Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program 2021-2022

Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program 2021-2022

A program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.


Program Overview

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) is an intensive non-credit, non-degree, six-week professional development program at a U.S. university (January – March 2022 or September – November 2022), for secondary – level teachers of English, math, science, and social studies, and special education teachers from these subjects.

It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Program Components

Teachers who are selected to participate in the TEA Program will:

  1. Take part in tailored graduate-level seminars at a U.S. host university
  2. Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.
  3. Engage in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of U.S. and their home country educational systems
  4. Take part in other educational and cultural activities while on program in the U.S.

Upon returning home, teachers will be required to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and communities.

University Coursework:

Weekly Seminars: Teachers will participate in weekly seminars at their host university featuring presentations and discussions led by university staff, faculty members, and invited educational experts. The academic seminars will focus on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers.

U.S. School Placements: The program includes a practicum of at least 40 hs with a U.S. partner teacher in a secondary school near the host university to actively engange participants in the U.S. classroom environment.  Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided throughout the program.

Online Professional Learning Community: Each participant will participate in a virtual community with other international educators to collaborate and share best practices about education and leadership in the participating countries.

How to Apply:

Deadline to send applications: March 28, 2021
Download, fill and send the forms below to: CulturalMVD@gmail.com

Application deadline: Sunday, March 28, 2021.

For more information contact: Veronica Perez Urioste perezuriostev@state.gov

Program Dates

Spring 2022 – Late-January-mid-March 2022
Fall 2022 – September-late October 2022.

What the program covers / Logistical Information

Travel: Teachers will be provided with an international airline ticket and will also be reimbursed (when they arrive in the U.S.) for round-trip travel expenses between their home city and Montevideo (only if they are from the interior).

Housing: Participants will live on or near the host university campus in housing in single romos arranged for them by the university. Dependents are not permitted to accompany the teachers on the program.

Maintenance Allowances: Each teacher will receive a maintenance allowance during the program to cover expenses such as supplies for classes, household items, personal items, and cultural and other activities. Also included in this total is a daily stipend to purchase groceries, meals at local restaurants, or food from on-campus dining services.


Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be current secondary school-level FULL-TIME teachers at an Uruguayan public high school, charter type school, UTU or Access program;
  • Have a minimum of three years of experience of FULL-TIME teaching in TEA teaching disciplines: English, EFL, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or special education (preference for those who have completed at least five years of full-time experience);
  • If teachers are teaching additional grade levels, they must teach middle or high school students more than 50% of their work time
  • Be citizens or residents of, Uruguay AND teach in URUGUAY;
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • Have a very good level of English (obtain a minimum score of 450 on TOEFL examination on April 25, 2021, which will be a program requirement. The cost of the exam will be covered by the program if you are pre-selected)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program.

*A limited number of 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.

Please note that program can be subject to change, given travel restrictions in the U.S. and internationally due to COVID-19.

Applicants who have had few or no opportunities to travel to the U.S. will be given priority.

TEA Program Information

For more information, contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country:
Veronica Pérez Urioste – perezuriostev@state.gov