Certification can be obtained in two years by completing testing, coursework, and program requirements.
All incoming corps members must meet state testing requirements prior to starting our program in June. Maryland requires the Praxis Core Academic Skills of Educators exam OR other qualifying scores, as well as a Praxis II content exam in the area you are teaching.
During the corps experience, corps members take certification coursework through Johns Hopkins University and have the option to pursue a Master’s degree at JHU. To finance tuition, corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards and partial tuition reimbursement benefits from their district. To successfully complete our program and become eligible for professional teacher certification, corps members must meet testing, coursework, and program requirements within the two years of the program.
Johns Hopkins University.
The Charles Village neighborhood is located in North Central Baltimore, and it is home to The Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Museum of Art. These are just a few of the well-known institutions that help make Charles Village a diverse, cultural and active community. Many corps members share “painted ladies,” which are Victorian row homes named for their colorful exteriors and rich character. Other corps members live in nearby apartment complexes. These housing communities are within walking distance of Charles Village’s quirky selection of locally owned stores, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.
Ninety percent of TFA Baltimore alumni work in roles impacting education or low-income communities, and many of them are social entrepreneurs involved in critical efforts to end educational inequity.
Three such alumni are at the helm of an organization that is helping Baltimore’s students become the city’s next healthcare leaders: Tyler Mains and Mark Wilcox, 2009 alumni, and Shyam Gadwal, a 2006 alumnus.
The inspiration for Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (MERIT) came four years ago when Tyler Mains was a 2009 corps member teaching high school biology. Darren, one of Mains’ students who began his biology class behind academically, made great progress and decided he wanted to become a doctor. That same year, Mains also taught a student struggling to manage his diabetes without access to a primary care physician.
“Our theory of change is to identify students from low-income communities, equip them with skills they need to become health care providers, and ultimately invest them in becoming positive change agents who will ensure all communities have access to high-quality health-care,” Mains says.
With academic enrichment, college admissions guidance, paid internships in hospitals and laboratories, and mentoring, 100 percent of MERIT scholars have been accepted into four-year universities in the past two years, many with full-ride scholarships.
“As our students grow and study health outcomes that communities face from a lot of different angles, I think they’ll be incredible proponents of change,” Wilcox says.