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Application Process

The once-in-a-lifetime journey starts here. Discover what it takes to apply to TFA.
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Are You Eligible?

Before you start your application, check your eligibility status:


Not sure about your eligibility?

If you don't meet all of the three criteria above, you may still be eligible. Check our Admissions FAQs (below) for more specific information about our admissions policies and for frequently asked questions.

Special Info for Immigrants & Refugees

We are also committed to supporting immigrants and refugees who want to teach. If this applies to you, check out our Admissions FAQs to learn more.

Admissions FAQs

Choose Your Application Window

Whether you’re a college student navigating midterms and student organizations or a working professional seeking new opportunities, we have an application window that fits your schedule! Review our application deadlines and choose when you’re going to apply.

Submit Early. Find Out Fast!

When you submit your application by November 30th, you'll find out by December 9th if you're invited to interview with TFA. Or, apply by January 4th to be notified by January 13th! Give yourself the peace of mind of knowing you have a job interview coming up with extra time to prepare for your sample teach and case study and gather transcripts and recommender info - all while setting your 2023 up for success by increasing your chances of getting placed in your desired region if you receive an offer to join the corps!

Apply by Nov 30 to get an interview decision by Dec 9
Apply by Jan 4 to get an interview decision by Jan 13

Interviews will still occur Mar 6-10

Submit your application by Sept. 2 2022 Oct. 21 2022

Feb. 10 2023

Mar. 23 2023
2023 Critical Needs Deadline

Apr. 19 2023
Early Admission

Learn if you're invited to an interview Sept. 12 Oct. 31 Feb. 21 Mar. 31 Apr. 28
Interview sign up and pre-interview activities due Sept. 19 Nov. 7 Feb. 27 Apr. 5 May 3
Additional pre-interview information due Sept. 22 Nov. 10 Mar. 2 Apr. 7 May 3
Attend your interview Sept. 26-30 Nov. 14-18 Mar. 6-10 Apr. 11-13 May 8-12
Submit coursework information and confirm or update regions selected Oct. 1-7 Nov. 19-30 Mar. 11-15 Apr. 16 May 13-16
Learn your admissions decision and regional/subject placement Oct. 18 Dec. 7 Mar. 24 Apr. 20 May 25
Accept or decline your offer Oct. 31 Dec. 16 Apr. 7 Apr. 27 TBD
Submit Your Application By

Learn if you’re invited to an interview

Interview sign-up ad pre-interview activities due Additional pre-interview information due Attend your interview Submit coursework information and confirm or update regions selected Learn your admissions decision and regional / subject placement Accept or decline your offer
Sept. 2 2022 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 22 Sept. 26-30 Oct. 1-7 Oct. 18 Oct. 31
Oct. 21 2022 Oct. 31 Nov. 7 Nov. 10 Nov. 14-18 Nov. 19-30 Dec. 7 Dec. 16
Feb. 10 2023 Feb. 21 Feb. 27 Mar. 2 Mar. 6-10 Mar. 11-15 Mar. 24 Apr. 7
Mar. 23 2023
2023 Critical Needs Deadline
Mar. 31 Apr. 5 Apr. 7 Apr. 11-13 Apr. 16 Apr. 20 Apr. 27

Apr. 19 2023
Early Admission

Apr. 28 May 3 May 2 May 8-12 May 13-16 May 25 TBD

College juniors can apply to the Early Admission deadline! 

We know where you work and live are important factors when making decisions about your future. If you are a junior or co-terming senior, you will be assigned to teach in your top preferred regional location as long as you meet the local qualifications to teach. Since you’ll be among the first to apply for the 2024 corps, you’ll be able to choose any of our regions, as long as you meet the qualifications to teach in that location. 

Benefits to Applying Early to the 2024 Corps

When you apply early to the 2024 corps, you will unlock several opportunities to develop your teaching and DEI skills, grow your professional network, connect with your region, and guarantee a spot in your top region of choice. Benefits include:

  • Auto admission to our Ignite paid internship, which provides a full year to hone your teaching and leadership skills
  • Guaranteed placement in your top region of choice
  • Opportunities to connect with your placement region and begin to build your local network of fellow corps members, alumni, and community leaders

Fill Out An Online Application

Working towards the day when all children have an equitable, excellent education is rewarding and challenging. If you have what it takes to help us reach our goal, here’s what you need to do to apply to become a Teach For America corps member.

1. Confirm Eligibility

Complete our eligibility quiz to make sure you have the basic requirements covered. 

2. Create an Account

Start an account in our Applicant Center to work on your TFA application at any time and save your work.

3. Fill Out Application & Upload Documents

Our online application requires you to convey basic information, upload required documents, and share your experiences through 300-400 word written reflections. Unlike some other job applications, our application process is designed to gather all your qualifications so we can thoroughly assess you as a candidate before a possible interview. It includes the following:

Application Sections

  • Fill out your personal information
  • Describe your interest in joining TFA
  • Describe your leadership experience
  • Indicate 0, 1, 2, or 3 regions you'd like to work in

Necessary Documents

  • Your most updated resume
  • School history

We encourage you to take the time to ensure your application properly showcases your unique personality, strengths, and talent.

4. Submit Interview Time Preferences

Share your interview availability. Our virtual interviews are approximately 90 minutes and are on a weekday. 

If you have any questions or concerns about our online application process, visit our Admissions FAQs page.

Admissions FAQs

Attend an Interview

In your interview, it’s your chance to highlight why you’re interested in fighting for an equitable future for children and how you can help us do the same. Here’s what to expect from our process: 

1. Prepare for Your Interview

Before your interview, have the following things ready:

  • Contact information for your recommenders
  • Submitted references 
  • An uploaded transcript
  • A prepared 5-minute sample teaching lesson
  • A prepared proposal for a case study on racial disparities

2. Day of Your Interview

On the day of your interview, log in into your Applicant Center account and join a Zoom interview. Here, you will:

  • Receive a brief overview of TFA and our mission
  • Deliver a 5-minute sample lesson. Your interviewer will be your student!
  • Share your case study proposal with your interviewer  
  • Tell us about your experiences and attributes
  • Ask questions at the end if you have any 

If you have any questions or concerns about the interview process, check out our Admissions FAQs page to learn more.

Admissions FAQs

Select Your Region(s), Subject, and Grade

When submitting an application, select 1, 2, or 3 regions where you’d be excited to receive an offer. Or, let us know you’re open to going to a region where the need is greatest. You can also tell us you're not sure yet. 

After your interview, you'll have the opportunity to revisit your original regional selection(s) or choose your region or regions if you did not choose any originally. Remember, if you are admitted to the corps, you’ll receive an offer from one of the regions on your list – so make selections with this in mind. It is acceptable to list only one region. You’ll also indicate your preferred subjects that you are interested in teaching. To find the best schools and community to match your interests and skills, here are things to consider when making your choices:

Choosing your Preferred Subjects

Your preferred subjects will differ based on specific regional or educational requirements. As you select where you want to teach, be sure to do your research by using our Compare Regions Tool to look at important factors like cost of living, certification, and requirements.

Choosing your Region

Summer training must be completed in your region, which starts in late May-early June. To explore the unique differences between our 38 TFA regions, use our Explore Map or Compare Regions Tool. If admitted, we will use your selected region(s) to finalize your offer.

Things to keep in mind when selecting regions:

  • Cost of living
  • Travel expenses 
  • Certification and Masters requirements
  • Subject qualifications 
  • Graduation date prerequisites
Check out our tool to compare the different key dimensions of each region.

Confirm Your Acceptance

Yay, you’re accepted! 

You will learn if you are accepted about 2 weeks after you finalize your region and subject selections. You’ll receive your acceptance, placement, and subject notification through email and the applicant center.

Lock in your spot! 

Once you’ve been notified, you’ll have 10 days to decide whether or not the TFA corps is right for you. If admitted, you can officially accept your offer in the Applicant Center. The specific dates for this step can be found in the deadline table above.

Once you have officially accepted the offer to become a Teach For America corps member, you will take further steps with your region to find and secure a teaching job.

Take another path.

There are countless pathways available for you to do social good and help expand opportunities for all. If you’re not offered a spot in the corps, you’ll receive information about several partner organizations, graduate school programs, and opportunities where you can put your talent to use!  If you’d like to re-apply, you can do that the following year, as applicants can only apply once per academic year.

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Now that your know all about our process, let's start your application! 

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