How Do I Apply for T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program?

Note: T.E.A.C.H. D.C. is placing priority on teachers who currently do not have an Associate or Bachelor degree.

Step 1: Get the “OK” from Your Sponsoring Center Director
Speak with your Center Director to help make sure she or he is ready to fully invest in T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Your facility needs to agree to pay a small percent of your tuition and books, provide release time to attend school or study, and award you a raise or a stipend bonus upon completion of each contract. In exchange, you agree to complete your classes successfully while maintaining your employment and commit to staying at your current place of employment for at least one year at the end of each contract.

Step 2: Complete the Interested Applicant Survey

Teachers interested in applying for the T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood Scholarship Program must complete the Interested Applicant Survey. T.E.A.C.H. D.C. works closely with interested applicants to submit any additional evidence required to determine eligibility.

Step 3: Approved Applicants and Sponsoring Employers Attend Orientation
Approved applicants and their sponsoring employers are required to attend an orientation to receive the T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Early Childhood Education Traditional Scholarship application. Orientation is held once a month and introduces the scholarship program to approved applicants and their sponsoring employers including topics book reimbursement, bonuses, and class credit limits.

Step 4: Apply to a College or University
In order to apply for a T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Scholarship you have to apply to a T.E.A.C.H. D.C. partner institution of higher education: the list is available at Determine which T.E.A.C.H. D.C. partner institution you want to attend and complete the appropriate application process. Upon admission, you will need to include your acceptance letter in your T.E.A.C.H. scholarship application.

Step 5: Complete the FAFSA
Applicants are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which can be found at Attach a copy of your FAFSA confirmation letter (verifying completion of your FAFSA) to your T.E.A.C.H. application. Receiving financial aid does not disqualify you from receiving a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship.

Step 6: T.E.A.C.H. D.C. Traditional Scholarship Application
Once you have received an acceptance letter from a T.E.A.C.H. partner institution of higher education, complete the T.E.A.C.H. application. T.E.A.C.H. D.C. emails an online application through Adobe Sign. The application must be completed and submitted through Adobe Sign. Upon submitting your application, email the application evidence, college/university letter of acceptance and most recent paystub, to

Step 7: Sponsoring Employer Agreement
Sponsoring employers must sign the Sponsoring Employer Agreement to compete the application. This agreement confirms the sponsoring employer’s commitment to sponsoring the teacher for a scholarship.

Step 8: Acceptance Packet & Meet Your T.E.A.C.H. Counselor
Once all materials have been received, you will get an acceptance packet from a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship counselor. This acceptance packet will include the first contract and other forms including the book reimbursement form, electronic payment form, grade release form and personal responsibility agreement.