Parents, Family, and Friends
The TFA Experience
Teaching With TFA
People who are accepted into Teach For America are called corps members. They commit to teach for two years in one of 53 high-need urban and rural communities across the country to expand educational opportunities for kids.
Corps members teach Pre-K through 12th grade in a variety of subjects. After the two-year commitment is over, whether they stay in the classroom or pursue a different career, they are considered TFA alumni.
A Challenge and an Opportunity
Leading a classroom in a high-need community is an incredible challenge that allows you to make an immediate impact in ways that most first jobs do not. Teachers empower students and can change the course of their lives.
Through the experience, corps members develop incredible skills and meaningful relationships that help further their own personal and professional goals.
Alumni say that this was one of their most formative experiences. It prepared them to excel in their endeavors and connected them to remarkable individuals who have helped shape their careers.
A Career With Impact
- Empower Students
- Develop Personally and Professionally
- Be Part of a Community and Network
Teach For America corps members help their students achieve academic success and dramatically expand their life opportunities.
Independent research shows that corps members are as effective, and sometimes more effective, at driving student success as other experienced teachers in the same schools.
Develop Personally and Professionally
Every day corps members are challenged to think creatively, solve problems, and demonstrate empathy as they motivate others. They have access to:
- Teaching and leadership development resources
- Support in the classroom and in their community
- An unparalleled network to maximize their impact in the classroom and beyond
Be Part of a Community and Network
Corps members bond with both TFA and other veteran teachers in their schools and build relationships with students, parents, and community leaders.
As alumni, they are part of a diverse network of successful leaders from all sectors who are passionate about making positive social change. They support each other personally and professionally and share exciting career opportunities. Many collaborate to launch new schools, nonprofits, social ventures, and businesses.
Graduate schools and employers value the skills, commitment, and perspective developed in the corps and offer special benefits to TFA corps members and alumni.
Frequently Asked Questions
Family and friends play a big role in corps members’ decision to apply and their success as teachers. Here are the answers to common questions that will help you understand our program and support your loved one as he or she considers joining Teach For America.
- The TFA Experience
- Program Specifics
- After Teaching
- Funding and Support