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
  • In order to be certified in a K through 12 classroom in Missouri or Kansas, what steps do I need to complete?
  • If I already hold a teaching license or certificate, can I transfer my license to Missouri and Kansas?
  • Can I complete my Master's during my two year corps experience?

Certification is offered for all K - 12th grade teachers through the University of Missouri at St. Louis for those serving in Missouri. For those serving in Kansas, certification is offered through Pittsburg State. Certification cost is approximately $9,000 and to complete the additional Master’s program requirements, the costs are around $2000. Total costs for certification and Master's is around $11,000. 

In order to be certified in a K-12 classroom in Missouri or Kansas, you need to take and pass the appropriate content exam as well as enrolling and completing University certification coursework. If you are traditionally certified, you will not be required to complete the University certification coursework. 

Some of our early childhood corps members are not required to enroll and complete in University certification coursework. 

All corps members will be required to submit their official transcript, showing their graduation completion date. 

Yes, if you hold a teaching license or certificate, you will need to transfer it to Missouri or Kansas, depending on your service location. 


Completion of the Master's coursework depends on personal course preferences, competing priorities and your subject placement. It is possible to earn your Master's degree at the end of your two year commitment however some corps members choose to space their classes out and continue taking courses in their third year of teaching.  

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.
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