Congratulations to those of you who have been invited to an interview! While we certainly hope you’re excited, we understand that you may also be feeling a bit nervous in preparation for the big day.
Before you attend your interview, your Pre-Interview Activity, Transcript Wizard, Recommenders & Reference List, Pre-Assignment Form, Coursework Information Form, official transcripts, and Online Recommendation Forms are all due. Whew!
It may seem like a long list, but it shouldn’t take you too long to do if you break it down step by step. In case you get held up on any step, check out our frequently asked questions.
“Which transcripts should I upload?”
Since everyone’s educational history is different, we’ve created an online transcript wizard that will answer this question for you. Before you can even upload your transcript, you'll have to visit the Transcript Wizard on the Applicant Center by clicking the “Transcripts” tab. The wizard will walk you through each transcript scenario, and produce an exact answer of what transcripts you need to submit.
“Ok, the wizard has spoken and I know which transcripts I need, but how do I submit them to Teach For America?”
You’ll need to upload your transcripts directly to the Applicant Center. Many schools provide electronic copies of official transcripts. If you find that your university falls into this category, you can order one for yourself by designating your personal email address as the recipient. Then you can upload it directly to the Applicant Center once you’ve received it.
If your school does not provide digital copies of official transcripts, you can order a hard copy sent to your personal address. Once you receive it in the mail, you can open the envelope and scan a copy into your computer. Don’t worry about breaking the “official seal.” You’ll need to open it in order to scan and submit to the Applicant Center.
We can’t accept hard copies of official transcripts to our office as we just don’t have the capacity to scan and upload them for all of our applicants!
“I already submitted my transcript, why do I need to fill out the Coursework Information Form?”
Your Coursework Information Form is important because it helps determine where you can be placed. The states and school districts in our regions each have their own unique set of coursework standards for eligibility. Things like your credit hours, major, and GPA play a big part in determining which region we can assign you to.
In order to determine your placement eligibility efficiently, we need to have the information organized in a uniform way. Because university transcripts are uniquely formatted, it’s not possible for our Assignment team to look at the transcript for every applicant, and then assess where you might be qualified to teach. If our team attempted to do this, you might not receive your regional assignment until the week before school starts!
“What if my recommender hasn't received their online recommendation form?”
Our system automatically sends out recommender emails once your Recommenders & Reference List has been submitted, so it’s possible the email went to their spam or junk folder. To resend the email, you can visit the Applicant Center, go to your Recommenders & Reference List, and click the “Send email reminder” button to have the email with link sent to your recommender again. This feature can be used once every hour.
If your recommender still has not received the form after you resend it, it is likely because their firewall is preventing our emails from being delivered. You may want to update your recommender’s contact information with an alternative email address (like a Gmail account). When you change your recommender’s email address, it will automatically trigger a new email to be sent to the updated address.
If your recommender doesn’t have alternate emails, please have him/her email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then provide them with the link to the Online Recommendation Form directly.
Still have questions? Check out our FAQs!