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The Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) 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 U.S. secondary school near their 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. The international participants will travel to the United States in two cohorts of approximately 80 teachers each in spring or fall 2016.

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current secondary-level, full-time teachers with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including: English or English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
    • Social Studies
    • Sciences
    • Math
    • Special Education
  • Citizens of and residents in Panama
  • Proficient in written and spoken English with a paper-based TOEFL score of 450 or higher.
  • Continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete online application.

                           Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

Applicants for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program can submit applications online at: . Please contact with questions or for more information.