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Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program provides international teachers with a unique opportunity to develop greater expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. The TEA Program is a six-week non-degree, non-credit customized academic program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. Participants also take part in a practicum in a U.S. secondary school near their host university where they work closely with U.S. teachers and teach, co-teach and present information about their home countries to U.S. students. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support are provided throughout the program.

After returning home, teachers who successfully complete the program will be eligible to compete for small grant awards for essential teaching materials, training for other teachers, collaborative projects between participating American schools and their home schools, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.

The TEA fellowship is fully funded and provides:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in participant’s home country
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.;
  • Welcome Orientation in Washington, D.C.;
  • Academic program fees;
  • Housing generally shared with other program fellows) and meals;
  • Accident and sickness medical insurance coverage
  • Transportation to the teaching practicum school (if necessary)
  • A daily allowance  for meals and incidentals during the academic program;
  • A book/professional development allowance;
  • A baggage/shipping allowance (domestic and international);
  • A Closing Workshop in Washington, D.C.; and
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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
  • Citizens of and residents in Niger
  • Proficient in written and spoken English with a
  • Paper-based TOEFL score of 450 or higher**
  • Continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application.

**A limited number of Fellows with TOEFL between 425 and 450 will be accepted for the program into a special cohort with additional English language training included in the professional development program.

To Apply: Applications for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program can be obtained and submitted by contacting: NigerExchanges@state.gov