What & Where You'll Teach

An Opportunity for Impact

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Determining Your Placement

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1. Need and Opportunity

TFA aims to place you where you can have the best possible impact on student outcomes.

Many regions have a high need for teachers in certain areas, such as:

  • Early childhood education
  • Math
  • Science
  • Spanish/bilingual education
  • Special education

2. Qualification Requirements

​Each region’s partner schools have varying requirements for teachers. These may include a minimum GPA, college major, and coursework prerequisites.

TFA will assign you to a region, subject, and grade level where you meet the requirements to be legally certified to teach. The requirements for each region are complex and change often. Learn more on each region’s website.

3. Your Preferences

If admitted, you’ll be able to research and select your preferred regions on the Applicant Center.

Selecting Your Preferences

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  • Get to Know Our Regions
  • Review the Training Schedule
  • Tell Us Where You Want to Teach
  • Tell Us What You Want to Teach
  • Learn Your Regional Assignment and Accept Your Offer

Get to Know Our Regions

Once you’re admitted to the corps, you’ll have the opportunity to research and select your preferred regions on the Applicant Center. During your research you’ll be able to:

  • Reflect on the factors most important to you in a region
  • Compare factors like cost of living, master's degree options, etc.
  • Build a strong list of regions that are a great fit for you

If you’d like to start learning about our regions, visit Where We Work.

Review the Training Schedule

To join Teach For America, you must be able to complete all of the summer training. Before selecting your preferences, check the summer training schedule to make sure you can attend all the sessions for the regions you choose. Each region’s training schedule and location is different. 

If you have significant conflicts, such as your own wedding or a contractual obligation, let us know in advance and we’ll discuss options.

View the 2017 summer training schedule.

Tell Us Where You Want to Teach

If you are willing to teach anywhere, you can make a huge difference by going where you are most needed. You should indicate this option only if you are truly open to it. Your flexibility has no impact on our admissions decisions.

Select Your Regions

If you want to select specific regions where you would prefer to teach, you must choose at least 10 regions. Of the 10 regions you choose, you can indicate which ones are:

  • Highly preferred: You would be excited to teach in this region.
  • Preferred: You would strongly consider teaching in this region if you were accepted into the corps.
  • Less preferred: You would need to learn more about this region and your potential for impact before joining the corps if placed here. Most applicants choose no more than two regions that are least preferred.

Tools to Help You Decide

If you have circumstances that limit your location options, you will be able to let us know this if you are invited to an interview.

Tell Us What You Want to Teach

You can indicate your preference of subjects to teach and grade level:

  • Elementary school (pre-K through grade 5)
  • Middle school (grades 6 through 8)
  • High school (grades 9 through 12)

While your choice does not impact your likelihood of admission, please consider one of these high-need areas:

Learn Your Regional Assignment and Accept Your Offer

You will be notified of your placement approximately two weeks after submitting your preferences.

When determining your placement, we do our best to put you in one of your most preferred regions, as long as your qualifications match the requirements.

53 Regions, Countless Opportunities

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Khadijah Abdullah
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
220
Active
Alumni
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Josh Sparks
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
190
Active
Alumni
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Jared Henderson
Executive Director
80
Active Corps
Members
210
Active
Alumni
Courtney Cass, Executive Director
Courtney Cass
Executive Director
180
Active Corps
Members
890
Active
Alumni
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Paul Keys
Executive Director, Bay Area
305
Active Corps
Members
2 815
Active
Alumni
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Katie Campos
Executive Director
45
Active Corps
Members
50
Active
Alumni
50
Active Corps
Members
270
Active
Alumni
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Timothy Hurley
Executive Director
155
Active Corps
Members
445
Active
Alumni
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Aneesh Sohoni
Executive Director
285
Active Corps
Members
2 820
Active
Alumni
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Damion LeeNatali
Executive Director, Teach For America - Colorado
160
Active Corps
Members
1 340
Active
Alumni
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Nate Snow
Executive Director, Connecticut
155
Active Corps
Members
650
Active
Alumni
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Adele Fabrikant
Executive Director
160
Active Corps
Members
2 750
Active
Alumni
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Cary Wright
Executive Director
355
Active Corps
Members
900
Active
Alumni
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Laurisa Schutt
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
85
Active
Alumni
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Rachele DiMeglio Adam
Interim Executive Director
75
Active Corps
Members
780
Active
Alumni
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Andrew Lakis
Executive Director
205
Active Corps
Members
905
Active
Alumni
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Holly Davis Trifiro
Executive Director
100
Active Corps
Members
285
Active
Alumni
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Ben Schumacher
Executive Director
150
Active Corps
Members
670
Active
Alumni
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Kira Orange Jones
Executive Director & Senior Vice President
215
Active Corps
Members
1 020
Active
Alumni
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Charles Barrett Adams
Executive Director
140
Active Corps
Members
1 275
Active
Alumni
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Leslie Daugherty
Executive Director, Greater Tulsa
180
Active Corps
Members
240
Active
Alumni
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Jill Baldemor
Executive Director, Hawai'i
130
Active Corps
Members
290
Active
Alumni
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Tiffany Cuellar Needham
Executive Director
215
Active Corps
Members
1 460
Active
Alumni
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Tony Ashton
Executive Director
30
Active Corps
Members
35
Active
Alumni
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Amar Patel
Executive Director
150
Active Corps
Members
430
Active
Alumni
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Darryl D. Willie
Executive Director
125
Active Corps
Members
205
Active
Alumni
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Chris Rosson
Executive Director
85
Active Corps
Members
345
Active
Alumni
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Sean Parker
Executive Director
170
Active Corps
Members
335
Active
Alumni
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Lida Jennings
Executive Director
190
Active Corps
Members
2 560
Active
Alumni
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Josh Biber
Executive Director
230
Active Corps
Members
2 000
Active
Alumni
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Athena Turner
Executive Director, Memphis
240
Active Corps
Members
425
Active
Alumni
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J. DeLano Ford
Executive Director, Metro Atlanta
120
Active Corps
Members
1 320
Active
Alumni
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Samantha Hoare
Executive Director, Miami-Dade
175
Active Corps
Members
485
Active
Alumni
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Walter Bond
Executive Director, Milwaukee
130
Active Corps
Members
500
Active
Alumni
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Barbara Logan Smith
Executive Director
195
Active Corps
Members
225
Active
Alumni
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Tia Morris
Executive Director
110
Active Corps
Members
1 230
Active
Alumni
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Nate Morrison
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
225
Active
Alumni
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Charissa Fernández
Executive Director
410
Active Corps
Members
5 100
Active
Alumni
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Nafeesha Irby
Executive Director
50
Active Corps
Members
125
Active
Alumni
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Art Serna Jr.
Executive Director, Oklahoma City
100
Active Corps
Members
150
Active
Alumni
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Lauren Chianese
Executive Director
35
Active Corps
Members
65
Active
Alumni
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Katie Tennessen Hooten
Executive Director
115
Active Corps
Members
880
Active
Alumni
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Kristine Frech
Executive Director
50
Active Corps
Members
200
Active
Alumni
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Dr. Paula Garcia
Executive Director
80
Active Corps
Members
190
Active
Alumni
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Laura Saldivar Luna
Executive Director
135
Active Corps
Members
310
Active
Alumni
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David Lopez
Executive Director
45
Active Corps
Members
330
Active
Alumni
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Josh Bell
Executive Director
100
Active Corps
Members
275
Active
Alumni
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Jim Curran
Executive Director
50
Active Corps
Members
75
Active
Alumni
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Laura Vinsant
Executive Director
75
Active Corps
Members
265
Active
Alumni
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Ben Lindy
Executive Director
55
Active Corps
Members
225
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Alumni
80
Active Corps
Members
530
Active
Alumni
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Mikisha Nation
Executive Director, Twin Cities
45
Active Corps
Members
655
Active
Alumni
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Tony Byrd
Executive Director
40
Active Corps
Members
875
Active
Alumni

Go Where You’re Needed Most

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Of the 53 regions where corps member work, there are a few regions where both the opportunity and the need for great teachers are particularly high. Teaching in one of these regions offers you the opportunity to make a real impact in a community that needs more excellent teachers.

Learn more about these regions and the pathway to leadership they offer.

  • Mississippi
  • Arkansas
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MISSISSIPPI

Consensus is building across Mississippi that a brighter future can be achieved when every child receives an excellent education. Corps members have a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in their local community and form life-changing relationships with students and families. Learn more.

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ARKANSAS

Arkansas is one of the birthplaces of the fight for educational equity and remains a place where leaders are fueled by a passion for equality. In Arkansas, you will join a strong and diverse network of more than 200 alumni and build tight-knit relationships across this vibrant community. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Teach For America uses the following key factors in determining your placement: availability of teaching positions across the nation for the upcoming school year; subject and grade-level needs of our district partners; district hiring requirements, including undergraduate coursework credits required for each position and regional certification requirements; your regional and teaching subject...
It’s very difficult to predict in advance what you will be qualified to teach in a given region. Your ability to teach a certain subject or grade level is partly dependent on the specific guidelines of a state, school district, and university partner. Unfortunately, these requirements are quite complex and change often, so we do not have a requirements list available for applicants. Even if you...
If you are admitted to the corps, you'll be able to research and select your preferred regions on the Applicant Center. Depending on your timeline, you'll receive your regional and subject assignment about two weeks after submitting your preferences. At this time time you'll be able to confirm your offer.
Once you’re admitted to the corps, you will have the opportunity to research and select your preferred regions on the Applicant Center. During your research you'll reflect on the factors most important to you in a region, compare regional factors (like cost of living, master's degree options, and more), and eventually build a strong list of regions that are a great fit for you. When determining...
Your preferences have no bearing on admissions. We encourage you to keep an open mind when deciding your preferences for grade levels, subjects, and regions. Your flexibility helps us place you where you can have the most impact.

Making a New Home

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