FULBRIGHT TEA – Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program for Teachers (TEA)

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program:


21st CENTURY CLASSROOM MEDIA LITERACY is a six-week program for secondary school-level teachers from 12 countries in the United States Topics of seminars include recognizing bias/propaganda, stereotypes, and misinformation; strategies for improving students’ critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills; how media literacy promotes civic engagement/ the role of media in society; fostering cyber safety and digital citizenship in the classroom; and technology training.


  • Applications must be submitted online by January 6, 2020 https://oas.irex.org/fulbrightteaml
  • Skype interviews with successful applicants will be on February 13 and/or 14, 2020
  • TOEFL testing for successful finalists on February 15 at TalTech
  • Nominations due to IREX, the program administrator, by March 16, 2020
  • IREX confirms their selection in May 2020

First Cohort’s program is in the fall of 2020 (six weeks in Sep-Nov)

Second Cohort’s program is in the spring 2021 (six weeks in Jan-Mar)

Note: As part of the application, candidates should indicate whether they prefer to take part in the program beginning in September 2020 or January 2021.

Contact at the embassy: Tiiu Vitsut vitsutt@state.gov

Attached are the following documents:

–   Online Application Guide

–   Institutional Support and Reference Form (ISRF)

–   Leave approval Form


Teachers will be placed at a competitively selected university. The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher of English, social studies, history, civics, communications, or journalism in a U.S. secondary school near the host university to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.  Please note that this is an upper level university or graduate level academic program for practicing teachers.  The US Embassy Tallinn recruits and nominates candidates from Estonia for the TEA Program’s 21st century classroom media literacy cohorts.


  • Applicants must be citizens of Estonia, reside and work in the country of citizenship at the time of application and of program participation, and have C1/C2 English skills.
  • Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), social studies, civics, history, global studies, media studies, communications, journalism, law, or related fields at institutions serving primarily a local population are eligible for the program.
  • Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program, and have experience or demonstrated interest in the field of 21st century media literacy. Secondary-level teachers include both middle and high school teachers serving students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age.
  • Teachers responsible for teaching additional grade levels must teach middle or high school students more than 50% of their work time in order to be eligible. The most competitive applicants will have shown evidence of leadership in their schools or districts.
  • Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who do not teach at least fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible.
  • Applicants who have in the past eight years at the time of application traveled to the U.S. for degree programs or exchange programs such as Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) or International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) or to other Western countries for professional development would need additional justification from Posts or nominating committees as to why they should be selected to go to the U.S. for the Fulbright TEA program.
  • Applicants who have participated in online programs such as e-teacher online courses or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are eligible. Current teachers of the English Access Microscholarship program should be given higher priority.

English Testing

Applicants must submit a TOEFL, or other English test score (IELTS) as part of the application, if available. If not available at the time of writing the application, the interview provided the finalists with a voucher to take the TOEFL iBT in February.