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.
Apply Early Decision to Teach For America
Create Opportunity & Dismantle Inequity
A great education opens doors of opportunity, transforms life outcomes, and leads to empowerment. As a Teach For America corps member, you’ll be a leader in your classroom. You’ll empower students to reach big goals and build relationships that last a lifetime. And you’ll develop your own leadership skills by thinking creatively and solving tough problems with the support of TFA staff, extensive resources, and an incredible network.
College juniors and co-terming seniors can apply early decision for admission into the 2018 corps.
If you're not yet eligible to apply, you can still get involved, grow as a leader, and advocate now.
- 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.
2018 Early Admission Timelines
Opportunities for Early Decision Applicants
- Networking Opportunities
- Professional Development
- Community Involvement
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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The 2018 Early Decision application is now closed. The general application for the 2018 corps will open in August 2017.
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