What You Need to Know
Earning Your Teaching Credential
- Do corps members need to take all required tests before being accepted to TFA?
- When do corps members find out how to register for exams?
- How much do tests cost?
- How much does the credential cost?
All TFA CCV corps members will be required to complete the following:
- Take the CSET and CBEST
- Provide degree-conferred transcripts
- Obtain fingerprints and a Certificate of Clearance.
Some may be required to take a US Constitution Exam and some may be required to take the NES-APK.
Additional documentation may be required by our district and/or school partners, including a TB test, background checks, or proof of vaccination.
Master's Degree Option
We partner with two credentialing institutions that provide coursework to obtain a preliminary teaching credential after the first year. A Master’s degree may also be obtained with additional coursework at these institutions.
Corps members are eligible to enroll in AmeriCorps, which allows CMs to apply an education award towards their certification costs.
No, we ask that all TFA corps members pass all required testing prior to induction, which is typically the first week of June.
Information regarding how to sign up for exams and by when to take them is distributed shortly after notification of acceptance to TFA.
- CSET - $207-297
- CBEST – $102
- US Constitution Exam - $60
Credential and Master’s degree costs are dependent on the specific program in which a corps member is enrolled – it can range from $7,000 to $13,000.
Placement School Locations
Subjects And Grade Levels
TFA CCV Corps members could be placed in a school in Sacramento or in Stockton. We typically focus on South Stockton and feeder patterns surrounding Oak Park, South Sacramento, Del Paso Heights, and Natomas in Sacramento.
Grade levels range from K through 12
- Early Childhood Education
- Special Education
- Social Studies
Oak Park is incredibly diverse, has a strong sense of community, and is home to the McGeorge School of Law and the UC Davis Medical Center. The neighborhood offers many parks, which host community events regularly, and a number of community-based groups and organizations.
Affordable single-family homes abound and it is conveniently located close to Downtown and central Sacramento, where many of our school partners and districts are located.
Walk 4 Literacy
The ability to read by the end of third grade is one of the most important keys to a student’s success. Studies show that students who don’t achieve this important milestone are far less likely to graduate from high school and develop the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. Right now, only one in three of our third graders are reading at grade level and the literacy crisis in Sacramento threatens to drastically impact this generation of children, their future and the future of our city. Solving this problem requires bold action, public awareness and strong community collaboration.
In 2014 Teach For America partnered with the Sacramento Public Library Foundation and 916 ink to host Sacramento’s first ever Walk 4 Literacy. The event was designed to help increase public awareness and raise money to support non-profits in the region working to improve early literacy. The inaugural Walk 4 Literacy drew nearly 1,000 walkers and raised $10,000, all of which was granted to local programs positively impacting children’s literacy in our community.
The second annual Walk 4 Literacy is happening on Saturday, October 17th with a goal of engaging 4,000 community members and raising $40,000. We are proud to work in partnership with our community to elevate awareness of the literacy crisis, increase support for literacy programs and ensure all of our children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.