The Basics

The application for the 2014 corps is closed. The 2015 application will be available August 1. Sign Up to learn more about applying for the 2015 corps.

Our admissions process is designed to help us identify whether applicants possess the characteristics we’ve seen in our most successful corps members. We admit people whose unique strengths convince us that they have what it takes to lead students to significant academic success. 

Applications are non-binding. Subsequent rounds of the admissions process can include an online activity, phone interview, and final in-person interview. If you are accepted to the corps, you will attend pre-service training beginning in late May or early June 2015 and begin teaching in fall 2015 regardless of the deadline by which you apply.


Choosing When to Apply

Two things are required to be admitted to Teach For America: 1) the Selection Committee must determine that you meet our standards for admission and 2) we must be confident that we can place you in a teaching position in one of our regions. The admissions criteria are the same across all five deadlines.

Please ensure that you will not have any scheduling conflicts with required phone or in-person interview dates before submitting your application.  Further application guidance will be available August 1. 


Preparing for the Application Process

 Here are some actions to take if you’re preparing to start an application:

Stay in Touch

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Application Timeline

Download and print the 2013-2014 application timeline [PDF].

Who We Look For

Learn about the strengths that we look for in applicants to the corps.

Find out who we look for »

Where We Work

Learn about the 48 communities nationwide where our corps members, alumni, and staff members work together to reach educational equity. 

Check out our regions and the corps members, alumni, and supporters who live there »


2014 Application Timeline

While our 2015 Application Timeline will not be available until August you can use see below for details about what our application milestones looked like in 2014. Our 2015 timeline will be similar. 

Timeline for  deadline


Online Application

  • Submit personal information, academic history, and leadership experience
  • Upload resume: one page strongly recommended, two-page limit
  • Submit short answer responses: 250 words each

Learn if you’ve been invited to an interview on January 17.

Please note: Candidates are sometimes invited directly to the final interview round. Anyone invited to either a phone or final interview must complete the Online Activity.

Online Activity Window

  • Access the Online Activity
  • Allot two hours to complete the activity in one sitting by 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT January 23

Please note: Internet access is required to complete this required activity.

Phone Interviews

  • Sign up for a phone interview timeslot by January 23
  • Participate in a 30-45 minute phone interview

Learn if you’ve been invited to a final interview on February 5.

Final Interviews

Before February 22

  • Sign up for an interview location and date
  • Prepare a five-minute sample teaching lesson
  • Read assigned articles
  • Complete Assignment Preference Form: Submit your regional and subject and grade-level preferences
  • Complete Coursework Information Form: List your coursework to determine what you are eligible to teach
  • Upload official transcript from every undergraduate/graduate university you have attended
  • Upload documents proving that you are a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States or have received deferred action for childhood arrivals
  • Ensure two recommenders submit Online Recommendation Forms

Please note: Interviews are held during weekday business hours.

Final Admission Notifications

  • View your acceptance status
  • If admitted, receive details about where you’ll teach and what subject and grade level you’re tentatively assigned to teach

Accept or decline our offer by March 28, 2013