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Learn more about your eligibility to join TFA

Your unique background makes TFA distinct and gives you an unparalleled opportunity to grow as a leader. Learn about our eligibility requirements and the characteristics that will help you be successful in the classroom.

Prerequisites for Applying

Corps members come from hundreds of universities, represent dozens of college majors, and have countless experiences that contribute to success in the classroom. 

In order to be considered for admission to the TFA corps, you must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and U.S. citizenship, national/legal resident status, or be a DACA recipient.

“While we value corps members having experiences in the communities that they’re serving, we also understand that we come from different backgrounds.”

Laura Brown

Former TFA selection committee member

Charlotte Corps Member 2011

Characteristics of Teachers Who Expand Opportunity

TFA teachers come from all backgrounds—what connects them are common mindsets, skills, and a belief that all students deserve the opportunities that a strong and equitable education affords. Our research shows that corps members who significantly expand opportunity for students often possess the following characteristics.

5 Leading TFA Characteristics

1. A deep belief in the potential of all kids

You are committed to doing whatever it takes to expand opportunities for students, often with a perspective informed by meaningful experiences in low-income communities and an understanding of the systemic challenges of poverty and racism.

2. Demonstrated ability to create meaningful change 

You are able to initiate, lead, and achieve purpose-driven results in a variety of settings, including guiding others, academic success, professional accolades, extracurricular impact, etc. 

3. A strong commitment to learning 

You have a strong desire to improve and develop—both personally and professionally.

4. Excellent interpersonal skills 

You have a proven ability to motivate others while navigating in a variety of settings, including those that are less familiar to you.

5. Respect for individuals’ diverse experiences 

You have the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds.

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Redefine Opportunities

Make a lifelong impact on students while growing your own leadership skills.

Apply to the 2021 Corps