Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State brings outstanding secondary school teachers from the Near East, South and Southeast Asia to the United States. Its programs have now expanded to also invite educators from South Africa, Ghana, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Senegal. The primary focus of TEA is on best practices for the classroom teacher in the secondary school.

Although the program is open for a broad range of subjects, in South Africa recruitment focuses on mathematics, science, social sciences and English teachers. During this next cycle, TEA anticipates bringing outstanding international teachers to the U.S. for six weeks of professional development at a U.S. university, including coursework and intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, teaching strategies for their home environment, teacher leadership, as well as the use of computers for Internet and word processing as tools for teaching.

The program includes an internship at a secondary school to engage participants actively with American teachers and students.

Application information:
Applications are now open till March 29, 2019. Please contact the RELO office for an application form.

Eligibility requirements:

Teachers working in under-resourced communities will be given higher priority.

Applicant Eligability

Applicants must:

  • Be current secondary-level, full-time teachers with five or more years of classroom experience in English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Math, Science, Social Studies, or Special Education
  • Be citizens of South Africa.
  • Have English-language proficiency in written and spoken English;
  • Continue teaching and teacher training for at least five years after completion of the program; and have submitted a complete application.