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2Choose your program and subject area preferences
Each Teaching Fellows program is unique. Browse TNTP’s programs to find your fit and to understand the communities we serve.
Our programs may have different eligibility requirements and pathways to certification. Each program seeks candidates with expertise on specific subject areas, which are determined by the hiring needs of our partner districts. You may be eligible for some programs but not others.
With our common application, you may apply to multiple programs and rank your preferences. We match candidates with their preferenced programs whenever possible.
3Complete your application
Next, complete the online application. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, so apply early to increase your chance of admission to your first-choice program. You will receive a response to your application approximately two to three weeks after submission.
4Complete Your Interview
Based on your written application, you may be invited to participate in a recorded interview. Depending on the site you are assigned, you may interview in-person. During your interview, you will respond to classroom scenarios that are representative of the challenges that new teachers may face in a high-need school. You'll also be asked to reflect on two readings: When Cultures Clash in the Classroom and The Revolutionary Act of Pronunciation, and to describe a teacher’s responsibility in understanding race, power, identity, and class.
5Enter Finalist Phase
You will be notified of your offer status within two weeks of your interview if you are invited to the Finalist Phase. You’ll learn the specifics for your site upon acceptance, and our Recruitment Associates will help you complete the requirements you’re assigned.
Your official offer letter will be extended after Finalist Phase items are completed. Offers are extended on a rolling basis. After you accept the offer, you will begin the Enrollment Process, which includes checklist items such as taking state-required tests and completing a background check.
7Pass Required Exams
Once admitted, you’ll receive email guidance on completing mandatory state exams in your subject area, which you must pass prior to the start of training in order to begin the program. Test dates are limited and the exams may be challenging to pass. We encourage you to register for the exams as early as possible. You may be able to waive the exam(s) by submitting qualifying scores on the SAT or ACT. (The testing timeline is different for RootsLA. Fellows in this program will have the opportunity to take the state exam(s) after the summer training program.)
8Complete enrollment coursework
Prior to summer training, you will build your foundational knowledge about the teaching profession through online coursework. You will complete four self-guided enrollment modules, which include reading, videos, guided reflection and an assessment at the end of each module.