We have listed the questions most frequently asked by teachers interested in our program.
However, if you have a specific question that is not answered in this section,
please contact us and we'll do our best to answer your question within 2 business days.
- How do I apply to teach in America with the ITES Program?
- When should I apply?
- I have previously taught in the US under another Exchange Visitor Program. Can I still apply to ITES?
- Will I be able to speak with an ITES representative in my home country?
- Do I have to pay a fee to participate in the ITES Program?
- When do positions begin and end?
- In what subject areas are positions available?
- Where can I find information about the curriculum in my assigned school?
- How does the teacher certification system work in the U.S.?
- Does my degree meet the requirements of a U.S. Bachelor's degree in education?
- Can my family accompany me to the U.S.?
- Can my spouse legally work in the U.S.?
- Can my children attend school in the U.S.?
- How long can I stay in the U.S.?
1. How do I apply to teach in America with the ITES Program?
First of all begin by reviewing the basic eligibility requirements of the program. If you meet these requirements then, download, complete and return your application to us. An ITES representative will review your application and contact you about your status.
2. When should I apply?
ITES accepts applications year round but we encourage you to apply as early as possible for each coming school year. ITES teaching positions typically begin in August.
3. I have previously taught in the US under another Exchange Visitor Program. Can I still apply to ITES?
Absolutely, provided certain considerations are met. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your previous exchange experience and we will advise you of the process.
4. Will I be able to speak with an ITES representative in my home country?
Yes, of course, in fact we encourage you to do so. ITES staff conducts information events at select international locations year round. As part of the application process you will be required to attend one of these events.
5. Do I have to pay a fee to participate in the ITES Program?
ITES does not charge any fees to our applicants. There are however, some direct costs associated with the application process that you will be responsible for. For example: US visa application and embassy fees, fees to evaluate transcripts etc. (Some of these costs may vary by country should generally not exceed $500).
7. When do positions begin and end?
School year dates vary depending on the state and school district in which you are placed. Generally, positions begin in August or early September and continue until late May or early June.
8. In what subject areas are positions available?
ITES accepts applications in the following subject areas only: Mathematics (General and Specialist Areas), Science (General and Specialist Areas), Foreign Languages (most commonly Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, French and German), English as a Second Language and Special Education. After you submit your application, an ITES representative will contact you to discuss your application as a candidate in the subject area for which you are qualified to teach.
9. Where can I find information about the curriculum in my assigned school?
Curriculum varies according to the standards established in each state. Details about each state's curriculum can be found by clicking on one of the links below:
For North Carolina visit: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
For South Carolina visit: South Carolina Department of Education
10. How does the teacher certification system work in the U.S.?
US schools often have a mandatory system of certification (also known as licensure) to make sure their teachers are fully qualified. For teachers to become licensed or certified, they might be expected to do individual development work in addition to their classes and other school duties. As an ITES teacher you will comply with the teacher certification process in the state you are assigned. You may be asked to take a basic skills test where math aptitude, reading comprehension, and analytical ability will be tested. You may also have to take additional classes in teaching methodology, psychology, basic skills or a variety of other subjects. Your ITES advisor will assist you in the licensure process for your state.
11. Does my degree meet the requirements of a U.S. Bachelor's degree in education?
Applicants must have completed university-level courses and received a teaching degree in education. There are specific guidelines to determine if your degree in your home country is equivalent to a Bachelor of Education in the U.S. Your ITES advisor will review your application to determine your eligibility.
12. Can my family accompany me to the U.S.?
Yes. Family members eligible for visa sponsorship include a legal spouse and dependent children under the age of 21. We strongly recommend however that your family join you after you have completed your orientation and settled comfortably into your new environment.
13. Can my spouse legally work in the U.S.?
Yes. If your spouse is planning to seek employment in the U.S. they must submit a work authorization application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
14. Can my children attend school in the U.S.?
Yes. Your children will be eligible to attend public school in the U.S. In many cases, children can attend the school where their parents teach.
15. How long can I stay in the U.S.?
(Updated) The J-1 Exchange Visitor visa issued to each ITES teacher is valid for up to three years. Teachers and schools renew contracts with mutual consent at the end of the first and second years of employment. At the end of three years, ITES teachers are expected to return to their home countries to share their experiences of their time in the US. However, teachers working in the public schools of North Carolina, and those teachers working as part of our Greek Schools Program may apply for a further two (2) year extension for a total stay of five (5) years.