Q: What is Teach for America?
A: Teach For America provides a critical source of well-trained teachers who are helping break the cycle of educational inequity. These teachers, called corps members, commit to teach for two years in one of 39 urban and rural regions across the country, going above and beyond traditional expectations to help their students achieve at high levels.
Q: Am I eligible?
A: In order to apply to Teach For America, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the first day of summer institute, you must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.50, and you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent legal resident.
Teach For America accepts applicants from all academic majors, programs, and professional backgrounds and experiences. A degree or coursework in education is not required and has no bearing on a candidate’s chances of admission.
Q: Is this the right next step for me?
A: Teach for America seeks individuals from all backgrounds, majors, and professional experiences who have what it takes to excel as teachers and improve the quality of education for children growing up in low-income communities.
There is no one profile of an “ideal” applicant. Ultimately, the organization looks for individuals who have achieved results and demonstrated a range of leadership qualities, because they know those individuals will lead students to success in the classroom and beyond.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Go to www.TeachForAmerica.org to apply online.