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Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

Deadline: March 15, 2014

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the scholarship opportunity for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA). This program will provide Cambodian teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge of the United States.

TEA will bring international secondary level teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), social studies, math, or science to the United States for a six-week professional development program (one program is offered January - March 2015, the other is offered in September - November 2015). Teachers from around the world will be selected through a competitive process and placed together at a U.S. university. The program will consist of academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, teaching strategies, and instructional technology training. Intensive English language instruction will be offered to teachers who need additional practice. The program will also include a practicum at a U.S. secondary school where participants work closely with U.S. teachers and teach and present to U.S. students. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.

Upon returning home, TEA 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.

Teaching disciplines for the TEA Program are:

  • English or EFL
  • Social Studies (social studies, civics, history, geography, etc.)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special Education teachers in the disciplines listed above

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Applicants must:

  • 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 Cambodia;
  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • Obtain a minimum score of 450 on paper based TOEFL or equivalent English language examination*;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application.

*A small group of no more than 20 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 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.

Tentative Program Dates in the U.S.:

  • Cohort I: January – March 2015 (Spring)
  • Cohort II: September – November 2015 (Fall)

Required Documents (Application Package)

Applicants must submit the original application and two complete copies (total of three copies). Each copy of the application should be submitted in the following order:

  1. Application. Click here to download (PDF).
  2. Completed Institutional Support and Reference Form. Click here to download (PDF).
  3. A copy of your passport (if available).

English Language Proficiency

Interested applicants who do not already have a valid TOEFL score of 450 or above should plan to take the Institutional TOEFL Practice (ITP) at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). 

For registration, please contact:
EducationUSA Advising Center
Room 103, Building A
Royal University of Phnom Penh
Tel: 023 884 320

Instructions & Submission Guidelines

  • Please answer all questions on the application.
  • Please type or print in black ink.
  • If a question does not apply to you, enter “N/A” (Not Applicable).
  • Include your full, legal name as spelled on your passport (if available) or other photo identification.
  • Include complete contact information (House number, street number, khum/sangkat, srok/khan, city/province).
  • Write your full name, city, and country in the top right corner of each page.
  • You may attach additional pages if necessary to answer the questions completely.
  • Please indicate in which cohort (Cohort I or Cohort II of 2015) you would prefer to participate in. (Please note that every effort will be made to accommodate your first choice; however, applicants will be considered for both cohorts and placement in your first choice is not guaranteed.)

Institutional Support and Reference Form

  1. The “characteristics” section must be completed by the applicant’s supervisor (i.e., school director). A family member may not complete the reference form. Please provide an English translation if it is not written in English (informal translation is acceptable).
  2. The “recommendation letter” section must also be completed by the applicant’s supervisor.
  3. Finally, the Institutional Support and Reference Form must be signed by the school director. This will confirm that the school supports your participation in this program.

For more information about TEA, please download the TEA brochure here.

Deadline for submission: March 15, 2014

Please return the completed application package in hard copies (one original and two photocopies) to:

Mr. Socheat Ou
Public Affairs Specialist
Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
#1, Street 96, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
Telephone: 023-728-248
Email: ous1@state.gov