The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)
Deadline: March, 27
The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) brings outstanding secondary school teachers from around the globe to the United States to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States.
TEA consists of a six-week non-degree, non-credit customized academic programs, including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and instructional technology. Participants work closely with U.S. teachers in secondary schools while teaching students. TEA alumni are eligible to apply for small grants to implement self-designed projects that benefit their home schools and communities.
TEA is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State.
Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:
• 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: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Mali, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank/Gaza, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe;
• Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
• Obtain a minimum score of 450 on paper based TOEFL or equivalent English language examination*; and
• Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program.
*A limited number of participants with TOEFL scores between 425 and 450, or equivalent, will be accepted for the program into a special cohort with additional English language training included in the professional development program.
TEA promotes diversity in the classroom and in learning. TEA supports inclusion and strongly encourages teachers with disabilities to apply.
Former participants of TEA, the International Leaders in Education (ILEP) Program, Partners in Education (PiE), or the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program are not eligible to apply. If you have participated in other U.S. government-funded professional development exchange programs, please talk to the Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy in your country about your eligibility.
TEA is a program for practicing teachers. Ministry of Education officials, full-time principals or Educational administrators, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, and private English Language tutors are not eligible.
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