Teaching Here

Making a Home Here


Corps members share personal stories about moving to Greater New Orleans - Louisiana Delta to make a new home.

A group of young students posing in the classroom with their teacher.
As Dwight A. Helton, Jr., begins his second year of teaching 3rd grade in Greater New Orleans, he looks back on the road he's traveled to find his calling.
A mural showing tall buildings in New York city with students' names.
Sophie Unterman returns to the city she fell in love with as an undergrad.

What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $35,000–$45,000




Relay, and TNTP (optional 2 year program for all content areas)


Between $4,000 and $6,000 depending on your certification program

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
  • Is a master's degree required?
  • Which universities do you partner with?

How is teaching certification structured in this state/region?

While enrolled in a certification program during the first year teaching, corps members will get a temporary Practitioner’s License. Upon completion of the first year and chosen certification program, corps members will achieve their Standard Level 1 Louisiana Certification.

Certification Programs

The certification programs that we offer are described below. Please note that at this time we are only able to offer The New Teacher Project in the Louisiana Delta. These programs have an optional Master’s program for the second year.

The New Teacher Project 

TNTP Academy has trained high-performing teachers for over 12 years and has been the top-performing teacher certification provider for the past five years.

Relay Graduate School of Education

Relay GSE’s program is a unique, rigorous teacher training program designed specifically to respond to today’s urgent demand for effective teachers in low-income communities.

Certification Requirements

In order to complete the program successfully, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Pass required exams
  • Submit all required paperwork and documentation in a timely manner
  • Successfully complete the summer training institute and related commitments
  • Attend and participate in observation debrief discussions, mentor meetings professional development opportunities, and a series of three-hour content seminars
  • Complete a teacher portfolio at the end of the first year of teaching
  • Pass the Louisiana Teacher Assistance and Assessment Program (LaTAAP)
  • Fulfill the two-year teaching assignment



Each of our certification partners offer an optional Master’s program available in the second year.

  • Corps members can pursue a Master's degree directly through Relay Graduate School of Education. 
  • Corps members who complete their certification through The New Teacher Project can pursue a Master's degree through Johns Hopkins University.

Placement School Locations

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • French
  • General Science
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Special Education

Neighborhood Tour

  • Greater New Orleans
  • Louisiana Delta

Unique in every way, New Orleans is a city full of interesting neighborhoods, many of which change in character from one block to the next. The large area known as Uptown includes several of New Orleans' most historic and storied locales, like the Garden District and Audubon Park. Mid-City boasts beautiful City Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Fairgrounds racetrack, home of the world famous Jazz and Heritage Festival. Both Uptown and Mid-City, as well as the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, are home to many corps members and alumni.

From sampling the city's famous cuisine at countless restaurants, to hearing live music on Oak or Frenchmen Street, to shopping on Magazine Street or dining in the newly revitalized Freret Street neighborhood, there's never a shortage of things to do in New Orleans outside the classroom. Even lesson planning can be done in a beautiful, unique setting like the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, which was recently rebuilt and reopened. A fantastic addition to the Broadmoor neighborhood, this library has a cafe and hosts a variety of weekly programs, including ESL tutoring, computer classes, knitting circles, and cooking classes.  

Explore neighborhoods in New Orleans.


The Louisiana Delta is home to some of the most fertile soil in the world and an equally rich history, including the origin of the Teddy Bear, birthplace of Delta Airlines, and home to CJ Walker, the first African American female millionaire. It could also be argued today that it is also home to some of the nicest and most hospitable people in our country—people who wave to most anyone they see, welcome you into their homes, and have even been known to drive 10 miles out of town to deliver you a good meal. However, while there are many great and truly special things about this rural place, it is also home to some of the highest levels of poverty and lowest school performance scores in the country. Roughly half of the children in Madison, Tensas, and Concordia Parishes grow up in poverty. Average ACT scores of 15-18, versus a national average and college-ready bar of 21, indicate far too many students are well below the college-ready mark when they leave high school. This is particularly problematic because until last year, when the ACT became a required component of high school graduation, that average only represented the top students’ scores, as they were the ones typically encouraged to take it. Ultimately, this means that today only 1 in 10 adults across the region have a college degree, and only 1 in 20 African American adults. Further, only 2 in 3 adults have a high school diploma or GED, severely limiting their access to opportunities to achieve their dreams in life.  
Since 2010, our corps in the Louisiana Delta has grown from 10 teachers in one town and district to 36 teachers in five towns and three districts. While we still have a long way to go, we are already seeing our teachers becoming part of and working alongside the community to ensure our students have the same opportunities as those in other parts of the country. Inside our school walls, our corps members and other school leaders are working to ensure our kids are no longer unprepared for college by creating environments centered on rigorous content and a positive culture that will allow our students to prove what they’re capable of to anyone that doubts them. In addition to the hard work that goes into their classrooms daily, it’s common to see our corps members outside of the classroom, participating in extracurricular activities and after school tutoring, staffing ticket booths and coaching sports teams, helping with floats during community events, and running soccer leagues and dance clinics. The possibilities to impact our kids and communities while growing your own leadership are endless. It’s clear that people in the community – from parents to superintendents to mayors to corps members—want to make the Louisiana Delta a place where kids can achieve any dream they have in life, and schools that are rigorous and loving places for students to grow is critical to making this a reality. 

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You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
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