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The Basics of Applying to Teach For America

The application for the 2015 corps is now open! Click here to apply.

Our admissions process is designed to help us identify whether applicants possess the characteristics we’ve seen in our most successful corps members. From those who apply to Teach For America,  we admit people whose unique strengths convince us that they have what it takes to lead students to significant academic success. 

Teach For America Applications are non-binding. Subsequent rounds of the admissions process can include an online activity, phone interview, and final in-person or virtual interview. If you are admitted to the corps, you will attend summer training beginning in late May or early June 2015 and begin teaching in fall 2015 regardless of the deadline by which you apply.

Choosing When to Apply to Teach For America

Given the demand from our partner regions, we’ve added a sixth application deadline for the 2015 corps: March 6, 2015.

Some, but not all, of our regions will be placing applicants from the March 6 deadline. We recommend you apply to our January 30, 2015 deadline to be considered for all 50 of our partner regions. 

Given testing and hiring timelines, we will NOT place any sixth deadline applicants in the following regions: The Bay Area, Los Angeles, Metro Atlanta, Sacramento, San Diego, and Twin Cities. 

Two things are required to be admitted to Teach For America: 1) The Selection Committee must determine that you meet our standards for admission and 2) we must be confident that we can place you in a teaching position in one of our regions. The admissions criteria are the same across all six deadlines.

Please ensure that you will not have any scheduling conflicts with required phone or in-person interview dates before submitting your application.  

Preparing for the Application Process

 Here are some actions to take if you’re preparing to start Teach For America's application Process:

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Teach For America Application Timeline

Download and print the 2014-2015 application timeline [PDF].

Who We Look For

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2015 Application Timeline

Timeline for the  deadline

Online Application

  • Submit personal information, academic history, and leadership experience
  • Upload resume: one page strongly recommended, two-page limit
  • Submit short answer responses: 250 words each

Learn if you’ve been invited to an interview on January 17.

Please note: Candidates are sometimes invited directly to the final interview round. Anyone invited to either a phone or final interview must complete the Online Activity.

Phone Interviews

  • Sign up for a phone interview timeslot by January 23
  • Participate in a 30-45 minute phone interview


Learn if you’ve been invited to a final interview on February 5.

Online Activity

  • Access the Online Activity
  • Allot two hours to complete the activity in one sitting by 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT January 23

Please note: Internet access is required to complete this required activity.

Final Interviews

Before February 22

  • Sign up for an interview location and date
  • Prepare a five-minute sample teaching lesson
  • Read assigned articles
  • Complete Assignment Preference Form: Submit your regional and subject and grade-level preferences
  • Complete Coursework Information Form: List your coursework to determine what you are eligible to teach
  • Upload official transcript from every undergraduate/graduate university you have attended
  • Upload documents proving that you are a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States or have received deferred action for childhood arrivals
  • Ensure two recommenders submit Online Recommendation Forms


Please note: Interviews are held during weekday business hours.

Final Admission Notifications

  • View your acceptance status
  • If admitted, receive details about where you’ll teach and what subject and grade level you’re tentatively assigned to teach


Accept or decline our offer by March 28, 2013