Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program Announcement

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA), a six-week academic program for qualified secondary school teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language(EFL), social studies, mathematics, or science, including special education teachers in those subjects.  Full program information and application materials are attached.  Please note that all applications must be received no later than Thursday, March 31, 2016.

Program Overview: The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) 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 U.S. secondary school near the host university to work closely with U.S. teachers and teach and present to U.S. students.  Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided throughout the program.  If selected through a competitive selection process, the international participants will travel to the United States in two cohorts of approximately 80 teachers each in the spring or fall 2017.

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 U.S. experience.

Important: Successful TEA candidates are full-time secondary school teachers with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and have a minimum of five or more years of teaching experience, who demonstrate strong leadership potential and the ability to function well in an intensive and collaborative learning environment with teachers from around the world.  Please note that this is a program for practicing teachers.  Ministry of Education officials, full-time principals or educational administrators, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are NOT eligible.

Applicant Must:

  • Be current secondary school-level, full-time teachers in a school that primarily serves local students;
  • Have five or more years of classroom experience in TEA teaching disciplines: English or English as a Foreign Language, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and special education;
  • Be citizens of and residents of Nepal;
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English with the ability to obtain a minimum score of 450 on paper-based TOEFL exam or equivalent English language examination; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after the completion of the program.

For Application Submission:

IREX will accept applications submitted via the online application system.

Download online application here 

The selection process for this program is highly competitive, and only a limited number of participants from Nepal will be selected.  Our office will contact all applicants after the application deadline to notify them of their status.  Please note that the U.S. Embassy will pay for the costs of the TOEFL exam and travel to Kathmandu for applicants who advance in the selection process.  Applicants are not required to have taken the TOEFL exam prior to submitting an application, but should be prepared to take the exam if selected by the U.S. Embassy. Please contact U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section at Culturektm@state.gov with any questions.