Admission Policies

Admissions Policies

  • Additional Information
  • Confidentiality
  • Criminal Records or Proceedings
  • Deferrals
  • Disability Accommodations
  • Falsification or Misrepresentation
  • Feedback
  • Nondiscrimination
  • Reapplication
  • Reporting of Material Change
  • Third-Party Information

Teach For America may require additional information from applicants before determining whether to invite them to a phone and/or final interview. Teach For America reserves the right to collect information from applicants at a later date and use this information in admissions decisions.

In order to ensure a fair admissions process for all, Teach For America requires all applicants to treat each phase of the application process as confidential. We require that applicants refrain from disclosing to or sharing with others information or materials provided by Teach For America that are not otherwise publicly available. Any applicant who discloses confidential information regarding the application process is subject to having his or her application disqualified. Please note that we do not endorse and are not responsible for the accuracy of information that has been developed and provided by third-party non-Teach For America sources.

Corps members are expected to submit to any and all background checks required by their school districts, charter schools or other employers; Teach For America; and other relevant agencies. Teach For America reserves the right to deny admission to or dismiss any corps member who has been involved in a criminal proceeding other than minor traffic violations, regardless of the outcome. This policy includes criminal matters that were handled by a juvenile court and final determinations that are under seal or otherwise expunged from the public record. Teach For America is not responsible for finding alternative placements for corps members who cannot be hired or who are fired by their assigned school districts because of their criminal records or involvement in criminal proceedings, or who are deemed ineligible by Teach For America due to criminal history. In addition, Teach For America reserves the right to inform the school district in which the corps member is teaching or planning to teach of the corps member’s conviction records or ongoing involvement in criminal proceedings. If, through background checks conducted or commissioned by a state, district, or Teach For America, it is found that there is a charge against a corps member other than a minor traffic violation, and the corps member did not disclose it in the application, this may be treated as falsification or misrepresentation, which are grounds for dismissal from the corps.

If a background check conducted or reviewed by Teach For America yields a criminal record that would preclude an applicant or corps member from service, the applicant or corps member will be notified of the finding and have the opportunity to review and challenge the factual accuracy of the record before action is taken to exclude the applicant or corps member from the position. In such cases, details on the process for obtaining and challenging the results of the background check will be included in the notification of findings.


Though rare, deferrals are typically granted for admitted applicants who have serious emergencies or who have a unique opportunity that will significantly add to their value in the classroom or to ending educational inequity. Admitted applicants may submit a request for a one-year deferral. Each deferral request will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions team and the staff members of the applicant’s assigned regions. Candidates granted deferrals will have a place in the corps in their assigned region the following year.

Teach For America is committed to providing equal access and opportunities to candidates with legally recognizable disabilities, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the application process, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state laws. Teach For America believes that it is possible for a qualified individual to have a disability and be a part of our work.

We will make our best effort to provide reasonable accommodations for our differently abled candidates at every stage of the application process. Disclosing a disability or requesting a need for accommodations is a separate and distinct process from admissions and will have absolutely no bearing on a candidate’s application status.

If you have any questions regarding our Disability Accommodations Policy, please contact our disabilities accommodations officer at

Falsification or misrepresentation of any sort, including plagiarism, on the application or supporting materials is grounds for non-admission or dismissal.

Given the volume of applications Teach For America receives, we are unable to provide individual feedback about admissions decisions to applicants who are not accepted at any stage of the application process.

Teach For America is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its applicants, corps members, and staff members, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. If you have issues or concerns related to this policy, please contact us

Candidates may only apply to Teach For America once during an admissions year but are welcome to reapply during subsequent admissions years. For example, candidates who apply for the 2017 corps will not be eligible to reapply at a later deadline during the 2016-2017 school year. However, they may reapply during the 2018 admissions season, beginning August 2017.

It is the responsibility of applicants to report any material change in the information provided in their applications as soon as a material change occurs, even if such material change occurs after admission into the corps. Candidates are required to notify Teach For America within 14 days of the change occurring, including but not limited to criminal records/proceedings or academic status. Failure to inform Teach For America of such material change is grounds for non-admission, rescission of the admission offer, or dismissal from the corps.


In order to respect the integrity of the application process, Teach For America will generally not consider information about applicants that comes outside of the application process. However, we do reserve the right to investigate further any information brought to our attention that raises reasonable concerns that an applicant could be harmful to the children we teach or the communities in which we work.