Tips for Applying

The Online Application

  • Your Application
  • Resume
  • Short-Answer Questions

Your Application

Your online application is your first opportunity to tell us about your accomplishments and experiences and talk about your interest in Teach For America.

Before applying, you're encouraged to learn about Teach For America's mission and what it's like to lead a classroomYou can also check out our Top Stories, which features articles from corps members, alumni, students, and others in the Teach For America community. 

To learn more about the admissions process, read insider tips written by the admissions team.


On your resume, you should highlight your academic and professional achievements and leadership experience.

Academic achievement includes:

  • Your cumulative GPA
  • Participation in honors programs
  • Inclusion in dean’s lists
  • Notable awards

Leadership can be displayed through a variety of experiences including:

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Work experience
  • Managing teams

Examples of Effective Resumes:

Short-Answer Questions

On the application, you'll be asked to complete short-answer questions about why you want to join Teach For America and other topics. Make sure you answer the questions thoroughly. Review our writing proficiency standards and be sure to proofread accordingly. We purposefully evaluate your writing ability because corps members in every subject must teach literacy and pass district certification exams in reading and writing skills.

For exemplary short-answer responses, make sure you: 

  • Clearly answer application questions, make a profound point, stay on topic
  • Have a logical and insightful progression of ideas throughout
  • Clearly explain key ideas and support them with well-chosen examples or details
  • Vary sentence structure effectively
  • Choose words carefully and correctly
  • Proofread for errors in word usage, grammar, and mechanics

The Pre-Interview Activity


The Interview