Picking Your Preferences
Finding out where and what you’ll teach is one of the most exciting, but sometimes nerve-wracking, aspects of joining Teach For America. If you have family obligations, specific skills that should be considered, or a particular place you’d like to be, rest assured that you’ll have a chance to tell us your preferences. We work hard to match each candidate to a place and position that fits well.
Your regional, subject, and grade-level preferences do not influence your chances of admission.
Three Steps to Selecting Your Preferences
- 1. Review the Summer Training Schedules
- 2. Tell Us Where You Would Like to Teach
- 3. Tell Us What You Would Like to Teach
To join Teach For America, you must be able complete all summer training. Each region’s training schedule and location is different. Before selecting your preferences, it’s important to check the schedules to make sure you can attend all the sessions for the regions you choose. If you have significant conflicts, such as your own wedding or a contractual obligation, let us know in advance and we’ll discuss options.
If you are willing to teach anywhere, you can make a huge difference by going where you are most needed. You should indicate this option only if you are truly open to it. Your flexibility has no impact on our admissions decisions.
If you want to select specific regions where you would prefer to teach, you must choose at least 10 regions. Of your 10 regions, at least one must be from our list of high-priority areas, where we have an urgent need for more teachers.
Of the 10 regions you choose, you can indicate which ones are:
Highly preferred: You would be excited to teach in this region. Most applicants select at least five highly preferred regions.
Preferred: You would strongly consider teaching in this region if you were to be accepted into the corps.
Least preferred: You are the least excited about being placed in this region but would still consider joining the corps if placed here. Most applicants choose no more than two regions that are least preferred.
When picking your preferences, look at our regional pages for information such as the cost of living and teacher certification requirements. On our main regional page, you'll also find a comparison tool to help you evaluate several areas at a time.
If you have circumstances that limit your location options, let us know during your final interview.
You can indicate your preference of subjects to teach and grade level:
Elementary school (pre-K through grade 5)
Middle school (grades 6 through 8)
High school (grades 9 through 12)
While your choice does not impact your likelihood of admission, please consider one of these high-need areas:
DESTINATION: HIGH IMPACT
- Eastern North Carolina
- Las Vegas Valley
- Northeast Ohio - Cleveland
One of the original Teach For America sites in 1990, this rural region has deep roots in the community. These hard-working communities are seeing unprecedented success in classrooms by developing leaders in education, and investing in long-term changes for kids. Learn more.
Since 2004, this region has placed nearly 700 corps members in the Las Vegas Valley, reaching over 40,000 students growing up in poverty. Strong partnerships with local businesses and community leaders make this a tight-knit community committed to opportunities for all kids. Learn more.
Consensus is building across Mississippi that a brighter future can only be achieved when every child receives an excellent education. Corps members have a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in their local community and form life-changing relationships with students and families. Learn more.
In the midst of revitalization, Cleveland’s community is intently focused on education and the role it will play in breaking the cycle of poverty. Known for its longstanding entrepreneurial spirit, Cleveland believes more is possible for its children and the future of the region. Learn more.
Oklahoma is a leader in early childhood education, dedicated to giving our youngest students the foundation for a strong start. Our teachers, alumni, and staff have adopted Oklahoma's spirit of partnership, grit, and determination and are working relentlessly to ensure that students have the opportunities they deserve. Learn more.