Teaching Here

Teaching Here

Why Choose Phoenix?

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Meredith Schulte (Phoenix '14)

There are so many ways to get involved in this community and so many area of community development to support and work with.

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Sarah Isaac (Phoenix '14)

I love living in Phoenix because of the amazing culture, the abundance of community resources, and the community that has been built with families and students.

What You Need to Know


Average salary is between $30,000 - $38,000




Arizona State University


Possible in two - three years

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • What are the basic requirements to become a certified teacher in Arizona?
  • Do I need to enroll in a certification program during my two year commitment?
  • Will I receive a full salary and benefits while on the Arizona Intern Teaching Certificate?
  • Can I get a Master’s in Education during my two years in the corps?
  • Is there a non-Master’s option for obtaining certification?

Unless you already have a valid teaching certificate, you will apply for the Arizona Intern Teaching Certificate. There are five requirements needed to apply for this certificate*:


  1. Enrollment in a teacher certification program (ASU InMAC or Rio Salado TIR) 
  2. Official degree-conferred transcripts from an undergraduate institution 
  3. A passing score on an NES content exam 
  4. IVP Fingerprint card 
  5. Structured English Endorsement certificate 

*The costs for these requirements, not including certification program enrollment, range from $497-$627.

Yes. Unless you have a valid teaching certificate, corps members must enroll in either Arizona State University’s InMAC program (Master’s + certificate) or Rio Salado College’s Teacher In Residence program (certificate only). 


Yes, you will receive full salary and benefits. 


Yes, Teach For America—Phoenix partners with Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College to give corps members the opportunity to work towards a Master’s degree during their time in the corps. Through this partnership, Phoenix corps members can enroll in the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College InMAC program, take in-person classes once a week, and receive in-state tuition. 

*In-state tuition costs approximately $25,000 for the two year program. Corps members can apply their AmeriCorps grant (~$11,000) to this tuition.

**ASU InMAC program requires a minimum 3.0 GPA for admission

Yes, corps members can choose to enroll in a certification-only program through the Rio Salado College Teacher In-Residence (TIR) program. The TIR program allows corps members to work at their own pace, through online classes towards full certification.  

*Tuition for Rio Salado costs approximately $5,500 for the two year program. Corps members can apply their AmeriCorps grant (~$11,000) to this tuition. 

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Art/Music
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Early Childhood Education (Pre-K)
  • Elementary/General Education
  • English/Language Arts
  • General Science
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Social Studies/Government History
  • Spanish
  • Special Education

Get to Know Our Neighborhoods

  • Downtown and Central Corridor
  • East Valley
  • West Valley
  • South Phoenix
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Downtown Phoenix is home to many high-rises, businesses, art museums and it is where the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks play. ASU’s Downtown Campus has revitalized the downtown Phoenix scene with hip restaurants and fun events. The Central Corridor contains a combination of local businesses, locally owned restaurants, mom-and-pop stores and coffee shops, this area offers both historic neighborhoods and apartment living where a range of socioeconomic levels exist.

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Stretching out to include the suburbs of Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Tempe, the East Valley is quickly expanding. Mesa, is the third-largest city in Arizona and offers a dynamic educational, recreational and business environments. Tempe is the home of Arizona State University’s flagship campus and has a fun, college-town atmosphere.

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Home to a very rapidly growing population, the West Valley is home to the communities of Glendale, Avondale, and Tolleson. Glendale is home to the Arizona Cardinals Stadium and a vibrant Main Street. While the economy has eased new construction, rural areas on the far western fringes have transformed into new urban communities and housing developments.

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South Phoenix is home to a diverse neighborhood of lively restaurants and community groups. Original farmland property still remains in this area, which includes some of Phoenix’s oldest neighborhoods.

Alumni Spotlights

Phoenix 2011
Teacher Pueblo Del Sol Elementary School
Jason teaches 7th and 8th Grade Algebra and Geometry at Pueblo Del Sol Elementary School in Phoenix. He set the goal to provide algebra and geometry courses to his middle school students with the goal of AP Calculus as high school seniors.
(jason catanese)
Phoenix 2008
High School Math Teacher and Math Department Chair, New Way Academy
Without Teach for America I would have continued to live in a bubble of suburbia frustrated by the issues I knew existed but without any way to do anything about it. Teach for America has also allowed me to form friendships with incredible people who are doing amazing things all over the country.

Get to know: HEROES For Students

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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
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