Apply Early to Teach For America

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Why Apply Early?

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Applying early to TFA allows you to start your final year of college with a job offer in hand and provides extended time to prepare for the transition. During your senior year, you can connect with our vast network of social impact leaders and access leadership development opportunities available exclusively to early admitted applicants.

 

Chloé López
Chloé López
Greater Tulsa 2018
Arizona State University
I applied early so that I could know my region and subject placement a full school year ahead in order to best prepare for the next chapter in my life...Applying early equipped me with the confidence and passion that I know I will take into my classroom.
Taylor Beardall
Taylor Beardall
Memphis 2018
University of Washington
There have been some incredible opportunities, such as visiting my placement region (Memphis) for a weekend and attending an early-admitted corps member conference in Chicago, that I would have missed out on if I didn’t apply early.

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Application Details

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  • How to Apply Early
  • Application Assistance

How To Apply Early

The first step to applying is submitting an online application. Applications are non-binding. If invited to advance in the admissions process, you will then be asked to complete a pre-interview activity, provide recommendations, upload transcripts, and participate in an interview.

Our admissions process is designed to help us determine whether you possess the characteristics we’ve seen in our most successful corps members. We admit people whose unique strengths convince us that they have what it takes to lead students to academic success.

Juniors and co-terming seniors will be evaluated on the same criteria as any other applicant. We encourage you to apply when you believe your application will be the strongest, whether that is as a junior or as a senior.  

If you are admitted to the corps early, you will attend training in summer 2019 and begin teaching in fall 2019. Throughout your senior year, you will have the opportunity to participate in professional development and networking opportunities.

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Application Assistance

As you start your application, we have several resources to help you submit the best application possible.

2019 Early Admissions Deadlines

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Opportunities for Early Admits

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Applying early to TFA comes with additional benefits and learning opportunities. If admitted early to the 2019 corps, you’ll have exclusive access to programs throughout the 2018-19 school year. More information will be shared upon your acceptance to TFA.

  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development
  • Networking Opportunities

Leadership Summit

Attend our hallmark leadership summit with more than 100 other early admitted corps members. Observe classrooms, meet current teachers and community members, and take part in workshops and projects.

Corps Member Conferences

Attend initiative-based corps member conferences, including the LGBTQ, Black, Latinx, Native American, and Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Corps Member Summits.

Regional Visits

Visit your placement region for a two-to three-day experience to gain a deeper understanding of educational inequity in the community and the impact you’ll have on students.

Teacher and Leadership Prep Courses

Access to on-demand preparation tools to build your teaching and leadership skills prior to your summer training. Explore topics such as leadership development, diversity and inclusiveness, and teaching instruction.

Partnership Organization Internships and Jobs

Explore paid opportunities with TFA’s partner organizations to learn skills related to teaching.

Certification Prep

Receive access to test diagnostics for the most commonly taken certification tests and additional test prep opportunities.

 

Alumni Mentoring

Learn from and network with top TFA alumni to hear about their experience, as well as valuable advice.

Inside TFA Webinars

Connect with organizational leaders, specialists, and teachers on important issues and get an unfiltered look into corps member life.

Virtual Alumni Communities

Join identity-based spaces led by alumni to start building community before joining the corps.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Have a question not addressed here? Contact us.

  • Eligibility
  • Application Process
  • Applying Early vs. Waiting Until Next Year
  • Once You’re Admitted
Can I apply before my senior year?
Yes! College juniors can apply early to Teach For America. As an early admissions applicant, you’ll be evaluated on the same criteria as any other applicant. We encourage you to apply when you believe your application will be the strongest, whether that is as a junior or as a senior.
Am I eligible to apply early to the 2019 corps?
Eligibility for the 2019 early admissions application is as follows: Undergraduate graduation date between 07/01/2018 and 06/30/2019 Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher U.S. Citizen, National/Permanent Resident, or recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals If you meet each of the above listed requirements, you are eligible to apply early to the 2019 corps. If you're not eligible to apply early to Teach For America, you can learn more about internships and other opportunities to get involved with our mission now.
I already have my bachelor’s degree and will graduate with my master’s between July 2017 and June 2018. Can I apply early to the 2019 corps?
If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you are not eligible for the 2019 early admissions process. The only exception is for applicants in a dual-degree program who will receive both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees between July 2018 and June 2019. If you are not eligible to apply early to the 2019 corps, we encourage you to apply through the standard process in fall 2018.
My parents have questions about Teach For America. Do you have information that I can share with them?
We know that family and friends may play a big role in your decision to apply to Teach For America and your success as a teacher. We've designed this overview specifically for family and friends to help them understand the value of teaching in a low-income community, details about the program, and provide answers to frequently asked questions. 
What does the 2019 early application process look like?
Applying early for the 2019 corps is similar to our regular admissions process. Read more about application steps and requirements on How to Apply.
What if I can’t attend my interview?
If you are invited to a interview and cannot attend for any reason, you can reapply through our 2019 standard application, which will launch in August 2018. Should you choose to reapply, you would need to complete a new online application as well as any additional required activities and interviews to which you are invited. Please keep in mind that applicants who choose to reapply are not guaranteed to be invited to any specific portion of the process. Early Decision applicants have the option to apply to three different application deadlines, but if you foresee any challenges with the 2019 Early Decision timelines, you may want to consider applying through the standard process in fall 2018.
If I am not admitted early, can I still apply to the 2019 corps the following application season?
Yes. If you are not admitted, you are eligible to apply to the 2019 corps the following season. The 2019 regular application deadlines will be announced in summer 2018.
What is the benefit to applying to the 2019 corps early?
Applying to Teach For America as a junior or co-terming senior allows you to start your final year with a job offer in hand. You’ll have an extended period to consider your offer and prepare for your corps experience. You’ll be able to spend additional time connecting with a vast network of social impact leaders and have access to leadership development opportunities exclusively available to early admits.
If I just started a new leadership role in an organization, should I wait to apply?
You should apply when you think your application will be the strongest. As one of our selection criteria is strong achievement in academic, professional, extracurricular, and/or volunteer settings, if you are not able to speak to the impact you have had it may be best to wait until fall 2018 and apply through the 2019 standard admissions process.
Am I more likely to be admitted if I apply early?
No. We evaluate candidates based on competitiveness, not the timing of their application. Early Decision applicants will be evaluated on the same criteria as any other applicant. Corps members are selected based on leadership potential and other criteria. We encourage you to apply when you believe your application will be the strongest.
Am I more likely to get one of my Highly Preferred regions if I apply early?
No. In order to preserve the fairness of our assignment process for all applicants, Early Decision applicants are no more or less likely to get one of their highly preferred regions than applicants at any other deadline.
What happens if I am admitted?
If you are admitted, you will be notified of your admissions decision according to your application deadline and will then be able to accept our offer in the fall of 2018—likely in November 2018. During the summer, we will reach out to you with additional information about our program, your region, and what you can be doing to prepare for the corps.
What happens if I am not admitted?
If you are not admitted, you are eligible to re-apply to the 2019 corps through our standard application process. Should you choose to reapply, you would need to complete a new online application as well as any additional required activities and interviews to which you are invited. Please keep in mind that applicants who choose to reapply are not guaranteed to be invited to any specific portion of the process.
If admitted, will I get my regional, subject, and grade-level assignment?
You will receive your regional assignment,but not your grade-level or subject assignment. Our regions work with school districts to determine the grade level and subject assignment of our corps members, and do not currently have projections on their school districts’ needs for the 2019 school year. However, we will be able to give you your regional assignment so that you know where you will be placed. Take a look at the communities where we work.
If admitted, when do I have to accept my offer?
You will need to accept your offer in the fall of 2018. Because many campuses have policies which dictate when students can formally accept job offers, we will have all admitted early applicants confirm their offers with the first round of applicants in the 2019 season, which is usually in November.