texas teacher certification after one year through The Teacher Orientation and Preparation Program (TOPP). TOPP is a State Board of Educator Certification-approved alternative route to teacher certification coordinated by Education Service Center, Region 20. Certification is given after corps members complete the following:
- Pass the TExES certification content exam
- Pass the TExES certification pedagogy exam
- Complete Teach For America's Summer Institute
- Complete training on classroom management, instructional design and delivery, motivational techniques, and student learning modalities
- Finish one full year of probationary teaching with demonstrated skills in instruction, planning, assessment, and reflection
There are no formal partnerships within our region at this time.
Placement School Locations
Subjects And Grade Levels
- Early Childhood
- Bilingual elementary
- Math (middle school, algebra, pre-calc, calculus, interventions)
- Science (middle school, biology, chemistry, physics)
- Social Studies (middle school, government, economics, world history, geography)
- Special Education
- English as a second language
In the mid-1800s, San Antonio’s King William District, a part of Southtown, was a largely immigrant German community. Later it became a fashionable neighborhood of stately homes and shade trees, and still later experienced a decline. Today's King William District is often described in contradictions: old and new, traditional and hip. What was once an elegant 19th century neighborhood left to decay has been revitalized with new art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Corps members living in the King William District often share historic single family houses or apartments in one of the nearby complexes.
Get to Know SA2020
SA2020 is a community-wide initiative aimed at transforming San Antonio into one of America’s most exceptional cities by 2020. The initiative's education goal is to orchestrate one of the greatest turnarounds in education in the United States. And Teach For America - San Antonio is proud to be collaborating with other community organizations to achieve that.
Through one of our SA2020 partners, Cafe College, corps members connect their students with staff who can help them navigate college applications, student loan requests, and other forms. Corps members also help out at Cafe College events by providing Spanish translation.
Corps members teaching middle and high school are also avid users of our SA2020 partner GenTX, which also provides college guidance. Through SA2020, Teach For America has partnered with The University of Texas - San Antonio to allow a cohort of corps members to obtain their master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies.