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.
Five Steps to Selecting Your Preferences
After interviewing for the corps, you’ll have the opportunity to research and select your preferred regions.
Use the compare regions tool to learn about our regional offerings, including requirements for your teaching certification, master degree options, and more.
To join TFA, you must be able to complete all of our summer training. Note the dates of summer training for each region when making your decisions. You can use these dates for general planning purposes, but they’re subject to change.
Read more about corps member training and development.
Expenses associated with the cost of living, travel, and certifications vary greatly by region. Check out the compare regions tool to see costs side-by-side.
Once you review the costs and benefits available in each region, you might determine that you need additional funding to cover the transition. TFA offers the opportunities to apply for transitional funding.
You must select and rank 10 TFA regions where you want to teach, one of which must be a region we’ve designated as “high priority.”
Of your 10 regions, you can indicate which ones you:
- Strongly prefer: You would be excited to teach in this region.
- Prefer: You would strongly consider teaching in this region if you were accepted into the corps.
- Would consider: You would need to learn more about this region and your potential for impact before joining the corps if placed here. Most applicants choose no more than two regions that are least preferred.
You can indicate your preference of subjects to teach and grade level, including:
- Elementary school (pre-K through grade 5)
- Middle school (grades 6 through 8)
- High school (grades 9 through 12)
While your choices do not impact your likelihood of admission, please consider one of these high-need focuses:
- Early childhood education
- Math and science
- Special education