Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, and implemented by IREX.


The U.S. Department of State and IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board) announce an open competition for a program that will bring outstanding current secondary school, full-time English, EFL, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or special education teachers with five or more years of classroom experience in English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to the U.S. for a professional development opportunity.


  • Build lasting relationships that promote mutual understanding and collaboration between the United States and international teachers and students through educational and cultural exchanges.
  • Provide pre-service and in-service professional development to enhance teachers’ expertise in their teaching disciplines, and equip them with new and best practices in teaching methodology, curriculum development, and instructional technology.
  • Contribute to improving secondary education in participating countries by preparing program participants to serve as teacher leaders, equipped to apply and share experience and skills with their colleagues and students upon returning home. 


Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be current secondary school-level, full-time teachers 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 and residents in Turkey;
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • Obtain a minimum score of 450 on paper based TOEFL or equivalent English language examination*;
  • Have submitted a complete application;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Not have participated previously in TEA, International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP), Partners in Education (PiE), or the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program; if you have participated in other U.S. government-funded professional development exchange programs, please talk to the U.S. Embassy in your country about your eligibility.

The Fulbright TEA Program promotes diversity in the classroom and in learning. TEA supports inclusion and strongly encourages teachers with disabilities to apply.

TEA is a program for practicing teachers. Ministry of Education officials, full-time principals or Educational administrators, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, and private English Language tutors are not eligible.

Important: The selected participants will be going to the U.S. either in late January 2019 cohort or mid-September 2019 cohort. The program takes place during the school year and it is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain the necessary permissions to leave school for 6 weeks. The final selection and cohort will be decided by IREX.

Please Return Completed Applications to: teaprogrami@meb.gov.tr and ELOTurkey@yahoo.com

New Application Deadline:  April 27, 5 PM (GMT+3), 2018