Teaching Here

What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $38,000-$49,000


Highly recommended


Formal Partnership with Loyola Marymount University.

Master's degree can be obtained in your second year of teaching in the CCV. 


Special Education: 1.5 years

All other subjects: 1 year

Earning Your Teaching Credential

  • Overview
  • Do corps members need to take all required tests before being accepted to TFA?
  • When do corps members find out how to register for exams?
  • How much do tests cost?
  • How much does the credential cost?

Credentialing Requirements

All TFA CCV corps members will be required to complete the following:

  • Take the CSET and CBEST
  • Provide degree-conferred transcripts
  • Obtain fingerprints and a Certificate of Clearance. 

Some may be required to take a US Constitution Exam and some may be required to take the NES-APK.

Additional documentation may be required by our district and/or school partners, including a TB test, background checks, or proof of vaccination.  

Master's Degree Option

We partner with two credentialing institutions that provide coursework to obtain a preliminary teaching credential after the first year. A Master’s degree may also be obtained with additional coursework at these institutions.  

Financial Aid

Corps members are eligible to enroll in AmeriCorps, which allows CMs to apply an education award towards their certification costs.

No, we ask that all TFA corps members pass all required testing prior to induction, which is typically the first week of June.

Information regarding how to sign up for exams and by when to take them is distributed shortly after notification of acceptance to TFA.

  • CSET - $207-297
  • CBEST – $102
  • US Constitution Exam - $60

Credential costs are dependent on the specific program in which a corps member is enrolled – it can range from $7,000 to $13,000. 

The Master’s program ranges from $11,000- $15,000.

Placement Overview

You may be placed in the North or South Valley of our region. In the North Valley we are concentrated in the cities of Sacramento and Stockton. In the South Valley we place in the cities of Avenal, Delano, and Lost Hills. 

Grade levels range from K through 12

  • Early Childhood Education
  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

Placement School Locations

Get to Know Our Communities

  • Avenal
  • Delano
  • Lost Hills
  • Sacramento
  • Stockton
Avenal Theatre in Avenal, CA

Avenal Theater
Photo Credit: Armona (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons


Avenal the “The Oasis in the Sun,” located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, is nestled in the Southern Valley Yokut plains also known as the South San Joaquin Valley. Agriculture is the biggest industry in Avenal. Avenal hosts a farmers market every Saturday until September. The Avenal Theatre and Floyd Rice Park where the Avenal Recreation Center is located, is just off of Skyline Blvd.

Population & Schools

Avenal is a diverse community with over 70 percent of residents identifying as Latinx/Hispanic. Avenal has a total of nine schools in its district, including West Hills College Coalinga, located in Coalinga, about 18 miles northwest of Avenal.

  • 3 Elementary schools
  • 1 Middle school
  • 1 High school
  • 2 Continuation schools
  • 1 Adult school

Things To Do

  • Avenal has many parks that are ADA accessible and are equipped with grills, parking, restrooms, tables, a playground, a basketball court, picnic tables and shelters, water, etc.
  • Community Events at Floyd Rice Park include: Movie night under the Stars, Kids Day, Concerts, Day of the Family, Safe & Sane Halloween
  • Avenal Sports Complex (recreational soccer fields, two softball diamonds, three pavilions, playground equipment, an exercise course, horseshoe pits, restrooms, and a concession stand. It is utilized for tournaments, clinics, sports programs, the annual Fireworks Show, and private parties. This facility is ADA accessible.)
  • Avenal Theater
  • Recreation Center
  • Avenal Museum
  • Library
  • Local restaurants
Cesar Chavez speaking at a 1974 United Farm Workers rally in Delano, California.

Cesar Chavez speaking at a 1974 United Farm Workers rally in Delano, CA.
Photo Credit: Joel Levine, via Wikimedia Commons


Delano has a rich history of farm worker organizing and was the hub of the Chicana/Chicano political movement in the 1950s and 60s. Labor strikes led by Cesar Chavez and others laid the groundwork for agricultural workers rights for decades to come. Today, 38 percent of Avenal residents are occupied in agriculture which ranks Delano in the top 101 cities with the most people employed in agriculture.

Population & Schools

Delano has a diverse population where 76 percent of its residents speak a language other than English at home. Over 70 percent of residents identify as Latinx/Hispanic.

Delano has two school districts, which operate the following schools:

  • 8 Elementary schools
  • 3 Middle schools
  • 3 Comprehensive high schools
  • 2 Alternative high schools

Things To Do:

Delano's rich cultural heritage and community pride are displayed at the many annual events including:

  • Cinco De Mayo Fiesta (May)
  • Philippine Weekend (July) 
  • September 16th Celebration
  • Harvest Holidays (October)
  • Annual Christmas Parade
  • Delano offers a variety of youth activities including:
  • Soccer, Swimming
  • Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball
  • Summer Sports and Activity Academy
Delano offers a variety of youth activities including:
  • Soccer, Swimming
  • Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball
  • Summer Sports and Activity Academy
Aerial photo of the California Aqueduct

Areal view of the California Aqueduct.
Photo credit: Ikluft (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons.


Lost Hills is in the east bank of the California Aqueduct and near the I-5 interstate. Lost Hills is a small town of approximately 2,500 people. The city has been undergoing many structural changes as has added elements of infrastructure, a community park, a new school, and housing developments. 

Population & Schools

The community of Lost Hills is over 95 percent Latinx/Hispanic. Lost Hills has two schools in its district:

  • Lost Hills Elementary School
  • A.M. Thomas Middle School.

For high school most students go to the neighboring town of Wasco and attend Wasco Union High School. 

Things To Do

  • Lost Hills Park
  • Carrizo Plain National Monument
  • Bakersfield Escape Room
  • Buttonwillow Raceway Park
California's State Capital Building

California's State Capital Building.
Photo credit: Sascha Brück (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons


Known as “The City of Trees” and our capital city, Sacramento is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Government and transportation are the largest sectors of employment in the area. Agriculture and mining—while still important in the region—have been surpassed by information, technology service, leisure and hospitality, education, health service, and construction. 

Population & Schools

Roughly 62 percent of Sacramento residents identify as people of color. In Sacramento only 37 percent of our children read on grade level by the end of the third grade. Twenty-two percent of our residents are on or below the poverty line. 

Things To Do

  • Visit one of the many art or history museums Sacramento has to offer
  • Visit Sutter’s Fort
  • Sacramento Zoo
  • Tour the State Capitol
  • Cheer on the Sacramento Kings, our NBA team
  • Go to a Sac Republic Soccer game
  • Explore any of the parks in the city
  • Attend the vibrant social scene at Second Saturdays
Downtown Stockton, California

Downtown Stockton's waterfront.
Photo credit: LPS.1 (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons


“California’s Sunrise Seaport” Stockton is one of the richest agricultural and dairy regions in California. Although Stockton is surrounded by farms and vineyards, it is currently the 13th largest city in California with a population of more than 290,000 residents. Stockton is just a drive away from many of California’s attractions. San Francisco, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and numerous bodies of water are just a short drive away. U.S. News ranked Stockton as #98 of the top metro areas to live in the United States.

Population & Schools

The majority of Stockton’s residents identify as people of color, with roughly 40 percent Latinx/Hispanic, 23 percent AAPI, 12 percent African-American, and 1 percent American Indian or Alaska Native.

Things To Do:

  • Stockton’s World-Famous Asparagus Festival 
  • The historic Bob Hope Theatre (formerly Fox Theatre) in downtown Stockton
  • Visit many of Stockton’s museums
  • Micke Grove Zoo
  • Japanese Garden

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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.
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