Your Military Background is Needed for Teach for America!

By Craig Gilman

The You Served For America, Now Teach For America initiative aims to bring top military professionals to our nation’s highest-need schools by partnering with branches of the military and veterans’ organizations to identify candidates for the program. Former U.S. Army staff sergeant and 2009 Teach For America alumnus Shaun Murphy will lead this new initiative and has a goal of tripling the number of military participants in the next two years.

Requirements are simply to have a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.5 GPA and U.S. citizenship. There is no need to possess an initial teaching certificate, as successful participation in Teach for America is designed to lead to teacher certification. There are ample opportunities to receive financial assistance and benefits both through the program and as a result of participating in it. There is a required two-year commitment for those who join the program.

The deadline for application for 2013 is quickly approaching; February 15th, 2013. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.

“Joining Teach For America is an opportunity for veterans to put their leadership and skills to work in America’s highest-need communities while meeting their desire to continue to serve our nation,” Murphy said. “Teach For America is committed to making this path a reality through continued investment in the initiative and prioritization of partnerships across the U.S. Armed Forces community.”

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today more than 10,000 corps members are teaching in 46 urban and rural regions across the country, while nearly 28,000 alumni are working across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education.

American Military University students considering this alternative path to the classroom should contact Craig Gilman (cgilman@apus.edu).

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