Visit the Admissions Policies page to learn about background checks, deferrals, reapplying, and all other legal terms.
How to Apply
Determining Your Eligibility
- Bachelor's Degree
- Minimum Cumulative GPA
- Citizen, National/Legal Resident, or DACA Status
You must have your bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the first day of your summer training.
You also must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
The start date for summer training varies by region (in 2016, our latest start date was June 21). Keep in mind that some regions specify an earlier date by which you need to have your bachelor's degree.
In some regions, you may ask for an exception to this policy if you have documents proving that you have fulfilled your graduation requirements but do not yet have your degree.
Contact us if you have questions about this policy.
Minimum Cumulative GPA
Your cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) must be at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale, as measured by the institution awarding your degree.
This GPA requirement is mandated by the schools and credentialing programs we work with. If you are admitted to Teach For America before graduation and your final GPA is below 2.50, you will lose your position. You must also pass any courses in progress on your transcript at the time of your interview.
The GPA Prerequisite Waiver
Graduate school GPAs cannot be used or averaged in with undergraduate GPAs. However, if you struggled in undergrad, you may be eligible for a GPA Prerequisite Waiver if you earned a graduate degree with a GPA of 3.50 or higher (on a 4.00 scale).
You do not need to apply for the waiver. As you fill out the application with an undergraduate GPA lower than 2.50, you will see a warning message that you are not eligible to apply.
If your graduate school transcripts show a final cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher, simply continue the application. You will receive the same level of review by the Selection Committee as other candidates. If you are invited to a final interview, you will be required to submit an official transcript from every undergraduate/graduate university you have attended.
Please note that receiving the GPA Prerequisite Waiver will limit your potential placement regions. You must be willing to relocate to one of these areas if admitted to the corps. You will only be eligible to teach in the following regions:
- D.C. Region
- Greater Tulsa
- Las Vegas Valley
- Oklahoma City
Citizen, National/Legal Resident, or DACA Status
Due to the hiring restrictions of many of our partner schools, Teach For America may only admit candidates into the corps who are:
- U.S. citizens
- Legal permanent residents
- Deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) recipients
You are not eligible to apply if you are in the United States with:
- A student visa
- A work visa
- A tourist visa
- Refugee status but nothing indicating permanent resident status
If you are invited to a final interview, you must provide legal documentation that proves you are a citizen; national, lawful permanent resident of the United States; or DACA recipient. Visas cannot be accepted.
If you do not meet this requirement, you may be eligible to join one of our partner programs through Teach For All.
2017 Corps Application Timelines
|Steps||First Deadline||Second Deadline||Third Deadline||Fourth Deadline||Fifth Deadline||Sixth Deadline|
|Apply online||Aug. 19||Sept. 16||Oct. 19||Dec. 9||Jan. 27||Mar. 3|
|Learn if you're invited to an interview||Sept. 6||Sept. 23||Oct. 26||Dec. 16||Feb. 3||Mar. 10|
|Sign up for an interview||Sept. 29||Sept. 30||Nov. 1||Jan. 9||Feb. 9||Mar. 16|
|Attend an interview||Oct. 10 - 14||Nov. 10 - 16||Jan. 18 - 24||Feb. 21 - 27||Mar. 27 - 31|
|Learn your admissions decision||Oct. 21||Nov. 28||Jan. 31||Mar. 3||Apr. 7|
|Learn your regional and subject assignment, and accept or decline the offer||Nov. 4 - 14||Dec. 9 - 19||Feb. 10 - 22||Mar. 17 - 27||Apr. 21 - May 1|
Graduating in 2018?
If you will have a bachelor's degree by June 2018, you can apply early decision to the 2018 corps. If you're not yet eligible to apply early, you can still get involved and grow as a leader and advocate now.
What to Expect
Preparing Your Best Application
- Application Process
- Application Prerequisites & Eligibility
- Regional & Subject Placement
- Certification & Grad School
- Corps Member Training