A great education opens doors of opportunity, transforms life outcomes, and leads to empowerment. Education needs the most driven, passionate leaders your generation has to offer.
Is TFA for You?
Great Leaders Come from All Backgrounds
By joining Teach For America, you will lead alongside a powerful network of 53,000 leaders from all backgrounds and sectors. Like you, they are driven by their own ambition and passion to change our country and empower the next generation.
There is no one perfect fit for Teach For America. Corps members come from more than 700 universities, represent dozens of college majors and fields, and have varied experiences that contribute to their success in the classroom. Corps members' unique backgrounds make Teach For America diverse and give you an unparalleled opportunity to grow as a leader.
Your Future With TFA
The Corps Member Experience is Two Years
You will spend at least two years in the classroom making a profound and immediate impact on the lives of your students. Like most alumni, you’ll find that this is just the beginning of your role as an influencer in the broader fight for equity and opportunity.
You Can Make A Big Impact in One of 53 Regions
While some corps members may work in their hometown, others will spend two years making an impact in a place where they've not yet been. No matter where you go, you’ll have a new role that lets you affect others in a meaningful way.
After Your two Years You Are Considered An Alumnus
Once you’ve seen the impact you can make as a corps member, there’s a good chance you’ll want to do more—in front of the classroom, in school leadership, in educational policy, or in another sector that helps expand opportunities for America’s children.
Characteristics of Effective TFA Teachers
Teach For America teachers come from all different college majors and experiences. What connects them are common mind-sets, skills, and work styles. Teach For America’s research shows that teachers who have helped their students achieve the most dramatic growth often possess the following characteristics.
1. A deep belief in the potential of all kids.
You are committed to doing whatever it takes to expand opportunities for students, often with a perspective informed by experience in low-income communities. You have an understanding of the systemic challenges of poverty and racism.
2. Demonstrated leadership ability.
You are able to lead others in a variety of settings, including those that are less familiar.
3. Strong achievement.
You are able to attain measurable results in academic, professional, extracurricular, and/or volunteer settings.
4. Perseverance in the face of challenges.
You have the ability to adapt to challenging environments.
5. Long-term commitment to reaching goals.
You have a strong desire to improve and develop, both personally and professionally.
6. Excellent organizational ability.
You are a master of planning well and managing responsibilities effectively.
7. Excellent interpersonal skills.
You have a proven ability to motivate others.
8. Respect for individuals' diverse experiences.
You have the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds.
Where Greatness Leads
After two years in the classroom, Teach For America alumni go on to pursue diverse and impactful careers. While many choose to stay in the classroom, others go on to influence education and create opportunities in low-income communities from other career fields.
Get to know a few alumni and see how their time in the classroom put them on a path toward a career with meaning.