Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and working professionals—of all academic majors, backgrounds and career interests—who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders for expanding educational opportunity for all children.

Each year, Teach For America selects a diverse corps of individuals who have the skills and commitment to make a real impact on the academic prospects of students growing up today in low-income communities, and to exert long term leadership in the effort to eliminate educational inequity.

Teach For America trains all corps members during a pre-service summer training program; places them as teachers with full salary and benefits in urban and rural public schools; and continues to support them through a two-year professional development program to ensure their success as teachers and beyond.


  • Bachelor's degree by June 2018 with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • High school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
  • Citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States; international students, please visit http://www.teachforamerica.org/international_students.
  • Candidates of all backgrounds, academic majors and career interests encouraged to apply.
  • No educational coursework or certification required.


The Application:

  • Completed entirely online: http://www.teachforamerica.org/
  • Includes:
    • An online form
    • Resumé
    • 500 word letter of intent
    • Recommendations, references & transcripts aren’t necessary until the final interview round

The Process:

Our Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated past leadership and achievement: achieving ambitious, measurable results in academic, professional, extracurricular, or volunteer settings
  • Unrelenting perseverance in the face of challenges
  • Strong critical thinking skills: making accurate linkages between cause and effect and generating relevant solutions to problems
  • Proven ability to influence and motivate others
  • Superior organizational ability: planning well, meeting deadlines, and working efficiently
  • Utmost respect for students and families in low-income communities
  • Thorough understanding of and desire to work relentlessly in pursuit of our vision


There are 5 application deadlines for the 2018 corps:

  • August TBD
  • September TBD
  • October TBD
  • December TBD
  • January TBD



Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey