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Transform Education Through Teach For America
With TFA, you can teach in an underserved community while you earn your teaching license and prepare for a transformative career in education.
Transform Education Through Teach For America
With TFA, you can teach in an underserved community while you earn your teaching license and prepare for a transformative career in education.

What Is Teach For America?

Teach For America (TFA) works in partnership with 350 urban and rural communities across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. 

Founded in 1990, TFA is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. TFA recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders. Corps members make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools—and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. 

Today, TFA has more than 64,000 alumni and corps members working in over 9,000 schools nationwide, on a mission to transform education and create a more equitable system for students.  


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Teach For America in North Carolina

In North Carolina, TFA has nearly 2,000 corps members and alumni, teaching and leading in all sectors. From classrooms to school districts to state houses, TFA members are reimagining education, so that one day every child will have an equal opportunity to learn, lead and create a future filled with possibility. 

As a North Carolina corps member, you’ll either teach in TFA’s Charlotte-Piedmont Triad region or Eastern North Carolina region. The Charlotte-Piedmont Triad region places corps members in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Guilford County Schools. In Eastern North Carolina, corps members teach in one of 12 placement counties (see map).

Why Teach For America?

Through TFA, you can get your teacher licensure and earn a salary and benefits. TFA offers high-quality preparation, mentorship and a nationwide network of leaders in education.

TFA is a non-traditional pathway into the classroom, which means you don’t need to have a teaching license when you start. TFA welcomes candidates from all backgrounds. 

Once you get your North Carolina placement, you’ll pursue full teacher licensure through TFA’s partnership with East Carolina University. This licensure pathway with ECU is uniquely designed to meet TFA corps members’ needs. You can complete your licensure in two years for just under $2,000.

  • Licensure
  • Affordability
  • 1:1 Support
  • Network
  • Excellent Preparation

How do I apply to Teach For America?

TFA’s application process includes both an online application and an interview, plus a few other logistical steps.

TFA’s corps members include leaders like you from hundreds of universities, representing dozens of college majors and countless backgrounds. TFA maintains a selective admissions process and strives to learn about your unique talents, achievements and experiences. 

A group of selectors reviews each online application to see if it meets the criteria for an interview. 

To be considered for admission to TFA, you must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree 
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 (most candidates have 3.5 or higher)
  • U.S. citizenship, national/legal resident status, or be a DACA recipient
  • Am I eligible for TFA?
  • What do I need to apply online?
  • What happens in the interview?

How does placement work?

As a corps member, you’ll have an opportunity to request your preferred placement area.

After your TFA interview, you will rank the regions where you would prefer to teach. Corps members teach in TFA regions across the country, each with a unique opportunity for impact. 

TFA knows it’s very important to land in a region that matches your priorities. The program team assigns corps members to the region they’re most interested in as often as possible.

If you are interested in teaching in North Carolina, TFA will work to place you in either of the two NC regions. When you’re admitted, TFA will include your regional and subject area placements within your admission decision.


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What are people saying?

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"My students and the connection to Teach For America keep me in Greensboro. I feel like I am part of something so much bigger than my own classroom and that I am working towards a goal that matters, with an inspirational team that challenges me to be better.”

Kalle Davis, 2014 North Carolina Piedmont Triad Corps Member

Learn more

Ready to learn more about TFA? The TFA website has everything you need to explore possibilities and start your journey.

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