We’re looking for people who have both the skills and passion to be lifelong leaders in the fight to give all kids an excellent education. Our admissions process is designed to help identify applicants who have the characteristics we’ve seen in our most successful teachers. There are two basic requirements to be admitted to Teach For America:
Our Selection Committee must determine that you meet our standards for admission, including the admission prerequisites.
We must be confident that we can place you in a teaching position in one of our regions.
Our application season runs from August to February each year. You will be notified of your admissions decision between October and April, about two months after you apply, and begin teaching in the fall.
Each year we have five to six application deadlines. Your chance of admission is the same at each deadline, but by applying early you will have more time to prepare to teach if you are accepted.
What & Where You’ll Teach
If you are invited to a final interview, you will have the opportunity to indicate the regions you most prefer to teach in and share any obligations that limit your choices. As part of that process, you will need to confirm that you are available to attend the scheduled summer training in each region. At least one of your preferred regions must come from our current list of high-need regions. Learn more about what and where you’ll teach and picking your preferences.
The Application Process
- 1. Online Application
- 2. Phone Interview
- 3. Online Activity
- 4. Final Interview
Our 2016 application will be available starting in August. When you go online, you will:
- Submit your personal information, academic history, and leadership experience
- Upload your resume: one page is strongly recommended with a two-page maximum
- Submit short-answer responses to the application questions: about 300 words each
After applying online, you will be notified if you are invited to a phone interview and asked to sign up for a time slot online. The interview will take 30 to 45 minutes.
The third stage is an online activity. You will be given more details at this stage and must complete the activity in two hours during a single session.
The final interview takes place in person. Once you are invited to participate, you will be asked to:
- Sign up for an interview location and date
- Prepare a five-minute sample teaching lesson
- Read assigned articles
- Complete the Assignment Preference Form to indicate your region, subject, and grade preferences
- Complete the Coursework Information Form to help determine what you are eligible to teach
- Upload an official transcript from every undergraduate or graduate school you have attended
- Upload documents proving that you are a citizen, national, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or DACA recipient
- Ask two recommenders to submit an Online Recommendation Form for you
Teach For America applications are non-binding, which means that you are not required to accept a position if it is offered to you.