Apply Early Decision to Teach For America

Create Opportunity and Dismantle Inequity

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My Early Decision Experience

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Caroline Gold
New York 2017
Northwestern University
“By applying early decision, I was given almost four months to consider my offer. During that time, I leveraged the TFA alumni network to learn about the classroom experiences of alums, signed up for education newsletters to better understand the ins and outs of public school systems, and read books on transformational teachers. When it came time to accept my offer, I felt prepared, confident, and comfortable in my decision.”
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Pranav Nanda
Kansas City 2017
George Washington University
“Applying early to TFA gave me the opportunity to hear from amazing Teach For America alumni leaders. I’ve also been able to meet with other early admits who will become future education leaders. The opportunity to bridge past and future leaders gives me great hope for the future of education. I have always believed that kids can do amazing things if they are given the support to succeed, and I’m excited to work with people who share that belief.”
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Ciara Hart
South Louisiana 2017
Florida A&M University
“Teach For America comprises wonderful, powerful, and diverse individuals. To be connected with so many different people from different walks of life, but all working toward the same goal, has been one of the most powerful experiences in my life.”
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Jennifer Swanson
Detroit 2017
University of Pittsburgh
“I decided to join TFA because I wanted to make an immediate impact after graduation, develop myself personally and professionally, and contribute to broader social justice movements. In applying early, I’ve had more time to consider my offer and prepare myself for the responsibilities of leading a classroom.”

Application Details

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  • How to Apply
  • Application Resources

How To Apply

Our admissions process is designed to help us identify if applicants possess the characteristics we’ve seen in our most successful corps members. We admit people whose unique strengths convince us that they have what it takes to lead students to significant academic success.

Juniors and co-terming seniors will be evaluated on the same criteria as any other applicant. We encourage you to apply when you believe your application will be the strongest, whether that is as a junior or as a senior.  

Applicants to Teach For America must submit an online application. Applications are non-binding. Subsequent rounds of the admissions process will include an online activity and a final interview.

If you are admitted to the corps, you will attend our summer training in summer 2018 and begin teaching in fall 2018.

Application Resources

If you’re preparing to start an application, here are some helpful resources to get you started:

2018 Early Admission Timelines

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Opportunities for Early Decision Applicants

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Applying early to Teach For America comes with additional benefits and learning opportunities. If admitted to the 2018 corps, you’ll have exclusive access to programs throughout the 2017-18 school year. More information will be shared upon your acceptance to Teach For America.

  • Networking Opportunities
  • Professional Development
  • Community Involvement

Networking Opportunities 

Alumni Mentoring: Learn from and network with top Teach For America alumni. Through a one-on-one mentorship, you’ll hear about your mentor’s teaching experience and career after Teach For America, as well as learn valuable preparation tips and advice. Please note: Limited space is available in this program.

Inside TFA Webinars: Inside TFA Webinars will give you an unfiltered look into corps member life—inside and outside of the classroom. You’ll connect with organizational leaders, specialists, and teachers on important issues such as summer training, grade- and subject-specific topics, and TFA’s partnerships with diverse communities, such as African American and LGBTQ+ communities.

Cohort Communities: Cohort Communities are virtual learning seminars where you’ll meet with a small group of early admitted corps members to discuss important education topics. You’ll make connections, learn from each another, and practice skills vital to social justice educators and advocates.

Professional Development

Virtual Courses: Teach For America alumni and staff host virtual courses on topics such as leadership development, diversity and inclusiveness, and teaching instruction.

Monthly Newsletters: Once you’re accepted, you’ll receive monthly newsletter from the Pre-Corps Experiences team. Read about the classrooms of current corps members and learn what becoming a corps member will mean for you.

Certification Prep: A common request from early admitted corps members is more preparation for regional certification tests. Our team provides access to test diagnostics for the most commonly taken certification tests and offers additional test prep opportunities.

Community Involvement

Partnership Organization Internships and Jobs: Through partnerships with other leading social impact organizations, Teach For America offers early admitted corps members relevant, accessible, paid work opportunities to directly learn skills related to teaching.

Regional Visits: Join fellow early admitted corps members in your placement region for a 2-3 day experience. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of educational inequity in the community and the impact you’ll have on students while building your network. Please note: Limited space is available in this program.

Leadership Summit: This July, you’ll be invited to attend a 3 day summit along with 50-75 other early admitted corps members. You’ll observe classrooms, meet current teachers and community members, and take part in workshops and small-group projects. You’ll imagine your future, build relationships, and develop your leadership commitment for the year ahead.

A Career With Impact

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If you leverage your talents to take on the fight for educational equity, great things can happen for you and your students. Learn more about the impact you can make and what it’s like to teach.

Frequently Asked Questions

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If you will graduate between July 2018 and June 2019, please check back in January 2018 for information about the 2019 Early Decision application. In the meantime, you can reference these frequently asked questions from the 2018 Early Decision application to learn more.

Have a question not addressed here? Contact us.

  • Early Decision Eligibility & Application Process
  • Applying Early vs. Waiting Until Next Year
  • Once You’re Admitted
Yes! College juniors can apply early decision to Teach For America. As an early decision applicant, you’ll be evaluated on the same criteria as any other applicant. We encourage you to apply when you believe your application will be the strongest, whether that is as a junior or as a senior. Read more about applying early decision.
Eligibility for 2019 Early Decision is as follows: Undergraduate graduation date between 07/01/2018 and 06/30/2019 Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher U.S. Citizen, National/Permanent Resident, or recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals If you meet each of the above listed requirements, you are eligible to apply to the 2019 corps through Early Decision. If you're not yet eligible to apply early to Teach For America, you can learn more about other opportunities to get involved with our mission now.
If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you are not eligible for the 2019 Early Decision process. The only exception is for applicants in a dual-degree program who will receive both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees between July 2018 and June 2019. If you are not eligible for the 2019 Early Decision, we encourage you to apply through the standard process in fall 2018.
If you are invited to a interview and cannot attend for any reason, you can reapply through our 2019 standard application, which will launch in August 2018. Should you choose to reapply, you would need to complete a new online application as well as any additional required activities and interviews to which you are invited. Please keep in mind that applicants who choose to reapply are not guaranteed to be invited to any specific portion of the process. Early Decision applicants have the option to apply to three different application deadlines, but if you foresee any challenges with the 2019 Early Decision timelines, you may want to consider applying through the standard process in fall 2018.
We know that family and friends may play a big role in your decision to apply to Teach For America and your success as a teacher. We've designed this overview specifically for family and friends to help them understand the value of teaching in a low-income community, details about the program, and provide answers to frequently asked questions. 
Applying to Teach For America as a junior or co-terming senior allows you to start your final year with a job offer in hand. You’ll have an extended period to consider your offer and prepare for your corps experience. You’ll be able to spend additional time connecting with a vast network of social impact leaders and accessing leadership development opportunities, which are exclusively available to early decision applicants. Read more about these opportunities.
You should apply when you think your application will be the strongest. As one of our selection criteria is strong achievement in academic, professional, extracurricular, and/or volunteer settings, if you are not able to speak to the impact you have had it may be best to wait until fall 2018 and apply through the 2019 standard admissions process.
Yes. If you are not admitted, you are eligible to apply to the 2019 corps the following season. The 2019 application deadlines will be announced in the summer of 2018.
No. We evaluate candidates based on competitiveness, not the timing of their application. Early Decision applicants will be evaluated on the same criteria as any other applicant. Corps members are selected based on leadership potential and other criteria. We encourage you to apply when you believe your application will be the strongest.
No. In order to preserve the fairness of our assignment process for all applicants, Early Decision applicants are no more or less likely to get one of their highly preferred regions than applicants at any other deadline.
If you are admitted, you will be notified of your admissions decision according to your application deadline and will then be able to accept our offer in the fall of 2018—likely in November 2018. During the summer, we will reach out to you with additional information about our program, your region, and what you can be doing to prepare for the corps.
If you are not admitted, you are eligible to re-apply to the 2019 corps through our standard application process. Should you choose to reapply, you would need to complete a new online application as well as any additional required activities and interviews to which you are invited. Please keep in mind that applicants who choose to reapply are not guaranteed to be invited to any specific portion of the process.
You will receive your regional assignment,but not your grade-level or subject assignment. Our regions work with school districts to determine the grade level and subject assignment of our corps members, and do not currently have projections on their school districts’ needs for the 2019 school year. However, we will be able to give you your regional assignment so that you know where you will be placed. Take a look at the communities where we work.
You will need to accept your offer in the fall of 2018. Because many campuses have policies which dictate when students can formally accept job offers, we will have all admitted early applicants confirm their offers with the first round of applicants in the 2019 season, which is usually in November.