What & Where You'll Teach

Make an Impact Wherever You Go

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Determining Your Placement

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We take three things into account when determining what and where you’ll teach:

 

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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
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​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.

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If admitted, you’ll be able to research and select your preferred regions. Read our five steps to selecting your preferences below.

5 Steps to Selecting Your Preferences

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  • 1. Get to Know Our Regions
  • 2. Review the Summer Training Schedule
  • 3. Tell Us Where You Want to Teach
  • 4. Tell Us What You Want to Teach
  • 5. 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

Explore our regions and find out what it’s like to live there and work as a teacher.

Use our Regional Comparison Spreadsheet to compare all 53 regions side by side.

Review the Summer Training Schedule

To join Teach For America, you must be able to complete all of the summer training.

Check the summer training schedule before selecting your preferences, 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.

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, Alabama
45
Active Corps
Members
190
Active
Alumni
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Robin Gabbard
Executive Director, Appalachia
35
Active Corps
Members
205
Active
Alumni
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Courtney Cass
Executive Director, Baltimore
175
Active Corps
Members
915
Active
Alumni
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Paul Keys
Executive Director, Bay Area
325
Active Corps
Members
3 125
Active
Alumni
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Katie Campos
Executive Director, Buffalo
55
Active Corps
Members
60
Active
Alumni
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Nikolas Howard
Executive Director, California Capital Valley
60
Active Corps
Members
295
Active
Alumni
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Crystal Rountree
Executive Director, Charlotte-Piedmont Triad
170
Active Corps
Members
465
Active
Alumni
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Aneesh Sohoni
Executive Director, Chicago-Northwest Indiana
230
Active Corps
Members
3 030
Active
Alumni
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Damion LeeNatali
Executive Director, Colorado
145
Active Corps
Members
1 510
Active
Alumni
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Nate Snow
Executive Director, Connecticut
120
Active Corps
Members
645
Active
Alumni
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Adele Fabrikant
Executive Director, D.C. Region
130
Active Corps
Members
3 035
Active
Alumni
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Cary Wright
Executive Director, Dallas-Fort Worth
325
Active Corps
Members
965
Active
Alumni
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Laurisa Schutt
Executive Director, Delaware
40
Active Corps
Members
90
Active
Alumni
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Armen Hratchian
Executive Director, Detroit
45
Active Corps
Members
835
Active
Alumni
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Andrew Lakis
Executive Director, Eastern North Carolina
165
Active Corps
Members
965
Active
Alumni
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Holly Davis Trifiro
Executive Director, Greater Cleveland
90
Active Corps
Members
330
Active
Alumni
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Barbara Logan Smith
Executive Director, Greater Delta: Mississippi & Arkansas
130
Active Corps
Members
210
Active
Alumni
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Joy Okoro
Executive Director, Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta
185
Active Corps
Members
1 100
Active
Alumni
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Charles Barrett Adams
Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia
110
Active Corps
Members
1 355
Active
Alumni
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Leslie Daugherty
Executive Director, Greater Tulsa
155
Active Corps
Members
265
Active
Alumni
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Jill Baldemor
Executive Director, Hawai'i
115
Active Corps
Members
275
Active
Alumni
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Tiffany Cuellar Needham
Executive Director, Houston
200
Active Corps
Members
1 505
Active
Alumni
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Tony Ashton
Executive Director, Idaho
30
Active Corps
Members
45
Active
Alumni
Amar Patel
Amar Patel
Executive Director, Indianapolis
145
Active Corps
Members
505
Active
Alumni
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Darryl D. Willie
Executive Director, Jacksonville
110
Active Corps
Members
200
Active
Alumni
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Chris Rosson
Executive Director, Kansas City
90
Active Corps
Members
380
Active
Alumni
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Sean Parker
Executive Director, Las Vegas Valley
180
Active Corps
Members
355
Active
Alumni
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Lida Jennings
Executive Director, Los Angeles
180
Active Corps
Members
2 665
Active
Alumni
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Josh Biber
Executive Director, Massachusetts
240
Active Corps
Members
2 270
Active
Alumni
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Athena Palmer
Executive Director, Memphis
269
Active Corps
Members
420
Active
Alumni
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J. DeLano Ford
Executive Director, Metro Atlanta
120
Active Corps
Members
1 390
Active
Alumni
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Samantha Hoare
Executive Director, Miami-Dade
165
Active Corps
Members
505
Active
Alumni
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Walter Bond
Executive Director, Milwaukee
125
Active Corps
Members
590
Active
Alumni
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Ben Schumacher
Executive Director, Nashville
152
Active Corps
Members
700
Active
Alumni
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Tia Morris
Executive Director, New Jersey
95
Active Corps
Members
1 310
Active
Alumni
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Nate Morrison
Executive Director, New Mexico
45
Active Corps
Members
210
Active
Alumni
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Charissa Fernández
Executive Director, New York
440
Active Corps
Members
5 445
Active
Alumni
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Art Serna Jr.
Executive Director, Oklahoma City
85
Active Corps
Members
175
Active
Alumni
Lauren Chianese is the Executive Director of Teach For America's Orlando region.
Lauren Chianese
Executive Director, Orlando
30
Active Corps
Members
85
Active
Alumni
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Katie Tennessen Hooten
Executive Director, Phoenix
110
Active Corps
Members
900
Active
Alumni
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Kristine Frech
Executive Director, Rhode Island
55
Active Corps
Members
220
Active
Alumni
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Ana Gonzalez
Executive Director, Rio Grande Valley
70
Active Corps
Members
170
Active
Alumni
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Laura Saldivar Luna
Executive Director, San Antonio
130
Active Corps
Members
335
Active
Alumni
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David Lopez
Executive Director, San Diego
45
Active Corps
Members
370
Active
Alumni
Troy Evans
Troy Evans
Executive Director, South Carolina
90
Active Corps
Members
265
Active
Alumni
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Jim Curran
Executive Director, South Dakota
50
Active Corps
Members
65
Active
Alumni
Laura Vinsant is the Executive Director for Teach For America's South Louisiana region.
Laura Vinsant
Executive Director, South Louisiana
70
Active Corps
Members
220
Active
Alumni
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Ben Lindy
Executive Director, Southwest Ohio
45
Active Corps
Members
245
Active
Alumni
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Warren Morgan
Executive Director, St. Louis
60
Active Corps
Members
555
Active
Alumni
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Mikisha Nation
Executive Director, Twin Cities
30
Active Corps
Members
740
Active
Alumni
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Tony Byrd
Executive Director, Washington
50
Active Corps
Members
980
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.

  • Alabama
  • Buffalo
  • Greater Delta: Mississippi & Arkansas
  • Las Vegas Valley
  • South Carolina
  • St. Louis
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ALABAMA

Steeped in a rich historical legacy, the Alabama region continues to break down barriers that uphold systems of inequity to prove all kids can achieve at high levels. Corps members and alumni maintain the grassroots spirit that first brought Teach For America here, and remain committed to working towards one of the greatest Civil Rights issues of our day, educational equity.

Explore Alabama

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BUFFALO

This is a unique moment in Buffalo’s history. The community has never been as focused on the state of our public schools and the urgency to improve them. In additional to an unprecedented level of support from parents, Buffalo schools are collaborating with Say Yes to Education to provide a college tuition guarantee for every high school graduate. As a Buffalo corps member, you’ll have an opportunity to make a big impact in an up-and-coming city.

Explore Buffalo

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GREATER DELTA: MISSISSIPPI & ARKANSAS

Teach For America brings remarkable people to help Mississippi and Arkansas deliver on the promise of equal opportunity for all students. Our corps members invest in their local communities and push themselves to lead rigorous and culturally responsive classrooms—and find as a result that their hearts are forever tied to the brilliant students in the Delta.

Explore Greater Delta: Mississippi & Arkansas

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LAS VEGAS VALLEY

Many people first think of Las Vegas’s bright lights and slot machines. While the world-famous Strip offers plenty of exciting things to do, you’ll also have the opportunity to join a close-knit and growing network dedicated to making strides for our children and families. In a city thriving with an entrepreneurial spirit, alumni are working in nearly every sector, in partnership with the community to find new ways to challenge educational inequity.

Explore Las Vegas Valley

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SOUTH CAROLINA

As a South Carolina corps member, you’ll find yourself working in a community that is rich in history and relationships. Corps members work in small rural, suburban, and urban areas—all within 40-60 minutes of a sub-metropolitan city—that welcome you as part of a tight-knit family. In this unique context, you have more opportunities to partner with local organizations for lasting change inside and outside of the classroom.

Explore South Carolina

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ST. LOUIS

Teaching in St. Louis allows you to be part of a large and committed community that is both aware of its historic challenges in education, and optimistic about the progress created that impact students daily. Blending East Coast edge with West Coast ease, and a touch of Southern hospitality, St. Louis is a city that is large enough to offer the dynamic energy of a big city, with the soul of a small town.

Explore St. Louis

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...
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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Whether you end up working with a new community in your hometown or move across the country, it can feel both exciting and daunting. Corps members and alumni share their stories and advice.