Teaching Here

Why Choose Milwaukee?

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Isral Debruin (Milwaukee '10)

From the beginning, Milwaukee’s corps culture has been about making this place home. As a result, a lot of people choose to stick around after their two-year commitment and make Milwaukee the place where they continue to fight for justice. That has created a strong alumni community that is making a continued impact for kids at every level.

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Djae Borja (Milwaukee '14)

I love the opportunities here in Milwaukee. It is a city that surprises me with new things to do with down to earth people. It's the people and the energy that make Milwaukee a great place to be...The corps culture is open minded, innovative, creative, and most importantly, accepting in diverse conversations that push one's own thinking in the work of education.

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Tianna McCullough (Milwaukee '09)

Teaching and leading in Milwaukee positions you towards opportunities to make an impact in the lives of students and families who are most in need of a quality education. The city needs great thinkers and leaders to make it a premier city for ALL people. Statistics show that our city is failing in many critical areas; we need great people to lead the charge as we have nowhere to go but up.

What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $30,000 - $41,000.




Alverno College


Two years

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • University Partners & Enrollment
  • Certification Costs

What is does the graduate teaching certification program look like?

Through TFA Milwaukee's partnership with Alverno College, all previously uncertified TFA corps members enroll in a two-year certification program so they are on track to obtaining their teaching certification by the end of their corps commitment. You will work towards your certification while teaching and have the option of working towards a master’s degree. 

Who needs to enroll in a graduate teaching certification program?

All previously uncertified corps members will enroll in the two-year teaching certification program through Alverno College for a reduced price. The state of Wisconsin permits uncertified teachers to teach in a classroom so long as they are earning credits towards certification through an educator preparation program. 

If you already have your teaching certification, you have the option of enrolling in a master's program through Alverno College based on your teaching area. You will need to work directly with the university admissions' office to determine your course load and track. 

Teach For America Milwaukee partners with Alverno College to certify all corps members.

How much does tuition cost, and how do corps members pay for tuition?  

Your cost for certification will range from $9,200 to $11,600. If you are eligible, you can apply your AmeriCorps award to your program tuition. You also have the option of receiving your Master's of Arts in Education from Alverno College.

Corps members will be responsible for financing their certification program. Our university partner provides financial aid packets for all of their students, which they will discuss during the beginning of the year orientation.

Here is a tentative estimate of Certification program costs over the entire two-year program (please note that these estimates are not final):


Cost of Certification Only

Cost of Certification + Master's Degree (Optional)

Early Childhood






Special Education



Secondary (all subjects)



Bilingual (plus General Education)


TBD (nominal assessment fees)

Placement School Locations

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Early Childhood (grades K4-K5)
  • Elementary (grades 1-8)
  • High School English
  • High School Math
  • High School Science
  • High School Spanish
  • Special Education (grades K-12)

Neighborhood Highlight

Alumni Spotlights

Milwaukee 2011
Student at The Montessori Institute of Milwaukee
"There are so many amazing organizations that frequently team up to improve the lives and educations of the children in our city. TFA Milwaukee partners with many to connect corps members with those organizations. Even though we have public, charter, and choice schools in our city, there is lots of cross-sector collaboration between teachers and administrators from schools across the city."
Milwaukee 2013
Educator, Milwaukee Public Schools
"Milwaukee really comes together in regards to the educational future of our scholars. I’ve had the pleasure of working at a school that was able to utilize the cooperation of public and private educational sectors, the corporate sectors, non-profit organizations and the compassion of the community, through volunteerism, to contribute to the educational success of the scholars. We have a fundamental understanding that when kids win we all win."

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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