Teaching Here

Why Choose Kansas City?

A young white woman helps an African American high school student with an algebra lesson.
Katy Kenyon (Kansas City, '13)

I know people who work in almost every school in Kansas City. I know the major organizations that are supporting education outside the walls of the school. Things like Shark Tank aren’t happening in big cities. Kansas City provides the perfect storm of really innovative things happening for education and ultimately our kids benefit hugely from the fact that our teachers are tapped into the community.

A young African American male teacher helps a student with a lesson.
David Persley (Kansas City '14)

The continuity between our program (TFA) and the community here in Kansas City is really the key aspect to making this a meaningful, tangible and connected experience for all corps members.

What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $30,000 - $42,000.




University of Missouri – Saint Louis (Optional two year program)


Two years

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Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • What type of certificate does Missouri offer?
  • Does Missouri offer emergency certificate?
  • I have a bachelor's degree. Can I teach?
  • Will you accept my transcripts without a degree conferral date?
  • What are the routes to be certified?
  • If I attain certification by completing the subject area examination, do I still have to complete any professional development?
  • What are the acceptable degree majors?
  • Would past legal troubles prevent me from becoming certified?
  • Do I have to apply for a temporary certificate or can I apply initially for a professional certificate?
  • My overall GPA is below a 2.5. Can I still be certified?
  • What is the fee for certification?

Certification is offered for all K - 12th grade teachers through the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Certification cost is approximately $9,000 and the Master’s program costs $11,000.

  • Four-year Initial Professional Certificate (IPC)
  • Lifetime Career Continuous Professional Certificate (CCPC)




If you can be certified, you may be eligible to teach. A bachelor's degree alone does not make you eligible for employment. You must have at least a bachelor's degree and be eligible for certification in some subject coverage and be able to pass all required background checks.


At least a bachelor's degree is required for certification. As a result, we will not accept a transcript without a degree conferral date. Two sets of official transcripts are required.


  • Acceptable degree major
  • Missouri Alternative Teacher Certification
    1. Alternative or Innovative Route
    2. Temporary Authorization Route
    3. American Board of Certification for Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) Route for certain areas
  • Doctoral Degree in a Content Area
  • Career Education Temporary Authorization Certificate


Yes, you have to complete the professional preparation coursework requirement.

Please visit Missouri State of Elementary & Secondary Education for further information.


All individuals must pre-register online for fingerprinting through the State Highway Patrol's Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS). Learn more.


You may apply for a professional certificate if you have completed all 3 examinations, professional education course work and verification of demonstration of professional education competency (PEC). If these are not completed, you should apply for a temporary certificate.


GPA is considered satisfied when an individual qualifies for initial certification by completing through a teacher education program, or has experience and certification issued by a subject area testing state. If a course-by-course evaluation is required to determine eligibility for initial certification, you must maintain a 2.5 GPA in the courses used in the evaluation.


There is no fee if you are in a teacher residency program or college/university Education program.

If you are from out of state there is a $100 fee for the teacher application.

Please keep in mind that you will also be responsible for getting fingerprinted as a requirement in your application process and that fee ranges from $44-$47. Learn more and register.


Placement School Locations

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Bilingual Education
  • ECE
  • ELL
  • Middle School Math
  • Middle School Science
  • High School Biology
  • High School Chemistry 
  • High School Math
  • High School Physics 
  • Spanish 
  • Special Education 

Neighborhood Tour

  • Downtown
  • Westport/Country Club Plaza
  • Crossroads Arts District
  • The East Side
A panoramic view of historic brick buildings, stadiums and modern skyscrapers in Kansas City, MO.

This area is at the north end of the district and includes the neighborhoods of the River Market, Quality Hill, Library District, Crossroads District, Power & Light, Crown Center & Union Hill, and Hospital Hill & Longfellow. Booming with new development, the downtown area provides easy access to the airport and Highway 35. The Power & Light District has entertainment at night anchored by the Sprint Center.

A street corner with historic brick buildings, small businesses and, restaurants.

Westport, Kansas City's original entertainment district, boasts a rich history as the oldest established community in Kansas City. 
Westport is a fusion of local eateries, fashionable boutiques and hot night-spots compounded with remnants of the neighborhood's historic past.



The Country Club Plaza, which opened in 1923, was the world's first drive-in shopping center. This Spanish-style 14-block shopping district is filled with High-end stores, friendly restaurants and several of Kansas City's signature fountains (including one modeled after a 13th-century fountain in Seville).


An empty nightclub with a tall ceiling, tables and chairs, and a neon sign in the shape of cowgirls.

The Crossroads Arts District lives up to its name by showcasing more than 150 galleries and artists' studios, as well as 60 restaurants and 40 shops. The neighborhood atmosphere and plenty of dining options makes this a great place to spend a few hours.

Kansas City’s East Side area is East of Troost Avenue, running from the northern boundary of the Missouri River south to about 95th Street. Historically, Troost served as the racial and socioeconomic boundary of Kansas City, with the East Side being home to primarily people of color.

The East Side is comprised of a multitude of residential neighborhoods, from the historic mansions of the ethnically-diverse Northeast, to the small bungalows that populate the tree-lined streets near Midtown, as well as Swope Park, which is home to both the Kansas City Zoo, Starlight Theater, several golf courses, and a nature center.


Join a Thriving Alumni Network in Kansas City


Kansas City has a thriving alumni network, with 70 percent of corps member teaching for a third year. In addition to teaching, our alumni work as district and charter school leaders, lead education policy and work for a variety of nonprofits. Learn more about our alumni network and find your next opportunity. 

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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