Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program provides international teachers with unique opportunities to 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 program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. Participants will also participate in a practicum in a US secondary school near their host university to work closely with US teachers and teach and present to US students. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided throughout the program. The international participants will travel to the United States in two cohorts of approximately 75 teachers each in spring or fall 2015.

 

Upon returning home, TEA program alumni are eligible to apply for small grants for essential teaching materials, follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between schools in their home country and the United States, and other activities that build on their US experience.


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must:

  • Be a full-time school teacher (6th to 12th grades) in a school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population;
  • Have five or more years of classroom experience in TEA teaching disciplines: English, EFL, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or special education
  • Be citizens of India and be qualified to hold a valid Indian passport;
  • Live and teach in Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh;
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in the teaching subject with a teacher training degree;
  • Be present in India at the time of submitting the application and for the interview;
  • Obtain a minimum score of 450 on paper based TOEFL or equivalent English language examination*;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application.
     

*TOEFL scores are not required at the time of application. If you are short-listed for interview, USIEF will administer the TOEFL or an equivalent of English proficiency test. A small group of no more than 20 participants with TOEFL scores between 425 and 450, or equivalent, will be accepted for the program into a special cohort with additional English language training included in the professional development program.

 

PROVISIONS OF THE FELLOWSHIP

  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in India;
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the US;
  • A 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 practicum school (if necessary);
  • A daily allowance for incidentals during the university academic program;
  • A book/professional development allowance;
  • A baggage/shipping allowance;
  • A Closing Workshop in Washington, D.C.; and
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants.
     

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014


Click here for Application Form
 

Click here for Institutional Support and Reference Form

 

For any queries, please contact: Dr. Gayatri Singhal, Indian Program Manager, United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), 12, Hailey Road, New Delhi 110 001, Phone: 011- 4209 0909, Email: gayatri@usief.org.in