The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and implemented by IREX, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization. TEA will provide 150 secondary school teachers from Europe and Eurasia, East Asia and the Pacific, the Near East, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. The international participants will travel to the United States in two cohorts of 75 teachers each in spring or fall 2016. Their program will include seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. The 6-week program will also include a practicum in a secondary school near the host university to work closely with American teachers and students. Trips to U.S. cultural sites and academic support will be provided for participants throughout the program.



Scholarship Deadline


Recurs Annually

Degree levels

Graduate - Master's
Graduate - Doctorate
Graduate - Post Doctorate

Duration of Award

One Semester

Maximum amount of award

Covers all program costs

Restricted to these majors

Secondary-level, full-time teachers with five or more years of classroom experience in either English as a Foreign Language, Social Studies, Math and Sciences;

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