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How to Join

Over three decades, extraordinary leaders have joined Teach For America and brought their creativity into classrooms across the country. But first, they all had to take the same path to get there: our multi-step application process.

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Getting Started 

When you apply to Teach For America, you’ll spend several weeks sharing your experiences, your strengths, and your passions with us. Our transparent application process will allow you to track your progress clearly. Here’s what you need to get started.

1. Review TFA Eligibility Requirements

Find out what we require from applicants and the characteristics of successful corps members and read more about common TFA qualification questions. 

2. Consider the Deadlines

Each year, we typically have five separate application windows, which means you can select the deadline that best matches your calendar and needs. The full application process takes approximately eight weeks.

3. Check Out the TFA Application Process

Our application process includes both an online application and an interview, in addition to a few other logistical steps. Find out what to expect from the application process and get useful tips.

4. See Where We Work

Once you have completed your interview, you’ll submit your regional and subject preferences. Research TFA's regions in advance and determine what locations might be a good fit for you.

5. Find Support and Guidance

Throughout the TFA application process, campus recruiters work to answer your questions about joining the corps. Meet your recruiter.

The full application process will take approximately eight weeks.
“You go in hoping to make a profound impact on students. And that is definitely true. But the flip side is, the life that is probably changed the most is yours. My students are always with me.”

Hunter Pierson

Vice President, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Bay Area Corps Member 2001

How to Join FAQs

Are you a parent or family member of an applicant looking to learn more? See Parents and Families.

What We Look For

Learn about the characteristics of successful corps members.