Teach for America

Each year, Teach for America representatives visit campus to recruit Puget Sound students*. Watch this page, and the Career and Employment Services Event Calendar for this year's schedule.

Type of Organization: Human Services/Non-Profit (additional information about organization at the bottom of this page)

Application Process
To apply to become a Teach For America Corps Member, visit www.teachforamerica.org and complete the online application. Early application is encouraged.

Application prerequisites:
--Bachelor's degree by June
--2.5 minimum undergraduate GPA
--U.S. citizenship or national/permanent resident status

All incoming corps members will attend the summer training institute following graduation and begin teaching in the fall of that same year, regardless of the deadline at which they apply.

Application Deadlines:
Deadlines typically fall in August, September, October, January, and February. Early application is encouraged. Visit the TFA website for specific dates.

Additional Organization Information: Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all backgrounds and academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and who become lifelong leaders in the movement to eliminate educational inequity.

Teach For America corps members have an immediate impact in the lives of children growing up today, and gain rare insight, personal strength, and credibility that enable them to work more effectively for change throughout their careers, whatever sector they choose to enter.

Corps members attend intense summer training institutes, are placed as full-time, paid teachers, and join a support network that helps them succeed during their two years in the classroom and beyond.

*TFA representatives often attend our Career Fairs. Also, Puget Sound alumni who have been TFA corps members are listed in the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network, and may occasionally attend ASK Night.

Alumni profile of Ross Heyman '09, TFA Teacher

"I teach elementary school with Teach For America. All of my early experiences on campus working with different groups of students, staff, and alumni prepared me for a variety of challenges I now face as a teacher in a low income school. My job is about adapting quickly and readjusting course."

If you're considering TFA, it might be helpful to talk to someone who's gone through the process...

The Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network is a group of Puget Sound alumni who have volunteered to share career path information. At last count, there were eight ASK members (including Ross Heyman) whose employer was listed as Teach for America. To connect with these 8, or to learn about over 2700 other alumni career paths, visit the Career and Employment Services page in Cascade and search the ASK Network database.