Steps to Teaching in the U.S.

Become a U.S. Teacher!

The United States has a huge teacher shortage. You could become a teacher in the U.S. Come share your culture and expertise with our students!

If you are eligible for the J-1 visa, we can help you. (See the eligibility requirements here.) Following are the general steps for becoming a U.S. teacher. We will send you a full document with information about every step, from obtaining a license through walking into your new classroom.

Step 1: Submit your info to TTSI

Click Here to Submit Your Info

After you submit your information, TTSI will contact you and provide information about TTSI services and what you need to do to get started.

Step 2: Credential Evaluation (optional)

If you are applying for a teaching license before getting a job offer, you must have your college coursework evaluated for the equivalent U.S. credentials. Most of our teachers use World Education Services (WES) for coursework evaluation.

Visit and create an account. Follow the instructions to apply for the credential evaluation.

WES collects a fee for the credential evaluation application. Pay your fees directly to WES and submit your required documents.

Step 3: Join the Online Teacher Expo

To join the Online Teacher Expo, you must submit the following items:

  • Signed Placement Agreement
  • Current resume
  • High-resolution profile image
  • Responses to 5 topics

Optional: You can submit a video introduction to include on your profile page! (We recommend doing this.)

Information about each of these items will be sent to you after we receive your information.

Step 4: Job Interview

Once you are in the Online Teacher Expo, we will seek a placement for you. When a school district is interested in interviewing you, we will help facilitate and schedule the interviews with potential employers. Interviews are conducted by Skype, Messenger, Google Hangouts, and similar video calling systems.

Before your first interview, we will conduct a practice interview with you to make sure you are ready to present yourself in the best possible light. TTSI staff includes former school administrators, and we know what employers are looking for in job candidates.

If your interview is successful, you will receive a Letter of Intent to Hire from the school district.

Useful Download: TTSI Interview Questions and Tips

Step 5: Obtain a Visa and Travel Documents

We will help you with the steps to obtain a J-1 visa. We will work with the sponsoring agency on your behalf to ensure you can receive your visa as quickly as possible.

For more information on the visa requirements, visit the VISA REQUIREMENTS page.