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If you’re a junior, co-terming senior, or senior who will graduate in August, early admission is a chance to kick off your final year with a job offer in hand when you apply to join the corps early.

Apply Early to the Corps 

By joining TFA, you’ll lead alongside those shaping the future of our country—career educators, civil rights attorneys, entrepreneurs, socially conscious CEOs. Applying early for the corps includes the same application process as other applicants.

Read about the process on the Application and Interview page. The timeline for early applicants is slightly different.

Early Application Timelines

Submit Your Application By Jan. 29 2021 Mar. 5 2021 Apr.2021
Learn if you’re invited to an interview Feb. 5 Mar. 12 Apr. 16
Submit recommender info and sign up for an interview Feb. 12 Mar. 19 Apr. 23
Complete additional pre-interview steps Feb. 18 Mar. 25 Apr. 29
Attend your interview Feb. 23-26 Mar. 29-Apr. 1 May 3-6
Learn your admissions decision and regional placement Mar. 15 Apr. 19 May 24
Accept or decline your offer Mar. 24 Apr. 28 TBD


When admitted to the corps early, you’ll have a full year to prepare and hone your leadership skills through professional development, leadership, networking, and paid internships opportunities available exclusively to early admitted applicants.

Leadership Development

Leadership Summit

Attend our hallmark leadership summit with other early admitted corps members. Observe classrooms, meet current teachers and community members, and take part in workshops and get your questions answered about TFA.

Corps Member Conferences

Attend alliance-based corps member conferences, such as our LGBTQ Brave Education Summits, Native Alliance Initiative Summit and more.

Regional Visit

As an early admitted candidate, you may have the opportunity to visit your placement region, during which you’ll gain a deeper understanding of educational inequity in the community and the impact you’ll have on students.

Professional Development

Teacher and Leadership Prep Courses

Access on-demand preparation tools to build your teaching and leadership skills prior to your summer training. Explore topics such as leadership development, diversity and inclusiveness, and teaching instruction.

Partnership Organization Internships and Jobs

Explore paid and volunteer opportunities with TFA’s partner organizations to learn skills related to teaching.

Networking Opportunities

Alumni Mentoring

Learn from and network with top TFA alumni to hear about their experiences and receive valuable advice.

Inside TFA Webinars

Hear from organizational leaders, specialists, and teachers. Get unfiltered perspectives on corps member life, including information on the summer institute and transitioning into the corps.

Virtual Alumni Communities

Begin building your network with alumni with other corps members who have a shared identity and background. As an admitted corps member, you’ll receive monthly newsletters with resources curated by your community’s coaches. Your coaches will also host monthly live virtual learning community discussions on topics inspired by you and your interests. You’ll also gain special access to virtual and in-person events that are typically only available for corps members and alumni.

  • Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Leadership
  • Black Leadership
  • Latinx Leadership
  • LGBTQ Brave Education and Allies
  • Native and American Indian Leadership
  • White Allyship Community
“I was able to connect with other people in my same place, current corps members, alumni, and people from my region. This was key for me. The opportunity to speak to so many people allowed me to make an informed decision.”

Christian Castro

Bay Area Corps Member 2018

Changemakers Start Here

At Teach For America, we’re always looking for ways to find the strongest leaders and best prepare our corps members to be excellent teachers. Meet a recruiter on your campus to learn more.