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Teach For America corps members are assigned to teach a subject in grades pre-K through 12 in one of 51 regions across the country.

After your interview, you’ll begin researching our 51 regions. You’ll be able to connect with the admissions team with any questions you might have about determining the regions that are the best fit for your background and interests.

Once learning more about the vibrant communities where we serve, you’ll have the opportunity to rank the regions where you prefer to teach.

We know that landing in a region that matches your priorities is incredibly important. Our placement process is designed to assign applicants to the regions they’re most interested in as often as possible.

You’ll be notified of your placement at the same time you find out your admissions decision.


Applicants, on average, assigned to their most preferred region


Applicants in 2018 placed in one of their top three regional choices

Determining Your Placement

Three key factors are taken into consideration when determining your placement:

1. Need and Opportunity

We aim to place you where you can have the best possible impact on student outcomes. We also have regions of focus that have a higher demand for TFA corps members, designated as “high priority regions.”

2. Qualification Requirements

The courses you took in college will be used to determine your certification and eligibility for your preferred regions. Each region has its own set of requirements. Read more about certification and earning a license.

3. Your Personal Preference

After attending your interview, you’ll choose and rank your preferred regions. Read more about the five steps to selecting your preferences below.

After attending your interview, you’ll choose and rank your preferred regions.

Five Steps to Selecting Your Preferences

You’ll be notified of your admissions decision and, if admitted, your regional and subject placement approximately two weeks after interviewing for the corps. You’ll then have approximately 10 days to accept your offer to join the corps.

When determining your placement, we do our best to put you in one of your most preferred regions, as long as your qualifications match the requirements. 

Whether you end up working in your hometown or moving across the country, it can feel both exciting and daunting. Meet a recruiter to receive support as you go through the admissions process.