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Join the boldest and most innovative hand-raisers of your generation as a corps member with Teach For America. For two years, you will teach in one of America’s classrooms, fueling your students’ brilliance and opening a future of limitless possibilities.

Future-shaping isn’t one-way work. As you ignite your students’ potential, you’ll learn something about your own. You’ll gain the context, clarity, and conviction to lead a lifetime of impact from any sector or field you choose. 

“Before the corps, I was convinced that educational equity was something worth fighting for. After the corps, I gained the necessary perspective and became convinced that my life would be devoted to this movement.”

“I’m most proud of teaching my students how to advocate for themselves and recognize/call out systems of oppression. My students had the space to form their own opinions and take a more active stance for a wide variety of topics.”

“Incredible personal growth comes from failing constantly, reflecting on what you’re doing wrong, and doing whatever it takes to improve. The incredible impact I was able to have on my students changed me.”

“Joining TFA naturally aligned with my existing core values and beliefs. My time in the corps reinforced my dedication to serving traditionally marginalized communities and gave me tools to act as a leader outside of the classroom.”

“It changed my life forever. It committed me to improving outcomes for students. It made me understand that education influences every other issue our country deals with.”

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Where You'll Work

Corps members teach in locations across the country where help is needed most. Our placement process is designed to match your personal location preferences with the needs of our regions. 

Salary & Benefits

Your Training and Development

Teaching will push you to grow as a leader, creator, and collaborator. Your students will broaden your perspective on the challenges impacting their lives and the possibilities for change. 

You’ll grow alongside them and find new ways to challenge the status quo together. The skills, perspective, and connections you'll gain will open pathways in any career you choose. 

Onboarding

  • Working toward earning your initial teaching certification
  • Engaging in the regional hiring process
  • Preparing for summer training
  • Learning about your region

Pre-Service Training

  • Full-time employment by school or district
  • Full salary and benefits
  • Financial aid opportunities
  • Multi-week training experience
  • Student teaching
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusivity training

Financial Support

Transitional

AmeriCorps Award

All corps members receive a baseline Transitional Financial Support stipend in the form of a $5,000 grant. Pell* or DACA+ recipients in the 2023 corps will receive a  $10,000 grant. These grants help corps members bridge the gap in their transition to the classroom. 

Corps members who join AmeriCorps may be eligible for additional funding to help pay off student loans or put toward certification costs. The AmeriCorps award is distributed after each year of membership and typically varies between $5,300-$6,100 per year.

Need-Based

Black Educators Promise Grant

Incoming corps members with greater financial need for the transition may qualify for Need-Based Financial Support on top of the baseline support. Regions can provide more information about applying for these packages.

The Black Educators Promise Grant is a donor-funded, multi-year initiative specifically intended to support Black teachers in the classroom. This grant is a one-time $600 grant for our incoming corps members who self-identify as Black educators. It can be used to assist with any expenses during the transition or at the corps member’s discretion.

*Or those who would have otherwise qualified for a Pell Grant. 

+Including corps members with Temporary Protection Status (TPS), asylees, and refugees.

Ongoing Learning and Support

  • One-on-one coaching
  • Professional development
  • Certification & graduate coursework
  • Access to networks of teachers &
    school leaders

Leading a Classroom

Teaching is the most important, challenging, and rewarding work you can do. 

  • In the 2021-2022 school year, over 339,000 students were led by TFA corps members.
  • Your students will broaden your perspective about what's possible for all of us. 
  • Build coalitions with kids, schools, families, and communities to transform outcomes and reimagine education.

Building Your Support Network

You will lean on veteran educators and other leaders at your school, fellow corps members, TFA alumni, and others for advice and support

  • Your TFA coach will provide ongoing support through classroom observations, feedback and coaching, and professional development experiences.
  • Each region provides leadership and development opportunities within corps member cohorts.

Teaching Certification

A background in education isn’t a prerequisite to apply to TFA. If accepted, you will complete steps to become qualified in the subject you will teach.

  • Most regions require corps members to work toward a full teaching certification
  • You may have the option of earning a Master’s Degree as well, depending on
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After the Corps

Forbes' 30 under 30 &

Forbes' 40 under 40

Elected Government Officials

After the corps, you will join a community of more than 61,300 Teach For America alumni who are shaping the future of our country.

  • Join the large TFA alumni community
  • Ongoing leadership development & fellowship opportunities
  • Employer & graduate school partnerships

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Social Entrepreneurs

Policy, Advocacy, and Organizing Leaders

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School and Systems Leaders

Veteran Educators

Eligibility

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Core Beliefs

  • A deep belief in the potential of all kids
  • A respect for individuals’ diverse experiences
  • An understanding of the work and partnerships that are already in progress
  • A desire to learn about the community where you are placed and understand its historical context

Personal Skills and Abilities

  • Innovate in the face of challenges
  • Be open to feedback
  • Work in partnership with others


Leadership Qualities

  • Long-term commitment to reaching goals
  • Capacity to set and attain ambitious goals
  • Ability to think critically about any situation

Prerequisites for Applying

  • Bachelor’s degree by the first day of training
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Citizen, National/Legal Resident, or DACA Status

Application Process

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Submit Your Application

The online application form asks about your background and leadership experience. It takes about an hour to complete. Plan to upload your resume and write two short response reflections about a meaningful accomplishment and your interest in joining TFA. You will also give us an idea of where you want to teach.

Attend an Interview

The interview occurs virtually and consists of a sample lesson, case activity, and a personal one-on-one interview.

Finalize Your Region(s)

After your interview, you’ll confirm your regional selections and rank your subject assignments.

Accept Your Offer

You’ll receive an offer from one of the regions on your list. You have about 10 business days after the offer to confirm that you'll join us.

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 & case study, answer short answer questions, 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

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Apply by Jan 4 to get an interview decision by Jan 13

Interviews will still occur Mar 6-10

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