Changing the course of our nation begins in the classroom.
This means all children—no matter where they live—should have access to a high-quality education that will lead to college, career, and expansive opportunities in life. That’s not the case today; children’s ZIP codes too
often predict the quality of the education they’ll receive. As a Teach For America corps member, you can be a leader in the effort to change the status quo and help students reimagine their futures.
“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.”
Corps members teach in locations where help is needed most across the country, each with a unique opportunity for impact. We know that landing in a region that matches your priorities is incredibly important, so our placement process is designed to balance your personal location preferences with the various needs of our regions.
You’ll be asked to innovate, think creatively, and develop your leadership abilities in order to challenge the status quo. You’ll gain perspective on the challenges impacting students, and learn what it will take to find solutions. You’ll grow in ways you didn’t think possible while building skills that you’ll use throughout your career, no matter what sector you choose.
In the case of unforeseen circumstances, active corps members are eligible for Emergency Financial Support. This additional funding is provided to corps members who face a significant financial challenge as a result of an emergency or natural disaster that may hinder their ability to remain in the corps.
To help bridge the gap in transitioning to the corps, all incoming corps members will
receive Transitional Financial Support in the amount of $5,000. These funds are
offered to help cover expenses as you engage in your summer training and for
costs in the region.
Black Educators Promise Grant
For incoming corps members with greater financial need, we offer Need-Based Financial
Support on top of the $5,000 transitional support. Qualifying corps members will receive funding packages based on individual need. 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.
Teach For America 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.
Characteristics of Teachers Who Expand Opportunity
A deep belief in the potential of all kids.
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
Innovation in the face of challenges.
Openness to feedback.
Ability to work in partnership with others.
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 first day of training
Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.50
Citizen, National/Legal Resident or DACA Status
Submit Your Application
The online application form takes about an hour to complete. You’ll share about your background and leadership experience. Plan to upload your resume and write two short response reflections about your interest in joining TFA and about a meaningful accomplishment.
Attend an Interview
The interview is a distinctive part of the TFA application process and consists of a sample lesson, case activity, and a personal one-on-one interview. This season, all interviews will take place virtually.
Submit Your Preferences
After your interview, you’ll rank your top location preferences and subject assignments. 90% of applicants are placed in one of their most preferred regions.
Accept Your Offer
You’ll receive your regional and subject placement upon learning your acceptance. You’ll have about 10 days after finding out that you got in to confirm your offer.