Teach for American – Great Opportunity

Eligibility and Requirements

All graduating college seniors and college graduates from all academic majors with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.50 are eligible to apply. Applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the first day of the summer training institute, which begins in mid to late June, depending on the applicant’s assigned region. Due to federal and district requirements, all applicants must be citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents of the United States.

Past experience working with children or in low-income communities is not required for admission.

Click here for more information on prerequisites and admissions policies.

Common Concerns

Are you concerned that you…

  • Weren’t an education major?
  • Worked full time during college and could not commit as much time to extracurricular activities?
  • Have never been the president or founder of a campus organization?

Because leaders come in many forms with many past experiences, we do not look for a narrow profile, such as particular academic majors, specific leadership positions, or certain GPAs. Rather, we view applicants holistically, and look for the skills and strengths that we’ve determined over time lead to success in the classroom.

Click here for answers to more frequently asked questions

2005 Corps Profile

Over the past 15 years, over 14,000 individuals from all backgrounds and career interests have joined Teach For America and made the commitment to become lifelong advocates for change. Here is a profile of our 2005 corps.

Corps members are paid directly by the school districts for which they work and generally receive the same salaries and health benefits as other beginning teachers. While beginning teacher salaries vary by district, corps members find that they can live comfortably regardless of their placement site. Corps members teaching in urban sites typically have higher salaries, reaching a high of $44,000 and a low of $28,000. Corps members in rural sites, who make between $25,000 and $33,000, tend to have more discretionary income because the cost of living is disproportionately lower in these sites.

To find average salaries for beginning teachers in a specific region, click on Where would I teach, and go to the At a glance section within the region of interest.