The Application Process

Teach For America's admissions process has four stages and takes approximately two months to complete.
  • 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.