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The Partnership between UMSL COE and Teach for America

The UMSL College of Education has been a University Partner with Teach For America since 2006. Teach For America has a mission “to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.”

TFA recruits outstanding recent college graduates from all backgrounds and career interests to commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Last year, over 25,000 individuals applied to join Teach for America. Approximately 175 TFA corps members are placed in the Kansas City and St. Louis regions each year. As the University Partner, UMSL provides corps members with the necessary coursework to earn teacher certification in two years. Most corps members complete additional coursework and earn a Master's degree in Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education.


Lela-Eunice Taussig 314-516-5831 STL Advisor / Instructor
Tom Stephens, Ed.D. 314-713-6922 KC Advisor / Instructor
Chanua Ross 314-516-5220 STL Senior Program Producer
Kathleen Fink, Ph.D. 314-516-5332 KC/STL Executive Director