How to Join
Over three decades, extraordinary leaders have joined Teach For America and brought their creativity into classrooms across the country. But first, they all had to take the same path to get there: our multi-step application process.
When you apply to Teach For America, you’ll spend several weeks sharing your experiences, your strengths, and your passions with us. Our transparent application process will allow you to track your progress clearly. Here’s what you need to get started.
1. Review TFA Eligibility Requirements
Find out what we require from applicants and the characteristics of successful corps members and read more about common TFA qualification questions.
2. Consider the Deadlines
Each year, we typically have five separate application windows, which means you can select the deadline that best matches your calendar and needs. The full application process takes approximately eight weeks.
3. Check Out the TFA Application Process
Our application process includes both an online application and an interview, in addition to a few other logistical steps. Find out what to expect from the application process and get useful tips.
4. See Where We Work
Once you have completed your interview, you’ll submit your regional and subject preferences. Research TFA's regions in advance and determine what locations might be a good fit for you.
5. Find Support and Guidance
Throughout the TFA application process, campus recruiters work to answer your questions about joining the corps. Meet your recruiter.
“You go in hoping to make a profound impact on students. And that is definitely true. But the flip side is, the life that is probably changed the most is yours. My students are always with me.”
How to Join FAQs
In order to be considered for admission to TFA, you must satisfy three prerequisites: bachelor’s degree; a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50; and citizen, national/legal resident, or DACA status. Read more about these prerequisites.
Yes! College juniors and co-terming seniors can apply early to TFA. As an early admissions applicant, you’ll be evaluated on the same criteria as any other applicant. Read more about early admissions.
TFA’s application process consists of a brief online application and an interview, in addition to a few logistical steps. These steps include submitting official transcripts, references, and a few additional minor steps. Learn more about the application and interview.
When thinking about when to apply, you should carefully consider the timeline associated with each deadline. You should ensure you’re available to attend the interviews and able to make the decision to commit to the corps by the confirmation deadline.
Teach For America’s research shows that teachers who have helped their students achieve the most dramatic growth often possess certain qualities and characteristics. Learn more about what TFA looks for and whether you’re eligible for the corps.