It’s important to us that you have what you need to present your best self during the application and interview process. See what to expect from our application process and where to find useful preparation tips.
Our Admissions Process
Teach For America corps members work with students in under-served communities, and the stakes of our work are high. This means we maintain a selective admissions process, where we want to learn about your unique talents, achievements, and experiences. We do this to ensure that we’re choosing leaders who are likely to succeed in the classroom and persevere through the inevitable challenges.
Our application process includes both an online application and an interview, in addition to a few other logistical steps.
As an organization, we’re obsessed with learning and innovating, and we’re continually improving our application process to ensure it’s as intuitive and efficient as possible.
The online application form takes less than an hour to complete. Filling out this form is your first chance to share your accomplishments, experiences, and interest in TFA. During the application process, you will:
- Upload a resume
- Provide your school history and transcript details
- Discuss your interest in joining TFA and your leadership experience
- Select your interview time preference
Before Your Interview
You will need to provide references.
Once invited to an interview, you’ll be asked to submit the contact information for two recommenders. Read more about how to choose your recommenders.
You will need to upload an official transcript.
You’ll be required to upload your official transcripts. Since everyone’s educational history is different, we have a transcript setup tool within the Applicant Center that walks you through the process of choosing what transcript(s) to upload. Read more about required forms and docs.
You will need to prepare for the interview.
Each applicant is asked to prepare a five-minute sample teaching lesson to deliver during the interview. Read more about how to prepare your sample lesson. You will also review case activity and will need to prepare a recommended proposal to share with your interviewer. Prior to your interview, you’ll also respond to two scenarios in writing and read more about our work prior to your interview.
The interview is a distinctive part of the TFA application process and consists of three major components: a sample lesson, a case activity, and a personal one-on-one interview.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, all interviews will take place virtually this season, via Zoom, an online video conferencing service. Each interview will be 90 minutes in length. Please note that we only hold interviews on weekdays.
We understand that interviews can be a bit nerve-wracking. Rest assured, our selectors are excited to meet you and learn more about you. They’re ready to answer any questions you may have.
“I did not expect that it would be so enjoyable. I thought that the personal interview would have been more question-answer oriented, but my interview was more like a conversation with a like-minded friend.”
Day of Your Interview
You’ll be able to access your Zoom link via the Applicant Center in advance of your interview.
- To start, you will deliver a prepared five-minute sample lesson while your interviewer acts as a “student.”
- Lesson plans can be on any subject and for any grade level you choose.
- You’ll then take part in a case activity and a personal individual interview.
- At the end of your interview, your interviewer will leave time for you to ask questions.
After Your Interview
You’ll have the opportunity to research and rank your preferred regional placements. Note that your location preferences have no impact on your chance of acceptance.
- You’ll be notified of your acceptance two weeks after your interview.
After the interview, a TFA staff member may contact you for a short follow-up phone interview. Being asked to complete a follow-up interview is not an indication of your admissions status. We do this as part of ongoing training for our interviewers and to gather additional information if necessary.
If not admitted into the corps, you’re welcome to re-apply in a subsequent year. Should you reapply, you will need to complete a new online application as well as any additional required activities and interviews.
Read our application and interview tips for more advice on how to prepare.