Toyota International Teacher Program | How to Apply

How to Apply

Toyota and IIE are exploring a new strategic direction for the program in consideration of Toyota's critical needs to be supported in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  During this development process, we will not host a study tour. 

If you would like to be notified of future opportunities or have any questions about your eligibility or the application process, please feel free to  email us at toyotateach@iie.org.

The Toyota International Teacher Program values diversity and encourages educators of all backgrounds, subjects, and school types to apply for this unique professional development opportunity.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for participation in the program:

  • Hold U.S. citizenship
  • Be employed full time as a classroom teacher or teacher-librarian for grades 7 – 12 (Note: Teachers who teach 6th grade as part of a Junior High or Middle School may be considered for the program. However, elementary school teachers are not eligible)
  • Teach in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia
  • Have at least three years of full-time teaching experience (by the program start date)

Please note that IIE will not accept applications that do not meet all the eligibility requirements. TITP alumni must wait at least five years before applying for another program.

The Toyota International Teacher Program values diversity and encourages educators of all backgrounds, subjects, and school types to apply for this unique professional development opportunity. If you have any questions about your eligibility or the application process, please feel free to call us at 1-877-832-2457 or email us at toyotateach@iie.org.

 

Program participants will be selected through a competitive, merit-based process. Applications will be reviewed internally by IIE to assess for completeness, general quality, and eligibility requirements. IIE will appoint a Selection Panel, comprised of distinguished teachers, administrators, and at-large members of the education community, to select applicants to participate in the program. Selection panelists will review each application with the following criteria as a guide.

Professional Qualifications - A demonstration of the applicant's dedication to continued professional growth as evidenced by participation in professional organizations, conferences, and continuing education.

Potential Value to Applicant - An explanation of how participation in the program will enhance the applicant’s ability to teach environmental and global issues and contribute to environmental solutions, as evidenced by the applicant’s rationale for participating, post program impact plan, professional goals, letters of reference, and discussion of how these relate to program themes and objectives.

Potential Impact on School and Community - A clear, well-structured, and unique plan outlining how the applicant will share his/her experiences on the program with his/her students, colleagues, classroom, school, and home community.

All applicants that submit an online application will be notified of their status in regards to program selection. In order to ensure that you receive our notification, please add toyotateach@iie.org to your email contacts.

If I do not teach in the classroom full-time, am I still eligible for the program?

May I apply even though I am not a teacher of environmental science?

I am planning to retire and/or leave the field of education in the near future. Should I apply?

What will be expected of me as a program participant?

Do I have to speak another language to participate?

May I apply if I have traveled to these destinations before?

May I bring family members or friends with me on the program?

Are there any special health requirements for participation?

Will I need a passport?

This program is "fully funded." What does this mean, specifically?

My school will be in session at the time of the program. What should I do? Are substitute costs covered?


Q: If I do not teach in the classroom full-time, am I still eligible for the program?

A: No. Eligible applicants are full-time classroom teachers only. If you are an administrator or teach classes only for part of the day, you are not eligible for the program. School nurses and counselors are also not eligible.

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Q: May I apply even though I am not a teacher of environmental science?

A: Yes. The program is of general interest to secondary school teachers of all disciplines - including, but not limited to, art, foreign languages, physical education, social studies, mathematics, science, music, English and vocational education. Previous knowledge of the program destination or environmental subjects is not a selection criterion. Instead, the program seeks teachers who are interested in learning about the country, its people, and the ecosystem of the region, and who will draw on their program experiences to enrich their teaching and professional activities.

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Q: I am planning to retire and/or leave the field of education in the near future. Should I apply?

A: The principal objectives of this program are accomplished through classroom impact activities of educators who have returned to their U.S. classrooms. For this reason, preference will be given to applicants who plan to remain in the field of education as a classroom teacher.

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Q: What will be expected of me as a program participant?

A: Educators selected to travel on the program will be expected to be proactive and engaged in all pre-departure, in-country and post-program activities. Below are the most important expectations of participation:

  1. Data Completion—Participants will be expected to complete medical and other data forms relating to participation in the program as well as provide photocopies of their passport identification page to IIE.
  2. Pre-Departure Preparation—Review all pre-departure materials sent by IIE and actively prepare both physically and mentally for participation in the program.
  3. Group Work—Be active in group work with fellow Toyota teachers before and during the program in country.
  4. In-Country Presentation—Participants will be expected to present informally to educators, administrators and community members.
  5. Post-Program Activities—Provide Toyota and IIE with an update on new ideas, changes or updates to their original Impact Plan based on program experiences. In addition, participants will produce a lesson plan based on their observations, reactions, and reflections on their participation in all facets of the program. Toyota and IIE would also appreciate periodic updates on the activities, community projects, successes, and hurdles of implementing their Toyota program experience in their schools and communities.

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Q: Do I have to speak another language to participate?

A: No. Most program activities will be conducted in English; however, participants are encouraged to make a concerted effort to gain a basic understanding of the local language in the program destination before departure in order to take full advantage of all program activities.

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Q: May I apply if I have traveled to these destinations before?

A: Yes. If you have prior experience in the program destination, you should consider carefully, and explain in detail, how traveling on this program would build on your previous experience.

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Q: May I bring family members or friends with me on the program?

A: No. The program will not accommodate family members or friends. Participants will travel as a group throughout the program and are expected to attend all program activities. Each participant's time will be fully occupied with site visits and related discussions.

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Q: Are there any special health requirements for participation?

A: There are no special health requirements for participants; however, participation will require extensive travel and a rigorous program schedule. Before applying applicants are asked to consider the physical demands of this program (including strenuous walking, extensive stair climbing, swimming, etc.). If accepted as a participant, you will need to have a medical examination and provide a completed medical form with your doctor's certification of your fitness for travel.

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Q: Will I need a passport?

A: Yes. If you do not have a passport, contact a passport agency and allow 4 to 6 weeks to receive a new or renewed passport.

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Q: This program is "fully funded." What does this mean, specifically?

A: This means that expenses specific to the program will be covered by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. This includes costs of program materials, transportation, meals, and lodging.

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. will also issue each participant’s school a $500.00 stipend to help defray the costs of participation during the school year.

Applicants should note that they also may need to consider other costs, such as those associated with being away from their jobs during the program and pre-departure expenses such as passports, travel supplies, etc. These costs are not funded by the program. Schools should regard their educator's participation in this program as a valuable investment for their students and communities. As such, they are encouraged to explore with participants avenues for sharing any costs not covered by the program sponsor.

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Q: My school will be in session at the time of the program. What should I do? Are substitute costs covered?

A: All applicants must obtain supervisor clearance or make other necessary arrangements to be absent from school to participate in the program before submitting their applications. To help defray the costs for a participant's absence, Toyota is pleased to award the school of each selected participant $500.00. These funds may be used at the discretion of the school principal or superintendent to help pay the costs for a substitute teacher or to purchase materials for the implementation of the selected participant's impact plan.

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Receipt of Application by IIE - Due to the high volume of applications, IIE cannot confirm that your application is complete. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit their applications well before the deadline.

Candidate Notification - All applicants will be notified of their award status approximately 8 to 10 weeks after the application deadline. Top-ranked candidates will be notified by mail of their selection as either a primary or alternate candidate. Non-selected applicants will be notified by email. . In order to ensure that you receive notification, please add toyotateach@iie.org to your email contacts.

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