Teaching Here

Why Choose Greater Cleveland?

I have partnered with a tremendous group of leaders who share a stubborn optimism that is characteristic of Clevelanders. We know the statistics, we are aware of the challenges, and we experience the problems alongside our students. But we also know that we can beat the odds, we are confident that we can be architects of equity, and we believe that by working together with our community partners we can strengthen our city. Will you help us create transformational change in Cleveland? Will you empower this city's young scholars to be the future leaders we need? Will you help bring 'One Day' to Cleveland? - Josh Adler, (Greater Cleveland, '14)
Cleveland is an exciting place to influence transformational change, right now. It is a city with plenty of opportunity for improvement and a community willing to be a part of the movement to see the improvement. Cleveland is redeveloping and as teachers we get the privilege of training the generation that will take Cleveland to the next level. - Dean Bryson (Greater Cleveland '13)

What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $35,000 - $42,000




Resident Educator License

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview

Certification Requirements

In April 2011, the State of Ohio passed a law that made it possible for Teach For America corps members to obtain a resident educator license in to teach in Ohio. According to this law, corps members need to meet the following requirements to obtain their teaching license: 

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education 
  2. Maintain a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 
  3. Pass an examination prescribed by the state board in the subject area to be taught 
  4. Successfully complete the summer training institute operated by Teach For America
  5. Maintain active membership in Teach For America.  

To be eligible for hire by our placement partners, corps members need to be considered Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT) under state law. Meeting all the components of the criteria listed above, and successfully obtaining a resident educator license, will result in qualifying you as a Highly Qualified Teacher.

Greater Cleveland corps members will need to take certification exams (determined individually according to placement assignments) in order to earn their certification. 

Master's Degree Option

By participating in the Greater Cleveland corps, you have the option to earn a Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University. This program will take two years to complete.

Placement School Locations

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Elementary
  • English Language Arts
  • Spanish
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Social Studies

Connect With Us


Our corps member support team is here to guide you through becoming a teacher, your first day in the classroom, and beyond.


Director, School Partnerships & Corps Member Onboarding
Phillip is the go-to person for incoming Cleveland corps members’ questions and a guide from acceptance to summer training.
Managing Director, CM Development
Jess leads a team of instructional coaches and manages all professional learning in the Greater Cleveland region.

Living in Greater Cleveland


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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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