Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program provides international teachers with an opportunity to enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. The TEA program is a six-week customized academic program that includes seminars on curriculum development, lesson planning, instructional technology, and new teaching methodologies. Fellows participate in a practicum in a US secondary school, working closely with US teachers and students. The program provides cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support.

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program provides international teachers with an opportunity to enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. The TEA program is a six-week customized academic program that includes seminars on curriculum development, lesson planning, instructional technology, and new teaching methodologies. Fellows participate in a practicum in a US secondary school, working closely with US teachers and students. The program provides cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support.

2018 Fellowship Opportunities

IREX is now accepting applications for the 2018 TEA program.

Each US embassy or Fulbright commission sets its own application deadlines. Please contact the US embassy or Fulbright commission in your country for deadline information.

Quick Facts

  • The Fellows have an average of 12 years of classroom experience and teach English, science, mathematics, and social studies at the secondary level. They are emerging leaders in their classrooms, schools, and communities.
  • The Fellowship provides these outstanding teachers with the opportunity to hone their skills at a US institution of secondary education, with support for professional development after they return home.
  • In 2016, 160 Fellows representing 55 countries and territories are participating in the program. Since 2015, 23 alumni have received Alumni Small Grant funding to implement projects to benefit secondary education in the classrooms, schools, and communities.
Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

Goals

  • Build lasting relationships that promote mutual understanding and collaboration between the United States and international teachers and students through educational and cultural exchanges.
  •  Provide in-service professional development to enhance teachers’ expertise in their teaching disciplines and furnish them with new and best practices in teaching methodology, curriculum development, and instructional technology.
  •  Contribute to improving secondary education in participating countries by preparing program participants to serve as teacher leaders, ready to apply and share experience and skills with their colleagues and students upon returning home.
I really appreciate the academic programs and field experience at my host university. It was an unforgettable time in my life. 2016 TEA Fellow

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Project Activities

  • An intensive six-week academic program at a US university: The program includes coursework and training in teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and education technology. The program also includes subject-specific strategies for teachers in the disciplines of math, science, social studies, and English as a foreign or second language.
  • A field experience at a US middle school or high school: The program will provide Fellows with a holistic school experience that allows them to interact with a partner American teacher, other faculty, administrators, and school leaders. Fellows will coteach classes at a school and learn firsthand from American peers.
  • Exposure to US culture and society: At their host universities, Fellows will participate in American cultural activities such as performances and sporting events, visits to US homes, short trips to nearby cities, and other relevant activities.

Partners

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Fall 2016 host universities: Appalachian State University, Claremont Graduate University, Montana State University, and University of Nevada, Reno

Spring 2017 host universities: Bowling Green State University; California State University-Chico; George Mason University; and University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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