Teaching Here

In Orlando, we’re small but mighty. In The City Beautiful, you’ll have the opportunity to join a group of dedicated individuals transforming education for our students. There’s a certain energy here you can only find in a newer region, and in our second year, we’re continuing to join hands with other educators and families to advocate for students and fight for educational equity. We’re in this together and we’re having fun in the process.

Make an Impact

In Orlando, there are a myriad of ways to create positive change. Take Sara Bigalke (Chicago ’04), who’s now principal of the school she attended growing up, Silver Lake Elementary. There’s also Roxanne Vasquez (Chicago ’09), another alum who’s decided to return home to continue to impact students in her eighth year of teaching. We’ve seen 70+ alumni return to our city from other parts of the country, and we can’t wait to see our first class of Orlando alums complete the program this spring.

Live Here

Orlando provides a thriving downtown experience coupled with community centered main street charm. Our communities are both vibrant and growing, and when you’re not debriefing the day’s lessons with your colleagues at one of our many eclectic restaurants, you can join the crowds at one of the city’s many theme parks – all of your out of town friends and family will want to visit you too.

Why Choose Orlando?

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Being so far away from my family and friends hasn’t been easy, but being in a group of amazing and supportive corps members has given me comfort. My regional staff has provided wonderful solace at my lowest times, and the amazing staff at my placement school has become my extended family. They are there for all of my questions, no matter how ridiculous I may think those questions are. - Monique Rae Valerio (Orlando '15)

What You Need to Know


Average starting salary is $35,000




It's possible to pursue one


Two to three years

Regional Expenses

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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.
One Time Summer Start Up Costs
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Becoming Certified to Teach


Certification can be obtained in two to three years depending on the route taken. Two years for a master's degree (Specialized Alternative Certification - SAC); three years for the non-master's degree route (Alternative Baccalaureate Certification - ABC).