Recruitment and Placement

We recruit outstanding and diverse leaders and ask them to make a commitment that begins with two years of teaching in a public school – partnering with children and families most impacted by educational inequity.

Recruitment and placement are the beginning of our four-part approach to help solve South Carolina’s educational challenges. Here’s a look at our recruitment process at the national level and our “Homegrown Leadership” initiative at the state level.

National Recruitment Process

We seek educators who have the values and experiences necessary to expand opportunity and access for students. Candidates must demonstrate leadership skills, a deep belief in the potential of every child, a strong record of academic achievement, an understanding and respect of other perspectives, and perseverance in the face of challenges.

If interested in joining TFASC, candidates can apply online. TFA conducts the interview stage with candidates across the nation, and interviews consist of three major components: teaching a sample lesson, participating in a case activity, and conducting a virtual interview.

After the interview stage, teachers select their preferred location, grade, and subject. Within two weeks of interviewing and submitting preferences, teachers find out their accepted state and placement information by TFA.

If accepted and placed in South Carolina, our teachers receive an offer from TFASC at a partner school district in the Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee, or Upstate. TFASC serves as a connector between the teacher and school district and as an ongoing support resource for teachers; ultimately, our teachers are employed by the school district.

Homegrown Leadership

TFASC is committed to recruiting more South Carolina residents, particularly People of Color, as teachers in schools where the greatest needs are. Teachers with roots in the Palmetto State are more likely to stay long-term in South Carolina classrooms and develop relationships that yield profound impact.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, 77% of our “Homegrown Leaders” decided to teach for a third year in South Carolina beyond their initial two-year commitment.