Teaching Here

Teaching Here

What You Need to Know


Average starting salary is $28,000 - $41,000




Marquette University, Cardinal Stritch University, Alverno College


Two years

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • 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?

Graduate School & Certification

All previously non-certified corps members will enroll in a two-year teaching certification program through our partner universities (Marquette University, Cardinal Stritch University, or Alverno College) for a reduced price. Through these programs, you will work towards your certification while teaching and have the option of working towards a master’s degree. Enrollment details and requirements of certification are typically communicated in the spring of each year, including exact tuition expenses. All quoted figures are based on the current year’s expenses.

Financial Information

Corps members will be responsible for financing their certification program. Each of our partner programs provides financial aid options for all of their students. In addition, TFA will offer graduate school grants to corps members based on need.

Current (2014-2015 school year) Certification program costs over the entire two-year program (this is before the application of the Americorps award).

Program Certification Cost Master's Degree Cost
Marquette University $15,515 $17,655
Cardinal Stritch University $17,080 $20,008
Alverno College $11,850 $16,116




  • Marquette University
  • Cardinal Stritch University
  • Alverno College

Placement School Locations

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education (grades 1-8)
  • Secondary Education (grades 6-12)
  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education (grades 1-12)
  • Bilingual Education (grades K4-8)

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Regional Expenses

Monthly Salary

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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