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Application Process

The once-in-a-lifetime journey starts here. Discover what it takes to apply to TFA.
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Are You Eligible?

Before you start your application, check your eligibility status:


Not sure about your eligibility?

If you don't meet all of the three criteria above, you may still be eligible. Check our Admissions FAQs (below) for more specific information about our admissions policies and for frequently asked questions.

Special Info for Immigrants & Refugees

We are also committed to supporting immigrants and refugees who want to teach. If this applies to you, check out our Admissions FAQs to learn more.

Admissions FAQs

Choose Your Application Window

Whether you’re a college student navigating midterms and student organizations or a working professional seeking new opportunities, we have an application window that fits your schedule! Review our application deadlines and choose when you’re going to apply.

Submit your application by Sept. 2 2022 Oct. 21 2022

Feb. 10 


Early Admission

Learn if you're invited to an interview Sept. 12 Oct. 31 Feb. 21 TBD
Interview sign up and pre-interview activities due Sept. 19 Nov. 7 Feb. 27 TBD
Additional pre-interview information due Sept. 22 Nov. 10 Mar. 2 TBD
Attend your interview Sept. 26-30 Nov. 14-18 Mar. 6-10 TBD
Submit coursework information and confirm or update regions selected Oct. 1-7 Nov. 19-29 Mar. 11-15 TBD
Learn your admissions decision and regional/subject placement Oct. 18 Dec. 7 Mar. 24 TBD
Accept or decline your offer Oct. 31 Dec. 16 Apr. 7 TBD
Submit Your Application By

Learn if you’re invited to an interview

Interview sign-up ad pre-interview activities due Additional pre-interview information due Attend your interview Submit coursework information and confirm or update regions selected Learn your admissions decision and regional / subject placement Accept or decline your offer
Sept. 2 2022 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 22 Sept. 26-30 Oct. 1-7 Oct. 18 Oct. 31
Oct. 21 2022 Oct. 31 Nov. 7 Nov. 10 Nov. 14-18 Nov. 19-29 Dec. 7 Dec. 16
Feb. 10 2023 Feb. 21 Feb. 27 Mar. 2 Mar. 6-10 Mar. 11-15 Mar. 24 Apr. 7

TBD Early Admission


College juniors can apply early admission! 

If you are a junior or co-terming senior, you can apply to Teach For America early! Here are a few benefits to applying during your junior year. 


  • Access exclusive opportunities including paid internships and professional development
  • Receive your first choice of your preferred teaching region. Regions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis based on regional selections at each application deadline. Some regions may be closed to new corps members at later deadlines, so consider applying early if you have a particular region where you'd like to teach.

Fill Out An Online Application

Working towards the day when all children have an equitable, excellent education is rewarding and challenging. If you have what it takes to help us reach our goal, here’s what you need to do to apply to become a Teach For America corps member.

1. Confirm Eligibility

Complete our eligibility quiz to make sure you have the basic requirements covered. 

2. Create an Account

Start an account in our Applicant Center to work on your TFA application at any time and save your work.

3. Fill Out Application & Upload Documents

Our online application takes about an hour to complete, including sharing your basic information, uploading required documents, and completing short answers. Our application includes the following:

Application Sections

  • Fill out your personal information
  • Describe your interest in joining TFA
  • Describe your leadership experience
  • Choose 3 regions you’d like to work in

Necessary Documents

  • Your most updated resume
  • School history

4. Submit Interview Time Preferences

Share your interview availability. Our virtual interviews are approximately 90 minutes and are on a weekday. 

If you have any questions or concerns about our online application process, visit our Admissions FAQs page.

Admissions FAQs

Attend an Interview

In your interview, it’s your chance to highlight why you’re interested in fighting for an equitable future for children and how you can help us do the same. Here’s what to expect from our process: 

1. Prepare for Your Interview

Before your interview, have the following things ready:

  • Contact information for your recommenders
  • Submitted references 
  • Submitted pre-interview question responses
  • An uploaded transcript
  • A prepared 5-minute sample teaching lesson
  • A prepared proposal for a case study on racial disparities

2. Day of Your Interview

On the day of your interview, log in into your Applicant Center account and join a Zoom interview. Here, you will:

  • Receive a brief overview of TFA and our mission
  • Deliver a 5-minute sample lesson. Your interviewer will be your student!
  • Share your case study proposal with your interviewer  
  • Tell us about your experiences and attributes
  • Ask questions at the end if you have any 

If you have any questions or concerns about the interview process, check out our Admissions FAQs page to learn more.

Admissions FAQs

Select Your Region(s), Subject, and Grade

When submitting your application, you may choose up to 3 regions to apply to teach. For every region you select, you are indicating that you would like to teach there (these selections are not ranked). You may also tell us you’re open to going where the need is greatest, or that you’re not ready to make a decision about regions yet. After your interview, you'll have the opportunity to revisit your original regional selections or choose your regions if you did not choose any originally. You’ll also indicate your preferred subjects that you are interested in teaching. To find the best schools and community to match your interests and skills, here are things to consider when making your choices.

Choosing your Preferred Subjects

Your preferred subjects will differ based on specific regional or educational requirements. As you select where you want to teach, be sure to do your research by using our compare regions tool to look at important factors like cost of living, certification, and requirements.

Choosing your Region

Summer training must be completed in your region, which starts in late May-early June. To explore the unique differences between our 38 TFA regions, use our Comparison Tool or visit the region’s spotlight pages. If admitted, we will use your list of selected regions to finalize your offer.

Things to keep in mind when selecting regions:

  • Cost of living
  • Travel expenses 
  • Certification and Masters requirements
  • Subject qualifications 
  • Graduation date prerequisites
Check out our tool to compare the different key dimensions of each region.

Confirm Your Acceptance

Yay, you’re accepted! 

You will learn if you are accepted about 2 weeks after you finalize your region and subject selections. You’ll receive your acceptance, placement, and subject notification through email and the applicant center.

Lock in your spot! 

Once you’ve been notified, you’ll have 10 days to decide whether or not the TFA corps is right for you. If admitted, you can officially accept your offer in the Applicant Center. The specific dates for this step can be found in the deadline table above.

Once you have officially accepted the offer to become a Teach For America corps member, you will take further steps with your region to find and secure a teaching job.

Take another path.

There are countless pathways available for you to do social good and help expand opportunities for all. If you’re not offered a spot in the corps, you’ll receive information about several partner organizations, graduate school programs, and opportunities where you can put your talent to use!  If you’d like to re-apply, you can do that the following year, as applicants can only apply once per academic year.

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Now that your know all about our process, let's start your application! 

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