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Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

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.


• Information and Application for International Teachers

Information for US Teachers

Information for Alumni

• Information for Host Universities

Video by Utah State University


 • Build lasting relationships that promote mutual understanding and collaboration between the United States and international teachers and students through educational and cultural exchanges.

 • Provide pre-service and in-service professional development to enhance teachers’ expertise in their teaching disciplines, and equip 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, equipped to apply and share experience and skills with their colleagues and students upon returning home. 

Project Activities

Teacher Training: TEA teachers participate in an intensive six-week academic program at a U.S. university that 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. The program also includes field experience in an American classroom environment with an American partner teacher. Civic and cultural activities round out the interactive schedule for TEA teachers. 

Alumni Small Grants to Benefit Secondary Education: TEA alumni have the opportunity to apply for small grants to benefit their home schools and communities. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis to alumni who design outstanding projects to improve local secondary education. Alumni are encouraged to apply for funding to implement a variety of education projects either as individuals, or in collaboration with fellow program alumni or U.S. colleagues. Through the Alumni Small Grants program, IREX encourages alumni to leverage their experience and knowledge, put their ideas into action, and create change. 


Project Facts

97% of TEA alumni now share teaching/educational resources with their colleagues and peers

• 93% of TEA alumni are in contact with alumni from other countries

• 87% of TEA alumni led a peer training and/or workshop on teaching strategies and methods covered during the program

  • • As of March 2014, IREX has awarded over $490,000 in Small Grants to TEA alumni