Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

At-a-Glance

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) provides outstanding secondary school teachers of English, social studies, math, science, and special education with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States.

Teachers come to the United States from all world regions for a six-week academic program at a U.S. university graduate school of education, including intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, teaching strategies for their home environment, teacher leadership, and the use of instructional technologies. The program also includes field experience at a secondary school to engage participants with American teachers and students. 

Program Length

Six weeks

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

Country-Specific Information

Eligibility

All applicants must:

  • Be current secondary school-level, full-time teachers in a school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population;
  • Have five or more years of classroom experience in TEA teaching disciplines: English, EFL, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or special education;
  • Be citizens of and residents in eligible TEA countries;
  • Have earned a Bachelor's degree or equivalent;
  • Obtain a minimum score of 450 on paper based TOEFL or equivalent English language examination;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application
Application Overview

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines vary by country. Contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy for a copy of the application and for additional information, please visit the website of IREX, which administers the program.

For interested participants from Uzbekistan, please contact teacherexchange@state.gov for more information.

 

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