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.

 

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Caroline Gold
New York 2017
Northwestern University
By applying early, I was given almost four months to consider my offer. During that time, I leveraged the TFA alumni network to learn about the classroom experiences of alums, signed up for education newsletters to better understand the ins and outs of public school systems, and read books on transformational teachers. When it came time to accept my offer, I felt prepared, confident, and comfortable in my decision.
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Pranav Nanda
Kansas City 2017
George Washington University
Applying early to TFA gave me the opportunity to hear from amazing Teach For America alumni leaders. I’ve also been able to meet with other early admits who will become future education leaders. The opportunity to bridge past and future leaders gives me great hope for the future of education. I have always believed that kids can do amazing things if they are given the support to succeed, and I’m excited to work with people who share that belief.

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Application Details

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  • How to Apply Early
  • Application Assistance

How To Apply Early

Our admissions process is designed to help us identify if applicants 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 significant 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.  

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

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.

Application Assistance

If you’re preparing to start an 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. Below are a few of the opportunities that were available to our 2018 early admits.

  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development
  • Networking

Regional Visits

Early admitted corps members are invited to visit their placement region for a two-to-three-day experience. Gain a deeper understanding of educational inequity in the community and the impact you’ll have on students while building your network. Please note there is limited space available in this program. All expenses are paid.

Leadership Summit

You’ll be invited to join 100+ early-admitted corps members for a three-day leadership summit. You’ll observe classrooms and meet current teachers, community members, and alumni in a variety of career fields. You’ll take part in leadership development workshops to begin building lifelong relationships and defining your leadership commitment for the years ahead. All expenses are paid.

Corps Member Conferences

Early-admitted corps members are invited to attend TFA leadership and identity development conferences around the country. Conferences include the LGBTQ Brave Education Summit, Black Corps Member Summit, Latinx Corps Member Summit, Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Summit, Native Alliance Initiative Summit, and others. All expenses are paid.

Virtual Courses

TFA alumni and staff lead virtual courses on topics such as leadership development, diversity and inclusiveness, and teaching instruction.

Certification Prep

A common request from early-admitted corps members is more preparation for regional certification tests. Your region will work to provide access to diagnostic exams for the most common certification tests and additional test prep opportunities.

Cohort Communities

Cohort Communities are virtual identity-based affinity spaces led by experienced alumni. Early admits join monthly meetings to build long-lasting relationships and discuss topics critical to our work in education equity and identity development. Early admits are invited to be a part of as many communities as they self-identify with.

Partnership Organization Internships and Jobs

Through partnerships with other leading social impact organizations, TFA offers early-admitted corps members relevant, accessible, paid work opportunities to directly learn skills related to teaching.

Alumni Mentoring

Learn from and network with top TFA alumni. Through a one-on-one mentorship, you’ll hear about your mentor’s teaching experience and career after TFA, as well as learn valuable preparation tips and advice.

Inside TFA Webinars

Inside TFA Webinars will give you an unfiltered look into corps member life—inside and outside the classroom. You’ll connect with organizational leaders, specialists, and teachers on important issues such as summer training, grade- and subject-specific topics, and TFA’s partnerships with diverse communities.

Monthly Newsletters

Once you’re accepted, you’ll receive monthly newsletters. Read about the classrooms of current corps members and learn what becoming a corps member will mean for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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If you will graduate between July 2018 and June 2019, please check in December 2017 for the early admissions application. In the meantime, please reference these frequently asked questions to learn more. 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 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.