There are regions where both the opportunity and need for great teachers are particularly high. Learn more about these regions and the pathway to leadership and impact they offer.
What & Where You'll Teach
Which Region is Right For You?
Visit each regional site on the map to learn more about the impact you can have. Find information on what it’s like to live there, cost of living, and teacher certification requirements.
Check out our Regional Comparison Spreadsheet to see how all 53 regions compare at once.
Determining What & Where You Will Teach
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
- Spanish/bilingual education
- Special education
2. Qualification Requirements
Each region's partner schools have varying requirements for the teachers they hire. These requirements may include:
- Minimum GPA
- College major
- Coursework prerequisites
TFA will assign you to a region, subject, and grade level where you meet the local requirements to be legally certified to teach.
The requirements for each region are complex and change often. Visit each region's website to learn more.
3. Your Preferences
If admitted, you'll have the opportunity to connect with a assignment consultant who will work with you to determine the factors that are most important to you and then suggest regions that will be a good match.
Selecting Your Preferences
- Talk With a Consultant
- 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
Once you're admitted to the corps, you will be given the chance to discuss your regional preferences with one of our assignment consultants. During this time you'll discuss the factors most important for you in a region, such as:
- Hometown connections
- Cost of living
- Master's degree options
Your consultant will then be able to suggest regions that will be a good match for you.
To join Teach For America, you must be able to complete all 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.
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.
Get to Know Our Regions
When picking your preferences, visit each region’s website on the map to learn more about what it’s like to live there, cost of living, and teacher certification requirements.
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.
- Least preferred: You would need 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
- Use our comparison tool to compare basic info across several regions.
- This Regional Comparison Spreadsheet will give you a full picture of how all regions compare at once.
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.
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:
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.
Destination: High Impact
- Oklahoma City
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.
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.
Oklahoma City’s corps, alumni, and staff have adopted Oklahoma's spirit of collaboration, grit, and determination, and work relentlessly to ensure the students of their region have the opportunities they deserve. As an Oklahoma City corps member, you will enjoy the charm and lively atmosphere of a modern metropolitan community, while maintaining an affordable cost of living. Learn more.
Making a New Home
Find out how other corps members have acclimated to their new communities.